What is an air source pump in a nutshell.
An air-to-water source heat pump captures heat from the outside to heat water needed for heating systems typically distributed via underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is recommended as the most efficient system to use with heat pumps because it uses low temperature water. The compressor in the pump uses less electricity when the temperature differences between outside and water in the system are smaller. The pump can also heat water stored in hot water cylinders needed for hot taps, showers or baths.
An Air Pump heating system will typically be made up of an air source heat pump unit installed outside, a minimum of one hot water cylinder inside, some circulation pumps, pipework and a control box and manifold for underfloor heating. Optionally, there could also be a buffer tank installed inside to keep a minimum volume of water in the circuit.
What is the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (B.U.S.) in a nutshell.
As part of its aim to fulfil the 2050 Net Zero Emissions goal, the government introduced a new Boiler Upgrade Scheme which officially started on 23 May 2022. Under the scheme, installers can claim up to £6000 on behalf of their customers for replacing traditional fossil fuel boilers with low carbon heating technologies. This includes ground and air heating pumps as well as biomass boilers.
How to get on that B.U.S.?
Homeowners who wish to upgrade their current traditional heating can apply for up to a £6000 one-off grant. They will not be able to apply directly. Instead, their heating system installer (who must be registered with the scheme) will apply on their behalf. For successful applications, a voucher will be issued directly to the installer. The voucher will have a limited validity period, three months for an air pump or biomass boiler and six months for a ground source pump. The scheme runs until 2025.
How much can a homeowner get?
(You can only get one grant per property).
Steps for homeowners.
For any issues related to the scheme’s policy:
For any issues related to the administration of the scheme, contact Ofgem:
Tel: 0330 053 2006