Air Source Heat Pumps

Air Source Heat Pump – An Economical Heating Option

There is no doubt that running a business can be costly. Whatever your business may be, the electricity that is used in your commercial space will account for a lot of your bills. To overcome this, an energy-efficient industrial air source heat pump gives you an economical option for your heating.

Here at Batchelor Air Conditioning and Refrigeration company, we can provide you with the right advice, support and install your heat pump, along with providing ongoing maintenance.

Best for Business, Best for the Environment

With an air source heat pump, you can look forward to more uptime from your business, and your downtime can be reduced to almost zero.

Nowadays, many of us are consciously making more eco-friendly choices when it comes to running a business or home. An air source heat pump works by absorbing the heat from the air outside, and this can then be used to power radiators, hot water taps, underfloor heating systems and more.

As the majority of the energy comes from the environment, you are relying solely on your electricity company and their use of fossil fuels to power your business.

Your heat pump reduces your carbon footprint, and you can feel good knowing that you are doing your part to help the environment. Don’t forget to let your customers know too!

Why You Should Get Hot Under the Collar Over Air Source Heat Pumps

They’ve been around for some time now – especially on the continent – but they have never been more popular, thanks to the need globally to look for more planet-friendly fuels. Admittedly, the UK has been slow to pick up on the air source heat pump trend, but finally it appears things are really starting to heat up – in more ways than one.

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) really are a great alternative to gas and electric systems for both heating our homes, and ensuring we have hot water, when we need it. Best of all for many householders, heat pumps also mean markedly lower utility bills.

The reason the pumps save us money is because they work by absorbing heat from the air outside our homes and pushing cold air out. And, the air they ‘pump’ through our homes is a lower temperature over a longer period.

Air source heat pumps are so efficient in fact, that they can still heat up our homes when the temperature outside is as low as minus 15 Centigrade. They do require electricity to work, but the amount used is minimal thanks to the fact the pump does most of the work of distributing the heat.

How Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

The way the pumps work is to absorb heat from the outside environment and turn it into fluid. This passes through a compressor in the pump, which heats up the fluid and sends it to your home’s heating and hot water pipes.

Can Anyone Get a Heat Pump?

Yes, in theory anyone can get air source heat pumps. Before you do though, it’s a good idea to improve your home’s insulation. That way you will benefit from the maximum heat retention possible.

Having larger radiators, as well as underfloor heating will also make a big difference to the cosiness of your home on freezing cold winter mornings.

Where Do You Put an Air Source Pump?

It’s important to have a large enough wall which the air source pump can be attached to. There should be a lot of room around the pump to allow it to absorb air. It should also be in a light and sunny spot. The pump connects to another small boiler-like unit inside the house. This has circulation pumps inside it, as well as hot water.

The bigger your house, the bigger your air source heat pump will have to be. But this shouldn’t cause too much of a problem since they are easy to attach to a wall (unlike ground source heat pumps which have to be installed into the earth).

Different Types of Heat Pump

As well, as air source pumps, you can also choose air-to-air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps.

Benefits of a contemporary heat pump system

• It can provide both heating and hot water
• It can make quite a welcome dent in your heating and water bills
• You can sell ‘heating’ back to the grid and make money from your new heat pump system (provided it is air to water heat pumps)
• All the fuel is right there, IE you don’t need wood, gas canisters or coal delivered
• It’s pretty easy to install
• It needs less maintenance than gas or electric heating – just a professional check every three to five years
• It doesn’t heat up radiators to the same extent that children can burn themselves if they touch them
• It’s safer than a combustion-based heating system because it won’t explode
• There are fewer carbon emissions
• During hot periods it can introduce cool air
• Average life span of a heat pump is around 15 years

Disadvantages of a contemporary heat pump system

• It can cost quite a bit to install
• Not all fluids used are particularly sustainable
• The heating system has to go through walls so can cause quite a bit of disruption
• Some heat pumps don’t do that well in cold weather. It’s worth checking the pump’s Seasonal Performance Factor (SPF) before you buy
• Planning permission is required to install heat pumps in Wales and Northern Ireland. In England and Scotland, it is dependent on where you are and how big your property is

How Much Do Heat Pumps Cost?

Householders in England can get a voucher to cover as much as two-thirds of the value of insulating their home as part of the Green Homes Grant Scheme.

That’s because, like most heating systems, air source heat pumps can be pricey to install. The cost is around half of the cost of their ground source heat pump equivalent though – at anything from £5,000 to £8,000 depending on size and area covered. There is, however, a big saving to made on future utility bills. Then there are the payments for putting heat back into the grid. Both these facts are important when looking at the initial cost of a such as system.

In fact, according to the Energy Savings Trust, having a heat pump installed in place of gas heating can result in a saving of between £1315 to £1975. Replacing an electric heating system with a heat pump will save from £830 to £1465 per annum, while for oil-fired heating the saving is between £475-£735 a year.

