Ashcraig, Scotland

Ashcraig, Scotland

Heat pump delivers a steady temperature and baby sleeps better


One of the first things that Scottish homeowners Alex and Wendy Corlett noticed after switching to a Dakin Altherma 3 H High Temperature air source heat pump was that baby Daniel – just seven months old – was sleeping better.

The couple moved into their three-bedroom detached bungalow, Ashcraig, in 2017. It is in a small hamlet near Dundee, and just south of the Tay estuary. With the house, built in 2000, the Corletts inherited the original oil-fired heating and hot water system.

Magazine journalist Alex says: “It was noisy, smelly and there was an ugly oil tank in the garden. The system had become unreliable and we were needing to call an engineer up to five times a year. We decided it was time for a better solution.

Heat pump delivers a steady temperature and baby sleeps better

Heat pump delivers a steady temperature and baby sleeps better “This was because the new system was quietly maintaining a steady 21˚C, which is the optimal temperature for babies’ sleep, we’re told,” says Alex. “What we have now is a much more subtle heat throughout the house.”

“Not only did they recommend the Daikin system, but they also guided us through an application for a loan to finance the project and subsequently the application for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive. It will be interesting to see how the running costs compare over time.”

Alex Corbett - owner

The Corletts chose Daikin heating system specialists the Natural Energy Company, based nearby in Newport-on-Tay.

The NEC team calculated that with new radiators and plumbing, the family’s heating and hot water needs could be met adequately by a 16kW Daikin Altherma 3 H high temperature heat pump.

It is one of the first Scottish installations of the sleek new heat pump, based on Daikin’s Bluevolution technology and R32 refrigerant. The outdoor unit incorporates revolutionary designs to enhance looks and reduce sound – as well as improving heat output. The unit connects directly to the heating circuit (H is for hydro) so installation requires no refrigerant piping or gas handling.



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