The introduction of air source heat pumps into rural homes managed by One Vision Housing are being piloted under an innovative heating scheme.
Liverpool-based Frank Rogers has already installed two heat pumps at properties in Melling and Lunt, both of which had previously relied on electricity and coal for utilities. Following an initial trial period, if successful, similar systems will be introduced to approx. another 35 homes within remote or hard to reach areas across Merseyside.
An air source heat pump extracts heat from the outside air in the same way that a fridge extracts heat from its inside. It can get heat from the air even when the temperature is as low as -15°C. Heat pumps rely on electricity to run, but the heat they extract from the ground, air, or water is constantly being renewed naturally. Residents can expect in excess of £500 saving on their annual energy bill following the introduction of the air source heat pump into their home.
New technology, including heat pumps, are being explored by One Vision Housing as alternative energy sources as prices continue to rise and a reduction in carbon emissions becomes a stronger priority. The Frank Rogers team have already begun to embrace such technologies ensuring staff are trained to deliver, install and maintain a broad range of sustainable measures.
Barry Fallows of Frank Rogers said:
“As a contractor, we must stay ahead of new and emerging trends – undoubtedly, low carbon technologies are becoming increasingly important and well recognised by both the public and private sector. The first two air source heat pumps have now been installed and will be measured in terms of functionality and performance; if successful, work will begin on the remaining homes that One Vision has identified. We have invested heavily to ensure our teams have the relevant skills and qualifications to deliver projects, and anticipate strong interest in these markets from existing and new customers.”
One Vision Housing’s Home Ownership Coordinator, Wayne Southern, said:
“As part of our effort to combat fuel poverty and provide renewable energy sources to our remote properties, Frank Rogers assisted us in piloting different air source heat pumps. “Using the findings, a period of monitoring will establish if One Vision Housing is to install other initiatives to our other rural properties.”