We’re all very much aware of the government’s pledge to reach net-zero by 2050 and that switching to renewable energy will have a positive impact on our environment. But, how much do you know about the benefits of installing a renewable heating system, such as an air source heat pump, to your home? With the ban on installing gas boilers in new build properties teetering on the horizon, we take a closer look at the pros and cons of an air source heat pump.
Let’s look over some of the more common myths and questions in more detail.
How much CO2 will an air source heat pump really save?
Air source heat pumps are, on average, 300% more efficient than traditional methods of heating your home. Newer high-end models are already hitting 500% efficiency. The amount of carbon that you can save will depend on what you have used previously. If you are switching from a boiler, you will generally cut your carbon footprint by 45%.
Aren’t they expensive to install?
There’s no getting away from the fact that it is expensive to install an air source heat pump. The government have introduced an up-front £5k grant to help reduce the overall cost. It’s advisable when comparing prices if you consider the lifespan of the machine. Air source heat pumps are low maintenance and only need replacing every twenty years, whilst gas boilers should be changed every ten.
This all sounds great, but is an air source heat pump suitable for my home?
We get this question a lot. It is easier to install an air source heat pump to a new build property or one that is undergoing a complete renovation. However, if you are prepared to make some changes, a retrofit does not have to be a write off. You might need to upgrade your radiators and pipe work, depending on what is already in situ. The biggest impact is insulation, if your home is not adequately insulated, your heat pump will not operate at maximum efficiency.
Are they noisy?
This is a common myth that we often get asked about. Air source heat pumps are designed not to exceed 42 decibels. To put this in perspective, an electric toothbrush operates at 60dB, a refrigerator at 50dB and quite library sounds emit 40dB. So, even if you are stood right next to it, it’s about as loud as someone talking in a hushed voice.
The can cool too.
It’s quite handy to know, when selecting which type of pump will suit your family’s needs, that some models are designed to cool your home as well as heat it.
If you have any further questions about whether your home is suitable for renewable energy or would like to find out more about the products and services we deliver, please get in touch with our friendly team.