Both ground and air source heat pumps are ideal for office premises, business parks and commercial enterprises.
Heating commercial premises with a heat pump can significantly reduce heating costs and increase your organisation’s green credentials. The low level constant heat will also create a better working environment for employees.
Lower fuel bills
A ground or air source heat pump can reduce the cost of heating your business because less energy is needed to generate the same amount of heat. You will also be shielded long term from the volatility in fossil fuel prices, which, when rising, can generate a considerable extra cost to a business.
Government incentives for switching to ground and air source heat pumps remain at generous levels. The government will pay you to change to a ground or air source heat pump through the commercial Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). The RHI will pay you for up to 20 years and you will receive quarterly payments, linked to the RPI. This means that you can turn your heating system into an additional income, rather than a cost. Payback will vary depending on the size and complexity of your installation, but a typical installation could show a payback on its entire cost within five years, with the RHI continuing to provide another 15 years of income at no cost to you.
Long term reliability
As a heat pump does not involve any form of combustion, it should be expected to last much longer than a traditional boiler and will require less maintenance. We would expect an air source heat pump to last between 15 to 20 years and a ground source system to last more than 30 years. An average condensing boiler, on the other hand, is likely to last only between seven and 10 years.
Reduced carbon footprint
Heat pumps generate much lower CO2 emissions than conventional heating systems, helping to boost environmental policies such as ISO 14001 and promote businesses as being socially responsible organisations.
If you have a number of buildings to heat on one site, heat pumps are ideal for running a district heating (also known as communal heating) scheme. This uses one main heat pump system to supply heating and hot water to a series of premises. See our district heating page for more details.
Save money and get paid to switch
Renewable heating is not only proven to significantly reduce energy bills: you will also get paid to switch through the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). These incentive payments are available in two schemes – domestic for homeowners and commercial for business owners. Use our calculator to see how much you could expect to save on your current heating bills, and discover what you could earn through the RHI.