Air Source Heat Pumps Explained
Posted on 28 February 2016
An air source heat pump is usually placed outside at the side or back of a property, and absorbs heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a heat pump. This heat is then used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems or even warm air convectors and hot water in your home.
Heat pumps have some impact on the environment as they need electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally. Besides, the energy they are able to generate greatly exceeds the electricity consumed.
Some of the many benefits of installing an air source heat pump (ASHP) include lower fuel bills (if replacing conventional electric heating); a possible source of alternative income through government programmes or a reduction of your carbon footprint.
Installing a typical system costs around 6,000 to 10,000 pounds. Running costs will vary depending on a number of factors - including the size of your home, and how well insulated it is, and what room temperatures you are aiming to achieve.
You may be able to receive payments for the heat you generate using a heat pump through the government's Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) (http://www.ofgem.gov.uk/e-serve/RHI/Pages/RHI.aspx). This scheme should be launched in Summer 2013.For systems installed after 1 August 2011, you may be able to get help with the installation costs of a new air source heat pump through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment scheme. If you are considering an installation of an ASHP or would like to get information about alternative heating solutions please contact us on (tel) or email us. Green Solar will be more than happy to help. on on thin and any upcoming events visit Cambridge Carbon Footprint's website at www.cambidgecarbonfootprint.org.