Busting the top five heat pump myths
Heat pumps have the potential to help millions of households across Europe reduce their energy bills and carbon footprints. But renewable energy systems can be complex and it feels like everyone has a different opinion on them.
Investing in a heat pump is a big decision to make. To help you make the right decision for your home, we’ve addressed the top five myths surrounding the technology.
Myth 1 - Heat pumps are expensive
Aira is committed to helping people to join the clean energy revolution by buying an air source heat pump. We offer an all-inclusive monthly plan, with zero deposit required to help our customers spread the cost of their heat pumps over 10 years. The government is also offering a grant (Boiler Upgrade Scheme) for making the switch.
An air source heat pump cleverly uses the free air outside your home, combined with a small amount of electric power, to provide the same amount of heat you would expect from a gas boiler. This means you can expect to save 40% on your energy bills.*
Myth 2 - Heat pumps are loud and difficult to maintain
Heat pumps do not run silently; however their maximum running volume is very quiet, with the unit that sits outside producing only about the same amount of noise as a refrigerator. The indoor parts of the heat pump - the circulation pump and immersion heater – make even less noise, rarely louder than whisper, so they shouldn’t disrupt your day-to-day life.
Myth 3 - Heat pump technology is new and hasn’t been properly tested
Heat pump technology is not new. In fact, the first air source heat pump was created between 1855 and 1857 by Austrian scientist Peter von Rittinger, who used it to dry out marshes so that they could be mined for salt.
Sweden has around two million heat pumps in operation, covering 43% of households – making it a tried and tested alternative to gas or oil-fired boilers for heating and hot water.
Myth 4 - Heat pumps require lots of space
Air source heat pumps are typically installed outside homes, in gardens or on patios. This allows them to capture cool air, extract its temperature and use it to heat your home and water.
For the outside unit, you will need a flat, solid surface to mount your heat pump, allowing 1 – 1.5m of vertical space and 0.5-1m horizontally. At least 1.5m of unobstructed space will be needed in front of the heat pump fans to prevent the heat pump being obstructed, and a small gap will need to be left between the heat pump and the wall.
For the inside component, you will need to ensure you have an interior space roughly the size of a conventional gas boiler (0.7m height x 0.3m depth x 0.4m width) and, depending on the model you are provided, an additional space for a hot water cylinder (these are normally about 1.5m x 0.7m).If you are more limited on space, Aira also offers an all-in-one indoor unit, which is approximately the size of a fridge freezer (1.91m height x 0.6m width X 0.65m depth).
Myth 5 - Heat pumps won’t work in cold weather
Although heat pumps must work harder to heat homes in colder climates, they remain a very efficient heating solution all year round.
Air source heat pumps can easily withstand up to at least -25°C. Norway is a great example of this: long-standing government grants have contributed to one heat pump being installed for every four people, proving that air source heat pumps can be very effective even in very cold climates. At Aira, we ensure that our customers’ homes have an average temperature of 20°C on the coldest day of the year.
Ensuring your home is well insulated, servicing your heat pump before the weather gets cold, and considering installing underfloor heating and larger radiators can help maximise heat efficiency.
Towards a more sustainable future
Heat pumps are key to driving the low-carbon revolution in Europe. By tackling misinformation about this exciting technology, we can ensure that everyone – whoever they are and wherever they live – has the potential to benefit from it.
Find out why you should switch to a heat pump from a boiler.
From the Aira team
*The expected average monthly cost for customers with an air source heat pump is 69 EUR/month, while for customers using gas heating, this rises to 114EUR/month. This calculation is based on the average electricity consumption of an air source heat pump (3089 kWh) compared to gas (13727 kWh), and takes into account average gas prices (0.10 EUR/kWh) and average electricity prices (0.27 EUR/kWh).