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Air Source Heat Pump Grants in Scotland

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Why Now Is The Right Time For A Heat Pump in Scotland

Both ground source and air source heat pumps are highly efficient ways to heat your home, especially if you are using them to replace an old inefficient gas boiler. With energy prices stretching Scottish household budgets to the limit, finding ways to add energy efficiency measures and lower monthly expenditure when heating the home have become increasingly important. This is why the time to switch to a heat pump is now.

Heat pumps transfer heat from outside air or the ground to heat your home via radiator or underfloor heating. They can also heat water stored in a hot water cylinder for use in the home, giving households a viable alternative to traditional ways of generating heat and hot water.

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What is the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme?

The Warmer Homes Scotland scheme was introduced by the Scottish government to provide funding and support to households that are struggling to heat their homes and stay on top of their energy bills. This funding is more important now than ever as many people are facing huge price hikes as a result of the energy price crisis, meaning many will increasingly look to renewable energy sources to save money and keep their homes suitably warm.

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Who is the scheme for?

The scheme was created to help make qualifying Scottish homes warmer and more comfortable by installing various energy-saving improvements including heat pump grants in Scotland. This assistance is offered to homeowners and private sector tenants that are having difficulty heating their homes, have lived in their property for at least twelve months, and who meet the eligibility criteria.

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What is available through the scheme?

The improvements you can get through the scheme will be based on a survey of your home. Assessors will come to your property to survey it and recommend improvements that are suitable for you, which could include different types of insulation and heating like a heat pump. In the majority of cases, all costs will be covered by the Scottish government funding. It is worth noting that funding can’t be accessed for work that has already been completed. Any home improvements that are funded by Warmer Homes Scotland need to be managed by an approved installer.

In certain circumstances, a customer contribution will be needed for specific more expensive improvements, like solid wall insulation. There is an interest-free loan available to help meet the costs of the customer’s contribution. The loan, which is managed by the Energy Saving Trust, will need a credit check, and successful loans will have an administration fee. More information on the loan will be given if your offer includes a customer contribution.

How does the scheme work for private tenants?

If you are a private sector tenant, your landlord will be informed of the improvements that can be funded by the Scottish government and which ones they might need to fund directly. Their permission is needed before any improvements can be installed in your home.

Since 1st August 2017, restrictions have been put in place on the improvements available under the Warmer Homes Scotland scheme to customers living in privately rented properties. Private Rented Sector homes covered by the statutory Repairing Standard will now not receive improvements that a landlord is legally obligated to provide. These customers will still be eligible for other improvements available through the scheme like a heat pump if they are recommended for the property.

Who is eligible for a heat pump grant?

If you don’t meet the criteria below, don’t worry. You might be able to qualify for a free heat pump in Scotland through the interest-free Home Energy loan or an area-based scheme near to you. To be eligible for Warmer Homes Scotland your household needs to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be homeowners or tenants of a private landlord
  • Live in the home as the main residence
  • Have lived in the property for at least 12 months (unless you have a DS1500 certificate)
  • Live in a property with an energy rating of 72 or less and that is no more than 230 square metres in floor size
  • Live in a home that meets the tolerable living standard set out in the Housing Act 2006 (Scotland) or, in situations where the property does not meet tolerable living standards, this won’t have an impact on the effectiveness of the recommended measures for installation through the scheme
  • Homeowners or tenants must not have received support for energy efficiency improvements through Warmer Homes Scotland funding in the last five years


Meet one of the conditions below:

  • Be of pensionable age, don’t have a working heating system, and be receiving a passport benefit*
  • Be over 75 years of age and receiving a passport benefit
  • Pregnant and/or have children under 16 and in receipt of a passport benefit
  • Have a disability and be receiving any level of Personal Independent Payment (PIP)
  • Have a disability and are claiming a high rate of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) (care or mobility element)
  • Have a disability and be receiving a low/medium rate of Disability Living Allowance and claiming an income-related benefit
  • Be a carer claiming Carer’s Allowance
  • Have been injured or disabled during service in the Armed Forces and are receiving Armed Forces Independence Payment/War Disablement Pension
  • Have an injury or disability from an accident or disease caused by work and be receiving Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit


*Passport benefits are:

  • Guarantee element of the Pension Credit
  • Attendance Allowance
  • Universal Credit or any of the benefits that are expected to be replaced by Universal Credit (Income Based JSA, Child Tax Credit, Working Tax Credit, Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support, Housing Benefit)
  • Council Tax Reduction (not including 25% discount for single occupancy)
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Higher Rate Care or Mobility parts of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • Armed Forces Independence Payment
  • War Disablement Pension
  • Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

Home Energy Scotland Loan

If you want to apply for a Home Energy Scotland Loan, you will require a quote from an installer to support your application. You can begin your application now and save it for completion when your selected installers have been able to give you quotes.

 See if you qualify for a heat pump grant in Scotland and get your free quote with us today. Alternatively check out our heat pumps Scotland page if you don’t qualify. 

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Find the best heat pump for your Home.

Contact us today to find out about air source heat pumps and whether they are suitable suitable for your premises. We will put you in touch with expert installers who will help you ascertain which heat pump system is best for your home and what options are available.

Traditional Boilers

Traditional boilers run on gas which is costly, making them an expensive option for businesses to run.

Air Source Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are a highly efficient, much greener alternative to other forms of heating like gas boilers.

Heat Pump Scotland FAQs

Heat pump cost will vary according to the type of heat pump chosen plus the make, model and heat output required. Some units, for example, may not require a separate hot water cylinder as they have their own integrated water tank, and this can impact on price. In general there isn’t a great deal of difference in the costs of heat pumps, whether air source heat pump or ground source heat pump, the difference comes with the cost of installation.

Air source heat pumps are relatively easy to install and usually are completed in 1-2 day. As a ballpark figure, you should probably expect to pay around £8,000 – £15,000 for an air source heat pump. Ground source heat pump installation is far more complex and requires significant groundwork to install the required pipework and this can take several weeks to install. Costs are likely to be well in excess of £15,000, making them the much more expensive option.

Heat pumps work with an efficiency of between 300-500%. A typical air source heat pump operating at around 300% would produce 3kWh of heat for every 1kW of electricity it requires to extract it from the air. When the temperature falls in the colder months, this means the pump will have to work harder so will be less efficient.

Ground source heat pumps are more energy efficient so one operating at 400% efficiency would produce 4kWh of heat energy for every 1kW of electricity used. Due to more consistent ambient ground temperatures throughout the year, this means efficiencies are largely maintained throughout the year.

Heat pumps require very little in the way of maintenance. Very much like you would expect to have a gas boiler serviced annually, the same applies with heat pumps, where a regular service check will ensure that your system stays running smoothly. A properly installed and well-maintained heat pump should last around 20-25 years.
If you’re unsure which heat pump is the right option for your home in Scotland, then you should get in touch and we can advise you. We can arrange for a local installer to visit your property to assess suitability for a heat pump, advise you on the right type and model for your home and budget, plus give you an indication of costs and how much an heat pump might save you over the course of its life.

Low maintenance & Servicing Costs

If regularly serviced and maintained
0% VAT payable and funding grants available
Due to fewer parts than typical gas, oiler and LPG boilers
Ensures year-round operation
Typical length of warranties provided

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