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The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) will be extended to 31 March 2022, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced in the March 2020 budget.
Two great small businesses from Somerset were chosen as among the ‘best in the West’ at the FSB ‘Celebrating Small Business Awards 2020’ held in Taunton this week.
The Total Renewable Solutions team run BPEC certified training courses for installers at our premises in Ilton, Somerset. Find out more about our latest training dates available this spring 2020.
Microgeneration Certification Scheme (MCS) is a nationally recognised quality assurance scheme, supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy which provides certification for microgeneration technologies used to produce electricity and heat from renewable sources. It is the quality mark for the renewable sector and ensures certified organisations install certified products to the highest standards every time.
It is also a requirement of the Domestic RHI scheme that all heating systems are certified by MCS. This means that in order to be eligible for RHI payments you will need to provide an MCS certificate number as part of your application, to confirm that your heating system has been installed in line with the MCS installation standards.
Latest MCS Installer Certification
Total Renewable Solutions is extremely proud to be a MCS certified installer and as part of the scheme we undergo regular surveillance visits from NAPIT to ensure our installations meet the strict criteria for the scheme.
Following a recent inspection, we are delighted to have received confirmation of our ongoing MCS Installer Certification for Solar Thermal, Solar PV and Heat Pumps. For the third year in a row we have passed our audit with flying colours, with zero non-conformities!
A huge thank you to our team – we would particularly like to thank Melanie Higgs for expertly guiding us through our third perfect audit. Well done to the whole team!
Considering an Air Source heat pump at your property?
An air source heat pump offers an extremely reliable and efficient source of energy for your heating system. Find out more today.
How does an Air Source Heat Pump work?
Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs) absorb heat from the outside air which can then be used to heat your property and hot water system. Did you know an air source heat pump can absorb heat from the air in temperatures as low as -15 degrees?
An Air Source Heat Pump is electrically driven and utilises a refrigerant cycle, similar to a Ground Sourced Heat Pump but extracting heat from the air. This heat from the air is absorbed at low temperatures into a fluid inside specially installed pipes. The fluid then passes through a compressor which raises it to a higher temperature, ready to be delivered to your heating and hot water systems.
Air Source Heat Pumps offer an extremely reliable and efficient source of energy for your heating system.
Is my property suitable for an air source heat pump?
It is a common misconception that air source heating is only suitable for new, well insulated, buildings. In fact, a well designed and installed system can act as a highly efficient heat source for nearly all commercial and domestic properties.
*Mitsubishi Ecodan 14kw – installation in East Devon
If a heat pump is not suitable for your property we can also advise across the range of renewable heating systems and technologies available, including Ground Source Heat Pump, Biomass and Solar Thermal, to find the most suitable system for your home.
How much does it cost to install an air source heat pump and how much could I save?
The biq question, how much it is going to cost me? A new system will typically cost between £6,000 to £8,000 and running costs can vary depending on your home and requirements. Our expert surveyors can advise on the running costs and potential savings for your unique circumstances.
You will need to consider the up-front costs of installing an air source heat pump, but make sure you weigh it up against the savings you can expect to see in your energy bills and the payments you could receive from the RHI.
The Energy Savings Trust estimates that:
If replacing an old heating system, an average performing air source heat pump in a four-bedroom detached home could save:
- Replacing oil (non-condensing) – between £290 to £315
- Replacing gas (non-condensing) – between £455 to £485
- Replacing LPG (non-condensing) – between £1,000 to £1,090
- Replacing electric (old storage heaters) – between £735 to £820.
The payments you could receive for the heat you generate using a heat pump through the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive can also provide a significant contribution towards the overall cost of the installation of your Air Sourced Heat Pump.
As an approved MCS installer, our Air Source heat pump installations are typically installed with a VAT rate of only 5%.
What are the advantages of Air Source Heat Pumps?
• Running costs – Air Source Heat Pumps are electrically driven which allows them to provide highly predictable running costs and avoid the need for deliveries of fuel with volatile and unpredictable pricing
• Environmental Impact – Our expertly designed systems can offer significant reductions in your carbon dioxide emissions
• Reliability – Air Source Heat Pumps are among the most reliable of renewable heating systems
• Minimal maintenance – Air Source Heat Pumps require very little maintenance
Are there any disadvantages to installing an air source heat pump?
• Noise – You may be concerned about the noise from an air source heat pump, however whilst early heat pumps were found to be noisy, modern units are often now quieter than the flue of an oil boiler.
• Space – you will need an outside area which can accommodate your air source heat pump, however this can be quite a compact area
• You still need to use some electricity to drive the pump – however if you are looking for a zero-carbon option you could combine your heat pump with solar power.
Our latest project in East Devon combines solar PV with a 14kw Ecodan unit for added energy efficiencies.
Working with Total Renewable Solutions
We are experts in the installation of Air Source Heat Pumps and work in partnership with leading ASHP manufacturer Mitsubishi to install their Ecodan units which have become the market leaders due to the efficiency, support and proven reliability that they offer.
Our expert surveyors will work with you to create a bespoke system that is right for your property and budget and will advise on the potential running costs and savings of your system based on your unique circumstances. In addition we provide ongoing maintenance and servicing to ensure you get the best from your new installation.
Kensa’s award-winning Shoebox ground source heat pump series is the world’s smallest & quietest ground source heat pump. Our latest installation in Exeter, Devon takes advantage of this space-saving solution.
The Total Renewable Solutions team run BPEC certified training courses for installers at our premises in Ilton, Somerset. Find out more about our latest training dates.
Following a recent installation quality survey, we have been awarded a Merit Award for Customer Care from IWA – the most trusted Deposit and Guarantee Protection scheme in the UK.