Keep warm this winter with a heat pump
Do you spend thousands of pounds on liquefied gas, oil or electricity to heat each winter? An air source heat pump (ASHP) could be the perfect solution to save money while maintaining your heat.
ASHPs work by pulling cold air from outside through a quiet fan. The system’s heat exchanger extracts energy from the air. This energy is then transferred to heat your home. Due to its short and uncomplicated installation, this type of heat pump can be used with both heating systems in your home and new buildings. In addition, they generate energy year-round and are not dependent on light or wind to work.
A typical ASHP is 300% efficient. This means that 3 kW of energy is generated for each kilowatt (kW) of electricity consumed. This is made even more efficient with a photovoltaic system because it generates free electricity for the heat pump that can be used to convert air into heat.
Premium payment for renewable heat (RHPP)
If you installed your ASHP before March 31, 2013, you would receive a government grant to cover the cost of the system. The subsidy depends on your current heating oil. If you do not have gasoline, you can apply for £ 850 help for your system. The incentive for renewable heat (RHI) is similar to the solar feed rate (FiT). In your consultation phase, any system installed after July 15, 2009 is eligible for this incentive. We will inform you as soon as you have more information.
suitable for me an air source heat pump?
It is important to consider the following when choosing to install an ASHP to make sure it is the right solution for your home and gives you more benefits than costs.
You need a place outside your home where the heat pump can be attached to a wall or placed on the floor. Ideally, the device should be installed in a sunny place.
It is important for your home to be well insulated and sturdy for the heat pump to be effective as it works best at generating heat at a lower temperature compared to traditional heaters.
If you replace an electric, coal, oil or LPG heating system, you will get faster return on investment for your air source heat pump. When connected to the mains, the system takes a long time to pay for itself and may not be the best option.
If you have underfloor heating or hot air heating, your air source heat pump will work best because of lower water temperatures.
Combining the installation of the heat pump with other construction work such as a new building or an extension of your existing property can reduce system installation costs.
Alternatives to air source heat pumps
If an ASHP is not the right solution for your home, there are several alternatives to providing heating, hot water, generating electricity, generating additional income or being greener.
Solar thermal or solar hot water supplies up to 60% of its annual hot water consumption. A solar thermal collector must be installed on your roof. The size of the system depends on the number of people living in your home. This system is cheaper than a heat pump, but it only supplies hot water and does not heat your home.
Solar panels (solar photovoltaic)
The most popular form of renewable energy generates “free” clean electricity from daylight and earns an entry fee. These are currently 15.44 pence per kilowatt hour (kWh) and 4.5 pence per additional kWh, which generates export back to the national grid, these payments are guaranteed for 20 years and increase with inflation. The cost of PV systems has dropped significantly over the past year, making them an affordable option and should be installed in conjunction with an air source heat pump to make them even more efficient.
Wind turbines are considerably more expensive than other renewable energy systems. They need large areas and require planning permission. If you have the land and capital of the initial expenses, a wind turbine is worth considering, as a small wind turbine can generate enough electricity to meet your annual consumption. You also get 21 cents per kWh of electricity you generate.