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The air we breathe

We discover a renewable heating solution that is both cost and energy efficient.

Reducing household carbon output is a hot topic at the moment. With the recent introduction of the government’s Green Homes Grant, a scheme designed to kick-start the construction industry following COVID-19, focus is very much on a green recovery. So, where does the air we breathe fit in to all of this?

Air source heat pumps are one of the UK’s most renewable heating solutions. They comprise of a unit that sits externally, with a fan that draws air in. Internally, a refrigerant gas is kept cooler than the external air temperature so that when this air passes over the gas, its temperature rises. The refrigerant gas is then compressed causing an upgrade in the heat to what is required to provide space heating and hot water. This heat then passes through a heat exchanger and is distributed around your property. As these units are designed to work alongside your existing central heating system, and require just a hot water cylinder internally, installation causes minimal disruption to the home.

And that’s not the only benefit, as air source heat pumps are listed as one of the primary measures eligible for the Green Homes Grant, two-thirds of the cost to upgrade your heating system could be covered – up to a total of £5,000. Combine that with subsidies available through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a scheme that pays home and business owners for the renewable heat generated by this type of heating system, and installation costs are regularly being fully recovered.

As many homes in Cornwall don’t have access to mains gas, opting for a renewable alternative makes perfect sense both for the planet and the purse. Local experts, GreenGenUK, have nearly 20 years of experience in the field and are best-placed to be able to provide guidance, design and installation. Their team of renewable experts are on hand to provide free, impartial assistance to guide you down the path towards the ultimate renewable solution. Don’t delay, now couldn’t be a better time to go green!


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Don’t just take our word for it: “All the installation team were friendly and professional. Given the time of the year, we are yet to use the house space heating. However, we are very pleased with the performance of the hot water we are getting. In conclusion, thank you very much to GreenGen for your professionalism and promptness in our being able to stop using oil and move to the more effective Ecodan heat pump.” – GreenGenUK customer based in St Agnes.



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