Emily Seymour, Which? Sustainability Editor, said:
“For those considering investing in a heat pump, the first step is to check if it’s suitable for your home. Heat pumps need installation space and room for a hot water cylinder. They work most efficiently in well insulated homes. If your home is not energy efficient, you can still install one, but you may need to add extra insulation or replace your radiators or central heating pipework to ensure that it works effectively.
“Heat pumps are pricey, with costs to install air source pumps generally ranging between £7,000 and £13,000. The exact price will depend on your home, as you will need to factor in the cost of any extra work such as upgrading your radiators, adding insulation or installing a hot-water storage tank. The government’s Boiler Upgrade Scheme offers a grant of up to £5,000 to install an air source heat pump in homes in England and Wales, while homeowners in Scotland are eligible up to £9,000 through the Home Energy Scotland Scheme. Find out what’s available to you and how to apply at gov.uk.“
Notes to editors:
- Air source heat pump costs and savings
- Air source heat pumps explained
- If you decide not to invest in a heat pump yet, there are still steps you can take to make your home more energy efficient and cut bills. Adding insulation can reduce your heating bill and may make your home more suitable for a heat pump in the future.