Boiler Scrappage Scheme
Since we have partnered with Daikin and become one of their Sustainable Home Centres, it means we’re now able to offer a Boiler Scrappage Scheme!
This new Scrappage Scheme comes with the announcement of the Nationwide Ban On Boilers in 2025. With the government introducing the RHI scheme to incentivize people to get rid of their outdated and harmful Fossil Fuel Boiler and switch to a Renewable Heat Pump.
The RHI Scheme offers up to £12,800 in payments over 7 years, now add our £600 cashback when you replace your boiler. That brings it to a total of £13,400 of payments just to make the switch to a Heat Pump!
This could bring the net outlay of installing an Air Source Heat Pump to just £1,600! Not to mention the system pays for itself in saving in 4 years anyway.
Boilers vs. Heat Pumps
In this article we compare traditional fossil fuel burning boilers to Air Source Heat Pumps. Currently in the UK, little is known about the benefits of installing an Air Source Heat Pump. We are woefully behind our European cousins when it comes to the future of heating our homes, so here’s a simple comparison of the 4 factors that matter most to help you to chose the best way to heat your home:
1. Which is the most efficient and which will save you money?
2. How long does they last?
3. How much do they cost to install?
4. How much do they cost to run?
A modern boiler can be up to 92% efficient, whereas the older models that are in most homes will be around 50-75% efficient. To put it simply, energy wasted is money wasted.
Air Source Heat Pumps are around 350% efficient. This makes the 3.5 – 7 times more efficient than a gas boiler! Which means that you could make considerable savings.
You might be wondering how something can be 350% efficient. This figure reflects the amount of energy that goes in a system compared to the amount of heat energy that comes out.
If you put 1KW of Gas or Oil into a boiler it’ll give you 0.9kW of heat. This equals 90% efficiency
If you put 1KW of Electricity into an ASHP it’ll give you 3.5kW of heat. This equals 350% efficiency.
Lifespan And Maintenance
Typically, a Gas or Oil boiler will last 8 – 12 years with regular service and maintenance.
A yearly emissions check is required to ensure against the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from a boiler. In addition to this, you should have a Carbon Monoxide alarm installed in your home for your family’s safety.
Oil boilers can require additional maintenance when they run out of fuel as they require an engineer to call and bleed the system before it’ll work again. This can leave you without central heating for up to 4 days.
A Good quality Air Source Heat Pump Can Last Up to 25 years. Since they have very few moving parts its recommended that you have it serviced once a year however it is not always necessary.
A visual check and external clean carried out by the homeowner is often sufficient.
Since an Air Source Heat Pumps does not burn fossil fuel, there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning and no need for any kind of alarm system in your home.
On average, the installation cost of a replacement
boiler is between £2,500-£4,500, depending on the type and size of the boiler, whether any additional work is required, and the labour involved.
The initial capital outlay for an Air Source Heat Pump is significantly higher than a boiler, with the average cost being around £15,000. However, the Government backed Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) allows you to claim up to £12,800 back from the scheme in return for installing a heat pump.
This equals a net outlay of as little as £2,200.
At the time of writing, Gas prices have dipped but remain higher than they have been over the last 4 years. The price of oil dropped to a very brief low at the end of April 2020 and then climbed back up over the following months. Even with the price of fossil fuel at a temporary low they remain considerably more expensive when compared to a heat pump.
With a heat pump your not burning any fuel, you’re merely using electricity to power a compressor within the Heat Pump unit.
The actual heat energy is collected from the cost-free air outdoors.
Due to the coefficient of performance being over 1:3, resulting in more than 3kW of heat being produced for every 1kW of electricity consumed, you can expect savings of between 40-75% compared to fossil fuels.
Is There A Winner?
When it comes down to the factors that matter most, a heat pump comes out on top every time. Combined with the benefit of the RHI payments, the net outlay to install one is the same or even less that as a gas or oil boiler.
The running costs of a heat pump are significantly lower than any other heating system. Its lifespan exceeds that of a boiler and rarely needs to be serviced. Since it burns no fossil fuels there is no risk of carbon monoxide poisoning either.
