Why ground and air source heat pumps make eco and financial sense


With generous government incentives for installing renewable heat sources at homes set to end in 2022, take a look at why the time is right for eco friendly heat pumps…

new build home with solar panels garden and fence

Image: IMS Heat Pumps

Incentives coming to an end

The government has set ambitious renewable energy targets, and two incentives for homeowners to act have been the RHI and GHG – the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive and the Green Homes Grant. However, the latter closed in March of 2021, and the former is also set to come to an end in March 2022. As yet, the government has yet to outline any new commitments after that.

The RHI has been a generous support scheme for homeowners to install either ground source or air source heat pumps, both of which are fabulous and efficient ways to tap into renewable heat sources.

room with ground source heat pumps installed

Image: IMS Heat Pumps

How do heat pumps work?

At efficiencies of up to 5 times that of a gas boiler, a ground source heat pump draws the sun’s heat directly from the ground, with either boreholes drilled down or pipes laid horizontally that tap into the underground heat and use it for heating your home. 

By contrast, an air source heat pump sucks in air from outside, but both are about to provide heat even during freezing weather. It may be that you don’t even need a gas connection to your home – good news with the connection of gas boilers to new build homes being outlawed from 2025. Both involve different installations, and therefore attract different government grants. The RHI provides post-installation support for ground source pumps of up to £35,000 and £11,200 for air source pumps.

Emma Bohan, General Manager of IMS Heat Pumps, thinks it’s a benefit that those building or renovating their own home should seriously consider: 'The RHI scheme provides excellent financial support for installing heat pumps, especially if you’re considering ground source, and is available for self-builders. With this scheduled to end in March 2022, now is the perfect time to install.'

air source heat pump on exterior of new build home

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Heat pumps for new builds

IMS Heat Pumps specialise in both design and installation of heat pumps and have been operating in this field since 1997, with a slew of successful case studies. With offices in Perth and Sheffield, they have wide UK coverage and can help design bespoke systems that work perfectly for new builds.

With their knowledge of what works where, they can guide you through the process and benefits of heat pumps. This includes working through the building regulations and planning process, how to benefit financially, and whether you want to benefit not just from renewable heating but hot water too.

“No two projects are the same,” says Emma. 'We work collaboratively with clients from the design through to installation and then maintenance of their heat pump system, to create a warm and low carbon home that meets their specific requirements.' And with the future of government funding for green projects in some doubt, now is the time to act.

rear garden with heat pump

Image: IMS Heat Pumps

To discuss your needs or to ask any questions about heat pumps or the RHI scheme, get in touch with IMS Heat Pumps.

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