Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are highly efficient renewable heating systems with the potential to significantly reduce your energy bills. They require little maintenance and can operate at temperatures as low as -15°C, making them a practical and cost-effective renewable heating system for your home.
Both new and existing properties can benefit from the energy-saving capabilities of an air source heat pump. Air source heat pumps make most financial sense in properties that rely on expensive heating fuels such as electricity, oil, or LPG. If your property is connected to the gas grid you can also save money by installing an air source heating system, providing your home is well-insulated to ensure maximum efficiency.
Whether you are building a new property, renovating, or simply looking to transition to a more sustainable heating system, our experienced air source heat pump installers will work with you to deliver a high-quality solution that is tailored to your household’s specific heating requirements. So, if you are located in the Suffolk area and interested in our air source heat pump installation service, contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our fully qualified renewable heating systems specialists.
How do Air Source Heat Pumps Work?
Air source heat pumps are externally located units that extract heat from the air outside. This heat is then used to supply your central heating and hot water needs. Heat pumps produce heat at lower temperatures than traditional heating systems, meaning larger radiators or underfloor heating may be required to maximise heat distribution throughout your property. That said, even when the temperature outside drops below freezing, an air source heat pump can still generate 100% of your heating and hot water needs.
Types of Air Source Heat Pumps
There are two types of air source heat pumps available:
Air-to-water source heat pumps are the most common type of air source heat pump installed here in the UK. Simply explained, air-to-water source heat pumps work by extracting, compressing, and condensing outside air to produce hot water. This water is then distributed to your taps and radiators via a network of pipes, much like a conventional ‘wet’ heating system.
Air-to-air source heat pumps (also known as air conditioning units) are less common here in the UK. As their name suggests, air-to-air source heat pumps increase room temperature by transferring heat from outside air to the air inside your home. Unlike air-to-water source heat pumps, air-to-air heating systems do not heat water, meaning you’ll need a separate system to meet your household’s hot water requirements.
Air Source Heat Pump Installation Process
While our air source heat pump installation process is tailored to your household’s specific requirements, you can expect it to look something like this:
Benefits of Installing an Air Source Heat Pump
Our air source heat pump installation service offers many benefits, from lower energy bills to reducing your household’s carbon footprint.
Following your air source heat pump installation, regular servicing and maintenance can help prevent breakdowns and prolong the lifespan of your heat pump.
Besides frequent visual inspections to check for debris such as leaves that could be caught in the fan’s grilles and blocking your air source heat pump’s air supply, we recommend a professional annual service to ensure optimal performance. Likewise, if you encounter a problem that can’t be identified visually, you should contact a qualified engineer to diagnose and repair the issue.
In comparison to other domestic heating systems, air source heat pumps require little maintenance and typically have a lifespan of twenty years or more. If you do experience any issues, our responsive team of renewable heating systems specialists will go above and beyond to devise an effective solution, ensuring you’re not left in the cold.
Air Source Heat Pump Installation
Is an air source heat pump suitable for my home?
Both new and existing homes can benefit from the energy-saving capabilities of an air source heat pump. As long as your property is well-insulated, an air source heat pump installation is likely to be a suitable option for your home. Air source heat pumps can be installed in any sized property, in both rural and urban locations, and are a great alternative to ground source heat pumps for properties with little outdoor space. Other signs that an air source heat pump is right for you include:
- If you are looking for a sustainable heating system for your home
- If your property is well-insulated (to ensure efficiency and low running costs)
- If you are installing (or already have) an underfloor heating system, as air source heat pumps produce heat at a lower temperature than traditional central heating systems so a larger area (bigger radiators or underfloor heating) is required for heat distribution.
For further advice, or to discuss your specific requirements with a qualified air source heat pump installer, contact B. A. Boyle and Son today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation.
Do air source heat pumps still work in cold weather?
Yes – an air source heat pump will work effectively throughout the year, even in cold weather. Air source heat pumps work by extracting warmth from passing air, which is possible at temperatures as low as -15°C. While it might feel cold outside, your air source heat pump will still be able to generate heat for your property's central heating system. Although you might get less heat for every unit of electricity during the winter (as your heat pump might require energy to defrost itself), air source heat pumps remain one of the most efficient ways to heat your home all year round.
For more information about the efficiency of our air source heat pumps, contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified heat pump installers.
How much does an air source heat pump cost to install?
The cost of installing an air source heat pump is dependent on numerous factors, including the size of your property, whether your property is a new-build or an older building with an existing heating system, the heat pump model you choose, and your existing heating system. In addition to the cost of an air source heat pump installation, you should factor in the cost of investing in better insulation and removing and/or upgrading elements of your existing heating system. This might include installing larger radiators or underfloor heating, as heat pumps produce heat at a lower temperature than traditional heating systems, meaning a bigger surface area is required to ensure sufficient heat distribution.
Although an air source heat pump can be expensive to install, you are likely to see a return on your investment as a result of lower energy bills, especially as fuel prices continue to rise. For a more specific estimate regarding how much an air source heat pump installation might cost you, contact B. A. Boyle and Son today – our experienced team will be happy to help.
Can I install an air source heat pump myself?
Installing an air source heat pump requires an in-depth understanding of low-temperature heating systems and their controls. The process involves making electrical connections and designing and installing plumbing circuits – complex tasks which should only be carried out by a qualified electrician and engineer. It might be tempting to try to save money by installing your new air source heat pump yourself, but this is is likely to lead to more costs later on if the heat pump is not fitted or set up correctly.
B. A. Boyle’s experienced renewable heating systems specialists are fully qualified to design and install a variety of renewable heating solutions for your home, including air source heat pumps. So, if you are located in the Suffolk area and considering an air source heat pump installation, contact us today to arrange a free, no-obligation consultation with a member of our friendly team.
What maintenance does an air source heat pump require after installation?
Air source heat pumps require little maintenance in comparison to other domestic heating systems and typically have a lifespan of twenty years or more. The main thing to ensure is that there’s a sufficient supply of air – this means checking for leaves or other debris caught in the fan’s grilles and cutting back any plants that are growing too close to the heat pump unit. In cold weather, you should also clear any snow and check that the heat pump isn’t blocked by ice. Besides regular visual inspections, it’s recommended that you get your heat pump professionally serviced once a year to ensure optimal performance. Likewise, if you encounter any problems that can’t be identified with a visual inspection, you should contact a qualified engineer to diagnose and repair the issue.
B. A. Boyle and Son are committed to installing quality products from reputable manufacturers to the highest possible standard – contact us today to arrange a free no-obligation consultation with one of our qualified air source heat pump installers.