WHAT IS A HEAT PUMP?
A heat pump is an energy-efficient heat source that uses energy from the ambient air or ground outside a property for heating and hot water.
By using this energy and transferring the heat into the house through a wet system, such as underfloor heating or radiators, a heat pump requires less power input and is, therefore, more efficient than conventional boilers.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
A heat pump is, essentially, a big fridge or freezer.
If we look at how a fridge or freezer works in detail, it uses a refrigerant inside the pipework to suck the heat out from your food. The compressor or refrigerant pump moves the refrigerant around the system so that it can collect the heat and dispose of it using a coil on the back of a fridge. A freezer uses the heat in your food to heat the kitchen so, in essence, is a food to kitchen heat pump.
For every 1 kWh of energy input, a heat pump can deliver more than 5 kWh in thermal energy output. This is an energy efficiency ratio of more than 500%; which is far superior to high energy efficiency boiler systems. Since conventional boilers can only reach an efficiency ratio of up to 95%, they consume more energy than they can ever deliver.
HOW DOES IT DIFFER TO A FOSSIL FUEL BOILER?
The installation of an air source heat pump is almost identical to that of a heat-only fossil fuel boiler.
The two big differences are "the boiler" sits outside and a low loss header or buffer tank is used for the heating circuit.
Room thermostats, expansion vessels etc. will be similar to a fossil fuel boiler. The difference here will be in pipe sizing which will be 28mm, so valves and circulation pumps will need to be sized accordingly.
WHO CAN FIT A HEAT PUMP?
Essentially, anyone. There is no legal minimum level of qualification required to be able to install a heat pump.
With that said, we would highly recommend that an installer is qualified to NVQ Level 2 in Heating & Plumbing.
In order for consumers to receive almost all incentives/grants, the installer would have to be MCS accredited and possibly Trustmark certified, among other things.
If this is your first heat pump project, Freedom Heat Pumps can provide manufacturer accredited training and system manuals to guarantee a successful install.
Reduced energy bills, paired with government subsidies and tax refunds results in large savings.
Heat pumps can save over 55% in CO2 compared to gas, oil and LPG boilers.
SUPER ENERGY EFFICIENT
Boasting efficiencies from 400% to over 500%, heat pumps are in a class of their own.
WHAT GRANTS ARE AVAILABLE?
The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) finished on 1 April 2022. This was a government financial incentive to promote the use of renewable heat.
People who joined the scheme and stuck to its rules receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, renewable heat their system is estimated to produce.
Replacing the Domestic RHI is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. This new scheme was launched on the 1st April 2022. The intention is that the scheme will run from April 2022 until March 2024, providing a means of assisting homeowners with meeting the cost of installing low carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps.
The vouchers available are £5,000 for air source heat pumps and £6,000 for ground source heat pumps.
WHY FREEDOM HEAT PUMPS?
Freedom Heat Pumps are one of the UK's leading distributors of air and ground source heat pump equipment. Combining a comprehensive range of products, accessories, services, manufacturer accredited training and technical support, Freedom offer a tailored solution to meet your installation requirements.
Having spent over 10 years perfecting the art of specifying equipment and supporting installers with projects across the country, you can feel secure knowing yours is in safe hands.
Together with Buildbase, they can provide:
Heat loss calculation software
Bespoke heat pump system design
Full install component packs
Heat pump specific domestic hot water cylinders
48-hour deliveries direct to site
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Send over your plans
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your plans, U-values, energy performance certificate and SAP report, or any combination of the three. Please let us know your local Buildbase branch name, too.
Freedom will propose a full package solution
Within 48 hours, an equipment selection will be sent to your local Buildbase branch, at which point they will provide you with a full quotation and lead time.
Ongoing technical support, pre and post-installation
For training, installation manuals, plumbing schematics and much more, speak to our heat pump partner, Freedom Heat Pumps, on 02380 274833.