What is a heat pump?

January 20, 2023
3 min read

All you need to know about air source heat pumps

So what is a heat pump? A heat pump is a technical piece of equipment used to create renewable energy by either converting captured heat from the ground, or heat from the air, and transforming it into usable energy for your home or business. There are two types of heat pump: ground source heat pumps, or air source heat pumps.

In this blog we’re focusing on air source heat pumps which we’re now installing in a wide range of properties, including business premises, either as a stand alone renewable energy source, or alongside solar panels and solar batteries.

What is an air source heat pump?

Located outside your property, an air source heat pump extracts low grade heat from the outside air and converts it to usable energy by passing it through a compressor. The generated heat can be used to power indoor heating and hot water. They will even work at temperatures as low as -20℃ Inside your property the water heater part of the heat pump is typically located either in an airing cupboard or a boot room.

What is a heat pump? Air Source Heating System Installed by Green Building Renewables

If you have an LPG boiler or electric heating, with high energy bills to match, an air source heat pump could be a money-saving investment, especially as you could receive up to £5,000 financial support under the government’s boiler upgrade scheme (BUS). And, as a BUS-approved installer, you’ll have the peace of mind that you’re commissioning a trusted, professional company.

What are the advantages of an air source heat pump?

  1. Small and discreet – they can be installed outside your property against a wall
  2. Low maintenance – modern piece of equipment that are easy to maintain
  3. Long lifespan – typically 20 years
  4. Easy installation with minimum disruption
  5. Qualifies for £5000 financial support under the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS)
  6. All our installation work is covered by a 2 year warranty on our workmanship. Additionally, there are individual manufacturer’s warranties that cover manufacturing defects on each separate piece of technology. These range from 2 to 10 years, depending on the manufacturer, and we’ll advise you of this information as part of your quotation

Case study: air source heat pump installation

Read the case study of an Daventry couple who installed an air source heat pump to replace their LPG boiler.

What is the government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is a government initiative to give financial support to people who want to invest in renewable energy technologies. In this case of air source heat pumps, a BUS-approved installer can claim up to £5,000 towards the cost of your air source heat pump installation.

You can find out more here on the incentives and funding page of our website. This includes the latest up to date information from Ofgem on the
Boiler Upgrade Scheme from Ofgem

Fast track your air source heat pump quotation by checking your home’s suitability by using our Air Source Heat Pump calculator Please note that energy savings will also be dependent on your property type and the level of insulation that you have.

It’s worth noting that Green Building Renewables continues to invest in the ongoing training of its qualified and experienced engineers. By choosing us, you’ll have the peace of mind that comes from knowing that our team is:

  • NICEIC, Gas Safe and OFTEC registered
  • MCS installer certified.
  • FGAS certified and REFCOM accredited.
  • A member of the Renewable Energy Consumer Code (RECC).

Don’t forget, as a BUS-approved installer we will complete the funding application on your behalf.

If you’re considering investing in an air source heating pump, click on this link to find your nearest Green Building Renewables office and we can start the conversation.

Written By:

john gilham technical manager
John Gilham
When it comes to renewables, our Group Technical Manager, John Gilham is a big deal! Both metaphorically and literally speaking; his massive knowledge about all things renewable and low energy is matched by his physical presence. In 2016, John co-founded GoEco Renewables with our MD Chris Delaney, which marked a pivotal moment in his career. The move reflected his commitment to sustainable energy and positioned him as a leader in the industry. Want to know more about John then click here: Read More

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