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Is it time to consider an air source heat pump?
You’ve probably heard the buzz that air source heat pumps are the future of UK heating, with more people ditching the traditional heating systems in favour of a heat pump.
It’s not just all talk either, 2023 saw a 20% jump in the number of air source heat pump installations in the UK, with more than 220,000 households making the move to cleaner and cheaper heating.
But you might be wondering, what on earth are air source heat pumps, why should I get one and would they work in my house.
Well, wonder no more! These are common questions, especially as we’ve grown so used to relying on gas for our heating in the UK. But things are changing, and for the better as air source heat pumps offer you a whole host of benefits over traditional heating systems.
Let’s dive in and unravel the reasons behind their growing popularity.
So what is an air source heat pump?
Air source heat pumps are a greener and cheaper replacement to the fossil fuel-based heating systems most people use to heat their homes in the UK.
They are powered by electricity and are three to four times more efficient than other heating systems, including other electric heating systems such as storage heaters, electric radiators and electric boilers.
That means heat pumps only use between a third and a quarter of the energy of other heating systems to create the same level of warmth in your home.
Heat pumps are already commonly used for home heating in many parts of Europe, including the freezing Nordic countries where they have been successfully used for decades by most households.
They can be installed in virtually any home, new or old and are about the size of an air conditioning unit.
How does an air source heat pump work?
Air source heat pumps use electricity to transfer the heat in the air into your home. They draw heat into their system from the air outside and then use that heat to warm up the water that runs through your radiators and taps.
The tried and tested technology is like how a fridge works but in reverse. The system uses a refrigerant that absorbs heat from the outside air, then passes it through a compressor to increase its temperature. Finally, the heated refrigerant is circulated through the home’s heating system to heat water and radiators.
Even in the depths of winter, there is enough heat outside for your heat pump to keep you warm as an air source heat pump can still heat your home perfectly even when it’s -20°C outside.
Read more on here : How do air source heat pumps work?
Why choose an air source heat pump in the UK?
There are many benefits of using air source heat pumps in the UK, both for the environment and for your wallet. Here are just some of them:
- Cost Savings: Depending on your current heating system, you could save up to £1,500 annually as heat pumps are very efficient, which means they make more heat than the electricity they use. For example, an air source heat pump can make 3 units of heat for every 1 unit of electricity it uses. A gas boiler wastes up to 20% of the energy it uses.
- Environmental Benefits: Slash your carbon emissions by using no fossil fuels. Yes, the heat pumps use electricity, but when combined with a solar system, you could be heating your home with significantly lower emissions. Even with no solar system installed, you should still stee significant savings over a gas boiler.
- Comfort and Convenience: They help you stay comfortable by keeping your entire home cosy all year round, no matter the weather. They can also be controlled remotely via smart thermostats or apps, so you can set the temperature and schedule to suit you. Plus, heat pumps are quieter, safer, and more reliable than traditional heating systems, needing less maintenance and repairs.
How popular are air source heat pumps in the UK and globally?
Air source heat pumps are very popular in countries like Sweden, Norway, and Japan, where they make up 60% of global sales. Norway has the most heat pumps per person with one heat pump for every 3.4 people.
The UK is catching up, though we’re still a bit behind the European average. In 2022, France sold the most heat pumps in Europe, with 621,776 units.
In the UK, the slower uptake can be linked to things like lack of awareness, high gas reliance and a great deal of misinformation half-truths and scare stories about heat pumps that are quickly debunked.
The UK government is pushing hard to get people to understand the benefits of heat pumps and is, aiming to install 600,000 units by 2028 with incentives like the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, offering up to £7500 for switching from gas boilers to heat pumps.
This grant, which is available to everyone will require a top up payment to install an air source heat pump but as a like for like comparison, air source heat pumps are now cheaper than a standard gas boiler when combined with a grant.
How do I apply for a heat pump grant?
If you live in England or Wales, your installer can apply for a £7,500 grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme to cut the cost of installing your air source heat pump. The scheme covers heat pump installations that take place before the end of March 2028.
If you live in Scotland, you can apply for an air source heat pump grant from Home Energy Scotland. This offers grants of £7,500, which increases to £9,000 for people in remote areas who qualify for the rural uplift. In Scotland, you can also apply for an interest-free loan of up to £7,500 to cover the remaining costs. This means that most households in Scotland can get financial support of up to £15,000 for installing an air source heat pump.
There are also grants for low-income households across the UK which can get you an air source heat pump along with other upgrades such as solar panels and insultation. If you receive government benefits, you may qualify for additional support through the ECO4 scheme.
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Customer satisfaction in the UK
So, people in the UK are actually pretty happy with their air source heat pumps. A survey by the Energy Saving Trust threw up some cool stats: about 81% of folks with these pumps are as happy, if not happier, than they were with their old heating systems. And guess what? It doesn’t matter if you live in an old cottage or a shiny new apartment – these pumps are rocking it everywhere, busting the myth that they’re only good for the latest, super-insulated homes.
Also, according to a survey by Eunomia Research and Consulting, more than 80% of households in Great Britain were as satisfied or more satisfied with heat pumps compared with previous heating systems. The survey also found that most users would recommend heat pumps to others, and that they had a positive impact on their quality of life.
But don’t just take our word for it. Here are some reviews from Warma UK customers who have installed heat pumps, solar panels, and insulation through the Eco grant scheme:
Real experiences from Warma UK customers
Warma UK can guide you through the whole grant process, from initial enquiry through to removal of your old heating system and installation of your new one. Just take a look at some of the reviews left by satisfied customers over at Trustpilot.
Need grant assistance for heat pumps? Warma UK is your go-to company.
The UK government, aiming to install 600,000 heat pumps by 2028, offers up to £7,500 through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme for switching from gas boilers to heat pumps. Additionally, the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, including ECO4, provides extra financial support for energy-efficient home upgrades.
Navigating these grants can be complex, but Warma UK makes it easy. They guide you from grant application to heat pump installation, simplifying your transition to an energy-efficient home. With Warma UK, you could even get a free air source heat pump under certain grant schemes, and generally, installation costs are lower than traditional boilers.
Considering a switch to a greener heating solution? Reach out to Warma UK and join many others in enjoying a warmer, more eco-friendly home at a lower cost.