Air Source Heat Pumps
Heat your home with energy absorbed from the air around you.
Air source heat pumps absorb heat from the outside air. This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor heating systems, or warm air convectors and hot water in your home.
Energy absorbed from the air!
A well-maintained air source heat pump system should operate for 20 years or more. However they do require some quality and regular scheduled maintenance. A yearly check by a qualified and professional supplier is sufficient.
GDS Property Services leaves written and digitally available details of any maintenance checks your tenants should do to ensure everything is working properly. Checking that the air inlet grill and evaporator are free of leaves or other debris is important. Any plants that have started to grow near the heat pump unit should also be removed.
Levels of anti-freeze and its concentration are one of the things we check when servicing your system. If your heat pump has external refrigeration pipes, (very unusual for a domestic system) these will need to be serviced annually by a refrigeration engineer. We sort all of this out for you in your service plan.
There’s more information over at The Energy Saving Trust Including this video:
Savings with Air Source Heat Pumps
Did you know…you can save up to £610 on your heating bills by using Air Source heat Pumps.
*The above savings are based upon a 3 bed room semi-detached house. Please note that savings can vary depending upon property and fuel source.
- lower fuel bills, especially if you are replacing conventional electric heating
- could provide extra income through Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI)
- could lower your home’s carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing
- can heat your home and provide hot water
- needs little maintenance – they’re called ‘fit and forget’ technology
Costs of Air Source Heat Pumps
Installing a typical system costs around £6,000 to £10,000. Running costs will vary depending on a number of factors – including the size of your home, and how well insulated it is, and what room temperatures you are aiming to achieve.
More Information on Air Source Heat Pumps
Heat from the air is absorbed at low temperature into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a compressor where its temperature is increased, and transfers its higher temperature heat to the heating and hot water circuits of the house. There are two main types of air source heat pump system:
An air-to-water system distributes heat via your wet central heating system. Heat pumps work much more efficiently at a lower temperature than a standard boiler system would. So they are more suitable for underfloor heating systems or larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time.
An air-to-air system produces warm air which is circulated by fans to heat your home. They are unlikely to provide you with hot water as well.
To tell if an air source heat pump is right for you, there are a few key questions to consider:
Do you have somewhere to put it? You’ll need a place outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It will need plenty of space around it to get a good flow of air. A sunny wall is ideal.
Is your home well insulated? Since air source heat pumps work best when producing heat at a lower temperature than traditional boilers, it’s essential that your home is insulated and draught-proofed well for the heating system to be effective.
What fuel will you be replacing? The system will pay for itself much more quickly if it’s replacing an electricity or coal heating system. Heat pumps may not be the best option for homes using mains gas.
What type of heating system will you use? Air source heat pumps can perform better with underfloor heating systems or warm air heating than with radiator-based systems because of the lower water temperatures required.
Is the system intended for a new development? Combining the installation with other building work can reduce the cost of installing the system.
Sources we used for Information on Air Source Heat Pumps
GDS Property Services have used the following sources to obtain specific and accurate information. This allows us to provide up-to-date, valid facts and figures, on the costs, savings, and general information on Air Source Heat Pumps.