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Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that making the switch to renewable heating solutions like Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) might bring up a lot of questions. We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions from our clients to help clarify any doubts you may have about ASHPs and the services we provide at Herts Air Source.

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What is an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP)?

An ASHP is a device that extracts heat from the outside air, even in cold weather. It then increases the temperature of that heat and distributes it within your home.

How do ASHPs work in cold weather?

ASHPs can effectively extract heat from the air even when the outside temperature is below freezing, ensuring efficient operation in a wide range of UK weather conditions.

How noisy are ASHPs?

Modern ASHPs are designed to minimise noise. The sound they produce is typically comparable to a household refrigerator.

Can ASHPs provide both heating and hot water?

Yes, ASHPs can provide both space heating and domestic hot water, making them a comprehensive solution for your home's heating needs.

What maintenance is required for ASHPs?

Like any heating system, ASHPs require regular maintenance to perform optimally. A professional servicing once a year is recommended.

What is the lifespan of an ASHP?

With proper maintenance, ASHPs can last around 15-20 years. However, the lifespan can vary based on the model and usage.

Can an ASHP replace my existing heating system?

Yes, in most cases, ASHPs can replace existing heating systems. However, modifications to home will be required. Insulation, windows and air tightness will need to be up to standard.

Do I need planning permission to install an ASHP?

ASHPs are generally considered "permitted development" in the UK, so planning permission is not usually needed. However, it's always advisable to check with your local authority.

How does an ASHP reduce my carbon footprint?

ASHPs use renewable heat from the outside air, significantly reducing the carbon emissions compared to traditional fossil fuel heating systems.

How much can I save on energy bills with an ASHP?

Savings depend on several factors, including your current heating system and the insulation of your home. Many homeowners report substantial savings on their energy bills after switching to an ASHP.

What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is a UK government initiative providing grants to homeowners installing low-carbon heating systems like ASHPs. The grant aims to offset the cost of installation.

Am I eligible for the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

To qualify for the scheme, your heat pump must be installed by an MCS certified installer and your property must have adequate insulation levels. Herts Air Source, as an MCS certified installer, can guide you through the application process.

What impact do ASHPs have on the environment?

ASHPs use renewable heat sources, reducing carbon emissions and dependence on fossil fuels, making them an environmentally friendly heating solution.

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