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Air Source Heat Pumps FAQ’s

All your questions answered about installing an air source heat pump within your home or business.

What is a heat pump?

A heat pump works by extracting air from outside a building and converting this air into usable energy which provides heat for homes or businesses.

How does a heat pump work?

A heat pump takes heat from the outside air and sends it through a compression cycle.

Do air source heat pumps work in winter?

Yes, an air source heat pump can work effectively in temperatures as low as -20 degrees. So no matter how cold it may feel outside, your heat pump will still generate enough heat to keep your home warm.

Do I need planning permission for a heat pump?

In most cases the installation of a heat pump is permitted development providing certain limitations and conditions are met. Further requirements may apply if you live in a listed building or conservation area.

How efficient are heat pumps?

Heat pumps are much more efficient than traditional heating systems such as gas boilers. They use a small amount of electricity to produce more heat. Generally, a heat pump is 300% efficient whereas a traditional gas boiler is only 85%.

Is a heat pump noisy?

An air source heat pump is located outdoors and typically emits sound between 55-5 dB(A), this will depend on the manufacturer and the output.

Is there funding for heat pumps?

Yes, the boiler upgrade scheme is government funding available to help with the cost of installing a heat pump in your home. There are vouchers available for up to £7,500 towards the cost of replacing your fossil-fuelled heating system with an air-source heat pump.