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Air Source Heating: How much could be the estimated cost?

Everything you need to know about air source heating, the installation costs, the cost of other equipment to run the air source heating pump, and things you need to consider in order to save up.

What is an Air Source Heat Pump?

Air source heat pump is commonly used to absorb heat from the outside air and transfer it inside your home or an office through a wet central heating system. Air source heat pump has a wide range of purpose which can be used for heating radiators, hot water in your home and warm air convectors. But there are some Air Source Heat Pump that can be used for cooling purposes. It should be placed in a spacious yard outside your house or outside the building.

There are two (2) kinds of Air Source Heat Pump and these are:

Air-to-water heat pump- the one that absorbs the heat from the outside then transfer it inside your home or your office through a wet central heating system. Air-to-air heat pump- this absorbs the heat from the outside then transfer it inside your house through a fan to create heat for your home.

Overall Cost of an Air Source Heat Pump

In order for you to save up from installation up to the heating system, you should always choose the one with high quality. You can actually save up £1,000-£1,800 every year if you replace your LPG heating system or your electric night storage heating system.

Getting an air source heat pump is very expensive. The total cost for the installation and electricity bill will depend on the size of the area that needs to be covered up by the air source heat pump. However, it will be more costly to spend up for a ground source heating system.

This will need more time and also the labour cost for the installation is more expensive due to the pipes under the ground that has to be installed. Therefore, that also means you need to hire someone to dig the ground of your property if it’s a new one. But, if your property already has pipes ready for installation then you might spend less than the actual cost. Keep in mind that if an air source heat pump was installed correctly and used properly, then you’ll be able to save up on your electricity bill.

Ground source heat pump could cost around £11,000 up to £15,000 while the air source heat pump may only cost around £5,000 to £8,000. The price varies from the size of the area. So before you get an air source heat pump, might as well consider also the pros and cons of it.

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Advantages of Air Source Heat Pump

Air source heat pumps have an estimated lifespan of 20 years and can be easily installed in just a few days. It is also low-maintenance and you only have to clean it on a monthly basis. You can also hire a technician to have it check for at least once a year. Another thing is that, you can use your air source heat pump without any fuel storage and you can even use it on summer days to cool your home. You can also save more on your electricity bill since it can be powered by a wind or solar panels.

Disadvantages of Air Source Heat Pump

Air source heat pump can only work well with underfloor heating. You will also need a well-insulated home in order to save up on your energy bill. Another disadvantage of air source heat pump is that, it could be really disturbing because of the noise it creates when it runs. You might also need huge radiators to maintain the temperature in a certain area.

Renewable Heat Installations

The (RHI) or Renewable Heat Installations have a very positive outcome for homeowners. Tariffs are exempted from income tax which particularly means that the income from air source heating that are fed in tariff is a major incentive from homeowners. Any income from RHI or tariffs will not be taxed, if you’re a domestic user.

As of the moment, air source heat pump grants are still not available in the UK. But, you can apply directly to Ofgem to pay for tariffs. You just have to prove that the equipment is properly maintained based on the instructions of the manufacturer.

Factors that affect the running costs of air source heat pump

There are two factors that could affect the running running costs of an air source heat pump and these are the heat demand and the efficiency of the system. However, you can still save up in annual running costs compared to the fossil fuel running costs. But still, the demand and efficiency could really make a huge impact and difference to the running costs.

The heat demand is one of the main purposes of air source heat pumps. So it simply depends on the size of your property, if how many rooms you have in your house, and your desired temperature. So you will need a bigger air source heat pump if you have a huge space. And that means more energy is required for your heat pump. Therefore, the bigger the heat pump, the higher the running costs.

The efficiency is about the air source heat pump itself. It is important to choose an air source heat pump that is best suitable for your home and will help you save up from your energy bill. It could be very expensive at initial costs but it will be worth it and you’re sure about the efficiency as the air source heat pump begins to run.


Air source heat pumps are not that expensive to run but it will really cost you a lot to purchase one and have it installed in your property. However, you may also consider some of the pros and cons of getting an air source heat pump. It is very useful so there’s no regret with its overall costs. You can also use it on hot summer days to provide cooling in your home.