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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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How does a heat pump work?

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:

  • Heat from the air outside (air source heat) or the ground (ground source heat) is drawn in and blown over a network of tubes that are filled with refrigerant. This will warm up the refrigerant and it will change from liquid form into a gas.
  • This gas then goes through a compressor which increases the pressure. Compression will also add more heat.
  • The compressed, hot gases pass into a heat exchanger, with cool air or water surrounding it. The refrigerant moves its heat to the cool air or water, making it warm.
  • This is then circulated around the home, providing heat and hot water. Whilst this happens the refrigerant condenses back into a cool liquid and the cycle will start all over again.
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How Much Could A Heat Pump Save Me?

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: 

Existing system

Annual savings by switching to air source heat pump

Annual savings by switching to ground source heat pump

Old G-rated gas boiler

£590

£670

New A-rated gas boiler

£115

£195

Old electric storage heater

£1,500

£1600

New electric storage heater

£870

£950

Old G- rated oil boiler

£295

£375

New A-rated oil boiler

-£135

-£60

Old G-rated LPG boiler

£780

£860

New A-rated LPG boiler

£230

£305

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.

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How can Heat Pumps UK help you?

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…

  • Provide a few basic details online
  • A recommended installer will contact you to book a home survey
  • Free Home Assessment carried out to determine best suited heat pump product
  • Your heat pump is installed and commissioned
  • Enjoy cheaper greener energy

Why Heat Pumps Are The Way Forward

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…

  • Can provide heat for central heating and hot water
  • Avoids the escalating costs of heating your home
  • Leads to significant reduction in household carbon footprint
  • Won’t produce any carbon if used with a renewable tariff (or combined with a solar array)
  • For every unit kW of electricity it uses to extract heat, it typically outputs 3-4 times more as heat
  • Return on investment can in some instances take as little as five years

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.

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Tony Renaud
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We had an Ideal Logic 2 Combi boiler fitted on 29/06/23 with Fixx. Craig the Engineer arrived bright and early after a call to say he would be there in 30 minutes. He was very efficient and finished by mid afternoon before running through all the wireless thermostat details before leaving. Found the company extremely helpful with any questions I asked, great company to do business with and would recommend highly.
Eduardo Benito
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Extremely impressed with Fixx and everyone there that I dealt with. They discussed all the requirements for a new under sink water heater for my flat to supply the kitchen sink and bathroom sink in the next room, as well as connections for a dishwasher and washing machinke. They provided a quote very quickly and the whole thing was installed just a few days later. Very neat setup, all ready for the kitchen fitter to complete the worktop and hook up the taps to the sink (see photos). I would 100% use Fixx again - I'm a very satisfied customer.
Simon Richards
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The two gentlemen from Fixx did a fabulous job removing my Boiler Mate 2000 and replacing it with an unvented cylinder. Everything at each stage was explained to me and they worked extremely hard to achieve a fantastic result. I won’t hesitate to contact them in the future if and when I need a new boiler and would 100% recommend Fixx to anyone.
Raluca Badea
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Very pleased with Fixx services, from start to finish. Craig kindly arranged for my Baxi Duo Tec boiler to be repaired asap and the engineer (Louis) arrived on time, was professional and polite, talked me through what he found and how he fixed it. Highly recommend! Thank you Fixx.
Phil Smith
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I've a contract for my boiler so when I found a leak, I contacted the helpline. Still had hot water but they still sent someone within 24 hours. Engineer (Darren) came and found the fault. Had the correct part in the van and heating was back on in around an hour from his arrival. Great service and knowledgeable. Highly recommend.
Ian Edwards
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Great service. Carl, the plumber, who sorted the boiler was so friendly and knowledgeable. So good in fact that we got the company to send him again to fit a Hive system which has helped us save a fortune.
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