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Getting the most out of an air source heat pump

Emily Smith

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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