Winter's here and it's getting chilly, so many of us are turning our attention to how we heat our homes.
Did you know that around 85% of us in Britain have boilers that burn natural gas? This makes heating one of the largest carbon contributors to carbon emissions in the home.
To reach our national Net Zero carbon emissions target by 2050 almost all of our homes need to switch over to low carbon heating. At the moment just 5% of us in the UK have low carbon heating, so at this rate it'll us a staggering 700 years to reach our Net Zero goal!
But, air source heat pumps can help us reach the Net Zero target much, much sooner than that. They're low carbon, easy to install, highly efficient and they can help you save money too,
What is an air source heat pump and how does it work?
Air source heat pumps extract heat from the outside air or the ground around your home. They work a bit like your fridge – only in reverse. This heat is concentrated to a higher temperature by the heat pump and then sent to your heating system.
Watch our short video to find out about air source heat pumps and how they can reduce your home's carbon footprint.
Why is it a good idea to install an air source heat pump?
Air source heat pumps are better for the environment and they're low maintenance too. They also have a long service life so you won't have to worry all year round about heating your home.
Can I get financial help to install an air source heat pump?
Yes, air source heat pumps are included in the government's Green Homes Grant scheme which provides vouchers to cover two thirds of the cost of installing energy-efficient home improvements.
The scheme is likely to end in March 2021, so our advice is to take advantage of it as soon as you can to upgrade your home's heating.
Are air source heat pumps easy to install?
Installing an air source heat pump is simple as there's no need for extensive groundworks.
Will an air source heat pump reduce my carbon footprint?
Yes, air source heat pumps are far more environmentally friendly than traditional gas boilers. Installing a heat pump could cut your carbon emissions by more than 23 tonnes of CO2 over 10 years. That's the same as 30 return plane flights between Heathrow and Madrid!
Will an air source heat pump save me money?
Air source heat pumps are highly efficient and their running costs are lower than other types of heating systems. A three-bedroom household could save £2,755 over 10 years(1) by replacing a traditional boiler with an air source heat pump.