Air Source Heat Pumps vs Traditional Boilers

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Choosing the right heating system for your home is crucial for comfort, efficiency, and cost savings. In this blog, we will compare air source heat pumps with traditional boilers, covering aspects such as efficiency, environmental impact, installation, and costs. By the end, you’ll have a clearer understanding of which system suits your needs best.


Air Source Heat Pumps

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) are highly efficient, converting outside air into heat with a coefficient of performance of up to 4. This means for every unit of electricity used, they can produce up to four units of heat.

Traditional Boilers:

Traditional boilers, especially older models, typically have an efficiency of 70-90%. Modern condensing boilers can reach efficiencies of up to 98%, but they still rely on burning fossil fuels.

Environmental Impact

Air Source Heat Pumps

Heat pumps are environmentally friendly, as they utilize renewable energy from the air. They produce significantly lower carbon emissions compared to fossil fuel-based systems and can be powered by renewable electricity sources.

Traditional Boilers:

Boilers that run on oil, gas, or coal contribute to greenhouse gas emissions. Even with high-efficiency models, the burning of fossil fuels impacts the environment.

warm home with an air source heat pump

Installation and Maintenance

Air Source Heat Pumps

Installing an Heat pump can be more complex and costly initially. It requires sufficient outdoor space for the unit and proper insulation for maximum efficiency. Maintenance is relatively low, with regular checks ensuring longevity.

Traditional Boilers

Boiler installation is generally straightforward and less expensive upfront. However, traditional boilers require annual servicing to maintain efficiency and safety, which can add to the long-term costs.


Air Source Heat Pumps

While ASHPs have higher upfront costs, they offer significant savings on energy bills due to their high efficiency. Additionally, government incentives like the Boiler Upgrade Scheme can offset some installation costs.

the cost savings of air source heat pumps

Traditional Boilers

Initial costs for traditional boilers are lower, but fuel costs can be higher over time. The maintenance and potential replacement costs should also be considered.

Air Source Heat Pumps come out on top

Both air source heat pumps and traditional boilers have their pros and cons but If you prioritize long-term savings, and environmental benefits, and have the upfront capital, an air source heat pump is a great choice.

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Ready to make the switch to a more efficient and eco-friendly heating solution? Contact SGS Energy today to learn more about air source heat pumps and take advantage of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme. Our experts are here to help you every step of the way.