Air Source Heat Pump Grant

Grant for an Air Source Heat Pump in Scotland

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Grant for Air Source Heat Pump Scotland

If you are in the market for an air source heat pump in Scotland, you will no doubt know there are grants available.  

Due to Scottish governments drive to improve energy efficiency as part of the net zero campaign, there is funding available to incentivise people to install air source heat pumps.

Home Energy Scotland administer the grants and loans available, for households located in areas with mains gas there is a grant for £7,500 and for rural off-gas areas it’s a £9,000 grant. 

You are more likely to qualify for a free air source heat pump if you live in a rural area, are on an income related benefit and if you also qualify for some type of home insulation due to your homes EPC rating. 

Anyone looking to buy an air source heat pump can still qualify for a grant though, this might not result in a free air source heat pump but a substantial reduction in the initial cost.

Air Source Heat Pump ECO 4 Scheme

The Energy Company Obligation scheme or ECO 4 scheme as its more commonly known, provides funding to people on certain income related benefits who live in a household with an EPC rating less than D.

These grants allow you switch to an air source heat pump from the likes of electric storage heaters, oil boilers and other off-gas central heating systems.

You can still qualify if you have gas central heating, however, this is not advised as it will likely result in an increase in your energy bills.

Air Source Heat Pump Grant Eligibility in Scotland

As stated, the most important criteria to qualify for a free air source heat pump is being on certain income related benefits and your homes EPC rating being lower than D.

You can check your homes EPC rating from your home report when you move in or simply ask your landlord or letting agent if you rent the property.

The benefits that qualify for an air source heat pump grant are:

  • Child Benefit
  • Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit Guarantee
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Job Seekers Allowance
  • Universal Credit
  • House Benefit
  • Pension Credit Savings

Some other benefits may qualify, it’s best to call us or complete our contact form to find out more.

Types of Air Source Heat Pump You Can Qualify For

Here is a list of the types of air source heat pump you can have installed if you are awadred funding:

Mitsubishi’s air source heat pumps designed for residential properties are referred to as the Ecodan range, boasting an A++ ErP rating across all model variants. Renowned globally, these heat pumps are widely favored and are offered in capacities ranging from 4.5kW to the maximum 14kW, including 5kW, 6kW, 8.5kW, and 11.2kW.

The Ecodan range provides versatility with options for monobloc, air-to-water, and hybrid systems, seamlessly integrating with your current central heating setup.

Daikin specialises in the production of heat pumps, air conditioners, air purifiers, and ventilation systems. Among their products, the Altherma pumps stand out as air source heat pumps that serve as versatile solutions for heating, cooling, and hot water systems.

Vaillant’s air source heat pumps are crafted to offer homes efficient and eco-friendly heating solutions. Details regarding specific models and features can differ, making it advisable to consult Vaillant’s official website or reach out to their customer support for the latest and precise information.

For a more in depth understanding of the features of particular makes and models, we can provide additional information during your complimentary home survey.

The preferred Grant air-to-water source heat pump is the Aerona³, offered in four models with capacities reaching up to 17kW. The available options include 6kW, 10kW, 13kW, and 17kW. Renowned for its exceptional energy efficiency, the Grant Aerona³ boasts the highest ErP (energy efficiency rating) of A+++ and has been awarded the Quiet Mark, a recognition reserved for the quietest modern technology.

The air source heat pumps from Vokera by Riello are referred to as the NXHM series, designed specifically for domestic applications. Distinguishing themselves from other pumps, they offer higher temperatures, reaching up to 65°C. This makes Riello NXHM air source heat pumps a favoured option for underfloor heating, residences with sizeable radiators, and the heating of swimming pools.


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Benefits of an Air Source Heat Pump

Here are some of the benefits of installing an air source heat pump system:

A primary motivation for individuals investing in air source heat pumps is to enhance the eco-friendliness and energy efficiency of their homes. These pumps can be up to 300% more efficient than traditional gas boilers.

