Air Source Heat Pumps
An Air-to-Air Heat Pump system takes heat from the air an boosts it to a higher temperature using a heat pump which is usually placed outdoors at the side or back of a property. This warm air is circulated by fans to heat your home.
They are ideal where there is no existing wet heating system such as apartments and older houses.
Benefits include lower fuel bills, easy installation and minimal maintenance required.
An Air-to-Water Heat Pump system can replace your existing oil or gas boiler and provide heat to your existing radiators and hot water systems. An Air-to-Water system has an efficiency of approximately 360% compared to 92% of a modern oil or gas boiler.
An average performing Air Source Heat Pump in an average four bedroom detached home could save:
Between €450 to €700 a year if replacing an oil boiler (non-condensing)
Between €1,400 and €2,000 a year if replacing an LPG boiler (non-condensing)
Between €900 and 1,500 a year if replacing electric heating (old storage heaters)
|Existing Systems||Fuel Bill Savings (€/year)|
|Gas (non-condensing)||€1,000 to €1,500|
|Oil (non-condensing)||€25 to €75|
|Gas (non-condensing)||€420 to €600|
|Solid fuel||€600 to €1,000|
|Electric (storage heaters)||€850 to €1,500|
|Estimated Air Source Heat Pump Savings in Detached House|
|Oil Boiler Rating||Detached House|
|Estimated Savings Based on Installing New A-rated Condensing Boiler & Heating Controls|
Gas and Oil Boiler Upgrades
Most old gas and oil boilers are regular boilers that have a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the boiler. When you replace your boiler you can buy a new regular boiler, and keep your hot water cylinder, or buy a combi boiler that doesn’t need a cylinder. A regular boiler is more efficient than a combi at producing hot water in the first place, but then some heat is lost from the hot water cylinder, so a combi may be more efficient overall.