12 benefits in switching to Air Source Heat Pumps
There are numerous benefits to using air source heat pumps, which is a renewable alternative to heat your home in the UK. The UK Government has committed to a target of 600,000 heat pump installations every year by 2028. While the focus is primarily on new builds, heat pumps can be installed in most properties – regardless of the type of building or its age. A heat pump heating solution is ideally suited for new builds or self builds, but anyone and everyone can benefit from installing an air source heat pump.
Low Carbon Footprint
Air source heat pumps are a form of low carbon heating, as they use the outside air to heat or cool your home. If you are switching from a coal, LPG or electricity-based heating system, you can significantly reduce your carbon emissions.
By switching to an air source heat pump you can reduce your energy bills as you’ll be using the outside air for all your heating needs. The benefits to your savings will be more significant if you are going from an electric or coal-based system.
You could receive payments by generating your own heat through the Renewable Heat Incentive and save even more on your energy bills. This means, if you install your heat pump today, you will receive payments for each unit of heat generated for a period of 7 years.
As there is no need to burn any kind of fossil fuel, no naked flame, no need for an oil storage tank or cylinders of highly flammable gas to fuel your heating then you can see that the safety argument for installing an Air Source Heat Pump is very strong indeed. According to Energy Saving Trust, air source and ground source heat pumps are the safest form of heating available.
Air source heat pumps work well with radiators and underfloor heating to heat your rooms but they can also be used to heat your all your domestic hot water requirements.
An air source heat pump can extract heat from the ambient air even at a lower temperature, down to -20°C. An air-to-water heat pump can generate 40°C heat when outside temperatures are as low as -20°C.
Coefficient Performance *
Air source heat pumps are efficient both in the winter and summer, thanks to an outstanding SCOP (seasonal coefficient of performance). The SCOP of a heat pump is a way to measure its efficiency by comparing the power input needed to produce heat to the amount of heat output. See Below
Installing an air source heat pump can take as little as two days. They typically don’t require planning permission either. It’s also an ideal option for both retrofits and new build homes.
Servicing and maintenance should be done by a qualified technician annually, which will ensure optimal performance of your heat pump. This includes cleaning filters, checking for system leaks, checking refrigerant levels, clearing leaves and dust from your heat pump etc. In addition to the annual service, to help your heat pump operate effectively, you must keep the air intake clear of any debris, leaves, foliage, etc.
Air source heat pumps have a long lifespan, and with proper maintenance, they can be operational for up to 20 years. What’s more, is that air source heat pumps come with a standard 5-year warranty.
No Fuel Storage
No fuel storage is needed with air source heat pumps, because the fuel used is the outside air. Not relying on fuel such as oil or LPG means you can say goodbye to the cost of those fuels and the additional fees for fuel deliveries.
Air source heat pumps can be powered by solar energy (using solar panels) instead of electricity from the grid. Most heat pumps are considered semi-renewable, as electricity is still required to run the system.
Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP) *
The efficiency of an air source heat pump is measured by the Seasonal Coefficient of Performance (SCOP). This refers to the maximum efficiency with which the heat pump can run. Most air source heat pumps have a SCOP between 2 to 4, but in some cases, it can be as high as 5.
The SCOP refers to how many kilowatts of heat 1 kilowatt of electricity can produce. An air source heat pump with a SCOP of 4 will produce 4 kilowatts of heat. Meaning the heat pump will provide you with four times more heat than if you would heat your home using traditional electricity. If the temperatures outside of a house are around 7°C, the average air source heat pump will have a SCOP of 3.2. In most parts of the UK, the average temperature is between 5 – 8°C. This means an air source heat pump will generally perform well in the UK.
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