Our expert takes an honest look at the pros and cons of air source heat pumps

a timber clad self build home with an air source heat pump
(Image credit: Allan Corfield Architects)

Air source heat pumps are soon to be mandatory in all new build homes, with the government's Future Homes Standard exploring two options, both of which will see the low-carbon heating option required to be installed by law.

Existing homes will also be increasingly likely to adopt heat pumps with the government looking to roll out a gas and oil boiler ban by 2035 and offering homeowners up to £7,500 through its Boiler Upgrade Scheme. However, as appealing as that might sound, it is not always a straightforward swap. 

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Keith Bastian

Keith has more than 25 years of experience in the heating industry, bringing German manufactured electric heating to the UK in 2009 through his company Fischer Future Heat. The company has now installed over 250,000 heaters in UK homes.

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.