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All about hybrid heat pumps - the best of both worlds

Heat pumps come in various forms and for different purposes. So which one best fits your heating requirements? Or do you also want to cool your house with it? And what about your domestic hot water in the kitchen and bathroom?

The purchase and installation of a heat pump

It is important to read up on the topic before you go ahead with purchasing a heat pump. And of course an installer can also offer good advice for your particular situation. Make sure you look for installer with plenty of experience in installing heat pumps. The installation of a heat pump that uses air as the source of heat usually takes just one day, whereas installing a heat pump that uses heat from the ground is a more complex job and can take several days. In either case, installation is not a do-it-yourself job.

System configuration

The choice of a suitable alternative to a central heating boiler also has consequences for your total heating system. Do you have underfloor heating or only radiators in the house? Everything must be properly coordinated and adjusted. This has an effect on the savings you will achieve and these can be greater if you also have solar panels or use a solar water heater. Whatever the case, all the elements of your system must fit together perfectly and work well together.

Hybrid heat pumps; a heat pump and boiler combined

With heat pumps there is usually an indoor unit. This often looks like a central heating boiler, and may be available in a free-standing or wall hung unit. An hybrid heat pump also has an outdoor unit, which looks like the kind of small air conditioning unit that you regularly see abroad in warmer countries. The hybrid heat pump draws heat from the outside air and conducts that air through a water circuit, such as radiators or underfloor heating. You can use this heat for tap water in the kitchen and bathroom and for central heating. As soon as the heat pump can no longer heat up efficiently - for example, at temperatures below freezing point - the central heating boiler comes on. This saves you up to 50% on your gas consumption.

Heat from the air for free

The hybrid heat pump solution could become the most popular heat pump for UK homes. That is because it can quickly significantly reduce gas consumption, without immediately getting rid of the gas completely. The heat pump also extracts the heat from the air for free using cheaper electricity. So it offers best of both worlds with fewer adjustments needed to your existing central heating system.

Why choose a hybrid heat pump?

The hybrid heat pump is often chosen  to provide existing houses (built before 2000) during renovation with a low environmental impact heating system. After all, the gas consumption is already considerably reduced by this and few adjustments need to be made to the home. Insulation always helps to improve the efficiency of a heat pump.

Advantages

The most important advantage of a hybrid heat pump is that it can easily be used to save energy in existing homes. After all, the hybrid heat pump can be installed in all homes where a gas connection is present. The production of hot water can also be done via the gas boiler, because heat pumps perform less well at temperatures between 50 and 60°C. The current radiators are also retained, yet you can also opt for underfloor heating or more modern low temperature radiators. In addition, the hybrid heat pump is a highly intelligent system that knows which source provides the most sustainable heat. That is why the hybrid heat pump is one of the most efficient heat pumps on the market.

Do the heat pump check now to see if your house is already suitable for a heat pump and, if so, which type.