What is a Heat Pump?
Heat pumps have been used for domestic heating for a couple of years, but it is only recently that they have started becoming common within Oxford. This is due to the increased government backing through grants such as Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) and Green Deal, as well as the advancements in technology over the years. One can upgrade their heating using these grants at no cost, but we’ll talk about that later.
The most popular types of air source heat pump are:
– Air source
– Ground Source
They both operate using a similar technique, but as the name suggests, get their energy from different sources. Other kinds of heat pump (like water source) exist, but they aren’t as popular.
What are the Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps?
Reduced Fuel Bills
Installing an air source heat pump could lower your heating energy bills, but that depends on your current system. Normally, the biggest savings are seen when replacing oil, LPG (common in more rural areas of Oxford), electric, or old/inefficient natural gas boilers.
Reduced Carbon Emissions
Air Source Heat Pumps do not burn fossil fuels and are powered only by electric energy. As a result, changing to an air source heat pump can drastically decrease your property’s carbon emissions, especially when linked with a ‘green’ energy tariff.
A yearly inspection is needed to make ensure the heat pump is running properly, at maximum efficiency, and to keep up the relevant guarantees . A gas or oil boiler service is more troublesome, so this makes heat pumps unique.
Easier To Install
Compared to ground source heat pumps, Air Source Heat Pumps are easier to install and offer less disruption to the occupants. A normal installation generally lasts between 2 to 5 days, depending on the adaptions required to the property/ 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 cap 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 that you are interested by hitting one of the ‘Book your Survey Now’ buttons or giving us a call on 0800 321 3142.
2. A Cinergi team member will get in touch to talk about your current installation, any needs you may have, and to respond to any queries at a time you deem right.
3. If you wish to go on with a formal proposal then we will organise a date and time for one of our team to come over. The survey typically lasts about an hour, and in that time will measure every room in your home and collect any extra information to carry our detailed heat loss calculations (this will include type and thickness of loft insulation, window dimensions, window type, floor type etc.)
4. After getting all the required information from your home, we will proceed to make the detailed heat loss calculations, and pick the heat pump that best serves your unique requirements. This information, along with the price, will be put together and given back to you in about three days after the survey.
5. If we have not spoken to you, a team member will give you a call around a week after submitting your design information pack to respond to any questions issues you may have. If you decide to go on with the proposal we will organise the right date and time for the installation (installation usually lasts between three to five days, depending on the adaptions required to the property/amount of work.
6. When we finish the installation, a team member will offer training on how to operate the system and brief you on any relevant maintenance requirements. You will be given a handover pack containing all the necessary details on your system.
7. Aftercare – we understand that an air heat pump installation may seem complex, that’s why we provide a full aftercare service. If you have any questions once your system has been installed, do not hesitate to give us a call–we are located in The New Forest, Southampton – we are here to serve you.
Why Choose Cinergi?
1. Cinergi has more than 4 decades of experience heating businesses and homes in the Oxfordshire area and this puts them in a unique position to help you select the best options for your needs.
2. Cinergi is professionally-accredited to install Gas, LPG & Oil boilers, and air source heat pumps. Therefore, we are in a can offer credible advice on the best heating option for your circumstances. Looking for the cost of an air source heat pump and a replacement oil boiler? No worries, we can offer you the quotations for all your choices.
3. Cinergy is locally-based! We are located inside the New Forest, approximately 45 minutes from Bournemouth.
4.Engineers at Cinergi have been installing air source heat pumps for many years now. Some areas we have made installations include:
Southampton – Eastleigh – Portsmouth – Winchester – Whiteley – Fareham – Basingstoke – Andover – Romsey – Aldershot – Farnborough- The New Forest – Ringwood
5. We don’t work with sub-contractors. All our air source heat pump installations are done by our engineers, so our clients are always assured of excellent quality time and time again.
6. We Care – we value our customers and are always willing to help.
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).
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