Air source heat pumps (ASHP) are appliances that use a refrigerant process to absorb heat from the outside air and then transfer that heat into a building’s water or heating system.
It’s a device that can be used in both cold and warm climates to heat or cool buildings, making it a versatile option for both residential and commercial properties. Air source heat pumps are also more efficient than traditional heating systems, using very little electricity to run.
Air source heat pumps are a low-carbon more environmentally friendly way of heating your home. With the energy price cap increase from April, and the expected rise again in October, it is a great way to combat those ever increasing energy bills and become less reliant on fossil fuels.
It is important to insulate your home first
it is important to assess whether your home is adequately insulated beforehand. Energy-saving insulation measures, such as cavity wall and loft insulation, will reduce the heat loss from your home and maximise how effective a newly installed air source heat pump will be.
Government Boiler Upgrade Scheme
In an effort to encourage homeowners to upgrade their heating system to a low-carbon alternative, such as air source heat pumps, the UK government has recently launched a Boiler Upgrade Scheme. This scheme offers grants of £5,000 to eligible households living in England and Wales, which will contribute to the overall cost of air source heat pumps.
This three-year scheme is expected to run until 2025, with £450 million funding available.
How much is it to have an air source heat pump installed?
Installing an air source heat pump in your home can cost anywhere between £7,000 and £13,000. A survey would need to be undertaken to give you an exact cost and to check your home is suitable. If you are eligible for the grant, you will have £5,000 towards the cost, leaving a shortfall for you to pay.