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Heat pump heating systems - essential for a greener future
Governments worldwide are now faced with the need to deal quickly and efficiently with climate change. Everyone knows that we need to move away from using fossil fuels, which emit high levels of CO2 and contribute to global warming. In cooler climates, there will still be a need for heating in winter though; this may be surprising, but climate change can mean greater extremes of temperature rather than just more heat. One potential solution is to change to using heat pumps.
In the UK, over 20% of carbon emissions result from using fossil fuels for heating and other domestic needs. From 2025, the installation of gas boilers in new homes will be banned, and only low-carbon emission heating systems will be permitted. Ministers are also considering replacing the Renewable Heat Initiative, which helps with the cost of heat pumps, with a scheme to compensate homeowners for scrapping their boilers.
We do not know what other systems will be developed in the future, but electric heat pump heating systems are certainly the best option available now. A heat pump takes heat from the air, ground, or water, and concentrates it before bringing it inside. It provides a constant level of heat, as opposed to the fast burst of heat which comes from fossil fuels. So your house is always warm, rather than very cold, then suddenly hot.
The main difficulty with heat pumps is the cost, as they are far more expensive than gas or oil heating systems. Despite this, in 2020 over 36,000 heat pumps were installed in UK homes and this year is likely to see a significant increase. The main suppliers of heat pumps are Mitsubishi, Daikin, LG, Samsung, Calorex and Vaillant and, as sales increase, competition between them should stimulate lower prices. Like all home heating, heat pumps work best in well-insulated homes, so to get the best value it is important to insulate the building thoroughly first.
Transition periods are never easy, but sometimes they are a necessary route to increased efficiency. Heat pump heating systems can be made to work for all of us, and for the environment.
Get in touch with us to find out how we can assist you with changing your current gas boiler to a heat pump heating system.
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