Air source heat pump installations rise rapidly

Government funding is helping to drive an increase in ASHP installations

According to the latest statistics from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero on the use of the Affordable Warmth Fund across the UK, there was a dramatic rise (1,800%) in the installation of air source heat pumps (ASHPs) between April 2022 and November 2023 – with the largest overall use of the fund in the North West.

Spencer Clark, head of the residential business unit at Daikin UK, said: “It’s encouraging to see that the Government’s Affordable Warmth scheme is helping to address the impact of fuel poverty and energy inefficiency in the North West. The data shows the North West has the highest volume of eco measures across the UK since the start of the fund.

“Since beginning in January 2013, the scheme has helped more than 415,000 low-income households in the North West make energy efficiency improvements, including the installation of renewable forms of heating such as heat pumps.

“We are taking a leading role in the decarbonisation of the North West’s home heating. In partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, we’re implementing trials of retrofitting measures and low carbon heating technologies, including installing up to 1,000 ASHPs across Greater Manchester by 2025.

“Heat pumps are now more affordable than ever, reducing the carbon emissions of home heating, driving down costs for these households and boosting our energy security as a nation. Over its 15-year lifespan*, switching from a fossil fuel boiler to an ASHP can save homeowners more than £3,000 when compared to a gas boiler, more than £6,000 compared with oil and more than £9,000 compared to LPG.

“Uptake through the Affordable Warmth Scheme has increased nationwide, with 13,400 ASHPs being installed in households between April 2022 and November 2023. This is a 1,800% increase in ASHPs installed in low-income households through the scheme between October 2018 and March 2022.

“But it’s clear more needs to be done, especially as the Government continues to ignore the electricity levy, still favouring fossil fuels from a tax perspective. Energy tariffs are outdated; the Government needs to decouple the price of electricity from volatile gas price changes. This would help to increase the financial viability of heat pumps for homeowners.”

* Based on an average-sized three-bedroom home with a demand of 12,000 kWh.


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