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Heat Pumps

Air to Water Heat Pumps

Matt Poulter Plumbing and Heating is qualified to design and Install air source heat pumps to provide you with renewable heat to heat your home.

Being MCS Registered will also give you access to government funding. The boiler upgrade scheme will give you a £5000 grant towards an air source heat pump as long as your property EPC meets a certain criteria such as cavity wall and loft insulation.

Remember – Most homes will need a few adjustments to work well with a heat pump.

When we come to survey your property we will do heat loss calculations for each room and take into account data from your EPC so we can install the correct sized radiators or underfloor heating to provide you with the most efficient system we can running at a low temperature so your heat pump has to work less and hopefully save you money. We can arrange an Energy Performance Certificate if you do not have one.


*There is a £75 Inc. VAT for heat pump quotes, this is due to the time involved in producing the quote and calculations required. This charge will be taken off the final invoice if the quote is accepted.*


How does an air source heat pump work?

An air source heat pump takes heat from the air and boosts it to a higher temperature using a compressor. It then transfers the heat to the heating system in your home.

Air source heat pumps look similar to air-conditioning units. Their size depends on how much heat they’ll need to generate for your home – the more heat, the bigger the heat pump.

Air-to-water heat pumps take heat from the outside air and feed it into your wet central heating system.  They’re most suitable for larger radiators or water underfloor heating because the heat they produce is cooler than that from a conventional gas or oil boiler. To be most effective they need a large surface area to release the heat.

Hot water

When you have a heat pump you will need a hot water cylinder to provide you hot water.

The water will be cooler than from a conventional boiler. Practically this means that If you’re running a bath, you’ll need more hot water and less from the cold tap. So you’ll likely need a bigger hot water tank to cover your needs too.

What is the cost of air source heat pump installation?

An air source heat pump costs more than a new gas or oil-fired central heating system. The typical cost with installation is between £5,000-£12,000. If you’re fitting new underfloor heating or larger radiators, you’ll need to factor in these costs too. And potentially improved insulation, since air source heat pumps aren’t very effective at heating draughty or poorly-insulated homes.

Remember from April 2022 the government are offering £5000 towards this.

What is the running cost of air source heat pumps?

5 Heat Pump Myths

Myth 1 – Air source heat pumps are noisy

This is one of the most common myths you’re likely to hear about air source heat pumps.

Today’s heat pumps are no longer the big, bulky and noisy pieces of equipment they were when they first came onto the market. Modern heat pumps are compact, energy efficient and make about as much noise as your refrigerator.

Mitsubishi Ecodan heat pumps that we regularly install are Ultra Quiet.

Myth 2 – Heat pumps are not efficient during cold winters

The efficiency of an air source heat pumps will gradually reduce as the outside air temperature falls. However, they are still capable of extracting heat from the air when temperatures are as low as -15°C.

Myth 3 – Heat pumps only work with underfloor heating

Air source heat pumps are compatible with underfloor heating and radiators – although it may be more efficient if connected to an underfloor heating system.

Larger radiators, which give out heat at lower temperatures over longer periods of time, can help to maximise the benefits of heat pumps. It’s also worth ensuring that you have suitable insulation in your home, as this will help to minimise heat loss.

Myth 4 – Heat pumps are too expensive

The upfront cost of installing a heat pump can be significant. However, there is some financial support available – from April, The Boiler Upgrade scheme will provide a £5000 grant for eligible installations.

You still have to pay fuel bills with a heat pump because they are powered by electricity, but you’ll save on the fuel you are replacing.

Myth 5 – A heat pump can only be installed in new houses

The UK Government has committed to a target of 600,000 heat pump installations every year by 2028. While the focus is on newbuilds, heat pumps can be installed in most properties – regardless of the type of building or how old it is.

Modern heat pumps can easily be fitted into different property types – from semi-detached houses to high rise flats. Air source heat pumps are similar in size to an air conditioner compressor and can be a great solution for retrofitting an older or outdated heating system in your home.

You should always check whether you require planning permission from your local planning authority before installing any new renewable system, especially if you live in a conservation area or listed building.


Heat Pump Associations

  • MCS
  • Oftec Renewable Business
  • Recc (Renewable Energy Consumsumer Code)
  • Mitsubishi Accredited Installer

Why Choose us ?

Matt Poulter has over 15 years of experience in Plumbing and Heating Services with an eye for quality and customer focus.

Heat Pumps

Using the latest heat pump technology I can create a highly efficient heating system running at the lowest temperature possible which in turn saves you money and future proofs your property.

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