Is a heat pump suitable for me?
Find out whether a heat pump might benefit you and which kind of heat pumps are suitable for you
Even without government incentives heat pumps can save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions when they are used in place of LPG, oil, coal or electric heating. Where government funding is available heat pump technology also becomes an attractive investment against mains gas (see our funding page).
Of course, as with any system, some applications will be more appropriate than others. In the case of heat pumps one important consideration is that they work better with low temperature heating systems such as underfloor heating or fan coils either exclusively or in conjunction with conventional wet radiator systems (it is quite a common solution to run underfloor heating downstairs with radiators upstairs). You can run one exclusively with wet radiator systems but may need to upgrade some of your radiators.
What is a heat pump like in the home?
- Heat pumps are floor mounted appliances like a fridge or fridge freezer. They come in different shapes and sizes and are typically housed in a utility room or outhouse
- Air Source heat pumps are floor or wall mounted appliances. They are typically installed externally however some models can be housed in a utility room or outhouse – Stiebel Eltron's WPL 10 IKS is particularly suitable for such applications
- Many heat pump heating systems have been running smoothly for over 25 years. In general, the average life of a heat pump is in normal use between 15 and 20 years
What an air source heat pump sounds like in comparison to a fridge
Please do give us a call to discuss your project. For more independent information on the suitablility of heat pumps for given situations, the Government body The Energy Saving Trust also provide guidance on their website.Energy Savings Trust information on heat pumps