Ten Myths About Air Source Heat Pumps Busted

Ten Myths About Air Source Heat Pumps Busted

Posted on December 20, 2023

Heat Pump Myths

If you want to reduce your carbon footprint and live an eco-friendlier lifestyle, opting for heat pump installation is a good idea. Heat pumps work using electricity instead of gas and are becoming increasingly popular in the UK due to their efficiency. Many people still don’t understand what they are and how they work, however. So, here are ten of the most common heat pump myths busted.

  1. Heat pumps are noisy and will disturb me and my neighbours

Contrary to what some people believe, heat pumps aren’t noisy, offering a maximum output of between 42-45dB – roughly the same as a fridge freezer. Heat pumps must also be located within a specific distance from your neigbour’s property, so you won’t have to worry about it being a nuisance.

  1. Heat pumps will increase your bills

While electricity is more expensive than gas at the moment, the efficiency of a heat pump can actually bring your heating bills down. According to the Energy Saving Trust, you could save roughly £1,200 a year on heating, depending on your current heat source.

  1. Air source heat pumps are too expensive to install for the average household

The government has net zero targets to achieve. They’re therefore helping people to do their part for the environment by offering grants of up to £5,000 for heat pump installation. Anyone with a boiler can take advantage of this and offset part of the cost.

  1. Heat pumps don’t work effectively in cold weather

Heat pumps will continue to keep your home warm and cosy even in sub-zero temperatures. If your house is particularly big or draughty, a hybrid system comprising a heat pump and a new gas boiler is another option to explore. The boiler will kick in only when needed, helping to maintain the efficiency of your property.

  1. Heat pumps are large and bulky, taking up space

Heat pump systems take up about as much space as a wheelie bin. They’re also located outside, so shouldn’t be too much of an inconvenience. Talk to your surveyor if you have any specific concerns or requests.

  1. Heat pumps are only suitable for new homes

As the UK becomes a more efficient place to live, new properties are being built with air source heat pumps. But they can also be installed in older properties too. A site survey will inform you whether your home is suitable.

  1. Heat pumps only work with underfloor heating

Heat pumps are compatible with underfloor heating, but they’ll also heat the radiators in your home to help keep each and every room warm and snug.

  1. Heat pumps need more maintenance than boilers

Heat pumps do not require more maintenance than your typical boiler. An annual service is recommended to ensure the system remains as efficient as possible. Plus, you can take out heat pump cover for heat pump servicing and repairs.

  1. It’s difficult to find a reliable heat pump installer

The most important thing to look out for is a qualified installer that’s MCS certified. The MCS certified engineers at Aura Heating serve the South of England including Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex, Dorset, South London, Berkshire and Wiltshire, making it simple for homeowners in these counties to access reliable heat pump installation.

  1. Getting a quote is a lengthy process

Quotes are quick and easy to obtain from reputable companies. Simply book a site survey and your installation can begin shortly afterwards.

Contact Aura Heating today for your heat pump installation enquiries.