To top it off, the government has issued a ban on all new boilers from 2025. This means that if you choose to get a boiler, by 2025 parts will become scarce and repairs more expensive, leading to an even higher running cost.
The Big Ban! How Will It Affect You?
In this article we’re going to talk about the recently announced Ban On Gas & Oil Boilers in 2025, what its going to mean for New Builds and Renovations, along with people who currently have a Gas or Oil Boiler.
To begin, the Ban on Gas and Oil boilers isn’t as it sounds, to be clear it’s the ban on gas and oil boilers in New Builds.
What Does This Mean For Newbuilds?
For New Builds it means that you cant put in a Gas or Oil Boiler from 2025 onward, you will have to put in a renewable form of heating such as a Heat Pump.
But what will it mean for New Builds who are putting a new Boiler before 2025?
- Parts and repairmen might be harder to find as boilers are phased out.
- We will all have to inevitably make the change to renewables, however the government grant of up to £12,800 ends on April 2022
For New Builds, you’re going to have to heat your house one way or another, it only makes sense to take advantage of the current RHI scheme and let the Government pay for up to 70% of your Heat Pump!
“I Currently Have A Gas Or Oil Boiler, What Does This Mean For Me?”
Don’t worry! If you currently have a gas or oil boiler it doesn’t mean you have to replace your current heating system come 2025 when they’re banned. The Ban on Boilers only applies to New Builds and Renovations.
However the Government have made it very appealing to do exactly that, replace your current Boiler with an Air Source Heat Pump. With the RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) scheme along with our Boiler scrappage scheme you can get up to £13,400 back when you make the switch to an Air Source Heat Pump.
Whether you’re a New Build or you have an existing gas or oil boiler, we’ll all have to change to change to renewables eventually, you may as well take advantage of the government grants while they’re here.
Why the new Vaillant Heat Pump is better than before!
Vaillant have released a heat pump which is the first air-to-water heat pump suitable for new and existing buildings. This is the first Vaillant product based on renewable energy source. It has great suitability for modernisation due to higher feed temperatures – which also means higher savings! The pump comes with a comprehensive service package which makes the installation easier for skilled technicians. It will work with a natural, environmentally friendly refrigerant, generating temperatures of up to 75 degree Celsius. Another plus? It is extremely quiet, operating at a noise level of 29dB which equates to slightly quieter than a whisper.
Environmentally Friendly & Efficient!
You may be thinking: wow, that sounds so great but is it really that different than the others? The answer is yes! The new heat pump boasts a top energy label for this category with an A+. It is also achieving the annual coefficient of performance (JAZ) of 4.5. It can be quickly and easily combined with existing heating appliances to deliver extra energy savings. Using a natural coolant, water can be heated to temperatures of more than 60 degrees Celsius. This is done in a quiet, efficient, and environmentally friendly way.
Also, as radiators that are used in existing buildings require higher feed temperatures than underfloor heating systems, so far heat pumps been primary used in new buildings – but not anymore!
Lighter & Smaller in Size!
The heat pump system itself comprises both an outdoor unit and a compact indoor unit, holding the hydraulics and the water storage. Not only does this save time, but it also saves money at the installation stage. The tank is 50% lighter and smaller than the previous model, weighing just 66kg and a diameter of 66cm.
Without needing the support of a second heat source, this heat pump can supply a radiator system with 55 degrees Celsius with the modulating heat pump automatically adjusting its output. It can also offer the option of active cool which is a real additional benefit with the increasingly hot summers we are experiencing in the UK.
Installation made Easy!
Vaillant offers a comprehensive range of services when launching a new product. They have introduced a fantastic installation app with which a skilled technician can scan the product’s QR code and access step-by-step videos straight on their phone. This is a design which assists in installing the new heat pump quickly and easily, which is always great!
The innovative technology requires the construction of a water-based, hydraulic systems which means that working on the refrigeration circuit is not necessary for the maintenance by a technician.
Don’t just take our word for it – get in touch with us today where one of our qualified team are happy to chat about how a heat pump would suit you!