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15/01/2020

Do Air Source Heat Pumps Have Any Disadvantages?

As with any new installation, air source heat pumps’ disadvantages are important to know when you’re considering one for your property. However, there is a lot of misinformation out there when it comes to their supposed disadvantages.

In this post, we’ll discuss some of the potential disadvantages of air source heat pumps and why the pros certainly outweigh any cons.

Air source heat pump disadvantages

1.    Do they supply less heat than conventional boilers?

One of the most commonly cited ‘disadvantages’ of air source heat pumps is that they provide a lower supply of heat compared to conventional oil and gas boilers. While this is true, it’s not necessarily a disadvantage.

Instead, it makes them more suited to large radiators or underfloor heating systems. The lower temperatures produced by air source heat pumps means they’re better used over long periods to keep your home at a consistent, comfortable temperature.

Because that heat is generated without the use of gas or oil – and just a bit of electricity – it’s still far more cost-effective than switching on your high-heat radiators for short bursts.

2.    Do they work in winter?

Another alleged disadvantage of air source heat pumps is that many people assume they don’t work in winter. However, this simply isn’t true. Air source heat pumps can extract heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15° C.

3.    Are they noisy?

Speaking to people who have had an air source heat pump, you might hear some complaints about noise. Fortunately, this is something that has been improved over time. While old air source heat pumps did tend to kick out a bit of a buzz, new installations are unlikely to produce anything noticeable if they’re working properly.

4.    Do they need planning permission?

Many property owners will be put off air source heat pumps because of the prospect of planning permission. However, in most cases, there is no need for planning permission. Here are the requirements you need to meet to keep your installation as a permitted development:

  • It’s the first air source heat pump on your property
  • The installation is at least a metre from your property’s boundaries
  • It’s only for heating
  • The pump will be installed on a flat surface – ground or suitable roof.
  • If installed on a flat roof, it’s at least a metre from the edge
  • Maximum volume of 0.6 cubic metres
  • Your property isn’t listed or within a conservation area

Weighing it up

When compared to all the advantages of air source heat pumps, it’s fair to say the disadvantages are in the shadows. They provide low-cost heat for water and heaters, work all year round in the UK and have a very low environmental impact. On top of that, you could benefit from payments through the Renewable Heat Incentive, eventually covering the cost of the initial installation.

Hassle-free air source heat pump installation

If you’re ready to take advantage of the various benefits of air source heat pumps, the team at NBEC is here to help. With a wealth of experience in air source heat pump installation, we can recommend the best product for you and install it with zero stress.

Get in touch with our team today for a free, no-obligation quote.

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