One of the requirements for a dwelling to qualify for a heat pump system grant is that the dwelling has low heat loss. This is to ensure your heat pump system performs well and your electricity bills are not too high. You can achieve this by insulating your home and/or by upgrading your windows. Note: SEAI also offers grants for home insulation.
Before applying for a heat pump system grant, you must engage an independent, SEAI Registered Technical Advisor. Your Technical Advisor will carry out a technical assessment of your home, and will advise you on what steps to take to make your home “heat pump ready”, i.e. to reduce the heat loss on your home. They will provide you with 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. The required heat loss level is expressed as a Heat Loss Indicator of 2 Watts/Kelvin/m2.
The Better Energy Homes programme offers a €200 grant towards the Technical Assessment of your home, with this grant only payable in conjunction with the heat pump system grant. To qualify for this funding you must choose your Technical Advisor from the list of SEAI registered Technical Advisors, and complete the heat pump system and any upgrades required according to the programme rules. Please note that uninsulated homes built more than 30 years ago may require substantial and costly upgrades to qualify for a heat pump system grant.
• The house must be well insulated (or ‘heat pump ready’ as the SEAI refers to it). SEAI insulation grants only apply to homes built before 2006. The SEAI points out that uninsulated homes built more than 30 years ago may require substantial and costly upgrades to qualify for a heat pump system grant.
• Before applying you will need to appoint an SEAI-registered Technical Advisor. The list of Technical Advisors is available here and a €200 grant is available to go towards this cost.
• All homeowners, including landlords, whose homes were built and occupied before 2011 can apply. This is defined as the date your electricity meter was installed. The grant is available from April 16th.
What are the new grant amounts for heat pumps?
Heat pump grants from April 2018
Air to Water Heat Pump € 3,500
Ground to Water Heat Pump (Horizontal) € 3,500
Ground to Water Heat Pump (Vertical) € 3,500
Exhaust Air to Water Heat Pump € 3,500
Water to Water Heat Pump € 3,500
Air to Air Heat Pump € 600
Technical Assessment – payable only with heat pump grant € 200