Air Source Heat Pump Installation

Let worrying about rising electricity costs for your business or home be a thing of the past when you install air source heat pumps. This new technology is so energy-efficient and economical that it utilises as much as 75% of its energy from the environment. You will only require the remaining quarter of energy from an electricity company to heat and provide hot water for your home or business.

In fact, today you will generate four times as much energy from air source heat pump installation than you use. Not only that but you could actually be paid money for sending unused electricity to the grid (via the Renewable Heat Incentive).

No doubt, as a business, you will also impress a number of your own customers and clients with your green credentials as you continue to reduce the company’s carbon footprint. And which is something you can boast about on your business literature too. Read More

Why Get Your Air Source Heat Pump from Batchelor

At Batchelor we have been supplying air source heat pumps to homes and local businesses in Bedford, Cambridgeshire and Oxford for the past two decades now. As a result, we have seen for ourselves how efficient and non-intrusive this new technology can be. It can maintain heat at low temperature for long periods of time and doesn’t require a lot of space internally.

And it makes a different straight away – saving you money on even your first electricity bill post-installation. At Batchelor we know how delighted ongoing electricity savings are for our customers. That is because we don’t just install the air source pumps, we also service and maintain them. Repairs are on our radar too and you can always expect a fast response as far as these are concerned.

Having said that, another benefit of air source pumps is that they really don’t require much maintenance and rarely need repairs.

If you have been questioning, is it worth getting an air source heat pump, the answer has to be a definite yes.

At Batchelor Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, we have been in the business for almost thirty years. During this time, we have proved time and time again that we make every installation the best that it can be. We never compromise on safety in our or quality so, you can choose us today with complete confidence.

The heating systems that we install regularly outlast the manufacturer’s warranty, and you can have peace of mind knowing that we are here to put it right if it is ever needed. Although, as an air source heat pump has low maintenance, you will not be seeing us very often!

When we come and install your air source heat pump, there is no need to worry that we will leave any mess. We leave your business premises or home exactly as we found it. All that is left is your lovely new heat pump.

With an air source heat pump, you can keep your customers and staff happy because they will be working at comfortable temperatures, and you do not have to worry about the extortionate bills.

Discover more about what our other customers have thought about our service by reading our customer reviews, and you will soon be as happy and satisfied as they were.

If you have any questions or you would like to find out more, get in touch with us today. We can tell you more about how we can provide you with a heating solution across Milton Keynes and beyond, that you will love.

Assignment of Rights

(AoR) Introduced in June 2018, the “assignment of rights” (AoR) is where an investor pays for a householder to have an air source heat pump installed and then he or she benefits from the tariffs. As such, the householder has ‘signed over their rights to the tariffs.’ It’s another way for householders to be able to get the renewable energy technology installed when they can’t afford the cost for it upfront.

Renewable Heat Incentive

The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is a government scheme where householders with air source heat pumps are paid to channel extra heat back into the grid. This is then available for everyone to use.

The payments received depend on how much heat is sent back. There is a tariff system where £10.85 was paid for each p/kWh of renewable heat for households who had applied between 01 July 2020 and 30 September 2020 inclusive). Payments are received quarterly for up to seven years. Tariffs change over time and sometimes the type of metering you use can affect how much you will receive.

The scheme – which has both a Domestic and Commercial element – was introduced in April 2014 by the UK Government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The intention behind it was to encourage householders to opt for renewable heating methods rather than gas or electricity when it came to changing their fuel supply. The government did have a target of 12% heating from renewable sources this year (2020) but has missed this target.

The Domestic RHI scheme covers England, Wales and Scotland. Anyone can apply provided they generate heat and hot water for their home from a renewable source and that their home’s particular technology is listed as a Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) certified product.

As well as air to water heat pumps, the scheme covers ground to water heat pumps, biomass pellet stoves with integrated boilers and biomass (wood fuelled) boilers. Other renewable energy sources include solar thermal panels, water source heat pumps and high temperature heat pumps

Batchelor Consultation Service

But perhaps you are wondering if air source heat pump installation in Olney or Milton Keynes is the right technology for your home or company given its location and/or the nature of your business? We can understand that – after all, this is still a new technology. As a result, we are happy to come out and survey your surroundings and discuss your needs, free of charge. It could be, for instance, that another type of technology we install would work better for you.

Meanwhile, if you have immediately ruled out using air source heat pumps because your business or home isn’t on the ground floor then we can assure you, the technology will also work for first floor offices and apartments. It’s these and similar questions that we are more than happy to put you straight on, following an initial free consultation.

Get In Touch!

At Batchelor we enjoy our work combining air source heat pumps and underfloor heating. And we’re good at it. We can provide a bespoke eco-heating solution for your business or home, without the need to call in other contractors.

If you are still unsure as to whether this is the technology for you then we are happy to put you in touch with previous clients. All have benefitted from air source heat pump installation and will no doubt be happy to discuss their individual experience with you. To find out more about what the team here at Batchelor can offer in the form of eco-heating technology, get in touch for a chat. You can call us on >01234 712 901 or email via our website We look forward to hearing from you! Read Less

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