Making Britain more environmentally friendly has become one of the Government’s principal plans in recent times, and most recently, it announced that the installation of new gas boilers in homes would be banned from 2025.
As a result, heat pumps, a more eco-friendly option, is set to play a big part in hitting climate change targets and getting to carbon net-zero by 2050.
The Government has said it wants to fit 600,000 heat pumps in UK homes each year by 2028.
These pumps are a greener solution as they aren’t powered by fossil fuels and are extremely efficient. But, they may not be suitable for millions of UK homes, and David Holmes of comparison site Boiler Guide said that heat pumps come at a considerable cost, so it’s essential that homeowners do their research on suitability before forking out.
He said that while the Government is rightly pushing for renewable heating solutions, a one size fits all approach isn’t going to work, and that there are numerous positives with heat pumps but they’re not viable for every home in the United Kingdom.
This is Money, with the help of Boiler Guide, outlines which types of properties could benefit from a heat pump, and what the alternatives are for homes where installing or using one might be difficult.
An air-source heat pump looks like an air conditioning unit that sits outside the home, and unlike boilers, heat pumps don’t produce the heat, they just transfer it from one place to another.
Air source heat pumps come with a fan unit that takes in heat from the air outside the home. The extracted heat is then condensed and used to produce hot water.
The hot water needs to be stored in a water cylinder inside the home, where it can supply radiators, taps and showers.
The system runs on electricity and the two units are connected by copper pipework.
There’s also the option of ground source heat pumps, which use pipes that are hidden in the garden to extract heat from the ground.
This heat can then be used to heat radiators, underfloor or warm air heating systems and hot water in the home.
On average, an air source heat pump will cost between £9,000 to £13,000 to fit, but this will vary depending on the complexity of the installation.
It’s a big investment, but the Renewable Heat Incentive was brought in to assist people to recover some of their money.
However, if you fit an eligible system before the scheme concludes in March 2022, the Government will reimburse you for the energy it produces for 7 years.
But a heat source pump costs a fortune, and they’re only effective when you have a super-insulated new build, and you would have to have another source of heat in the winter months.
As for trying to retrofit all the old housing stock in the country, well, that would be a total farce because it would need another heat source to keep warm, well, that’s advance for you.
These heat pumps are just reversed air conditioning, and they never get really hot and it takes a long time to build up the heat, and if the power goes out, you also lose your boiler too because the circulating pump isn’t powered by gas, nor the ignition to ignite the gas when it fires up.
Yet another ridiculous policy that will either drive millions into massive debt to cover the cost or kill the elderly off early through hypothermia, but then perhaps that’s the idea.