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!

feed-in tariff uncertainty draws people to heat pumps

If the recent solar tariff levels uncertainty has made you re-think your renewable energy options, then don’t forget about Heat Pumps.
There’s currently up to £1250 worth of installation grants available through the Renewable Heat Incentive Premium Payment Scheme (which is controlled via the Energy Saving Trust), and from this October, there will be a similar tariff system to that of pv solar panels, for renewable heat sources.
Heat pumps are either Air source of Ground source, taking their heat source from either the surrounding air or ground (which includes ponds etc).
Working like a fridge in reverse, extracting heat from their surroundings and compressing that heat into the home, they work well even in Winter, and can be used to heat your home or it’s water or even boost the input temperature on your central heating and hot water system, so existing boilers work more efficiently and consume less energy.
And there’s no doubt that the recent public solar tariff war between installers and the Government has seen homeowner enquiries for heat pump installations grow considerably.
If you’re interested in lowering your energy bills or doing your bit for the environment (or both) and the you like the idea of a Government grant towards your installation costs – something you won’t find currently available for solar – then heat pumps tick all the boxes and then some.

Your Air and Ground Source Heat Pump Questions answered

To help homeowners control their energy bills even further, or ‘go green’, we’ve designed Heat Pump Quoter.
Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps are an alternative renewable energy to solar or wind, and can power your hot water as well as your heating, via underfloor heating, hot air convection or even radiators.
Unlike some renewable energy sources, Heat Pumps are not reliant on wind or sunshine to operate, so you can make the most of this energy efficient, renewable heat source, 24 hours a day, all year around.
Our newest ‘Quoter website can offer you an instant online heat pump quote, without the need for salesmen to call on you.

To find out how Heat Pumps work, how suitable they may be for your home and what Government incentives are currently available, read more below…

How do Heat Pumps work?
Imagine a fridge working in reverse – taking the outside temperature of the air or ground and extracting the heat, compressing that heat and then passing it into your home to heat your hot water, underfloor heating, radiator or warm air convection system and that’s the science behind Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Air Source Heat Pumps are a small unit (much like a modern air-conditioning unit in size and shape), which fixes to the ground or wall adjacent to the property to be heated.
Ground Source Heat Pumps use heat taken from the ground and involve a series of looped fluid filled tubing buried in trenches within your garden. Because of the trench digging and pipe laying, these systems cost more to install.
Heat Pumps work at generally lower temperatures to more traditional fossil fuel heating so it’s important, to make the most of your system, that your home is reasonably insulated before installation begins. What’s more, they don’t rely on wind or sunshine to function.

How do I get my money back? It’s renewable energy right?
Absolutely right. Heat Pumps are a renewable heat source – the kind to be included in the Governments proposed Renewable Heat Incentives which are due to start Autumn 2012 and already included in the Governments current *Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme.
The tariffs – the money the Government will pay you – will work similarly to the current solar panel feed in tariffs, but nobody knows the exact details yet.
The Government are currently offering a *Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme to encourage homeowners to install renewable heat sources onto their homes.
The Government are making these one-off payments, to the tune of £1250 for Ground Source systems and £850 for Air Source systems to homeowners, to help them cover the cost of installing these systems. These installation incentives are set to run until 31st march 2012.

What’s so green about Heat Pumps?
Sure, Heat Pumps use electricity to run, but the clever bit is they use far less that the energy they output.
The energy is called renewable because the heat is taken from the surrounding air / ground rather than artificially generated through the burning of a fossil fuel.
This means that the CO2 emissions are low compared to an equivalent fossil fuel usage.

What can a Heat Pump heat?
Heat Pumps extract heat from their surroundings, compress it and apply it to a fluid which is then passed into your home. This hot fluid can be used to:
  • Heat your emersion tank
  • Power your underfloor heating
  • Heat specially designed radiators in your home
  • Power hot air convection heaters.

The systems are responsive and designed to work with thermostats so you can control the heat / water temperature.

Because of that overall lower heat output, if you’re using your Heat Pump to power your hot water, you’re installers will make sure you have an immersion heater fitted which will be timed to come on once a week for an hour or two, to superheat the water in your tank and kill off any bacteria.
The lower heat output also means you may find it more comfortable to leave the systems on for longer periods.

Specially designed radiators?
Yes, normal ‘gas fired’ central heating radiators aren’t usually large enough to provide the surface area needed for the lower temperature water to effectively transfer enough heat to the radiator to ‘radiate’ and heat the room.
It may be you decide on a duel system – keeping your existing heating / hot water system but supplementing its heat with your Heat Pump. That will still lower your usual energy bills.

Is my home suitable?
Most properties will be suitable for either a ground or air heat pump system. There’s even a water pump system that could draw heat from say a large pond or lake.
Properties which will benefit the most include those that aren’t on Mains Gas and use either Oil, LPG or other solid fuel for heating and hot water.
Properties that use storage heaters will also see the same benefits.
Even on properties with gas fired central heating will make a modest return (not including any future tariffs), by preheating hot water tanks etc or replacing the heating source on underfloor heating systems.

Will I need a new immersion tank?
That’s a question for your preferred installers when they’re conducting their quote survey.

Servicing and maintenance?
Heat pump technology has been around longer than you think. The units themselves require little maintenance other than an annual health check (like a regular gas boiler) and for an Air Source Pump, making sure the area around the pump is free from leaf debris etc.

How big a system will I need?
That depends on how dependent you want to be on its output from totally dependent to treating the system as an auxiliary system. The installation companies will take your wishes along with the size and type of your home and how many of you live within the property, into consideration when conducting their survey prior to quotation.
In conclusion…

  • Heap Pumps use minimal energy
  • Produce a steady, reliable renewable heat and hot water source for your home
  • Aren’t reliant on wind or sunshine
  • Work all year round – 24/7
  • Government incentives towards installation costs of such systems – up to £1250*
  • Government expected to launch its Renewable Heat Incentive tariff scheme October 2012
  • You could earn a regular payment for the renewable heat you produce.
  • Lower your energy bills
  • Reduce your homes CO2 Emissions
*Renewable Heat Premium Payments (Governments one-off payments towards your installation costs) are subject to certain criteria. You can find more information on the Energy Saving Trust’s website here.

Instant online Air & Ground Source Heat Pump Quotes

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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.

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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.

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