If you’re considering installing an air source heat pump, or ASHP in your property, you’ll already be aware of their cost saving potential and green credentials. However, there are some other factors to consider when converting from a conventional boiler to an ASHP, so these are the 5 questions you need to ask.
Is an ASHP suitable for my home?
An ASHP system can work in most homes, but it will work most efficiently if you have excellent insulation including in your cavity walls and loft space. You’ll also need a suitable exterior space to install the unit itself.
Can an ASHP deal with all my heating and water requirements?
Yes, it can. However, check with your installer first that you have the right size of pump for your property. If you heat your home with radiators, you may need to install larger and more energy efficient models to take full advantage of your ASHP.
I have underfloor heating, can I install an ASHP?
Underfloor heating is an ideal match for your ASHP because of the constant background heat it provides and the fact that it heats water to a comfortable 40 degrees. The low flow temperature integrates perfectly with underfloor heating systems for a sustainable heating solution.
Does an ASHP work all year round?
Even at -5 degrees, an ASHP can still convert heat from the air. In fact, the best pumps are rated to work at a temperature of -20 degrees. However, you can still use a secondary heat source such as a wood burning stove, for extra comfort. In fact heat pumps can be so intelligent and efficient that they won’t heat a room that is already at the desired temperature, where a log burner is present and lit for example. This makes an ASHP heating system particularly energy efficient.
Will an ASHP save me money?
Yes it will, providing savings on running costs of up to 26% over a gas boiler. Better yet, a typical 2 bedroom house can earn an annual income of around £2,500 from the Government’s Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive.
If you’re interested in the energy saving benefits of an air source heat pump for your home, then contact us at I-HT for more details.