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.
Air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps function in a similar way, the main difference being where they draw their heat from in the first place. Both transfer heat rather than generating it. Here is a breakdown of how it works:
While heat pump installation requires a significant initial outlay, they are a renewable system that returns big savings which will add up over time and eventually cover the cost of your investment.
Potential annual savings in Scotland (based on an average sized, three-bedroom detached home, with radiator upgrades as required) are as follows:
Annual savings by switching to air source heat pump
Annual savings by switching to ground source heat pump
Old G-rated gas boiler
New A-rated gas boiler
Old electric storage heater
New electric storage heater
Old G- rated oil boiler
New A-rated oil boiler
Old G-rated LPG boiler
New A-rated LPG boiler
Source Energy Saving Trust: Figures are based on fuel prices as of June 2023. Savings in Scotland will vary depending on the size of your home, any heating system upgrade and fuel type being replaced. You can expect the savings to range between old and new, depending on the age of your current heating system.
Heat Pumps UK can help you make the move to adopting heat pump technology by introducing you to a trusted local heat pump installer who can help assess your suitability for a heat pump and arrange installation.
Here’s how it works…
More and more households in Scotland are looking for alternative ways of heating their homes and heat pumps are a great option for many, if they have the space to accommodate them.
There are plenty of benefits for households in Scotland of adopting heat pump technology including…
Contact us today to find out air source heat pumps and whether they are a suitable option for your home. Heat Pumps UK will introduce you to an expert Scotland heat pump installer who will help ascertain which heat pump system is best for you and what options are available. They can also discuss potential heat pump grants in Scotland that are available.
Through our help, you’ll be on the way to saving money, boosting your home’s energy efficiency, and reducing your carbon footprint. Make the first step on the road to a greener future and find out what a heat pump system could do to boost your energy efficiency and revolutionise how you heat your home in Scotland.
Heat pumps are a highly efficient, much greener alternative to other forms of heating like gas boilers.
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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.