Air Source Heat Pump

What is it?

Air Source Heat pumps absorb the heat in the air outside. This is then harnessed to heat radiators and the heating systems in your home. It can also be used for your hot water.

How it works?

The heat in the outside air is absorbed into a fluid. The fluid is then compressed to increase the temperature and this higher temperature is transferred to your house’s heating and hot water systems.

The two main types of Air Source Heat Pumps are:

  • Air to Water – This is where the heat is transferred to your central heating system. It works best at low temperatures, so is more suited to underfloor heating systems.
  • Air to Air – This takes the warm air and circulates it around your home via fans.

What are the benefits?

  • Can reduce your fuel bills – especially when replacing electric heaters.
  • Can lower your homes carbon emissions

How much does it cost?

This depends on the size of your property and the system you require. Typical systems range from £6,000 to £10,000.

How much can I earn?

The Governments RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) will launch in summer 2013.

This means that you could receive money for lowering your carbon emissions.

What are the next steps?

Air Source heat pumps work best with underfloor heating. You need to think about the sorts of energy technologies you are replacing and what you want from the Air Source Heat pump. Another factor to consider is how energy efficient your home is. If your house is well insulated and free from draughts, the system will be more efficient. If you are unsure, we will be happy to come and assess your property and help you choose the best system for you.