If you currently use oil or electricity for your home heating needs, you will be aware that a heat pump could slash your energy bills. However you will also know that heat pumps, whether they are ground source or air source are a large investment at upwards of £10,000 for some examples. So you will want to make sure that you are choosing the best possible supplier for your air source heat pump or ground source heat pump. The following tips will point you in the right direction and help you to get the best deal on your heat pump purchase.
- Check out review sites, forums and tradesmen sites to see if the suppliers in your area have been reviewed by their clients. This will give you an insight into how they are viewed and who are considered the best for the type of heat pump you want. Talking to friends who have had a heat pump installed is also a good option.
- Visit trade body sites to see if they have a list of heat pump suppliers in your area. The Microgeneration Certification Scheme site is one place to find suppliers who will install heat pumps which will then be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive.
- Try using a comparison site or a renewable energy leads site. These sites will take your details, including your location and will put you in touch with suppliers close to you. The best thing about these sites is the fact that they you are under no obligation to buy and you can be assured (in most cases) that the installer has been vetted before they are recommended to you.
- You can always take the usual route and look for suppliers in your area in the yellow pages or online. If you do this, it is essential that you get at least three quotes and that you research what a good price and service is. Don’t take any supplier on trust alone.
Choosing the right heat pump supplier is all about asking the right questions and getting a good feel for the service they offer. Make sure you compare things like how you can finance your purchase, do they charge interest on any loans or credit agreements and do you get guarantees with your heat pump.
Your supplier should also ask you the right questions during their assessment of your needs. They may ask what your current heating system is, what sized home you have, the number of people living in your home and how often you use your heating. This will give them a more accurate idea of any savings you will make and if your purchase is worthwhile.
Choosing the right heat pump installer and supplier is a two way transaction. They need to come across as being knowledgeable and you need to have researched the product so you can ask the right questions. Use due diligence and take care. After all this is a large amount of money and not something you will want to live to regret.