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- Save energy and money by installing a ground or air source heat pump
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- Can I use underfloor heating with heat pumps?
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A well-designed heat pump system transfers around three times more energy into a property as heat than is uses to extract it from the ground or air. As a result, heat pumps have the potential to significantly lower fuel bills, particularly in properties without access to mains gas.
- Ideal for off-grid properties
- Extracts heating and hot water from the energy stored in the air or ground
- Generates more energy than it uses
- Qualifies for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments to offset the cost of MCS-compliant installation
An air or ground source heat pump is possibly the most energy-efficient heat source for your home, extracting free heat from the air or ground to generate heating and hot water, and reducing your energy bills and carbon footprint.
In a well-insulated property, every kilowatt hour (kWh) of electricity used to power the heat pump can provide around three kWh of ‘free’ thermal energy. This means that a heat pump’s efficiency can reach around 400% – far more than boilers that tend to run at around 92%.
In addition to reduced running costs, the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) also offers quarterly tariff payments to help eligible households to offset the cost of their renewable installation.
|ENERGY SOURCE||INPUT COST||EFFICIENCY||OUTPUT COST|
|Wood Pellet||5.5p/kWh||90% efficient||6.1p/kWh|
|Mains Gas||4.3p/kWh||89% efficient||4.8p/kWh|
|*Please use this table as a guide as energy prices can vary.|
|Type of heat pump||Tariff payment||Payment over 7 years|
*Based on house requiring 15,000kWh of heating p.a.
Heat pumps work by extracting solar energy stored naturally in the ground or air, transforming this energy into domestic heating and hot water. New and existing properties can benefit from the energy-saving capabilities of this renewable heat source.
Nu-Heat Account Manager, Rachel, talks you through the key considerations for installing a ground or air source heat pump at your property in our helpful video.
In this video you’ll discover
|Air Source||Ground Source (ground loops)|
|Efficiency||Much more efficient than boilers, but generally less efficient than a ground source heat pump||Generally more efficient than air source heat pumps|
|Aesthetics||Unit located close to the property||Ground loops are invisible once fitted|
|Sound||All produce some noise, but some are much quieter than you might expect||Very quiet operation|
|Planning||Can fall under permitted development, but also need to meet MCS020 standards||Planning permission is generally not required (subject to groundworks & archaeological considerations)|
|Site||Suitable for smaller sites||Suitable for larger sites|
|Property suitability||Suitable for most properties – number of required heat pumps is dependent upon property size||Generally more suitable for medium to large properties|
|Example installation cost for a 250m2property||£11,500||£15,000 – £20,000|
|Example RHI tariff payments over 7 years (Ofgem figures, Sept 2018)||£8,400||£17,500|
Nick Cole, Director at NDC Plumbing and Heating
- Reduce energy consumption by up to 75% compared to electric heating systems
- MCS approved for the Renewable Heat Incentive
- Quiet operation
- Available in 6kW–16kW models to suit small, medium and large homes
- Efficient option for properties on larger plots
- MCS approved for the Renewable Heat Incentive
- Intuitive display for ease of use
- Ground loop and borehole options available
Underfloor heating (UFH) is the most popular heat emitter to pair with a heat pump system. This is because UFH works at much lower flow temperatures than a traditional radiator system, making it ideal for heat pumps which are at their most efficient when operating at low temperatures.
Nu-Heat will design and supply a fully integrated heating solution that combines the full range of underfloor heating benefits with your energy-efficient heat pump.
- Low flow temperature solution
- Up to 40% more efficient than a boiler and radiators system
- Reduces energy bills and carbon footprint
- Qualifies for the RHI
- Fully designed and integrated heat pump and underfloor heating solution from a single supplier
Ground source heat pumps need a good amount of land for the installation of ground loops – at least three times the total floor area of the property (ground and upper floors). Air source heat pumps require very little space, so are a good option for urban properties.
A heat pump could be a particularly cost-effective choice if your property doesn’t have access to mains gas. This is because for every unit of electricity the heat pump uses, it typically outputs three times the amount in heat energy. You can expect a heat pump to be more efficient and cheaper to run than an electric-only heating system or an LPG boiler.
Insulation should be up to modern Building Regulation standards to ensure the heat pump both effectively and efficiently heats the property.
We can help you to find an installer for your air source heat pump through our Registered Installer Network.
If you already have an installer in mind, we can support heating engineers to fit heat pumps to Microgeneration Scheme standards, offering a range of commissioning packages.
The Microgeneration Certification Scheme or MCS is often described as the renewables equivalent of Gas Safe. You will need your heat pump system to be MCS compliant if you wish to benefit from RHI payments for your installation.
Our heat pump experts are on hand to discuss your project with you and answer any questions you may have.