Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps are becoming more popular than ever, and research suggests that young house-hunters are increasingly seeking ‘greener’ heating when looking for a home. RIC can advise and install your Air Source Heap Pump.

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An air source heat pump (sometimes referred to as an air-to-water heat pump) transfers heat from the outside air to water. This in turn heats rooms in your home via radiators or underfloor heating. It can also heat water stored in a hot water cylinder for your hot taps, showers, and baths.

How does an air source heat pump work?
Heat from the air is absorbed into a fluid. This fluid then passes through a heat exchanger into the heat pump, which raises the temperature and then transfers that heat to water.

Is an air source heat pump right for me?

Air source heat pumps are suitable for many types of homes. They’re the most common type of domestic heat pump in the UK, with tens of thousands of installations. However, there are a few things you should consider before deciding whether a heat pump is right for you.

What type of air source heat pump should I choose?

A monobloc system has all the components in a single outdoor unit, with pipes carrying water to the central heating system and a hot water cylinder inside your home.

A split system separates the components between indoor and outdoor units.

Whether a monobloc or split system is right for you will depend on your budget and the space available.

Monobloc systems tend to be cheaper and quicker to install. They don’t take up as much space inside your home, but they’re generally slightly less efficient than split systems. Split systems can be more efficient because some of the heat transfer takes place inside the building where it’s warmer, resulting in less heat being lost.
You’ll need somewhere outside your home where a unit can be fitted to a wall or placed on the ground. It must have some space around it to allow a good flow of air.

If you’re not limited by space inside your home, it may be worth the extra cost of installing a split system. Your installer should be able to talk you through your options and help you choose the design that works best for you.
Compact heat pumps are specifically designed to heat small, well-insulated modern flats and homes. These only need a cupboard with around 80cm x 80cm floor space in the flat, and this should be near an exterior wall.

Another potential option is an air-to-air heat pump. These are more often used to heat smaller properties such as park homes or flats. Other solutions are only suitable if you’re in a flat with shared services where each flat is provided with heating communally.
A standard heat pump doesn’t provide hot water on demand like a combi boiler, so you’ll need a way of storing hot water for when you need it, like a hot water cylinder.

Hot water cylinders
The size of hot water cylinder depends on the amount of hot water your household typically uses. They can usually fit inside any cupboard that measures at least 80x80cm.

Other options
If you don’t have space for a hot water cylinder, you still have options. Some hybrid systems are designed with the heat pump providing heating and a boiler providing hot water on demand.

You could also consider installing a heat battery, which takes up less space than a hot water cylinder.

Instantaneous hot water heaters are also available and can be installed under your kitchen sink to provide a smaller amount of hot water.

What other things do I need to consider when choosing an air source heat pump?

As with any heating system, installing an air source heat pump requires consideration. You should think about:

Installation costs: the typical cost of installing an air source heat pump is around £14,000, but funding support may be available depending on where you live.

Space requirements: Not everyone will have space for a standard air source heat pump and hot water cylinder, but there are other options for smaller homes or homes without outdoor space. Explore different options for heating your home.

How much does an air source heat pump cost to install?

The cost of an air source heat pump installation varies depending on:

– the size of heat pump.
– the size of the property.
– whether it’s a newbuild or an existing property.
– whether you need to change the way you distribute heat around your property.

The typical cost of installing an air source heat pump is around £14,000.

What funding is available for air source heat pumps?

If you live in England and Wales, you can get £7,500 towards an air source heat pump with the Boiler Upgrade Scheme.

If you live in Scotland, you might be able to get an interest-free loan or a grant to make your home more energy efficient.

If you live in Northern Ireland, there isn’t a specific grant currently available but you can still ‘get heat pump ready’ and apply for funding for insulation via NI Energy Advice.

Viessmann Vitocal 150-A/151-A

+ Installation as easy as a wall-mounted gas unit
+ Significantly faster installation (up to 90 minutes time saving) of the indoor unit
thanks to the Hydro AutoControl hydraulic system
+ Around 50% fewer components to install
+ No need to take into account minimum flow rate and circulation rate or water
temperature during commissioning
+ Service Link without WLAN connection enables faster response time in case
of service
+ High flow temperatures of up to 70°C (at outdoor temperatures as low as -10°C)
+ Only one operating and service app for all system components (from the heat
pump to the electricity storage unit to the home ventilation system).
+ Whisper-quiet in full and partial load operation

+ With a flow temperature of 70°C, ideally suited for renovation projects
+ Climate Protect+++: Protects the environment and the climate
+ OptiPerform: Reliable operation with maximum efficiency
+ Service Link: Guaranteed faster response time in case of service
+ Low operating costs thanks to high efficiency and self-optimising heat pump
+ Integrated Energy Management ensures transparency in energy consumption
and costs
+ Super Silent: Viessmann heat pumps are amongst the quietest of their kind

Through the networking of Viessmann products, the house becomes intelligent. Viessmann One Base saves energy resources and costs at the same time.

Vitocal 150-A/151-A - Product Internals

_ Air-to-water heat pumps in monobloc design

_ For space heating/cooling and domestic hot water heating

_ Maximum flow temperature: 70°C (with outdoor temperature down to -10°C)

_ Monobloc indoor unit with heat pump control, high-efficiency circulation pump
for the secondary circuit, 4/3-way valve, safety group

_ Built-in heating water instantaneous water heater

_ Built-in heating water buffer tank and overflow valve

Vitocal 150-A/151-A - Product Specifications

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