Air source heat pumps are fast becoming a popular choice for homeowners who are looking for renewable heating solutions. Air source heat pumps are one of the most economical and sustainable solutions available. We have a helpful guide explaining what air source heat pumps are and why they are a popular heating alternative to the gas boiler.
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Frequently asked questions
Air source heat pump installations start from £12,000. Many factors can contribute to the price, including the size of the property, EPC rating and the type and size of heat pump you require.
If you want to embark on a renewable heating journey but are worried about the initial cost, you could look into an air source heat pump grant. The government offer a boiler upgrade scheme to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps. You can find out about the boiler upgrade scheme here. Please note, if you wish to take advantage of the grant, you must meet all requirements stated, and Swale Heating will apply for the grant on your behalf.
This form of renewable energy takes existing heat energy from outside the home and converts it to energy.
By compressing and converting outside air from liquid to gas, this energy then coverts to heat due to increased compression. This heated gas then passes into a heat exchanger, which is then circulated around your home.
You can read more about this on our website, here.
Yes, but you need to consider the type of heating system you currently have. Air source heat pumps work most efficiently with underfloor heating or large radiators, as they operate at lower temperatures. If your home doesn't have these, you may need to make adjustments to your heating system.
You'll need a suitable outdoor location for the heat pump unit. It can be wall-mounted or ground-based, but it requires ample space for good air circulation. Ensure your property has the necessary outdoor space for this.
Yes, well-insulated and draft-proofed homes are more suitable for air source heat pumps. These systems work best when producing heat at lower temperatures compared to traditional boilers, so minimising heat loss is crucial for efficiency.
The size of your property is a significant factor. Larger properties may require more powerful heat pumps to adequately heat the space. We can carry out an energy assessment can help determine the appropriate size for your home.
You'll need an up-to-date EPC for your property. It's essential to check whether your home meets the minimum efficiency requirements outlined in the EPC, and there should be no pending recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.
You can find your EPC or apply for a new one online at www.gov.uk/find-energy-certificate
From April 1st, 2022, the government will be offering grants to encourage property owners to upgrade their boilers to low carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps through a boiler upgrade scheme (BUS). The scheme will run from 2022 to 2025 and will be available in England and Wales for owners of domestic and small non-domestic properties.
There is terms and conditions that apply to the grant but here at Swale Heating we are able to support your application to ensure you know these before we start.