Air To Water Heat Pumps

What Is An Air To Water Heat Pump

An air to water heat pump sources energy from extracting the outdoor air in order to provide heating and hot water for your home throughout the entire year. 

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Advantages Of Air To Water Heat Pumps

  • Dramatically lowers fuel bills, especially if you are using conventional electric heating
  • Reduces your carbon footprint: by lowering your home’s carbon emissions, depending on which fuel you are replacing
  • Provides space heating and hot water
  • Little to no maintenance
  • No drilling or disruptive ground work
  • No large plot required
  • Relatively quite
  • Heat pumps are safe. There is no combustion involved
  • €6500 grant available through SEAI

Heat Pump Retrofit Grants Available

Make your home warmer and more energy efficient with home energy upgrade grants of up to €6,500 when you install an air to water heat pump.

SEAI Home Energy Grants

As part of their remit to help Ireland transition towards a more energy efficient and sustainable Ireland, SEAI has been mandated to provide financial support to homeowners who want to make their home warmer and more energy efficient. There are a number of ways to plan and manage your home energy upgrade and grant applications and you will need to compare the options and the grants available to see what works for you.

We have prepared a brief guide to the process of upgrading your heating system to an Air to Water Heat Pump.

Step 1 – Select your Preferred Grant Option

SEAI has two grant options to support homeowners who want to make the move to a more energy efficient, comfortable home. In this guide, we are focusing on air to water heat pumps and are considering two options in the brief overview below.

Option 1 – Individual Energy Upgrade Grants

Homeowner manages project and grant application. Homes built before 2021 (Applies to Heat Pump upgrades only).

Key Features

  • Homeowner must complete a Technical Assessment
  • Homeowner chooses individual energy upgrade measures
  • Homeowners can apply for multiple energy upgrades
  • Homeowners manage their own project & apply for the grant themselves
  • Homeowner pays for full cost of works and claim the grants afterwards
  • You must have grant approval in place before you begin work
  • Heat Loss Indicator value of 2 kW per m2 must be achieved after work
Option 2  –  One Stop Shop

A fully managed solution for homeowners. All homes must complete a minimum level of energy upgrades and achieve a minimum BER rating of B2 when works are complete.

Key Features

  • Suitable for homeowners who want multiple energy upgrades and a significant retrofit
  • Homeowner selects a One Stop Shop provider who manages the project and completes the grant application process
  • The eligible grant value is deducted from the costs upfront so the homeowner pays the balance

Step 2 – Arrange a Technical Assessment

If you are applying for an individual heat pump system grant you must engage an SEAI Registered Technical Advisor to carry out a technical assessment of your home. The Technical Advisor will ensure your home is suitable for a heat pump or provide independent guidance on measures necessary to ensure that the dwelling fabric heat loss is lowered to an acceptable level for a heat pump system to perform effectively and efficiently.

  • Advisor must be listed on the SEAI Register of Technical Advisors
  • €200 grant funding is available towards the cost of the assessment
  • In the case of the One Stop Shop option your provider will arrange the assessment

Step 3 – Choose an SEAI Registered Contractor

Once you have decided on the best option you need to choose an SEAI Registered Contractor for the Heat Pump Individual Grant or a One Stop Shop Provider if you have selected a fully managed solution.

In order to qualify for grant funding contractors must be selected from those registered with SEAI.

Step 4 – Apply for your SEAI Grant

When applying for individual grants you must have grant approval before you commence work. Apply to SEAI for Home Energy Grant online on the SEAI website or by post.

  • MPRN number from your electricity bill
  • Completed Application Form – available on
  • Name of your SEAI Approved Contractor

If you apply through a One-Stop-Shop provider they will manage the grant application process for you.

Step 5 –  Technical Design Services

Once your grant is approved your chosen SEAI registered installer will provide a full technical design and product specification for the installation of a heat pump into an existing domestic building. This design will be bespoke to each individual property.

Requirements to provide a bespoke design

  1. House plans including elevations and cut sections or adequate drawings / sketches showing all dimensions and room types
  2. Dwelling Report file (This will be provided by your Technical Advisor following the assessment)
  3. Listing of all radiator sizes and types so we can design flow rates to determine if they can be kept or if they need to be changed (if the dwelling has underfloor heating it is deemed to be suitable for heat pump application)

Step 6 – Get the Work Done

You have 8 months from the time of grant approval to complete the work on your home and return the paperwork. Work done before the grant approval date or after 8 months is not eligible.

– Work must be completed by an SEAI Registered Contractor
– You will need a post-works BER Assessment by a registered BER Assessor
– All paperwork must be signed and returned to SEAI

SEAI will make the grant payment in 4-6 weeks.

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Additional grant support is available for other energy saving measures including heating controls upgrades, wall or attic insulation, solar PV or solar thermal and you can claim multiple grants as part of your home energy upgrade.

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