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Everything you need to know about heat pumps

Recently the government has announced plans to subsidise low-carbon heat pumps. But What are heat pumps? How do they work? How much do they cost? & most importantly what does the heat pump grant mean for you! We've put this blog together to answer all these questions and more! So learn everything you need to know about heat pumps today!

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Ultimate Guide to Heat Pumps

What is a heat pump? 

Heat pumps extract heat from the air, the ground, or the water, similar to how a refrigerator works in reverse. Because they are fueled by electricity, they provide greener heating if you have a low-carbon source of electricity. 

Octopus Energy, an energy company, estimated that homes would pay around £2,500 to install a heat pump, which is nearly similar to the cost of a new gas boiler. The remainder would be covered by government subsidies.

How does a heat pump work? 

A heat pump is an electrically powered device that absorbs heat from the surrounding air, earth, or water. 

For example, air-source pumps draw in external air and run it over tubes containing refrigerant fluids to produce heat.

How much do heat pumps cost and what is the heat pump grant? 

Heat pumps are still an investment ranging from £6,000 to £18,000 depending on the style and size of your property. The £5,000 incentive, which will be available in April of next year, will bring the cost closer to that of installing a new gas boiler. 

At the moment, gas heating accounts for 21% of the UK's carbon emissions. It has also been announced that after 2035, no new gas boilers will be sold.

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Will it be less expensive to run than a gas boiler?

It's plausible right now, given the skyrocketing price of gas, but it's unclear if heat pumps will be cheaper to run in the long run. 

The government says it would look into ways to make heat pumps as cheap to run as a gas boiler.

Can I put up a heat pump in my house? 

Heat pumps are most easily installed in new homes, although they can also be installed in older properties. The majority of household heat pumps extract heat from the air. To draw in air, a one-metre-by-one-metre box must be placed outside (near or attached to the property). 

It should be at least one metre away from your neighbour's property so they can't hear it, and it shouldn't be much louder than your refrigerator. Inside, you'll also need room for a heat pump and a hot water cylinder. The unit will be around the size of a gas boiler, and the cylinder size will be determined by the size of the home.

A ground source heat pump requires a lot more room outside: either a 100-meter-deep borehole or a horizontal system excavated into the ground across a vast region.

Discover more about heat pumps

Pipeline Plumbing Services Ltd is the place to go if you need a fully qualified team to help you install a heat pump or provide heat pump advice. We can assist with the installation of heat pumps in Pulborough, Storrington, and Billingshurst. For additional information, please contact us at 01903 740538 or 07871 725133.