Air source Heat Pumps, also referred to as ASHP’s deliver heat at lower temperatures than traditional fuels like gas and oil and operate more efficiently because they extract heat from the air. Throughout winter, a well-designed ASHP system may be used constantly to heat your home efficiently. It works well when combined with both underfloor heating and high surface area, low temperature radiators. ASHPs can be a viable alternative to gas boilers in providing domestic hot water. Depending on the fuel that you will be replacing when having an ASHP installed, you will have a good chance of reducing your carbon footprint.
The benefits of choosing air source based systems...
How does ASHP work…
An air source heat pump system absorbs heat from the outside air and transfers this to a fluid. The fluid then passes through a compressor to increase the temperature so it can provide the heat for heating and hot water requirements within the home. These systems can extract heat from outside temperatures as low as -15o C, however the efficiency of the system will decrease during particularly cold spells of weather. The electricity consumption of a heat pump is affected by the amount the heat pump needs to lift the temperature. If the heat pump only needs to lift the temperature from an outside air temperature of 10°C to 35°C it will work much more efficiently than having to lift from 0°C to 45°C. The SPF (Seasonal Performance Factor) or sometimes called the SCOP (Seasonal Coefficient of Performance) defines how efficiently the heat pump will run on average across all seasons. ASHP’s can either heat air to water or air to air systems.
Air to water systems pass heat to any wet central heating system, and because the ASHP runs at a lower temperature than traditional boilers, these deliver energy saving efficiencies. These systems are great when heating underfloor systems and larger radiators which produce lower temperatures and work over a longer period of time. Air to air systems work in a simplified way, in which warm air is circulated by fans to heat your home, these systems do not normally provide hot water. We have detailed below the information you will need when considering the installation of your new Air Source Heat Pump system. Please take time to read our proposal carefully and should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask, we’re only a phone call away.
OFGEM Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)
Solarpowerful are currently an approved installer of the BUS Scheme
What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) supports the decarbonisation of heat in buildings. It provides upfront capital grants to support the installation of heat pumps and biomass boilers in homes and non-domestic buildings in England and Wales.
Acting on behalf of property owners, installers can apply for:
- £5000 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump
- £5000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler
- £6000 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump, including water source heat pumps
£450 million of grant funding is available over three years from 2022 to 2025
Please visit the link below for more information