Why it’s a good time to invest in an Air Source Heat Pump
One of the biggest challenges we face in the UK if we are to reach our target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050, is the decarbonisation of our heating systems. The fossil fuels used in our homes for heating, hot water, and cooking make up more than a fifth of the UK’s carbon emissions. This needs to change rapidly in order to achieve the 2050 net-zero target. So why is it a good time to invest in an Air Source Heat Pump?
Lower Operational Costs
Even though ASHPs run on electricity and electricity is currently more expensive than gas, they use less electrical energy than the heat they produce. The efficiency of a heat pump is measured by its Coefficient of Performance (COP). The COP is the ratio of heat produced per unit of electricity consumed when pumping the heat. The average heat pump has a COP value of at least 3 which means that you get 3kWh of heat output for every 1kWh of electricity used to run the pump. This means that ASHPs are usually at least 300% more efficient than gas boilers.
The costs associated with using gas have risen and are likely to be much higher as we switch to renewable energy sources. According to the independent Climate Change Committee, the average price of gas will be 50% higher in 2030 and the National Infrastructure Commission predicts that the cost of electricity could drop by 58% from the current level.
Eligibility for Government Grants
The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) was launched in Spring 2022 to aid the decarbonisation of buildings. It provides an upfront capital grant of £5000 to support the installation of Heat Pumps, and in some circumstances biomass boilers, in homes and some non-domestic buildings. The BUS is open to properties located in England and Wales. Installers apply for the grant on behalf of the homeowners and then take £5,000 off the total cost.
Lowers Carbon Emissions
An Air Source Heat pump will reduce your carbon emissions over time as they have an efficient conversion rate of energy to heat. An air source heat pump can operate at 300-400% efficiency in terms of its use of electricity. With this efficiency level, there will be significantly less carbon dioxide emissions than for a gas boiler heating system. If the electricity is provided by renewable energy, then carbon emissions can be reduced to zero. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you’ll be able to remove 2.6 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from your yearly total by replacing your gas boiler with a heat pump. You could cut your annual carbon footprint by 44% which is a remarkable reduction.
Air Source Heat Pumps can have a lifespan of up to 20 years if properly maintained. A heat pump, typically, has a lifespan twice that of a traditional boiler. They are extremely reliable and a steady source of heat.
It’s a great time to invest in an Air Source Heat Pump. It will not only save you money, but you can be confident that you are reducing your carbon footprint and helping the UK reach its net zero target of carbon emissions by 2050. It really is possible to cut your costs by going green. This is down to a combination of rising gas prices, the government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme, the increasing efficiency of heat pumps and the need to replace a boiler after 10 years, unlike heat pumps which generally last 20 years. Gas boilers are due to be banned in new builds by 2025 and completely by 2035. With the total ban coming in 2035 it’s worth seriously considering taking advantage of the government’s scheme now to ease your transition to a greener, cheaper heating system.
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