If you are not on gas then heat pumps could be for you.
What are Heat Pumps?Heat Pumps use the refrigeration process, but instead of cooling they heat. There are two main types of heat pump, Air-source and Ground-source. As the name suggests, Air-source takes the heat out of the air and Ground-source takes the heat from the ground. They both can be connected to standard radiators or, preferably, to an underfloor heating system. Heat pumps aren’t suitable for every home as they heat water to a lower temperature than traditional boilers, so are most suitable for well-insulated properties.
Air Source Heat PumpsBecause groundworks are not required, these systems are less expensive and the most popular heat pump. They can be used in flats and urban areas, but are particularly suited to properties which are off the gas grid.
Ground Source Heat PumpsThese are more efficient, but because of the groundworks, have a higher initial cost. As a rule of thumb you’ll need twice the area of the property to lay the pipework. An alternative is to use a borehole but these are even more expensive especially if more than one borehole is needed.
Renewable Heat IncentiveThe Governments Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will make payments depending on the amount of heat generated. To qualify for the RHI you’ll need to have a Green Deal Report.
How can we help?We can provide a Green Deal Report which is a key criteria of the scheme and we can survey your property to see if it is suitable for a heat pump system and show you how much you can expect to receive from the RHI scheme. We can also provide MCS compliant heat loss calculations. A Green Deal Report can be provided for £100 inclusive and we can also provide an independent heat pump survey for an additional £75.
For further information please visit here for the RHI, here for air source heat pumps and here for ground source heat pumps.