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Air Source Heat Pumps: How to Heat Your Home!

Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) can be used to heat your home and provide hot water; and they can absorb heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15o C. Unlike conventional boilers, ASHPs deliver heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time and are available in two systems; air-to-water and air-to-air.

How Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

ASHPs transport the heat from the air outside into a fluid that moves through a compressor which increases its temperature. The high temperature generated is then used to heat the property.

Air-to-water systems generate heat via a wet central heating system, whilst air-to-air systems circulate warm air through fans. Air-to-air systems are more suited to heat a property and are unlikely to provide hot water as well.

What Are The Benefits Of Air Source Heat Pumps?

ASHPs contribute to making a property more energy efficient, which in turn could lower energy bills and the property’s carbon emissions. Typical installation costs are between £6,000 and £10,000, and running costs depend on the size of the property and how well insulated it is. ASHPs are powered by electricity so won’t negate the need for fuel bills, however, you will save on the fuel you are replacing.

Government Incentives For Air Source Heat Pumps

After installing an ASHP you may be able to receive payments for the heat you generate through the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) launching in summer 2013. Installation costs for any systems installed after 1st August 2011 may also receive a one-off grant through the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme (available until the RHI is introduced to domestic customers).

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