If you’re looking for a more sustainable and economic way to heat your home, then getting an air source heat pump could be a great option for you.

There are two ways in which air source heat pump technology can be used to heat your home. You could either install one as complete, standalone replacement for your current heating system, or you can install one alongside your existing boiler in what’s known as a hybrid heating setup.

Here’s a closer look at the key differences between the two systems:

Standalone air source heat pump

In a well-insulated house, an air source heat pump can operate alone without compromising on comfort, so could be a good option if you are looking for an entirely new heating and hot water system or if your existing boiler needs replacing. The heat pump can extract heat from the air when outside temperatures are below zero and still maintain the required temperature in the home and generate all the hot water you need.

If you decide a standalone air source heat pump system is the right solution, you will also qualify for a £5000 Government grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. You will need to have a hot water storage tank as heat pumps need to maintain water at a constant heat to work effectively. If you don’t have space for one, the hybrid heating setup might be a better fit for you.

Hybrid heating

Unlike a standalone system, the hybrid heating setup uses a combination of energy created by an air source heat pump and your existing boiler to heat your home and provide your hot water.

Most of the time your heating will come from the heat pump. Your boiler will only be activated when outside temperatures are extremely low, meaning it is more energy efficient to generate heat from your boiler, or when you want hot water. As your boiler is still used to heat water there’s no need for you to have a hot water cylinder. In return, you’ll have a heating system that uses less energy, is better for the environment, and can cost less to run than a traditional boiler. However, you will not qualify for the £5000 Government grant if you decide hybrid heating is the solution for you.

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