The pros and cons of air source heat pumps

Air source heat pumps might just be that renewable method of heating your home that you’ve always dreamt of but didn’t know existed – until now! These energy-efficient pumps absorb the heat of the outside air and magnify it to heat your home and hot water. Not only do they have the potential to reduce your carbon emissions but they can also lower your energy bills. Read on for toasti’s roundup of the main air source heat pump pros and cons.

What is air source heating?

Air source heating is an energy-efficient way of heating your home using an air source heat pump, which is usually installed on an exterior wall of your house. Air source heat pumps transfer the heat they absorb from the outside air into your home by way of a wet central heating system to heat radiators and hot water. All in all, air source heating provides a cost-saving and renewable alternative to traditional gas and oil boilers.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the main air source heat pump pros and cons.

Air source heat pump advantages

Some of the main advantages of air source heat pumps are:

  • Save money and the environment
  • Low maintenance and long lifespan
  • Heat and cool your home

Save money and the environment

Although air source heat pumps run off electricity, they generate more heat than the energy they use. So you’ll lower your bills and reduce your carbon emissions.

Low maintenance and long lifespan

Air source heat pumps require minimal maintenance beyond some cursory checks and an annual service by a professional, which should see them deliver up to 20 years of reliable service. 

Heat and cool your home

Some air source heat pumps offer the dual benefit of heating and cooling. Depending on the model, they can heat your home in the winter and cool it down in the summer.

Air source heat pump disadvantages

Some of the main disadvantages of air source heat pumps are:

  • Lower heat supply than boilers
  • Your home must be well insulated
  • Air source heat pumps can be noisy

Lower heat supply than boilers

You would need to install larger radiators or ideally fit underfloor heating to reap the full benefits of heating your home effectively. 

Your home must be well insulated

If your home isn’t already well insulated, you would need to invest in sufficient insulation to maximise the energy saving benefits.

Air source heat pumps can be noisy

It’s worth bearing in mind that as well as heat air source heat pumps generate noise, which is comparable to an air conditioning unit.

As with any technology, there are definite pros and cons when it comes to installing an air source heat pump. We’ve given you a snapshot of just some of those here. But the best way to find out if an air source heat pump would be an efficient heating option for you is to speak to one of our friendly and knowledgeable advisers here at toasti. We would be only too happy to discuss your options with you.
For more information about our services, or to arrange an air source heat pump installation, please contact us on 0161 537 4068 or email info@toastihome.co.uk.