Heat Pump Quotes
It is no surprise to most people that today renewable energy forms are becoming ever more popular as a means of providing domestic energy. Not only do they reduce your household expenditure in the long term but, of course, they are far more environmentally friendly than fossil fuel forms of energy production.
Of the various forms of renewable energy systems available, one of the most attractive options are ground or air source heat pumps. These work by transferring heat from either the ground or an air source into your home. Indeed you yourself might even be considering looking for heat pump quotes to find out if this represents a workable option to your energy and heating needs.
When looking for heat pump quotes it is important to note that there are two main types of pump: geothermal heat pumps and air source heat pumps.
Geothermal pumps work by slowly taking heat from the ground. These can either be placed vertically into the ground if space is at a premium or if space is less of an issue placed horizontally underground. Water is then passed through the pipe system and then pumped directly into your home.
Air sourced heat pumps use the principles of vapour compression and can function either as air to water or air to air heaters.
It is also important to note that heat pumps can be relatively expensive to install, especially if the installation is to be done to an existing property. It is however, significantly cheaper to have heat pumps installed into a new property as this can be fully incorporated into the plans for construction.
Whilst initially expensive the pump will have recouped its cost in a number of years and from then on will begin to make you genuine and significant savings on your electricity, gas or oil costs.
It should also be borne in mind that whilst heat pumps will need regular serving (once a year is typical) they are generally extremely reliable and maintenance costs are usually very low.
You should always factor into all your heat pump quotes and subsidies that may be available to you for installation. As part of its drive to increase the use of renewable energy sources the government provides support and incentives for the take-up of heat pumps. These come in two forms: the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which is open to homeowners, private landlords and self-builders; and the Non-Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive which is available to public sector organisations, businesses and to industry.
Unless you happen to live in a conservation area or in a listed building the good news is that you probably won’t need planning permission to have a ground sourced heat pump installed as once installed it will be underground and not visible. However, it always wise to check with your local authority first to see if planning permission is necessary. The matter is different for air sourced heat pumps which will always require planning permission – again contact your local authority about this.