Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work in Freezing Conditions in the UK?

Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work in Freezing Conditions in the UK?

Many people in the UK are keen to explore the possibility of an air source heat pump installation so they can enjoy an eco-friendlier power supply at home. However, the same people are often reluctant to act on their desires because they fear the pumps will not work in Britain’s cold winters. We are consequently not surprised to be asked the same question by potential customers on a daily basis: “Do air source heat pumps work in freezing conditions?” We are always happy to answer this question in person but in an effort to spread the word a little faster and a little further, we thought it would be a good idea to provide a comprehensive answer on our website too.

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Benefits of using a Heat Pump

Here are some of the many advantages of using an air source heat pump.

Provides heating and hot water for your home

Perfect for properties that have limited outside space

One of the lowest investment costs for heat pumps

Small and compact

Suitable for a range of properties

Quiet during operation

Compatible with radiators and underfloor heating

Suitable for modern low energy or well-insulated properties

Possible to benefit from Government incentives and grants

Minimal ongoing maintenance

No fuel deliveries or fuel stored onsite

Works in cold outside temperatures

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So Do Air Source Heat Pumps Work in Freezing Conditions or Not?

We are pleased to be able to report that air source heat pumps work very well in the type of conditions we experience in the UK during the winter. Not only can they continue to work as the temperature drops below 0 °C but they will carry on providing you with hot water and a warm environment all the way down to -15 °C or even colder. Since such low temperatures are rarely if ever experienced in the UK, there is no need to worry whether your new pump can meet your hot water and heating needs

How Can an Air Source Heat Pump Provide Heat in Freezing Conditions?

If you’re not already familiar with the technology, it can be difficult to understand how a pump designed to use air as a source of heat could possibly provide heating and hot water when it’s freezing outside. However, rest assured it is a robust and reliable technology that has proven itself over a period of many years. Even when the temperature drops below freezing, there is still a certain amount of heat or energy in the air, which a well-designed air source heat pump can extract and utilise.

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Environmental benefits

Here are some environmental benefits of using an air source heat pump.

Require little maintenance

Energy efficient

Generates less CO2

Cheaper to run

Our simple 4 step process

Complete form

Complete our quote form to find out if an air source heat pump is right for you, and to get an estimated install cost.

Final quote

Schedule a call with our team to finalise the costings and incentives, and to answer any questions you may have.

Site visit

We will arrange a convenient day and time to carry out a site visit to check heat loss calculation and installation process.


We carry out the installation of your new air source heat pump and the system is commissioned; you start saving!

Price Guide

The following numbers are given as a guide. For a more accurate quote, please use our instant quote form, or contact us.

Small Home

1-2 beds
1 bath

including grant funding
*This price is a guide only.

Medium Home

3 beds
1 bath

including grant funding
*This price is a guide only.

Large Home

4 beds
2 baths

including grant funding
*This price is a guide only.

Extra Large Home

5+ beds
2+ baths

including grant funding
*This price is a guide only.
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