Air source heat pumps draw latent heat from outside air, even on cold days, and use it for heating hot water for use in the home. Operating on a similar principle to an ordinary refrigerator, the unit which houses the fans and evaporator coil is fixed on an exterior wall of the property (similar to an air conditioning unit) and the heat pump boosts the heat from the outside air to the required level, using it to heat water in a buffer tank. The existing heating system for the house is then fed from this tank.
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) is an initiative designed to encourage investment in installations to generate renewable heat, both for domestic and non-domestic properties. When financing the installation of an air source heat pump, the RHI aims to bridge the gap between the cost of a replacement oil or LPG boiler and the cost of a renewable heating system.
Homeowners are eligible to receive a rate of 7.3p per unit of renewable heat produced (kWh) by air source heat pump systems over a period of 7 years.
Rates will continue to rise according to inflation, as they are all index linked (RPI)
For more information, visit the official RHI webpage
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