Air Source Heat Pumps can save you £1,000 a year?!

Astonished baby finds out how much Air Source Heat Pumps  save

An air source heat pump (ASHP) is usually placed outside at the side or back of a property, and takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a heat pump. This heat is then used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems or even warm air convectors and hot water in your home. 

The pump needs electricity to run, but the idea is that it uses less electrical energy than the heat it produces. Which is fantastic for all you that are interested in lowering your energy bills

Air source heat pump costs and savings

ASHPs are cheaper than ground source heat pumps. The Energy Saving Trust (EST) estimates that the cost of installing a typical ASHP system ranges between £7,000 and £14,000! It does sound like a lot I admit but, you are thinking small! There is still juicy payback to consider.
The payback period (the time it takes for the cost of the system to be recouped in energy savings) depends on how efficiently your system works, the type of system you’re replacing, whether you can get money with the RHI and how you’ll be using the heat generated from the pump. 
The EST says that an average performing air source heat pump in an average four-bedroom detached home could save:
  • between £545 to £880 a year if replacing oil
  • between £550 and £1,060 a year if replacing electric heating. 
It also estimated that the RHI would pay an extra £805 to £1,280 a year.
It will pay back for itself in a matter of years and considering the sky rocketing energy prices over the coming years it would be a smart investment to lower your electricity bill NOW! Just imagine what you could do with a spare grand every year…

If you are interested in or want an Air Source Heat Pump then visit our website here to get a FREE reliable quote. Its quick and easy and based on our database we can give you the top 3 companies in your area to give you their personal quote.

I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

A continuation on Air Source Heat Pumps

This is an extension from Friday’s blog which can be found here. Since the blog did well I thought I should continue my knowledge on Air Source Heat Pumps, simple supply and demand! Also if anyone has any more questions on Air source heat pumps then don’t be afraid to comment below and I will endeavour to get back to you with an answer, thank you my dear Sirs and Madams!

Installing an air source heat pump?

ASHPs look similar to air-conditioning units and are less disruptive to install than ground source heat pumps, as they do not require any digging in your garden so don’t fret, your Geraniums are safe!

An ASHP works a bit like a refrigerator in reverse. The process consists of an evaporator, a compressor and a condenser. It absorbs heat from the outside air and the heat pump compressor then increases the temperature of that heat further to create useful heat for your home

There are two main types of Air Source Heat Pumps

  1. Air-to-water systems take heat from the outside air and feed it into your wet central heating system. As the heat produced is cooler than that from a conventional boiler, you may need to install larger radiators or underfloor heating in your home to make the most of it.
  2. Air-to-air systems take heat from the outside air and feed it into your home through fans. This type of system cannot produce hot water.

In the summer, the ASHP can be operated in reverse, like an air-conditioning unit, to provide cool air for your home which is a helpful plus if I do say so myself.

The Pros and Cons:

Pros of air source heat pumps

  • Air source heat pumps produce less CO2 than conventional heating systems. Saving the environment and your peace of mind
  • They are cheaper than ground source heat pumps and easier to install, particularly for retrofit
  • ASHPs can provide heating AND hot water.
  • They require next to no maintenance.
  • They can be used for air conditioning in the summer.
  • You need to use electricity to power the pump which circulates the liquid in the outside loop but, for every unit of electricity used by the pump, you get between two and three units of heat – making this an efficient way to heat a building.
  • Cheaper Economy 7 electricity tariffs can be used to lower the cost of electricity to power the heat pump and special heat pump tariffs may be available from some electricity suppliers – alternatively consider solar photovoltaic panels or a wind turbine (if you are in a suitable area) for a greener source of electricity.

Cons of air source heat pumps

  • Their efficiency can be lower than ground source heat pumps.
  • You’ll need enough space in your garden for the external condenser unit (comparable in size to an air-conditioning unit). Condenser units can be noisy and also blow out colder air to the immediate environment.
  • You still need to use electricity to drive the pump, so an air source heat pump can’t be considered completely zero-carbon unless this is provided by a renewable source, such as solar power or a wind  turbine.

