Heat pumps from Ice Energy
It’s winter; perhaps you’ve just come back from a brisk walk with your family or maybe you’ve just returned from a lengthy commute but as the light fades and the crisp, cold air tugs at your coat, all you want to do is sit down, relax and enjoy your evening.
However, there’s a problem and as you step through your front door you realise there’s no heating. Is it that the aging boiler has finally met its match or is it that maybe you’ve forgotten to place the all-important oil delivery? Whatever the reason, it’s a situation you don’t want to find yourself in.
Imagine then a different scenario; as you open your front door and the light floods out into the evening, you feel the gentle warmth of ambient heat slowly enveloping you as you kick off your shoes and close the door behind you banishing the cold until the morning. While it may sound overly poetic, the underlying message is this; heating your home with a heat pump can provide you with a level of heat and comfort you’ve never experienced before.
Heat pumps have been used extensively across Europe and while less commonplace here in the UK (though this is changing), they are equally effective. Utilising renewable energy rather than combustible and expensive fossil fuels, heat pumps provide a total heating and hot water solution for your home which can be distributed via existing radiators, underfloor heating or a mixture of both.
By gently heating up the fabric of your home and maintaining a steady temperature instead of repeatedly turning on and off at various intervals, heat pumps provide constant, reliable heating all year round
This also makes them more efficient meaning running costs can be considerably lower than traditional heating systems. As they use renewable energy harvested from either the ground below us or the air around us, heat pumps are not susceptible to seasonal shifts in gas and oil prices or affected by inclement weather impacting fuel deliveries.
A further benefit of their renewable credentials is that heat pumps also qualify for the Renewable Heat Incentive. This is a government-backed scheme which rewards forward-thinking individuals for adopting renewable energy systems by issuing payments for the renewable heat these systems generate. Tax-free, indexlinked payments are issued direct to your bank account on a quarterly basis for seven years enabling you to recoup your investment costs and in some cases, generate a healthy additional return on top.
As well as the fiscal benefits in terms of savings and RHI returns, installing heat pumps as part of overall energy improvements could increase the value of your property.
In 2013 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) reported that an average home in the country improving its Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) rating from G to E or from band D to B could mean adding more than £16,000 to the sale price of the property. With subsequent increases in property values, that figure could now be significantly higher.
Whatever your property type, there is a heat pump solution to fit; it’s simply a case of determining the amount of heat required to heat your home and identifying the right size unit to accommodate this. All that’s required is a short conversation with an experienced specifier to design a bespoke solution for your home. However, when selecting a company to design your heat pump system it’s important to ensure they carry the correct credentials. Both they and their products must be Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) accredited for example or you won’t be able to benefit from the RHI payments which could see you miss out on thousands of pounds.
Ice Energy have been designing, specifying and installing heat pump systems in properties across the UK for the past 15 years. Our heat pumps are issued with industry-leading guarantees and provided with lifetime technical support for additional peace of mind. Why not visit our showroom in Eynsham to see for yourself how heat pumps can provide a lifetime of safe, reliable, comfortable heating for you and your family whatever the weather?