Air Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) extract heat from the air and use it for heating and hot water systems. This is one of the most popular renewable energy solutions on the UK market.
The temperature outside doesn’t impact the effectiveness of an Air Source Heat Pump. Even in freezing conditions, this is a viable property heating system. Although an ASHP needs a small amount of electricity to function, this solution requires much less power than a conventional heating system. It is officially classified as renewable energy technology, and property owners can benefit financially from the UK government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
This solution is not suitable for every property, but we can help you through the whole process to understand suitability, installation process, and ongoing maintenance.
Not sure whether your home is suitable for an Air Source Heat Pump? Contact us for advice.
Adds value to your property
Earn an income through domestic RHI scheme
Reduces your home's carbon emissions
No more oil, LPG or gas bills
Low-maintenance, 'fit-and-forget' technology
No planning permission required in England and Scotland
3 Bedroom House
Monthly Savings: £16* + Government subsidy £65** = £81 Total Yearly Savings: £200* + Government subsidy £785** = £985 Total 7 Year Savings: £1,400* + Government subsidy £6900** = £8,300 Total
5 Bedroom House
Monthly Savings: £25* + Government subsidy £85** = £110 Total Yearly Savings: £300* + Government subsidy £1,028** = £1,328 Total 7 Year Savings: £2,100* + Government subsidy £7,200** = £9,300 Total
*Typical savings for a house switching from oil fired heating **Typical amount received in RHI payments, for installing renewable heating
Air Source Heat Pump FAQs
An Air Source Heat Pump works with the same principles as a refrigerator. Think of your home as the refrigerated box kept at a different temperature to the outside environment. With a fridge, you want the inside to be cooler than the outside. With an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) the principle is reversed. Heat is extracted from the air “outside the box” (the air that surrounds your home) and is released into your home via the central heating or hot water systems.
The ASHP system functions by circulating a fluid with a low boiling point to extract heat from the air and transfer the heat inside the building. When the fluid absorbs the heat from the air it evaporates into a gaseous state. The gas passes through a pump, which compresses it, further increasing its temperature. The gas then passes over the heat exchanger (a condenser), which causes it to condense back into a liquid state, releasing its heat to be circulated inside the building.
No, not every property is 100% compatible with Air Source Heat Pump technology. It’s important to have the right conditions for the system to function most efficiently. This type of pump is most effective when used in conjunction with an air-based heating systems or underfloor heating.
The reason for this is that the temperatures required from these systems are lower, so the heating requirements made on the heat pump are also lower. Building insulation levels must also be of a high standard to ensure that heat is not lost through poorly insulated walls or windows, and that the effects are not ruined by draughts.
For more information about whether your property is suitable for an ASHP, contact us.