By 2016, the government estimates that between 7.8 and 8.9 million people in England will be living in fuel poverty. This worrying phenomenon describes UK households forced to spend over 10% of their income in order to adequately heat their homes, but does not always take into account families on low incomes who are not necessarily poor, but are still struggling to pay their energy bills this winter.
There are a number of ways in which you can save money on your energy bills, from installing a new heating system, to using energy monitors, swapping regular bulbs for energy saving bulbs and cutting back on how much central heating you use. Some of these ideas are obviously more practical than others, but did you know that fitting an air source heat pump system in your home could save you up to £380 a year (compared to a typical electric heating system)? With colder winters hitting most of the UK and many of us seeing more snow than ever before, those in the South could benefit from Heat pumps Sussex which can help to save money on your energy bills.
What is an Air Source Heat Pump and How Does it Work?
As its name suggests, an air source heat pump extracts warm currents out of the air and uses a heat pump to boost it to a higher temperature. This heat can then be transferred to radiators, underfloor heating and hot water in your home. The system looks similar to an air conditioning system and is simple for a professional to install. The main components of the system are a compressor and a heat exchanger. Imagine that your air source heat pump is a refrigerator working in reverse; heat is absorbed from outside and then the heat pump compressor increases the temperature of that heat to a useful level for heating your house. A further benefit of these systems is that they can be used as air conditioning units in the warm summer months.
How much do They Cost?
In England, the typical cost to install a heat pump system is between £6,000 and £10,000 and you should always have your system installed by a professional. There are many professional heat pump and air conditioning installation companies who can install your heat pumps Sussex, so make sure you choose a reputable company. With savings of around £380 a year on your energy bill, the time taken to recoup what you have spent on your system varies, depending on a number of factors such as the size of your house and how well it is insulated and so forth. Bear in mind that if your home currently uses gas central heating, a heat pump may not provide any beneficial savings, despite being more environmentally friendly.
AAC Southern Limited supplies air conditioning and heat pumps in Sussex and the Lancing area and can offer a no-obligation, visit to assess your home before purchase and installation.
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