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As we look for more sustainable and efficient heating solutions for our homes and businesses, air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are starting to be talked about more and more. There are 19.3 million heat pumps in Europe alone and, with the UK government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme knocking £7,500 off the price of heat pumps, they’re popularity is starting to grow here.
However, misconceptions and myths often cloud the understanding of these systems. Below we debunk some common myths to shed light on the reality of air source heat pumps.
Myth: Air Source Heat Pumps are ineffective in cold climates.
Reality: Modern ASHPs are designed to operate efficiently even in colder temperatures. They can extract heat from the air, even in sub-zero conditions, making them suitable for a wide range of climates. Two-thirds of households in Norway have a heat pump, more than anywhere else in the world.
Myth: ASHPs are noisy.
Reality: While early models may have been noisier, advancements in technology have led to quieter systems. Many ASHPs today operate at noise levels comparable to traditional heating systems or as loud as a refrigerator.
Myth: ASHPs consume more energy than they save.
Reality: ASHPs are known for their high efficiency. They can provide up to three units of heat for every unit of electricity they consume, making them a cost-effective and energy-efficient heating option.
Myth: Installation costs are prohibitive.
Reality: While the initial cost of installing an ASHP may be higher than traditional systems, government incentives and the long-term energy savings can offset this. The return on investment makes them financially viable in the long run. We’d recommend getting a number of quotes from an MCS certified installer. Another option to keep the costs of running an air source heat pump down is to balance it with investment in solar PV systems. It is also worth making sure your property is well insulated before you have one installed so you aren’t wasting any of the heat that is generated.
Myth: ASHPs require constant maintenance.
Reality: ASHPs generally require minimal maintenance. Regular checks, such as cleaning filters and ensuring proper airflow, are usually sufficient to keep the system running smoothly.
Myth: ASHPs only work for heating.
Reality: Many modern ASHPs are designed for both heating and cooling. They can provide efficient air conditioning during warmer months, offering a year-round solution.
Myth: ASHPs are unsightly.
Reality: ASHPs come in various designs, and some models can be discreetly integrated into the architecture of a home or business. They don't have to be an eyesore.
For further information on Air Source Heat pumps visit the following websites.
A guide to air source heat pumps - Energy Saving Trust
- Myth: Air Source Heat Pumps are ineffective in cold climates.