Installing any type of heat pump substantially decreases the emissions from your home. Compared to a gas boiler, the installation of a heat pump results in emissions reduction of at least 20%, translating to over twenty-three tonnes of CO2 saved over a decade in some instances.

Among non-gas heating systems, air source heat pumps are typically considered one of the most cost effective options. When contrasted with oil central heating and conventional electric heating, heat pumps generally emerge as the more economical choice in terms of operational expenses.

Home Energy Scotland provides government grants that are entirely non-repayable. Funding options include up to £7,500 in areas with mains gas and up to £9,000 in rural areas not connected to the gas grid.

Interest-free loans, in addition to government grants, can be obtained for amounts up to £7,500.

Air source heat pumps stand out as one of the more cost effective forms of electric heating, and they can seamlessly integrate with your home’s existing wet electric central heating system.

Combine your heat pump with solar panels and battery storage to potentially achieve complete independence from the grid, creating an exceptionally eco-friendly home.

Bundle deals start from £118 per month, inclusive of an air source heat pump, solar panels, and battery storage.

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Air Source Heat Pump Grant Scotland

Government Grants Up To £9,000 

Air Source Heat Pump Planning Permission Scotland

A common question that people ask is if air source heat pumps require planning permission in Scotland? The likely response is no, particularly if it is the sole air source heat pump on the building. Officially, “one air source heat pump is permitted on a building or within the curtilage of a building.”

Given the unique nature of each situation, we will address if planning permission is required during your free home survey.

Air Source Heat Pump with Solar Panels and Battery

There are various package deals available for air source heat pumps, solar panels and battery storage systems. Packages start from £118 per month, for more information click to visit our heat pump and solar package page.


Replace Your Oil Boiler With An Air Source Heat Pump

Transitioning from an outdated oil boiler to an air source heat pump can be a advantageous and eco-friendly choice. Here are some details to contemplate:

Energy Efficiency:

Air source heat pumps demonstrate high energy efficiency, delivering effective home heating with lower energy input compared to conventional oil boilers.

Renewable Energy Source:

These heat pumps extract heat from the outside air, qualifying as a renewable energy source. This choice contributes to a reduction in your carbon footprint.

Lower Operating Costs:

Air source heat pumps typically incur lower operating costs than oil boilers, translating into substantial long-term savings on energy bills.

Reduced Emissions:

Harnessing heat from the air, air source heat pumps generate fewer greenhouse gas emissions compared to the combustion of oil for heating.

Air Source Heat Pump F.A.Q

As mentioned earlier, one of the conditions for obtaining planning permission for your air source heat pump installation is that it must be positioned at a distance of at least 1 metre from your neighbour’s property.

In many cases, air source heat pumps prove to be an excellent investment for residences in Scotland. Particularly, air-to-water systems among air source heat pumps are recognised as one of the most efficient and economical alternatives for non-gas central heating.

If your home is connected to mains gas central heating, it typically remains the most cost-effective heating method. Nevertheless, some individuals opt for heat pump installations for environmental considerations, making it the preferred choice for those motivated by ecological concerns.

Air source heat pumps are not suitable for flats.

Certainly, instead of simply opting for larger radiators it’s essential to choose radiators that are specifically suited for the system. Some heat pump installers may connect systems to existing wet central heating, but it’s not recommended. We strongly advise the installation of new pipework and potentially new radiators to guarantee optimal performance.

Yes, microbore pipework typically refers to pipework with a diameter under 15mm, which can impact the flow of hot water and the overall performance of your heat pump system. While options like volumisers can be installed, it’s advisable to opt for new pipework that is more suitable for optimal performance.

On average, the cost for installing an air-to-water air source heat pump is approximately £13,000. This average is based on a typical three-bedroom house in Scotland.

Air Source Heat Pump Grants Scotland

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Home Renewables Scotland (Edinburgh)

64 Cumberland Street,

0131 381 8533

Home Renewables Scotland (Aberdeen)

The Silver Fin Building,
AB11 6BD
01224 007 388

Home Renewables Scotland (Glasgow)

20-23 Woodside Place,


G3 7QL

0141 673 8740
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