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Air source heat pump grants

Did you know that there are government grants available to help residents and businesses in the UK who wish to use air source heat pumps?

Air source heat pumps are a type of renewable energy technology that can be used to heat homes and buildings more efficiently than traditional systems. They use outside air as a source of energy, which can help to reduce emissions and save money on heating bills.

The UK government has several schemes in place to support people who wish to make the switch from traditional heating systems to renewable systems. In addition, local authorities may also provide grants or other financial incentives.

The modern way to heat your home

If you’re looking for a modern, energy efficient way to heat your home or business, then an air source heat pump could be the perfect solution. Heat pump systems can be highly efficient and may reduce energy bills significantly when compared with traditional heating systems. They can also produce fewer emissions than other forms of heating.

Unlike traditional systems, air source heat pumps don’t need to be connected to the mains gas supply, meaning installation costs are typically lower.

Air source heat pump grants and incentives

Boiler Upgrade Scheme

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme offers UK households up to £7,500 off the price of installing an air source heat pump. The scheme has been extended from its original ending date of 2025, and now ends in 2028.

To further encourage households to invest in low-emission heating solutions, VAT on air source heat pumps was also slashed to zero percent for five years. This could lead to significant savings for consumers who are looking into investing in air source technology.

In summary, the boiler upgrade scheme can include:

  • £7,500 off the cost and installation of an air source heat pump 
  • £7,500 off the cost and installation of a ground source heat pump, including water source heat pumps 
  • £5,000 off the cost and installation of a biomass boiler 

Who's eligible?

The scheme is available to homeowners, small and private landlords who have a valid Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), which was issued no more than 10 years ago. EPC's have generally recommended loft or cavity wall insulation, but this must be up to date in order to be eligible.

Applicants need to follow certain standards when it comes to a heat pump installation. An installer should be able to advise on these standards and what kind of system can be used.

For example, hybrids like a combination of a gas boiler and air source heat pump are not eligible for the grant. The maximum capacity for the heat pump system should also remain below 45 kWh in order for it to be eligible for the grant.

How to Apply

Applying for the scheme couldn't be simpler, and it's mainly down to the installer to do the hard work. The homeowner's part of the application is broken down into three easy steps.

First, you'll need to contact a suitable MCS-certified installer who specialises in installing heat pumps and get a quote from them. To make sure they're qualified, you can check the list of installers available on the MCS website.

Once you've made your choice, they will take you through some questions to confirm that you are eligible for the scheme.

Finally, it's time for an agreement with your chosen installer – once that is locked in, they can begin work on installing your new system as soon as possible.

Why Should I Get An Air Source Heat Pump?

Air source heat pumps are becoming a popular choice for many households and businesses because of their efficiency, cost savings and environmental benefits. By harnessing the natural energy of the air outside, they can provide an efficient and sustainable way to keep your home warm.

Heat pump systems are also a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and can help you save money on energy bills. They are quieter than traditional systems, meaning they won't disrupt the peace of your home.

In addition, air source heat pumps require less maintenance and have a longer lifespan than other heating systems, meaning that you'll save money in the long run as well.