Heat Pumps in Cornwall – air source & ground source heat pumps

Heat pumps are renewable alternatives to traditional heating systems

Customers switching to heat pumps can expect their energy bills and carbon output to be reduced. In addition, heat pumps earn payment through the Renewable Heat Incentive. Customers installing heat pumps commonly see their investment repaid within 7 years.

Heat pumps provide 100% of a customer’s space heating and hot water demand.

Different types of Heat Pumps

There are 3 main types of heat pump available:

Air Source Heat Pumps

The most common type of heat pump is air source.

Air source heat pumps convert heat energy stored within the air into usable heat energy. By upgrading residual heat into usable energy, air source heat pumps output over 3 times the energy they need to run.

Installations consist of a single external unit connected to a hot water cylinder (for hot water) and a wet central heating system (for space heating). It’s worth noting that some air source brands require an internal unit.

Ground Source Heat Pumps

Ground source units offer the highest efficiency.

Heat is harvested from the ground. This energy is then upgraded for use in homes and businesses.  This process means ground source heat pumps output as much as 5 times the energy they consume.

Ground source installations are made up of a single internal unit and external collectors connected to a hot water cylinder and a wet central heating system.

Hybrid Heat Pumps

A hybrid heat pump combines a gas condensing boiler with an air-to-water heat pump. By doing so, hybrid systems offer highest levels of efficiency at varying outdoor temperatures.

With a number of heating modes, the unit chooses which element supplies heat based on outdoor temperature. For example, the heat pump aspect provides heat most efficiently when the outdoor temperature is higher.

The Benefits of a Heat Pump installation

Energy Savings

Heat pumps replace demand from fossil fuels with free energy from the air or ground. As a result, customers switching to a heat pump will lower their running costs. Due to their efficient outputs, switching to a heat pump creates substantial savings.

Heat pump systems offer running costs comparable to gas boilers. Customers heating with oil, LPG or direct electric can expect to see the largest energy savings. Savings can be as high as 50%. Because of this, heat pumps are the ideal heating solutions in off-gas areas.

In addition, as heat pumps produce heat at lower temperatures than traditional alternatives. This drives cost down even further.

Find more information on the efficiencies of heat pumps by clicking here.

The Renewable Heat Incentive

Customers installing a heat pump will receive payment from the Renewable Heat Incentive.

The government initiated the Renewable Heat Incentive to encourage customers to switch to a renewable heating technology. The aim of the scheme is to lower UK carbon emissions to meet 2020 targets. Basically, the Renewable Heat Incentive pays customers for generating heat in a renewable means.

The RHI pays customers at a set rate for every kilowatt of heat generated by their system. Payments vary depending on a number of factors. These factors include efficiency of the building, the efficiency of the system, the total heat output of the building and date of entry into the scheme.

Only MCS registered systems installed by MCS registered installers are eligible for RHI payment. Domestic customers will receive incentive over 7 years and commercial customers 20 years. Annual payment can range between £250 and £3000.

Our ‘Renewable Incentives‘ page has more details on the RHI scheme.

Carbon Savings

Briefly touched upon earlier, heat pumps replace heat production from fossil fuels with clean energy from the air or ground. The result is a reduction in carbon output.

Decreasing carbon emissions is 1 of the government’s main targets and is becoming more important in the eyes of consumers. Customers installing a heat pump will save their own pockets as well as protect their local environment.

Even small heat pump installations reduce carbon output by a number of tonnes each year.

Living Comfort

Heat pumps continuously emit heat at lower temperatures. This leads to increased living comfort.

This method of heating ensures that a building never gets too hot or too cold but remain at a constant, desired temperature. Therefore, homes and businesses benefitting from a heat pump feel friendlier to live and work in.

Also, heat pump solutions offer longer warranty periods than traditional alternatives, protecting customer’s investment and providing peace of mind. Visit our ‘Living Benefits of Heat Pumps‘ page for further information.

Heat Pumps in Off-Gas areas

Customers living in off-gas areas typically pay more for their heating. By installing a heat pump, customers can now benefit from running costs comparable to gas and far cheaper than oil or LPG.

Off-gas customers can expect to see annual savings as high as 50%.

Do you live in an off-gas area of Cornwall and want to find a solution to lower your running costs? Find more information on our ‘Heat Pumps in Off-Gas Areas‘ page.

Heat Pumps for Self-Builders and New Builds

Heat pumps are the ideal heating solution for new build projects.

Recent changes to Building Regulations have had a positive impact on heat retention and heat losses in new buildings. These changes have played into the hands of heat pump technology. As heat pumps aim to provide constant heat, reduced demand on the system lowers system size, installation cost and running costs.

Considering a new build project? Find more information here.

Important things to consider…

Is a heat pump the right choice for your property? Below is a list of things to consider:

The importance of design – design is the most important stage of a heat pump installation. Heat pumps perform best when correctly sized to meet the heat demand of an individual property. Oversized or undersized heat pumps struggle to work efficiently and cost-effectively.

Read up on the importance of correct design and the benefits of installing through an MCS accredited installer on our ‘Heat Pump Design‘ page.

What is the aim of the project? – heat pumps meet the need of many customers in varying situations. Customers replacing an old or faulty boiler and looking to reduce their running can benefit from a heat pump. As can new build customers with SAP concerns.

What is is your existing heating system?

The extent a customer benefits from switching to a heat pump depends on their existing system.

Customers heating with oil, LPG or direct electric can expect to see the largest saving. However, probable hikes in energy prices in the future could make now a good time to future-proof a home or business.

Have you done the math?

Our quote pack provides details on the initial cost, energy savings, carbon savings and Renewable Heat Incentive payments. From here, this is all summarised in terms of a return on investment percentage and figure.

This information ensures customers can make an informed and justified decision.

Case Studies

We have a range of previous heat pump installations available for you to view on our ‘Renewable Case Studies‘ page.

For an overview of our installations, including estimated benefits and site photos, head there now.

Please note, we are happy to arrange for potential customers to visit one of our existing heat pump sites.