Experts say that if you’re planning on home improvements this year, then go green. It seems a green mentality has been adopted by many homeowners over the last decade, explaining the fact that 43% of households recycle.
Whilst recycling is an obvious way of turning green, it isn’t doing anything to improve home energy efficiency and won’t have an impact on your bills. One of the ways to get the best of both worlds is with renewable technology and you won’t need eyesores such as wind turbines.
Introducing air source heat pumps
Air source heat pumps take the shape of a large air conditioning unit and are fitted to the external wall of your property, where there is a good supply of air. Heat is then extracted from the air and warmth can be taken from temperatures all the way down to -15 degrees Celsius. This heat can then be used in the home. The chances are you’ve never heard of this technology, but that isn’t a reason to dismiss it.
So how does this work? Heat is extracted from the air at a low temperature and this is absorbed into a fluid. A compressor is used to increase this temperature and then the heat is distributed to your central heating system. This can be via an underfloor heating system or even the radiators.
Air source heat pumps are designed to replace electric, LPG and coal central heating. According to experts they don’t tend to have the same level of success with homes on the gas grid, so make sure to speak to an expert for the best advice.
So what are the financial savings achievable with air source heat pumps? Well first and foremost there’s the opportunity to slash energy bills. Air source heat pumps give an average heating saving between £290 and £650 each year.
On top of this, the Government has nearly doubled grants available for the renewable technology. You can now receive £1,300 off the installation costs of an air source heat pump and more than 10,000 people have already taken advantage of the Renewable Heat Premium Payment (RHPP) scheme.
The delayed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) also launches in 2014. This runs in a similar fashion to the feed-in tariff for solar panels, paying out for each unit of energy you generate on site. Predicted rates for air source heat pumps are between 6.9p/kWh and 11.5p/kWh. On an environmental level too, you’ll be saving up to 5,430kg of carbon every single year.
If you’re thinking about becoming greener and want the added bonus of financial savings for 20 years and more, heat pumps are the route for you. Make sure to compare quotes and take advantage of the Government grants whilst they’re still available in your area.