A heat pump is the best renewable heating solution for a residential or commercial building. There are many different types of heat pump system, all of which bring different benefits to property owners in the UK. A heat pump will reduce minimise utility bills, reduce your carbon footprint, and qualify you for the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme.
At Smart Renewable Heat, we specialise in Air Source Heat Pumps, Ground Source Heat Pumps, and even Hybrid Heat Pumps. We will manage your heat pump installation from start-to-finish, and provide unbeatable maintenance and aftercare. Contact us today if you have any questions about how heat pumps work.
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Heat pump FAQs
Running costs are affected by many different factors, so it is difficult to make an intelligent estimate without knowing quite a lot about your project. A properly designed heat pump should always be cheaper to run than an oil or LPG boiler, often by a margin of 50% or more. Savings compared to a mains gas boiler may be less, so it is important to consider all aspects of the installation before you decide.
Yes. Heat pumps work well with most underfloor heating systems, but also with steel panel radiators, cast iron radiators, fan-assisted radiators, fan-coils, thermal skirting and blown air systems. Design is critical, and our experienced technicians will provide the most effective and appropriate installation for your project.
A heat pump can do everything a traditional fossil fuel boiler can, including provide domestic hot water. Heat pumps usually use an unvented hot water cylinder to store water at between 50⁰C and 65⁰C, depending on the heat pump model. To put this in perspective, modern thermostatic showers are limited to 38⁰C, so the hot water from a heat pump will provide a steaming hot bath if required.
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) is a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat. Switching to heating systems that use eligible energy sources can help the UK reduce its carbon emissions and meet its renewable energy targets. Participants receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat it’s estimated their system produces.
Heat pumps do require more space than a wall-hung boiler, and the hot water cylinder is often situated next to the heat pump rather than in an airing cupboard, so planning a dedicated area for the equipment is a good idea. Utility rooms, garages, basements and even detached outbuildings can make a good plant room. A typical ground source system will require an area approximately 1m deep by 2m – 2.5m wide. A little less space is required for air source (as the heat pump is outside), usually about 1m deep by 1.5m wide.
For the vast majority of properties, a properly designed heat pump system will provide all your heating and hot water throughout the year, without the need for an old-fashioned gas or oil boiler as backup.
A heat pump usually takes about a week to install and commission. This doesn’t include the installation of the ground heat exchanger or the installation of underfloor heating and/or radiators. Contact us for a more precise estimate.
The installation of a ground source heat pump or a water source heat pump is usually considered to be permitted development, not needing an application for planning permission. Air source heat pumps may also be considered permitted development, provided that certain criteria are met. If you live in a listed building or a conservation area you should contact your council to check on local requirements; otherwise most installations are considered permitted development.
Air source heat pump installations usually cost between £7,500 and £12,500, depending on the size and power of the heat pump, how much hot water storage you require and whether you want the heat pump to be controllable over the internet. Ground source systems range from £11,000 to £20,000, again depending on the size of heat pump, hot water cylinder and ground loop system.
A heat pump system will benefit from annual servicing to ensure that all the mechanical connections are sound, settings are at their optimum and that the heat collector is working properly. Regular servicing is an ongoing obligation of the Renewable Heat Incentive, and may also be required to validate extended warranties.
Ground source heat pumps are very quiet. Modern air source heat pumps are also extremely quiet and should not provide any disturbance to you or your neighbours if installed properly. Planning regulations state that the noise level at the nearest assessment point (your neighbours nearest window) must be 42dB or less – approximately the background noise you would expect in a library.
Smart Renewable Heat
We are nationwide heat pump experts, with over 20 years of experience and 3,000 projects completed by our team. Our expertise spans residential and commercial projects. We work with property owners and industry professionals to design and install efficient heat pump technology, unique to the demands of each building. Our engineers are experienced with small and large projects, and we are MCS accredited heat pump installers.
Our partners include self-builders working on new build and renovation projects. We also work with building contractors, architects, energy consultants, engineers, developers, and property or land managers. Smart Renewable Heat provides absolute peace of mind for all stakeholders, whatever the size or scope of the project. We help partners navigate the complexities of renewable heating, on-time and on-budget. For more information about our heat pump expertise, contact Smart Renewable Heat today.