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Sustainable Heating Solutions from Kate @my_plastic_free_home

Some top tips to make your home and heating more efficient in preparation for the colder months ahead

We’re back with another guest blog from eco-influencer, Kate from @my_plastic_free_home. In her latest blog for Vaillant, Kate looks at heat pumps and why she thinks they’re such a great sustainable heating solution for our homes.

Kate says:

Have you heard about low carbon heating options for your home? Heat pumps are one of the best options available if you are interested in replacing an old heating system and fitting a new, sustainable, option.

Some of you might be thinking, what are heat pumps? There’s a wealth of information about heat pumps which might seem confusing at first, but I’m going to try and break it down for you!

The difference between a heat pump and a boiler is that the heat pump runs on electricity and produces low carbon heat from the air, ground, or water. Whereas boilers are powered by a traditional fossil fuel such as gas or oil.

So, what exactly are they?

I’ll use an air source heat pump as an example of how they work, as they are generally the most common. An air source heat pump generates heat by extracting thermal energy from the outside air and converting it into heat for your home! You might be wondering how that works in The U.K. as we don’t have much warm air but, despite the cold, at -15 to -25°C there is still plenty of thermal energy in the air to extract.

Heat pumps are powered by electricity, they then use latent heat in the air, ground, or water, ‘amplifying’ this energy to heat your home. For every 1kW of electricity that goes into a heat pump, you will get 3-5kW of heat into the building.

As with any new heating system, it’s important to remember there might be certain things you need to do in your home to ensure that your new system is working efficiently.

A heat pump isn’t a straight replacement for a boiler, and it may require you to make some alterations in your home, such as making changes to your insulation to reduce heat loss, upgrading your radiators and, if required, installing large diameter pipe work. This is to ensure your heat pump can run properly and effectively when it replaces your boiler, providing you with the heat and reasonable running costs. If you decide that this is the way you want to heat your home, your installer, and the experts at Vaillant, will be able to help you choose the right one.

If you are looking to make a lasting change toward sustainability in your home, this winter is a great opportunity to explore having a heat pump and seeing if this low carbon heating solution is right for you and your home.

With the UK’s goal for net zero carbon emissions by 2050, we are all going to have to make alterations to how we heat our homes. Modernising your heating system is a long-term solution for combating climate change, whilst also giving you control over your energy usage. Furthermore, there are a number of renewable incentives in place throughout the UK to help homeowners looking to make the switch, so please also enquire about these with a Vaillant expert!

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