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02 May 2019

Looking into the future of heating - air source heat pumps

By Oliver
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As the future of heating changes, heat pumps are being viewed as the future of the heating industry - a renewable heat source, with a no carbon footprint

Heat pumps are becoming a more popular form of household heating in the UK

As demand grows, more households across the UK are becoming familiar with how heat pumps work – converting air to heat and hot water, at up to four times the efficiency of traditional heating methods.

A renewable heat source, air source heat pumps have an almost non-existent carbon footprint, which has seen climate change activists promote the use of heat pumps across our homes.

Members of Parliament are currently discussing climate change and how to implement positive environmental changes into homes of the future – starting with banning gas boilers from new build homes from 2025. The alternative? Heat pumps.

Heating homes across the UK currently makes up approx. 14% of the total carbon emissions contribution. How great, then, for new build homes to be emission free! But what about the existing homes, already fitted with older heating solutions such as oil or gas boilers?

Whilst the cost of replacing your old boiler with a heat pump can look very expensive and perhaps a bit daunting, there are Government schemes in place to help offset the costs of installation. The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme, pays back the costs of installation over the course 7 years – and in some cases, households are paid back a little bit more than the money they initially invested in their heat pump.

How ASHPs work

Households who have a heat pump fitted also benefit from saving significant amounts on their energy bills. Air source heat pumps are typically 75% renewable energy and 25% electricity – no use for gas. Fully utilising the efficiency of heat pumps can save households approx. 40% of the cost for their current heating system.

Air source and ground source heat pumps maintain a consistent temperature throughout the day, unlike other boilers, to keep your home warm at a low temperature over a longer period. Although heat pumps look to be quite a large piece of equipment, they cause minimal disruption. Many are built with noise reduction and are certified with the ‘Quiet Mark’ to ensure households remain unaware of the pump working in the background.

50five are leading providers in heating solutions across the UK, providing smart advice on the best solution for your home. Our team of expert engineers create a design for all new heat pump systems, complete with new radiators and heating controls where required.

To find out more about air source heat pumps, and the options available to you from 50five, visit our air source heat pump page, or contact the team at sales@50five.co.uk or call 0800 612 5050


Written by Oliver

Oliver is a Content Specialist for 50five UK