Bedfordshire Air Source Heat Pump Project - Case Study 3

Property Type: 2 bedroom property in a Bedfordshire village location

Product installed: 8.5 kW Ecodan Air Source Heat Pump

Distribution system: Suitably sized radiator system

Installation date: June 2011

Funding secured: Funding of approximately £2,500 secured by Ice Energy

A housing association with over 16,000 properties in their housing stock approached Ice Energy with whom they had previously worked, to discuss the options available for a range of properties in a Bedfordshire village.

This particular property benefitted from an air source heat pump and was located next to a property in which a Ground Source Heat Pump had been installed. This was partly due to budget constraints and also to enable a direct comparison between ground and air source heat pumps to monitor how the residents got on with both types.

The air source heat pump was located outside and to the side of the entrance porch / store room with a matched hot water tank and will provide all the heating and hot water demands for the property.

The property has an in-line sub meter fitted and has used just 6899 kW since installation 12 months ago.

The husband and wife residents, the latter of which was extremely sceptical prior to installation, are extremely pleased with the heat pump now they understand how the system works:

"Really pleased with how warm it is compared to storage heaters."

"When our winter heating bill came in my husband commented he would be happy to turn up the heating next year as it was so cheap!"

"We are maintaining a constants temperature of around 21°C."

Solutions Used

  • Installation of an 8.5 kW Ecodan Air Source Heat Pump with matched hot water tank and heat distribution via radiators