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Heat pumps take heat from the air (air source/ASHP) or from the ground (ground source/GSHP) and allow you to use this energy to heat your home or building.
If you currently use electricity or coal for your heating you could make savings of over 30% by installing a heat pump.
Is my property suitable?
Solarsense are MCS accredited installers for both air and ground heat pumps and recommend them for use in properties with good insulation and draft-proofing. New-build residential properties are particularly suited due to the modern construction methods while commercial buildings can also benefit.
The choice between air or ground source pumps will often be determined by the available space outside your property. Ground source heat pumps require pipework to be installed beneath the ground adjoining the property which as a rule of thumb might be two to three times as large as the property. While this makes ground source heat pumps a great option for more rural and agricultural buildings, urban properties are likely to be more suited to air source.
What are my expected energy savings?
The savings you can make using air of ground source heat pumps will be affected by a number of factors including building construction, the heating fuel being replaced and the type of heat distribution system in use (radiators, warm air or underfloor for example).
Solarsense installers will always carry out a full survey of your property before making recommendations on which technology to install. This ensures our assessment of the savings you can expect to see are based on your actual property and how you use it.
Are there any financial incentives available?
Yes - heat pumps are eligible for the renewable heat incentive (RHI). The RHI is a UK Government financial incentive introduced to promote the use of renewable heat. If you join and comply with the scheme rules, you’ll receive quarterly payments for seven years for the amount of clean, green renewable heat the system produces.
The RHI was increased in September 2017 from 7.63p/kWh to 10.18/kWh, returning over 33% more on tariff payments -this increase in real terms means that the subsidy is in many cases high enough to cover the cost of the installation.
The Government has created a payment calculator for homeowners to estimate what they could receive in payments, click here to be redircted to the page.
Which products do Solarsense recommend?
There are a number of heat pumps available in the market however Solarsense have a policy of using UK manufactured equipment where possible and so specify units from Ecodan and Kensa.
Ecodan are part of the Mitsubishi group, manufactured in Milton Keynes, and have a great reputation for their efficiency and reliability.
Kensa are an award-winning company from Cornwall with more than 15 years’ experience and are the UKs largest manufacturer.
Do they require maintenance?
The heat pumps installed by Solarsense come with a 10 year manufacturer warranty, however typically last for 20 years or more. We would recommend that owners carry out a visual inspection each year and that our installers check them over once every five years.
Do I need planning permission?
Heat pumps are generally allowed as permitted developments in England but you should check with your local planning office to see if you will require planning permission or not. If you do require permission, Solarsense are experienced in putting forward the required paperwork and will be able to help you with your application.
How to find out more
To discuss the suitability of a heat pump for your property contact us to speak with an expert.
Visitors are also welcome to visit our Technology Park (please book before arriving) where we have working installations of both air and ground source heat pumps available for you to see.