Air Source Heat Pump Installation Costs
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Why an Air Source Heat Pump?
With standard heating bills increasing at a level much higher than inflation, many of us are now looking at different ways to heat our homes. An air source heat pump is just one possible solution. This relatively new technology uses the heat from outside air to heat radiators, water or under floor heating systems.
In this article we will look more closely at how air source heat pumps work, their benefits and the costs associated with installing one in your property.
How does an Air Source Heat Pump Work?
The heat pump contains a fluid which absorbs heat from the air surrounding the machine at a low temperature. The fluid is then passed through the machine, which contains a compressor, and it is here that the temperature is increased. This heated fluid is then is used in the heating or hot water systems in your house.
There are two different air pumps available; an air to water system and an air to air system. An air to water system gives out the heat via the water in your central heating system. In effect, the air source pump heats the water like a boiler would although it is much more efficient. Air to air systems give out hot air which is circulated around a property by fans. They, however, cannot provide hot water.
What are the Advantages of an Air Source Heat Pump?
Many people may be questioning the point of purchasing an air source heat pump when it seems to do the same job as a traditional boiler. However, investing in this machine will result in lower heating bills, cut the carbon footprint of your home and it will require little maintenance.
Also, the UK government will soon introduce the Renewable Heat Incentive which will financially reward owners of air source heat pumps. The scheme is not due to be launched until late 2012 and details of the rewards are yet to be announced but rewards will be backdated for all systems installed since 2009.
How much does an Air Source Heat Pump Cost?
Installing an air source heat pump is not cheap and can cost anything in the region of £6,000 to £10,000. The pump runs on electricity so will have running costs, but it is impossible to assign a figure to this as it depends on the size of your home, how well insulated it is and how warm you choose to have it.
It is estimated, however, that a pump will save an average of £300 a year if it replaces a gas heating system and over £600 a year if it replaces an electric one.
Air source heat pumps are a more environmentally friendly way of heating your home compared to traditional gas and electric systems. The pumps are expensive to install but will save homeowners money on their standard heating bills. The government's Renewable Heat Incentive may also see further savings for owners of air source heat pumps which may make installing one an even more appealing option.