How green are air source heat pumps?

An air source heat pump system can help to lower your carbon footprint as it uses a renewable, natural source of heat – air. The amount of CO2 you’ll save depends on the fuel you are replacing. For example, it will be higher if you are replacing electric heating than natural gas.
A heat pump also requires a supplementary source of power, usually electricity, to power the heat pump, so there will still be some resulting CO2 emissions. Overall though its one carbon footprint step forward (or backward?) to making your home a greener friendlier place

I bid you adieu my dear Sirs and Madams!

Instant online Air & Ground Source Heat Pump Quotes

“Heat Pump Quoter – instant online quotes”

The ‘Quoter family of websites proudly announces a NEW ‘Quoter website…. Heat Pump Quoter.

Like our other ‘Quoter websites, Heat Pump Quoter will give homeowners an instant online quote for both Air and Ground Source Heat Pump installations on their homes.

If you’re interested in generating renewable heat for your home, why not give our new website a try? – click here

Heat pumps work like a fridge in reverse – extracting the heat from the surrounding air or ground, compressing it and pumping the resulting heat into your home.

This warm ‘source’ can be used to heat your hot water, power warm air convection heating, heat your underfloor heating and even run its own ‘central heating’ radiator system.

At present there are grants of up to £1250 available from the Governments Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme – running until March 2012.

And the whole renewable industry’s hoping Air and Ground Source heat pump systems will feature heavily in the Governments anticipated Renewable Heat Incentives – a bit like the current solar feed-in tariffs – due to come into force in the Autumn of next year (2012).

We’re already building a UK network of Air and Ground Source Heat Pump installation companies to put those homeowners, interested in taking their online quote further, in contact with and would welcome applications from any heat pump installers, to join our service.

If you’re a Heat Source Pump installer, click here to find out more about Price Engines service.

Heat and Air Source Heat Pumps could hold the key

Anyone following the renewables industry and Government news will have gleaned that it’s going to be tough for the UK to meet it’s emission cutting targets.

With so much potential wind energy being tied up in (or refused) planning, solar energy is the only technology making any real headway in the domestic markets.

However, there is another alternative that could very soon be in the mainstream – particularly when the Green Deal tariff’s start next year (2012).

That technology is ground source and air heat pumps.

Basically, heat from the ground or air, is exchanged and ‘pumped’ into the building, providing heat.

Air source heat pumps are best suited to properties without the land required for a ground source heat system – ground source pumps rely on coils of fluid filled tubing being buried under the properties garden – either vertically or as more people will be familiar with, coils overlaid in shallow trenches.

And the Air source industry reckon modern technology makes their systems quicker to ‘payback’ the installation costs, which may also be cheaper to install.

It really depends on the property though. Both Air and Ground Source technology can be used to heat underfloor heating systems or air ‘blowers’. Underfloor heating being the most popular.

You may be forgiven for thinking these heat exchange pump systems are a new technology but you’d be wrong. Although we’re only really just starting to see such systems incorporated into new builds (usually individual designed and built dwellings), and smaller commercial units, the technology itself has been around commercially for the last 20 years and been successfully used in scandinavian countries.

photo credit: bryn pinzgauer

New premises incorporate green energy features

Price Engines Ltd, the company behind the ‘Quoter family of online home improvement quoting websites have been moving premises over the weekend.

From our old offices on Pride Park, Derby, we’ve moved to a brand new office in the slightly more rural setting of Stenson Marina on the outskirts of Derby.

Our new home incorporates some pretty nifty technology which will help us reduce our energy usage, whilst being kinder to the environment.

And as we’re now sited beside the Trent and Mersey Canal, if ever an environment was worth saving… let’s just say we feel very lucky to be here.

For starters, the hot water and underfloor downstairs heating is powered by an air-source heat pump. The upstairs heating/whole building cooling is powered by a set up of air-con units that reduce power consumption via a clever arrangement of one generator allowing different individual units to blow hot or cold.

And we understand from the buildings owners that there are plans for a photovoltaic solar panel installation in the very near future.

photo credit: gavin stewart