5 things you should know before installing an air source heat pump
Take a look at the top 5 things that we think will help you decide whether an air source heat pump is right for your home.
What is air source heat pump technology?
An air source heat pump is an alternative to a traditional fossil-fuel powered boiler. Using a small amount of electricity, air from outside your home is drawn in and compressed to generate heat, which can then be transferred to your heating system to heat your home and produce hot water. An air source heat pump can generate up to 4x more energy than it consumes, making it highly efficient and cost less to run compared with a traditional boiler. You can install an air source heat pump as a standalone heating system or combine it with your existing boiler to create what’s known as a hybrid heating setup.
“Sounds great! What next?”
To help you understand whether air source heat pump technology is right for your home, we have put together a list of 5 things you should consider before installing an air source heat pump. If there is anything you are uncertain of, don’t worry, our experts are on hand to talk you through your home’s suitability over the phone.
The first thing we need to know if you’re looking at installing an air source heat pump is whether you live in flat or a house. Almost all houses can accommodate an air source heat pump, but many flats and apartments aren’t compatible with the technology as the unit needs to sit on the ground outside.
To consent to the installation of an air source heat pump you will need to be the property owner, and if your home is leasehold, you will also need to get the freeholder’s permission. Furthermore, at present only the property owner is eligible for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, which pays a subsidy for every unit of clean heat qualifying air source heat pumps produce.
3. An up-to-date EPC
An Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) really is essential before installing an air source heat pump. An EPC is a report that provides information about your home’s energy use and how energy efficient it is, which helps us work out whether it is suitable for a heat pump and which size pump you would need. The EPC certificate should be dated within the last two years, but don’t worry if yours is out of date (or you don’t have one at all) as we can easily arrange one for you!
4. Adequate insulation
If you want to take advantage of the government’s RHI scheme and your EPC suggests that your home is poorly insulated, you may need to make some improvements (and get another EPC which reflects the changes) before your heat pump can be installed. This is a requirement of the government’s RHI scheme but will also help your air source heat pump work more efficiently, as less of the heat it generates will be lost!
5. A smartphone
You may be wondering why a smart phone is essential for installing an air source heat pump. The simple answer is that your new renewable heating system will be connected to the internet and managed through a smartphone app. This provides you with better visibility of your energy use and the freedom to control your home’s temperature wherever you are, improving comfort in your home.
There you have it: the top 5 things we think you need to know about getting an air source heat pump.
If you think an air source heat pump could be right for you, or you would like to find out more, call our team of experts on 0333 016 4500 to arrange a free, no obligation survey of your home.
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