What is a Heat Pump?
Although heat pumps have been available as heating solutions for many years, it is only recently that they have become a popular domestic heating option within Reading. There are two reasons for this: The continuous technological advancements and increased government support via grants such as Green Deal and the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). With these grants, it is possible to upgrade your heating for free, but we’ll focus on that later.
There are 2 widely used kinds of air source heat pump:
– Air source
– Ground Source
They both operate on the same principle, but get their energy from different sources, as their names suggests. Other types of heat pumps exist, (for instance water source pumps) but they’re not as common as the two main types.
What are the Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps?
Reduced Fuel Bills
Installing an air source heat pump could decrease your heating energy bills, depending on your current system. Generally, the biggest savings are seen when replacing oil, LPG (common in more rural areas of Reading), electric, or old/inefficient natural gas boilers.
Reduced Carbon Emissions
Air Source Heat Pumps are powered only by electricity and do not burn fossil fuels. Hence, switching to an air source heat pump can greatly reduce your property’s carbon emissions, especially when backed by a ‘green’ energy tariff.
A yearly inspection is needed on a yearly basis to make sure that the heat pump functions well, is efficient, and to maintain the relevant guarantees. This sets it apart from a gas or oil boiler service which is more burdensome.
Easier To Install
Air Source Heat Pumps offer less disruption to occupiers and can be installed easily, unlike ground source heat pumps. The installation process typically takes about to 2 to 5 days, depending on the adaptions required to he property and amount of work.
What is RHI?
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme that provides payments for the generation of heat from renewable energy sources – Air Source Heat Pumps being one of these. Payments are calculated by the heat generation output of the installation which is either taken from your EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) or metered via an MID approved heat meter.
RHI is not capped financially, but has an energy cape of 20,000kWh for Air Source Heat Pumps, and 30,000kWh for Ground Source Heat Pumps.
Air Source Heat Pump Example (maximum):
- Energy rating on EPC: 20,000kWh
- SCOP of heat pump: 3.85
- RHI payments per year: £1,606.00
- Total RHI over 7 years (CPI linked at 2.3%): £12,050.85
GroundSource Heat Pump Example (maximum):
- Energy rating on EPC: 30,000kWh
- SCOP of heat pump: 3.85
- RHI payments per year: £2,410.00
- Total RHI over 7 years (CPI linked at 2.3%): £18,076.28
What is the Process?
1. Show your interest by calling us on 0800 321 3142 or hitting on the ‘Book your Survey Now’ buttons.
2. You will be contacted by a member of our team, to discuss your current installation, any needs you may have, and to respond to any questions, whenever you are available.
3. If you would like to continue with a site survey and formal proposal we will organise a date and time for one of our team to attend. The survey normally lasts for about an hour, during which we will measure each room in your home and collect any additional information that we need to make the detailed heat loss calculations (this will include, window dimensions, type and thickness of loft, window type, floor type, etc).
4. When we get all the information that we need from your home, we will then make the detailed heat loss calculations, and choose the heat pump that is perfect for you and your home’s needs. This information will be recorded, along with the quotation, and given back to you in about 3 days from the time of the survey.
5. If we haven’t been in touch with you, a member of the team will contact you a week or so after sending your design information pack to respond to any questions you may have. If you decide to continue with the proposal then we will arrange for the right time and date for the installation (installation usually takes approximately 3 to 5 days, depending on the amount of work/adaptions needed to the property).
6. When the installation is done, a member of our team will offer training on how to run the new system, and inform you of any relevant maintenance requirements. You will then be provided with a handover pack that details all necessary information on your system.
7. Aftercare – we know that setting up an air source heat pump may be a difficult prospect and thus, provide a full aftercare service on all of our installations. Please feel free to give us a call if you have any questions after the installation of your system – we are located in The New Forest, Southampton – we are here to serve you.
Why Choose Cinergi?
1. Cinergi has more than 40 years of experience in heating businesses and homes in the Berkshire area. Being specialists, we are in a better position to advise you on the right options for your property.
2. We are professionally-accredited to install Gas, LPG & Oil boilers, as well as air source heat pumps, and that makes us unique. As a result, we can provide advice on the right heating options for your home or business. Don’t know the price of an air source heat pump and a replacement oil boiler? Worry not, we can give you quotes for all of your options.
3. We are locally based! We’re located just inside the New Forest, approximately 45 minutes from Bournemouth.
4. Cinergi Engineers have been installing air source heat pumps for many years now. Here are some locations we have worked:
Southampton – Eastleigh – Portsmouth – Winchester – Whiteley – Fareham – Basingstoke – Andover – Romsey – Aldershot – Farnborough- The New Forest – Ringwood
5. We never use sub-contractors – All of our air source heat pump installations are done by our engineers, so you are assured of high-levels of quality all the time.
6. We Care – we value our customers and are always availabe to lend a hand.
Our Recommended Manufacturers
Here at Cinergi, we do not use a single manufacturer, as a ‘one size fits all’ approach simply does not work in the world of air source heat pumps. When it comes to choosing the right heat pump for you, there are many factors that we must consider….
Samsung EHS (Generation 6)
Available in Monobloc 5 – 16 kW
The Samsung EHS GEN6 is the latest generation in Samsung’s successful range of MCS accredited air source heat pumps, following the Samsung GEN5.
Quickly becoming the go-to air source heat pump, the Samsung EHS GEN6 comes with excellent technical support combined with a competitive price. Useful for most large and small scale installations.
Available in Monobloc and split 3 – 12 kW
The Vaillant ASHP is relatively new to the market and is available in both monobloc and split variants (aroTHERM and aroTHERM Plus). Vaillant are a well known brand in the world on domestic heating and are set to revolutionise the sector with their sleak, modern aesthetic designs.
Available in Monobloc and split 5 – 14 kW
Mistubishi have been in the ASHP industry for years, and are arguably the most popular manufacturer when it comes to domestic installations.
The Mistubishi range comes in a range of sizes and variants, in outputs ranging from 5kW to 14kW, and are available in both monobloc and split variants.
Available in Monobloc and split 5 – 13 kW
Midea are a relatively new name in the world of air source heat pumps, but have already built a strong reputation. Other manufacturers such as Vaillant use Midea internals within their own units.
Midea units tend to be physically lower and wider, and therefore are a favourite for locations with restricted heigh (such as below windows).
After speaking to several heating engineers we decided to go with Cinergi to upgrade our old back boiler for a new Worcester Bosch combi.
We are so glad with our choice and would recommend Ian to anyone. We are delighted with the service we have received, we were never without hot water and he worked in a professional and friendly manner.
Ian’s quote was clear and itemised so we could see exactly what we were spending our money on and he was able to offer us helpful advice on the best solution for us.
We Chose Cinergi to replace our 17 year old boiler, we contacted Ian at Cinergi through the Bosch Worcester accredited installer website with a few other companies.
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Cinergi were able to fit a new boiler at short notice with a more than reasonable quote. Ian arrived as scheduled, was very friendly and knowledgeable and got straight on with the job. His workmanship is excellent plus he takes away the old boiler/rubbish, making sure the job is left tidy. During the installation I presented Ian with a separate bit of work, moving a problematic pipe for an existing radiator. He solved the issue with some clever pipework which he was able to hide leaving a perfect finish.
Overall Ian was brilliant at his job and is obviously very experienced and skilled. I would highly recommend him to anybody and we will definitely be using Cinergi in the future.
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