Air Source Heat Pumps
Air Source Heat Pumps are one of the most advanced renewable energy, efficient heating systems available today, and are a genuine alternative or replacement for a gas or oil fired boilers. The main benefits of Heat Pumps are reduced running costs, lower maintenance and reduced emissions.
With conventional boilers, for every 1kWh of gas energy the boiler uses, it provides less than 1kWh of heat energy. With an ASHP for every 1kWh of electrical energy used by the system, it produces on average 3.6kWh of heat energy, making it more than three times as efficient as a conventional boiler . Air source heat pumps are a natural choice for low carbon heating and hot water systems.
The heat pump unit is placed outside and is connected straight into the heating system and hot water cylinder. The heat pump then converts the naturally occurring energy from the air and uses this to provide domestic space heating and hot water.
Heat pumps can be used in many applications, either new builds with Underfloor heating or retro fitted to a modified radiator system.
For a quite mature technology, heat Pumps hold a very small market share in relation to other household heating technologies. In Scandinavia, heat pumps can be found in around 350 per 10,000 households, which is 50 times the penetration level in the UK.
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Air Source Heat Pumps Installation
Aspen Renewables is MCS registered and has been installing ASHP systems for over 10 years with many hundreds of successful installations. As an experienced MCS installer of ASHP technology, Aspen Renewables Ltd will undertake the full MCS design process to ensure that the system meets the property’s heating and hot water needs.
To help homeowners switch to low carbon heating, the government launched the new Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) on 1st April 2022. The scheme has funding for three years and a total budget of £450m. Low carbon heating systems such as air source heat pumps (ASHPs) could qualify for a £5,000 grant towards the cost of replacing traditional fossil fuelled boilers [oil, gas, or LPG]. To find out more about the scheme please click here.
Further to the Chancellor’s spring statement renewable / low carbon heating systems such as Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) are now zero-rated for VAT. The 0% VAT rate is designed to further encourage homeowners to switch from fossil fuelled boiler systems to low carbon heating solutions as part of the UK target reduction in emissions.
The zero VAT rate for ASHP installations is schedule to remain in place for five years, starting from April 2022.
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