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What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme?

The boiler upgrade scheme is a government initiative aimed at promoting energy efficiency and reducing carbon emissions by incentivizing homeowners and businesses to replace older, less efficient boilers with more energy-efficient models. The scheme is typically part of a broader effort to combat climate change and reduce the environmental impact of heating systems, which are major contributors to greenhouse gas emissions.

In a recent announcement the UK government has increased the grant you can recieve from £5000 to £7500 but only for air source heat pump installations. However there is a set of criteria you must meet to be eligible.

  • own the property you’re applying for
  • have installed (or plan to install) your new heating system on or after 1 April 2022
  • be replacing an existing fossil fuel (gas, oil or electric) heating system
  • Your property must have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) with no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation.

If you’re unsure if your property is suitable to take advantage of the boiler upgrade scheme grant, if you simply fill out our form and submit your details we will then arrange surveys with an MCS certified installer who can then discuss with you your options.

*Important to remember that the grant is only open to homeowners in England and Wales (not Scotland). If you live in Scotland you might be able to get an interest-free loan or grant to make your home more energy efficient. For Northern Ireland you could be able to get a grant to replace your boiler.

What Are Air Source Heat Pumps?

Air source heat pumps are an energy-efficient way to provide both cooling and heating to your home at any time of the year – even in winter. They are popular in North America, and are growing in popularity in the UK, too. The savings that an air source heat pump provides can make a big difference to monthly energy bills, offsetting the initial cost of an air source heat pump.

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How Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work?

Air source heat pumps work in a similar way to solar panels. There’s a chemical liquid inside the air-to-water heat pump which uses heat from the air to cause that liquid to evaporate. A pump then takes out the evaporated chemical from the steam generator and moves it into a smaller chamber. As the chemical inside starts to approach boiling point, that steam is transferred over to a condenser and heat is then released into your heating system.

Air source heat pumps produce the warmth that’s needed to power radiators, underfloor heating systems, and warm air convection systems. There are two different types of air source heat pump:

Part of the system will lie outside the area of land attached to your home (forming one enclosure)
There is already a ground source heat pump on site

Air Source Heat Pump Maintenance

Air source heat pumps require very little maintenance. If, during a particularly cold snap, you find that the pump is beginning to accumulate ice, your pump will, on most occasions, resolve that issue itself. From time to time, it may need a bit of help and you’ll need to switch the machine off before defrosting it.

Some homeowners choose to buy a small shelter to cover the outdoor element of the heat pump to protect it from the worst of the British weather.

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What Does An Air Source Heat Pump Cost?

Air source heat pumps cost between £6,000 and £10,000 for supply and installation. Last year, in Britain, over 22,000 heat pumps were installed by homeowners and enquiries to installers are going up year on year.

You can get £5,000 off the cost and installation of air source heat pumps with the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS), a government scheme to encourage the use of alternative and renewable heating systems.

Advantages Of An Air Source Heat Pump

There are plenty of advantages to air source heat pumps, such as:

Part of the system will lie outside the area of land attached to your home (forming one enclosure)
There is already a ground source heat pump on site
The area in which the ground source heat pump is installed exceeds half a hectare
You remove the ground source heat pump when it’s no longer in use or it has reached the end of its serviceable life.

Benefit From Significant Savings

According to the Energy Saving Trust, a 4-bed detached property can expect to make the following annual savings by switching to an air source heat pump:

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Average Energy Bill Saving

LPG (G-rated)

£1,130-£1,350

Electric (older models)

£795-£995

Coal

£420-£530

Gas (G-rated)

£395-£470

Oil (G-rated)

£455-£555

A Reduced Carbon Footprint

According to the Energy Saving Trust, a four-bedroom semi-detached property can reduce its carbon footprint by these amounts every single year with an air source heat pump:

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Savings on Carbon Dioxide

LPG (G-rated)

4,150-4,950kg

Electric (older models)

4,500-5,800kg

Coal

6,800-8,300kg

Gas (G-rated)

3,250-3,950kg

Oil (G-rated)

5,150-6,150kg

Disadvantages Of An Air Source Heat Pump

There are several things to be aware of before choosing an air source heat pump, including:

Part of the system will lie outside the area of land attached to your home (forming one enclosure)
There is already a ground source heat pump on site
The area in which the ground source heat pump is installed exceeds half a hectare
You remove the ground source heat pump when it’s no longer in use or it has reached the end of its serviceable life.

Your air source ground pump requires around a quarter of the electricity it uses to come from an external source, such as the mains

Do You Need Planning Permission For An Air Source Heat Pump?

Different planning permission rules apply across different parts of the UK. At the time of writing, those regulations are:

England and Wales

No planning permission is needed for air source heat pumps in England and Wales if the following conditions are met:

The installation must comply with the planning standards laid out in the Microgeneration Certification Scheme, and it must only be used for heating/cooling
The air source heat pump must not be within one metre of the edge of your property
It must be installed on a flat surface (ground or roof is fine), but if it’s off the ground, it must be one metre away from the elevation edge
Installation must be done so the heat pump is as discreet as possible
The outdoor unit cannot be any larger than 60cm³

If you live in a listed property or a conservation area, you’ll need to contact your local planning department for advice. For homeowners in a conservation area or near a World Heritage Site, your outdoor unit must not be visible from the roadside.

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Scotland

In Scotland, no planning permission is needed, unless:

There is already a heat pump within your property’s boundaries
It is less than 100 metres away from your next door neighbour
It can be seen from the open road
You live in a conservation area, World Heritage Site, near a listed building, or on scientific research or archaeological grounds

As with England and Wales, if you live in a listed property, you should contact your local council and ask for their planning team.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, you’ll need planning permission if:

This would not be the only heat pump installed within your property’s boundaries
If the pump will be installed within 30 metres of a house (other than the one which is benefiting from the heat pump)
It can be seen from the open road
The external part of the pump is more than two metres high
You want to install the pump on your roof
You live in a World Heritage Site, near a listed building, or on scientific research or archaeological grounds

Listed property owners should contact their local authority and ask to be connected to their planning department.

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