There are many areas in the UK that are rural in nature, and that may not be connected to the mains gas grid. These properties need an alternative to gas to heat their homes. Electric central heating systems can be extremely expensive, so the answer is usually oil or LPG – delivered regularly and kept in a tank. There is another alternative, and it’s one that is also attractive to those of us who want to do our bit to help the environment. Below, we will be talking about air source heat pumps, how they work, and why you might want to use them in your home.
What Are Air Source Heat Pumps?
An air source heat pump is an energy-efficient devices that harnesses the ambient heat in the air. By way of electric power, it effectively boosts this heat and then distributes it to your heating system or to your water heater. The simplest way to understand how it works is to consider it as a refrigerator unit, but in reverse!
So, the air source heat pump does need electricity to power it, but here’s the thing: they produce as high as three times as much energy as they consume. This means you can cut your electricity heating costs by, potentially, up to 67%. Air source heat pumps will work in temperatures as low as -20C, which is ideal for the colder rural areas of England, Scotland and Wales, as there is always ambient heat in even cold air.
Will an air source heat pump system work for your home? Not necessarily, so it is essential that you talk to the experts who will assess your situation and give you the right advice.
Further Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps
As air source heat pumps are classed among sources of renewable energy – after all, they use a free commodity in air – so you can claim from the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive, which may be as much as £11,500 across 7 years. The efficiency of the system means you are automatically saving money on your heating costs, so this initiative is an added incentive.
Air source heat pumps also have a longer lifetime than your traditional heating boiler – which may last perhaps 12 years – as they can operate for as long as 20 years with minimal maintenance. They are also very easy to fit, and can be used for water heating or combined water and central heating. You may also find that you can install a system that cools the home in the warmer months using the same principle.
Put simply, air source heat pumps may not be among the most popular heating systems in the UK, but for those in rural areas without a gas supply and for others who simply want an energy-efficient heating system, they may be a potential money-saver. If you think this may be the way forward for you, get in touch with the experts right away, and they will be able to answer any questions you may have.