Air Source Heat Pumps
Illustration of a commercial Air Source Heat Pump installation
Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps
Frequently Asked Questions
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a UK Government Scheme set up to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies such as heat pumps among homeowners, communities and business through the provision of financial incentives. The UK Government expects the RHI to make a significant contribution towards their 2020 ambition of achieving 12% of heating from renewable sources.
The Government’s calculator can be used to estimate how much RHI income your installation could generate.
Air source heat pumps are a suitable complete or partial solution for the majority of existing buildings and houses as well as new builds. Most properties that can achieve a reasonable level of thermal insulation could be suitable for an air source heat pump.
There may be instances where the fabric of the building can be improved to achieve the highest levels of efficiency from the heat pump. For example where the property can be updated with the basic thermal improvements i.e. cavity wall installation, loft insulation and double glazing this should be considered if not already installed.
The air source heat pump then needs to be able to meet the maximum heat demand of the property under its maximum (coldest) conditions. Accredited Installers for the domestic market and consultants for the commercial properties can all assist with heat loss calculations to ensure the heat pump matches the building load.
The packaged Mitsubishi Ecodan comes as a factory sealed unit (similar to the domestic fridge) and hence requires very little long term attention. We suggest that there is a yearly clean up of any build up of leaves or debris from behind the unit and that the coil is washed annually.
An annual service by a Heating Partner (such as Caplor Energy) is required every 12 months to ensure the unit is performing efficiently and to comply with Renewable Heat Incentive conditions.
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