What is an Air Source Heat Pump?
- One of the most commonly used and simplest of heat pumps to install
- It uses the outside air to heat your water to high temperatures, either for hot water use or space heating, through a radiator or underfloor heating system
- Can work at temperatures as low as -25°C¹
- Provides efficient renewable energy to heat your property and hot water
- With an Air Source Heat Pump 1kW of electricity will produce up to 4kW of heat energy in your home, reducing your carbon footprint and saving you money
Why Install an Air Source Heat Pump?
- Save up to 50% on your annual heating and hot water bills
- Reduce your output of harmful carbon emissions by up to 6,100kgs per year, helping in the fight against the worrying effects of climate change
- Potential earnings of up to £11,000 in RHI payments
- Receive over £1,600 in government funded MMSP payments when you also install an MMSP monitoring system on your Air Source Heat Pump
How Does it Work?
- By efficiently supplying hot water to the radiators at a constant temperature Air Source Heat Pump’s provide a controlled level of warmth year-round and all the hot water you need.
- An Air Source Heat Pump is based on one simple principle, heat transfer – using a small amount of energy to transfer low-grade heat from the air to high-grade heat, heating water to high temperatures. Essentially transferring heat from a ‘free heat source’ like the air to a ‘heat sink’ like your home.
The Vapour Compression Cycle
- The outside air is pumped across refrigerant filled coils, causing the liquid refrigerant to increase in temperature and produce hot gas.
- This hot refrigerant gas then enters the compressor where its temperature increases further as a result of the compression process – much like a bicycle pump heats up during its use.
- The hot refrigerant gas is then condensed turning back into a liquid. This, now high-temperature water, is distributed via the buildings heating circuit to provide you with hot water and heat your home.
- This process is repeated to provide a constant temperature to the property.
Air Source Heat Pumps can reduce your annual heating and hot water bills by up to 50% against fossil fuel alternatives² and it often pays for itself within the grant period set out within the Renewable Heat Incentiveⁿ (7 years of payments for a domestic property).
However, each and every property is different so upfront cost, bill reduction and your ROI is never going to be a one answer fits all. The best way to find out how much an Air Source Heat Pump can reduce your heating and hot water bills is to speak to us directly for a free, no obligation quote.
What is the Renewable Heat Incentive?
The RHI is a Government backed scheme which pays the owner of a renewable technology, such as a heat pump, for generating renewable energy on site. To qualify for these quarterly payments, which last seven years, you will need to use an MCS accredited company – such as Ecovision – and ensure your MCS accredited product is installed to MCS standards.
The MCS (Microgeneration Certification Scheme) is there to ensure the system is safely installed by professionally qualified installers and performs to the standards required by the Government.
How do I apply for the Renewable Heat Incentive?
The RHI is administered by Ofgem and as the owner of the system, you will need to make the application for the RHI. We will of course ensure you have all the required paperwork to successfully complete this; this is supplied as part of your handover pack and we will be on hand to help at any point throughout the process.
How big is an Air Source Heat Pump?
The heat pump will be positioned externally and will be approximately 1,000mm wide and between 740 to 1350mm tall. The depth of the unit is 330mm, but you will need to allow 300mm behind and 1,000mm in front of the unit.
We will locate the cylinder internally, usually in the same location of your current cylinder. The controls are typically mounted on the cylinder or nearby and are similar in size to that of a shoe box.
How long do Air Source Heat Pumps take to install?
On average Ecovision can fully install an Air Source Heat Pump in less than 4 days and, if required, we can partially replace or install a complete radiator or underfloor heating system.
Can I change the temperature within my home?
The heat pump will be weather compensated which means that you set the temperature you want within your home and the heat pump uses the least amount of electricity required to achieve the desired temperature.
As the outside temperature reduces, or indeed increases, the heat pump will automatically react and adjust its output to maintain your chosen internal temperature. It does this via a range of sensors strategically placed within the system – you simply set your desired temperature and let the heat pump do the rest.
Our customers often report an improvement in comfort levels as the heat pump maintains a constant temperature rather than allowing the internal temperature to fluctuate based upon a traditional time clock.
Will an Air Source Heat Pump keep me warm in winter?
Yes, the system will be capable of providing all of your heating and hot water throughout the year without any requirement for a supplementary boiler. They can provide up to 4 times as much heat as an electric heater using the same amount of energy.
Do I need to coordinate any other trades on site?
No, Ecovision can undertake the entire installation, providing the complete design, supply, installation and commissioning of the system, without any need for third parties or subcontractors.
During Ecovision’s many years of business we have found that the biggest issue for customers is ensuring that everyone knows what and when their responsibility starts and ends. We have found that by offering the complete installation we ensure that we remain in control of the whole process as well as being entirely responsible for the successful completion of the installation with our in-house installers reporting directly to Ecovision.
Does an Air Source Heat Pump make a lot of noise?
An Air Source Heat Pump will make some noise when they are operating, as a compressor and fan are in motion, however, this noise can be far less than you may think. Before an Air Source Heat Pump can be installed they must pass a noise assessment, ensuring you never hear the Heat Pump from inside your property. Furthermore, with a decibel rating similar to, or less than, that of a conventional boiler, your neighbours shouldn’t even know it’s there.
Does an Air Source Heat Pump require lots of maintenance?
Generally, Air Source Heat Pumps require very little maintenance, as they are a sealed unit, much like your fridge. Though it is recommended that you inspect and clean your Air Source Heat Pump annually, clearing any build-up of leaves or debris from behind the unit.
Ecovision can complete this task as part of an annual service, leaving you with absolutely no maintenance requirements.
Will an Air Source Heat Pump work with my existing radiators?
Ecovision will have to complete a full room-by-room emitter (radiator) assessment before any installation takes place to ensure your existing radiator circuit is capable of emitting the heat required. This is a government requirement in order to be eligible for the RHI subsidy.
We usually find that most of the radiators are suitable but that some will need to be changed to meet the government’s accreditation standards. These changes will ensure the lowest possible running costs and the cost of any changes will be made clear in your quotation.
¹Heating range based on a 14 kW NIBE F2300 Air Source Heat Pump (NIBE.co.uk). Other manufacturers report similar ranges.
²Energy savings based on replacing an existing G-rated oil or LPG boiler with a Mitsubishi Ecodan 8.5kW Air Source Heat Pump (www.ecovisionsystems.co.uk/save-up-to-50-on-energy-bills).
ⁿPotential earnings of over £9,000 in RHI payments for installing an Air Source Heat Pump based on a 3+ bed detatched house (Which.co.uk). RHI payments are based on the annual estimated payments in the potential earnings over the seven-year period. You can also earn an additional £1,610 over 7 years when you install a Domestic MMSP monitoring system (Ofgem.gov.uk).