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GETTING THE MOST OUT OF AN: air source heat pump

This renewable tech has become popular amongst self builders, but how can you tell if it’s the best heating solution for your property and what can you do to get the best performance from your system?

So you’ve decided to warm your home (and possibly generate hot water) by installing an air source heat pump (ASHP). But is this tech the right solution for your home and will you actually experience an energy-efficient and cost-effective result?

These sustainable heat generators are marketed as low-maintenance options that can achieve lower fuel bills and carbon emissions, plus you may even make some money back through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme. But the answer to whether this is the best solution for you will depend on various factors. “Don’t just think that having renewable tech will automatically save you money – you’ve got to really have an understanding of what it’s going to do,” says David Hilton, an independent sustainability advisor who delivers eco courses at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre. “To get the best result from an ASHP you need an appropriately efficient house, an awareness of the results (and if they are going to meet your heating expectations) and an experienced installer. This technology isn’t a solution for everybody.”

ASHPs work by harnessing the warmth from the air and channeling it into domestic hot water and heating – this unit is a Dimplex A-Class
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Build It magazine’s January issue is packed with detailed practical advice & inspiring projects to help you create your dream home. Here’s a taster of what’s inside: • Stunning contemporary oak frame home (page 22) • Revealed: your new right to self build (page 62) • The best low-maintenance cladding options (page 69) • Running an air source heat pump (page 80) • Expert guide to gaining planning permission (page 94) • Designing the perfect extension (page 106) … and more!