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16 June 2023

Why switch to a heat pump from a boiler?

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Air source heat pumps have been steadily making their way into more European homes over the past decade, empowering thousands of households to lower their energy bills while reducing their carbon emissions.

Making the decision to switch from a gas boiler to a heat pump can be daunting – but taking the first step sooner rather than later can be hugely rewarding. Here are five reasons to start your installation journey today.

Reason 1 – Heat pumps could save you money on your energy bills

Switching to a heat pump could reduce your monthly energy bills by 40%*, depending on your current energy system. This is because the average heat pump has an efficacy rating of 400%, while gas boilers have an average efficiency rating of around 90%.

Reason 2 - Heat pumps have low maintenance costs

Heat pumps are very durable, so maintenance is required less regularly than a boiler and Aira provides a Comfort Guarantee with every sale  including a 10-year performance and 10 year product guarantee.

Reason 3 – Heat pumps can both heat and cool your home

Because they transfer heat rather than generate heat, heat pumps can efficiently provide comfortable temperatures for your home. During winter, they move heat from the cool outdoors into your warm house; but during the summer, they are also able to move heat from your house into the outdoors when combined with a fancoils.

Reason 4 – Heat pumps are more energy efficient than gas boilers

Because heat pumps are more energy efficient than gas boilers and other conventional heating and cooling systems, and because they don't burn fossil fuels like natural gas or oil, heat pumps can help you reduce your carbon emissions.

Reason 5 – Gas boilers are being phased out across Europe

Although the EU has not yet announced a ban on gas boilers, many countries are taking matters into their own hands when it comes to decarbonising home energy. Germany will ban gas and oil heating in new or renovated buildings from next year, and gas boilers will be banned in new home developments in the UK from 2025.

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).

Yes – and if you use solar energy to heat your home, you’ll not only remove carbon from the equation but you’ll also have a fully green heating system that pays for itself. 

Heat pumps create 75% of their energy from free outside air, so have a lower running cost than traditional heating solutions. In an average three-bedroom semi-detached house, you can save around £400 per year with a heat pump compared to a standard gas boiler. If you don't have any other gas appliances in your home, you'll never have to pay another energy bill again.

A heat pump can last over 18 years. Your package includes our Aira Comfort Guarantee at no extra cost. This means you’re guaranteed 20 degree warmth on even the coldest day of the year – or we’ll come straight out to fix it. And with our remote servicing tool, we're always on hand to help you with any maintenance needs.

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