About Yorkshire Heat Pumps

Yorkshire Heat Pumps can design, install and maintain an energy-efficient, renewable energy heating system, while ensuring the heat pump fits seamlessly into your home environment. 

Michael and Kate Wright of Yorkshire Heat Pumps

Director of Yorkshire Heat Pumps, Michael Wright, is a highly experienced living space designer, based at showroom premises just outside Harrogate.

Yorkshire Heat Pumps launched in July 2013 and now runs alongside the established and award-winning kitchens and interiors business, Michael Wright Furniture - providing high tech, renewable energy solutions in synergy with the stylish Italian Effeti Cucine kitchens and bespoke contemporary living spaces for which Michael is renowned.

This exciting development is a natural progression as more and more home owners are looking to enhance their properties, while incorporating environmentally conscious and energy-efficient initiatives.  Whether it be a ground source or air source heat pump that feeds your underfloor heating or radiators, Michael’s expert design eye means renewable technology can be integrated harmoniously during the building phase, maintaining the visual integrity of the project.  

Michael’s own experience with heat pumps began 10 years ago when he installed a ground source heat pump and under floor heating system in his own Dales barn conversion, and became a total convert to the technology and its cost-efficiency. Subsequently, heat pumps have become a signature element in many of his client projects which range from individual kitchen designs to full home renovations.

Clients can come and meet us at our showroom on the outskirts of Harrogate, where we will discuss your project requirements and provide expert advice. Michael's skills and experience offer a unique combination of practical knowledge and exceptional design talent.

Yorkshire Heat Pumps works in partnership with a number of leading manufacturers of renewable energy heating equipment including NIBE and Stiebel Eltron.

NIBE is a leading Swedish renewables company that mixes cutting edge, innovative technology with up to the minute design and style. Their heat pumps are virtually silent and the design is clean and streamlined, allowing for easy incorporation into a kitchen, utility room or boiler room. As a professional partner of NIBE, Yorkshire Heat Pumps offer an outstanding service and can now offer you the ability to monitor your system's performance remotely. Yorkshire Heat Pumps is fully MCS accredited and holds NIBE VIP installer status which enables us to offer clients a SEVEN YEAR (parts and labour) warranty on their NIBE heat pump.

Stiebel Eltron is a leading German manufacturer of ground source and air source heat pumps that has been developing highly efficient electrical appliances since 1924 for domestic hot water, air conditioning, room heating and and renewable energy heating applications. It runs its Energy Campus at its base in Holzminden - a flagship project for sustainable construction - which is proof of its commitment to innovation. As a Stiebel Eltron Partner, Yorkshire Heat Pumps can offer clients an extended SEVEN YEAR parts warranty and with it, peace of mind.

Yorkshire Heat Pumps can design and install a renewable energy heating system while ensuring the pump fits seamlessly into your home or work environment. 

 

Opening hours

Our Follifoot Ridge Business Park showroom is normally open Monday to Friday from 10am - 4pm, and at other times by appointment.

We will be happy to arrange a site visit to discuss your renewable energy heating project. Please call us on 01423 788699 and leave a voicemail message if we're not in, or use the Contact form on the website to get in touch with us.

 

The domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (dRHI), first launched in April 2014, closes to new applicants at the end of March 2022. Like many other installers, we are busy with installations for customers keen to capitalise on the generous incentives under this scheme, with prospective customers joining a waiting list.

All is not lost though. Despite the disastrous Green Homes Grant Scheme which was introduced as the ill-fated successor to dRHI in 2020, the government is committed to support homeowners who want to go green and improve the energy efficiency of their homes and has announced a new scheme to launch in April 2022.

While details of the Boiler Upgrade Scheme have yet to be announced, we understand that a flat rate grant will be paid of £5,000 towards the cost of an air source heat pump and £6,000 towards the cost of a ground source heat pump - not as generous as dRHI, but a grant that will soften the financial blow, nonetheless.

Ground Source Heat Pump installed in a utility room

Domestic RHI payments are calculated based on the deemed heat demand figure from a property's Energy Performance Certificate (unless the property is required to have metering for payment under scheme rules, for second homes, for example, where the heat pump works in tandem with a traditional boiler, or if the property has been occupied for under 6 months in the past year).

Until 2017, no caps were in place and homeowners in the largest properties could receive payments well in excess of the installation cost of their system. The introduction of heat demand limits in 2017 put a stop to this and helped the RHI budget go further, reaching more homeowners. 

Heat demand limits are as follows:

  • Air Source Heat Pumps: 20,000kWh
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps: 30,000kWh
  • Biomass Boilers: 25,000kWh

RHI payments are still based on the heat demand from the EPC, but up to the cap and no further!

Tariffs were increased for heat pumps and biomass boilers in 2017, which breathed fresh life into the domestic RHI scheme, especially for biomass boilers which had seen tariffs fall every quarter since the scheme was launched in 2014.

Current tariffs are as follows:

  • Air Source Heat Pumps: 10.92p/kWh
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps: 21.29p/kWh 
  • Biomass Boilers: 7.01p/kWh 

It had been widely expected that solar thermal would be removed from the scheme, but following the government consultation, support for this technology - which can be used in tandem with a heat pump or biomass boiler - was retained. There is no heat demand limit or tariff change for solar thermal. The tariff for solar thermal is 21.49p/kWh.

All heat pumps now require electricity meters to be installed so homeowners can monitor the system's electricity usage. 

Tariffs are reviewed quarterly by BEIS and any changes are annonced one month before they come into effect. If no tariff changes are made due to degression, the only change is the annual adjustment to tariffs in line with the Consumer Price Index.