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What are the advantages of a heat pump system?

Side view of two 12kW aroTHERM plus heat pump. Grass and blue sky with clouds

Incorporating heat pump technology into your home is one of the most economical, effective, and environmentally-friendly ways to cover your heating and hot water needs.

Heat pumps use environmental energy to generate heating and hot water for your home. This works by extracting thermal energy (heat) from the air, ground or a local water source, which is then converted by a heat pump to generate heating and hot water for your home.

As the main source of heat generation comes from the environment itself, the amount of energy required to generate the necessary heating for your home is vastly reduced compared to other methods.

Heat pumps can also be paired with alternative energy sources to further improve the environmental impact of you heating and hot water whilst also minimising electricity costs.

Here are some of the benefits of using a heat pump system in your home:

  • Low running costs

    Low running costs can help to reduce household energy bills.
  • No need for fuel storage

    A heat pump removes the need for fuel to be delivered and stored at home; a common problem for homes that are in off-gas areas and rely on alternative fuels, such as oil.
  • No emissions

    Heat pumps operate using electricity (including from alternative sources such as solar power) and produce no emissions, making them much more environmentally-friendly than traditional heating systems.
  • Efficient regardless of temperature

    Heat pumps can operate at high efficiency levels even in cold temperatures. Just 25% of the energy used by a heat pump is provided by electricity, with the remaining 75% being generated by the environment through the ground, water or air (depending on your type of heat pump system).
  • Sustainable

    The utilisation of natural energy sources such as air, ground, and water means the approach to heating and hot water production is particularly sustainable.
  • Extremely quiet

    Heat pumps are incredibly quiet and can therefore be positioned anywhere without causing any noise disruption.
  • Flexible

    Heat pumps work well with both underfloor heating and radiators with low surface temperatures.
  • Controllable

    Heat pumps can be used as part of a climate controlled system within the home and integrates easily with a range of controls, including smart home accessories.
  • Long service life

    Modern heat pump units have life expectancies which are on average double that of a typical domestic boiler, with boilers typically expected to last around 10-12 years, and heat pumps having an average lifespan of 20-25 years.
  • Low maintenance

    Heat pumps have a robust design and very few moving parts meaning that they require very little maintenance (yearly checks are advised but not required), especially in comparison to the annual maintenance required of a traditional boiler.

SUPPORT Government incentives

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) is the latest iteration of the Government’s financial support of low carbon heating. This scheme is designed to help attain the UK’s net zero emissions target by 2050 by making low carbon technologies more affordable to install by reducing the upfront cost.

This support is aimed at encouraging homeowners in England and Wales to upgrade their current fossil fuelled boiler heating and hot water systems to more energy-efficient heat pumps in an effort to decarbonise their home’s heating.

Homeowners can get £7,500 off the cost and installation of a heat pump.

The scheme is expected to run until 2028, and has been earmarked a budget of £450 million over the three years as part of an almost £4bn strategy to help cut carbon emissions.

Read more about BUS here.

[₁] https://energysavingtrust.org.uk/blog/significant-changes-are-coming-uk-heating-market