Heat Pumps

You could save up to £610 per year

Check List:

  • What is your heating fuel?
  • How well insulated is your house?
  • Do you have modern radiators?

How can heat pumps save you money?

Because these systems work at lower temperatures and use renewable sources for their heat rather than burning a fuel like gas, they can be cheaper to run. 

If you use electricity to heat your home then you could save up to £610 every year by fitting a heat pump.

What are heat pumps? 

Heat pumps are not a recent invention, but they are new to domestic heating in the UK. They work by extracting heat from the air or ground, which they use to heat the water in your heating system. 

There are two main types, Ground Source and Air Source. (There are other systems such as exhaust air and to find out about these please go to the HHIC information page ).

Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground; you need a big garden for this type or the ability to dig a deep bore-hole.

Air source heat pumps use a fan system to extract heat from the air. And yes, they even work in the winter.

What do I need?

In order for these systems to work best, you must have a properly insulated house. This includes walls and windows. Because the systems work at lower temperatures they are less effective if the heat they produce is just wasted through leaky walls and windows.

They are also much more effective with underfloor heating or larger low temperature radiators. They can work with older radiators but to get the full savings you will have to consider switching.

How expensive are they? 

Air source heat pumps could cost up to £7000 depending on the complexity of the installation. This may seem quite a lot, but if you could save £610 a year it is worth it. They also have a longer life expectancy than traditional heating systems, so you could be making that saving for over 25 years. 

Also with the price of gas and oil always going up, the savings made will increase over the years.

Who can fit them?

Installers must be MCS registered, you can visit the MCS website  to find out more. However you may want to investigate the manufacturers of these systems and ask for one of their engineers to give you a quote.

Help with Costs and Grants

You can currently get a voucher for off the cost of a new Heat Pump. This is through the Renewable Heat Premium Payments scheme (RHPP)  

Next year will see the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. This will pay households a tariff for every unit of renewable heat they produce.

In Scotland you could get an interest free loans of up to £10,000 for heat generating renewables systems such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal. These renewable heat loans will have a repayment period of up to 8 years.

For more help finding support please contact the Energy Saving Trust

More information:

http://www.centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/heat-pumps

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Air-source-heat-pumps

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Ground-source-heat-pumps

http://www.which.co.uk/energy/creating-an-energy-saving-home/guides/ground-source-heat-pumps-explained/

http://www.feta.co.uk/associations/hpa

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/heatpumps/

Heat Pumps

You could save up to 5270kg of carbon per year

Check List:

  • What is your heating fuel?
  • How well insulated is your house?
  • Do you have modern radiators?

How do they save carbon?

Because these systems work at lower temperatures and use renewable sources for their heat rather than burning a fuel like gas, they can be cheaper to run. 

If you use electricity to heat your home then you could save up to 5270kg of carbon every year by fitting a heat pump.

What are heat pumps?

Heat pumps are not a recent invention, but they are new to domestic heating in the UK. They work by extracting heat from the air or ground, which they use to heat the water in your heating system. 

There are two main types, Ground Source and Air Source. (There are other systems such as exhaust air and to find out about these please go to the HHIC information page ).

Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground; you need a big garden for this type or the ability to dig a deep bore-hole.

Air source heat pumps use a fan system to extract heat from the air. And yes, they even work in the winter.

What do I need?

In order for these systems to work well, you must have a properly insulated house. This includes walls and windows. Because the systems work at lower temperatures they are less effective if the heat they produce is just wasted through leaky walls and windows.

They are also much more effective with underfloor heating or larger low temperature radiators. They can work with older radiators but to get the full savings you will have to consider switching.

How much do they cost?

Air source heat pumps cost up to £7000 depending on the complexity of the installation. This may seem quite a lot, but if you could save £610 a year, it is worth it. They also have a longer life expectancy than traditional heating systems, so you could be making that saving for over 25 years. 

Also with the price of gas and oil always going up, the savings made will increase over the years.

Who can fit them?

Installers must be MCS registered and you can visit the MCS website  to find out more. However you may want to investigate the manufacturers of these systems and ask for one of their engineers to give you a quote.

Help with Costs and Grants

You can currently get a voucher for off the cost of a new Heat Pump. This is through the Renewable Heat Premium Payments scheme (RHPP)  

Next year will see the launch of the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. This will pay households a tariff for every unit of renewable heat they produce.

In Scotland you could get an interest free loans of up to £10,000 for heat generating renewables systems such as heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal.   These renewable heat loans will have a repayment period of up to 8 years. 

For more help finding support please contact the Energy Saving Trust

More information:

http://www.centralheating.co.uk/heating-types/heat-pumps

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Air-source-heat-pumps

http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/Generating-energy/Choosing-a-renewable-technology/Ground-source-heat-pumps

http://www.which.co.uk/energy/creating-an-energy-saving-home/guides/ground-source-heat-pumps-explained/

http://www.feta.co.uk/associations/hpa

http://www.planningportal.gov.uk/permission/commonprojects/heatpumps/

Manufacturers

Baxi 

Daikin 

Dimplex

Glow-worm 

Nibe 

Vaillant 

Viessmann 

Vokera 

Worcester Bosch 

Merchants

Graham Group 

Plumbase 

PTS 

Wolseley 

Installers

British Gas 

Products to maintain your system

Adey 

Fernox 

Grundfos Pumps 

Harvey Water Softeners 

Kamco 

Sentinel 

Spirotech