Heat pumps are a type of appliance that extracts heat from the ground or air and use it to heat your home. You may have heard that heat pumps are expensive to run, but is this really the case? Let’s take a closer look.
In the UK, the average household spends £1,200 a year on energy bills – but how much of this goes on heating? Well, according to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, around 60% of a typical household’s energy bill is spent on heating their home. So, if you’re looking for ways to reduce your energy costs, it’s worth considering a more efficient way of heating your home – like a heat pump.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is a type of appliance that extracts heat from the ground or air and uses it to heat your home. There are two main types of heat pumps – air source and ground source – which work in slightly different ways.
Air source heat pumps extract heat from the air outside your home and use it to heat your home. They can be fitted to most types of property and usually cost less than ground source heat pumps to install. Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground beneath your property and use it to heat your home. They can be more expensive to install than air source heat pumps but they tend to be more efficient and could last longer too.
How do they work?
Heat pumps work by taking advantage of the fact that the earth (or air) is warmer than you think – even in winter! The basic principle is that as temperature drops, so does the amount of available energy. By extracting this latent energy and using it to power your heating system, you can reduce your reliance on more traditional (and often more expensive) forms of energy like gas and electricity.
Are they expensive to run?
Heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular in the UK as people look for ways to reduce their carbon footprint and save money on their energy bills. But how much do they actually cost to run?
The answer isn’t straightforward because there are a number of factors that will affect how much you spend on running a heat pump, including:
- The type of property you live in
- The size of your property
- The type of heat pump you choose
- The efficiency rating of your chosen model
- Whether you opt for a single or dual-purpose system
- How well your property is insulated
It’s clear that running a heat pump is significantly cheaper than running a gas or oil-powered heating system. In fact, according to the Energy Saving Trust, switching from gas central heating to an air source heat pump could save you up to £600 per year on your energy bills! So if you’re looking for ways to save money on your energy bills, opting for a heat pump could be a great option!
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