Heat Pumps

air source Heat Pump

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP’s) are units which are installed outside of your property, these Heat Pumps use thermal energy from the atmosphere to provide you and your property with heating and hot water. Air & Ground Source Heat Pumps are types of renewable technology. They can reduce the cost of your energy bill.

ground source Heat Pump

Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) circulate heat from the ground and then raises its temperature. It then distributes the heat to where it is required to provide you with hot water for your underfloor heating, showers etc. These systems are powered by electricity, and they do not utilise fossil fuels!

Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps

  • Well-suited for new-builds and retrofits
  • Zero carbon emissions produced from your home.
  • Air source heat pumps are relatively quick to install, they require very little maintenance and they have a long lifespan. (Please make sure your installers are MCS accredited)
  • Government incentives (BUS Scheme) are available to homeowners to help with the funding of the installation cost of an air source heat pump. (Eligibility Criteria Applies
  • No more fuel deliveries needed!

Benefits of Ground Source Heat Pumps

  • Instead of relying on imported fossil fuels, they rely on natural energy to function, therefore reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Although the initial installation cost of a Ground source heat pump can be higher, they do have very low running costs.
  • When GSHPs are operating they are virtually silent.
  • Government incentives (BUS Scheme) are available to homeowners to help fund the installation cost of an ground source heat pump. (Eligibility Criteria Applies
  • Depending on your property you have options of Ground loop or borehole GSHP installation available to you. (Dependant on how much land your property has)

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Would an Air Source Heat Pump Suit Your Home?

If you have a boiler, the likelihood is that your home will suit an Air Source Heat Pump. If you think it may be something you’re wanting in the near future, then bear in mind that there are government grants available to ease the strain of the initial cost. However, take into consideration:

  1. Current Heating Situation. If you have a brand new boiler then you probably don’t want to suddenly get rid of it and exchange it for a Heat Pump, however if you boiler is coming to the end of its life then now could be the time to get your home fitted with an Air Source Heat Pump.
  2. Well-Insulated Property. It’s essential that your property is well insulated, ideally up to current building regulations for the Heat Pump to work in the most effective & efficient way.
  3. Exterior Space. An ASHP is located outside and to allow it to work to the best of its abilities you will need a bit of exterior space to put it! 
Samsung Air Source Heat Pump
Mastertherm Ground Source Heat Pump

Would a Ground Source Heat Pump Suit Your Home?

There are a few aspects to take into consideration when deciding on whether a Ground Source Heat Pump is suitable for your property. If you have any more questions, be sure to give us a call.

  1. Reason for Install. If you are looking to move your home away from fossil fuels and experience modest running costs, then a GSHP sounds like a good match for you. However, if you are just looking to save some money, the initial spend will be high, but overtime you should see a decrease in your heating bills. This is something we would seriously think about before going ahead.
  2. Well-Insulated Property. It’s essential that your property is well insulated, ideally up to current building regulations for the Heat Pump to work in the most effective & efficient way.
  3. Pairing with Emitters. A GSHP should be paired with a low temperature heat emitter, like underfloor heating, to maximise its efficiency.

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