How Much Does It Cost to Install an Air Source Heat Pump?

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April 25, 2024

Air Source Heat Pump Cost Guide

One great way to reduce your carbon profile, make your home more energy efficient and save costs on annual energy bills is to install an air source heat pump. The UK government plans to achieve a net-zero carbon emission by 2050 and has partnered with energy companies to provide affordable and sustainable low-carbon heating systems to eligible UK homes. They have thus provided grants such as the air source heat pump grant to help eligible homes access this far efficient heating system.

Air source heat pumps work by extracting heat from the air outside and using it to heat up the home and provide hot water. They are a renewable source of energy and are far more efficient than traditional heating systems.

Read on to find out what it costs to install an air source heat pump.

The Cost of Air Source Heat Pumps

How Much Does an Air Source Heat Pump Cost in the Uk 2024?

The cost of installing an air source heat pump ranges from £3,500 to £14,050 in 2024 and this is dependent on several factors which include;

  • The efficiency of the heat pump- Air source heat pumps typically have an efficiency rating of 300%. The higher the efficiency, the more expensive it is.

  • Type of Air Source heat Pump- Usually, the air-to-air heat pump is cheaper than the air-to-water heat pump.

  • The Size of the air source heat pump- Air source heat pumps vary by sizes and the overall installation cost increases with the size of the heat pump. However, we will not advise you to go for the smallest as it will put more pressure on the heating system which will eventually incur more running cost and maintenance cost. Ensure you install just the right size for your home.

  • Government grants- The free air source heat pump grants will go a long way to subsidise the installation costs. Currently, the value of the grant is £7,500 which makes it a lot more affordable for you to install your heating system.

    People living in England and Wales can access the grant through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme while dwellers in Scotland can enjoy the grant through the Home Energy Scotland.

  • Installers labour- Installation costs of the licensed installer

  • The air source heat pump brand- Air source heat pump cost varies from one brand to another and this will impact on the overall installation cost.

Cost of an Air Source Heat Pump Based on Size of the Home

The table below gives you an indication of what it will likely cost you to install either an air-to-air or an air-to-water heat pump for your home.

Air-to-Air Source Heat Pump

Two-bedroom bungalow Three-bedroom semi-detached or terraced home Four-bedroom detached home
£3,500 - £7,250 £5,500 - £7,500 £6,900 - £8,900

Air to Water Source Heat Pump

Two-bedroom bungalow Three-bedroom semi-detached or terraced home Four-bedroom detached home
£7,500 – £9,050 £8,750 – £10,500 £12,050 – £14,050

The Running Costs of an Air Source Heat Pump

When compared to other traditional heating systems, the costs of running an air source heat pump is substantially lower. The table below gives an average of the yearly running costs of an air source heat pump. It was calculated taking into consideration the Coefficient of Performance (COP), the heating requirements of average households, and current energy costs in the UK.

Annual Running Costs of Air Source Heat Pumps

Household Size Energy Demand (Annual Estimate) Running Costs (Annual Estimate)
1 bedroom 8,000 kWh £685
2-3 bedrooms 12,000 kWh £1,045
4+ bedrooms 17,000 kWh £1,550

To get the exact running cost for your home, you need to reach out to a licensed energy provider to carry out a survey of your home. Some factors which can influence exact annual running costs in your home include;

  • If there are underfloor heating systems or temperature flow radiators paired with the air source heat pump.

  • The level and type of insulation in your home

  • The presence or absence of a separate heat source is used for domestic hot water heating, such as solar thermal panels.

Summing Up

The UK government through its ECO grants scheme has made energy efficient heating systems affordable and accessible for UK homes. To check your eligibility for an air source heat pump, you can reach out to a licensed energy provider in your locality. Alternatively, you can also reach us via our helplines so that we can connect you to certified installers.

Also, if you are eligible for the Eco4 grant but you do not know the best installation companies with the best rates in your locality, you can also fill out our online form and we will match you with up to 3 air source heat pump installers in your area. They will provide their quotes for their services so that you can compare and choose the best deal for you. This will save you endless hours or days of research.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

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