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Explore the future of home heating
From 2025, gas boilers are being banned from new homes. And soon, they’ll be phased out of our homes that are already built, too. A renewable energy heat pump is the future of heating.
A heat pump heats your home and provides hot tap water by extracting heat from the air, ground or a water source. It’s a sustainable, environmentally friendly heating solution for your home.
Depending on your building, a heat pump could replace your boiler and be connected straight into your existing central heating system. It’s a positive change you can make to reduce your environmental impact and save on your energy consumption – and your bills, too.
How does a heat pump work?
Take a look at your fridge
Want to know how a heat pump works? Think about your fridge. A fridge removes heat from the inside of a space, and releases it outside the space. A heat pump does the opposite, drawing heat into a space and releasing it there.
A heat pump connects directly to a central heating system, so it feeds heat into your radiators, wall units or underfloor heating. Plus, Daikin’s heat pumps operate almost silently, with a sleek, modern look for seamless integration into your home. It’s an efficient, quiet and powerful way to start your energy for change.
How does it work?
Even if it’s cold outside, a heat pump extracts heat from the air, ground or water and uses it to heat a home. It’s a form of ‘renewable energy’: it will never run out, and is more efficient than typical heating systems which rely on fossil fuels like gas or oil.
Your heat pump runs on electricity, removing the need for gas in your heating system. Plus, if you generate the required electricity yourself – for example, with solar panels – your bills and CO₂ emissions will be even lower.
Watch our animation to see how it works
Five types of heat pump
A solution to fit every home
Depending on the heat source it uses, your heat pump can look different.
There’s almost always an indoor unit. Often, it looks similar to a typical boiler and is hung on the wall in the same way. The five most common types of heat pumps are:
Ground source heat pumps
A ground source heat pump draws heat from the ground. This low-grade heat is converted by the heat pump into higher temperature heat and this is used to heat the house and domestic hot water system.
Air-to-water heat pumps low temperature
For the ultimate in energy-efficient heating, hot water and optional cooling, the Daikin Altherma low temperature heat pump offers an incredibly versatile solution.
Air-to-water heat pumps high temperature
By extracting renewable energy from the air, the Daikin Altherma air to water heat pump can provide heating, hot water and even comfort cooling for your home in a more sustainable way.
Hybrid heat pumps
The Daikin Hybrid heat pump combines renewable and traditional energy sources in a highly efficient way for heating, cooling and domestic hot water supply in your home. It is a combination of a gas boiler and heat pump, all in one system.
Air-to-air heat pumps
Air conditioning systems are actually air to air heat pumps, which use a renewable energy source (from the outside air) to efficiently cool and heat your home.
Water-to-water heat pumps
A water-to-water heat pump draws energy from groundwater. The energy is used to heat the house and tap water. A large part of the installation is therefore underground.
More reasons to switch to a heat pump
The perfect partner to solar energy
Lower your energy costs by using renewable energy from the sun, too. Our solar collectors are easy to install, producing up to 70% of the energy your heat pump needs.
Easy to connect
Daikin heat pumps are ideal for renovations, and the replacement of your outdated boiler. Their compact design requires minimum installation space, working perfectly with your existing pipes and heating system. You can gain all the energy efficiency of a heat pump, without the entire system update.
Eco-friendly heat from the outside air
By extracting renewable energy from the air, our air-to-water heat pumps provide sustainable heating, cooling and hot water in your home.
Visit your nearest Sustainable Home Centre
Want to see our technology for yourself? Find your nearest Daikin Sustainable Home Centre to see our units up close and personal, and speak to an in-store expert.
What could I save
Save the planet and your energy bill
Typically, we use gas to heat our homes and hot water in the UK. An average family of four living in a four-bedroom house spends on average £617 a year on gas and £659 on electricity. This calculation assumes an electricity price of 14.33p per kWh and a gas price of 3.63p per kWh.*
However, gas prices will increase over the coming years, both due to government policy and the climate agreement.
In a typical household, more than half of your fuel bill is for providing heating and hot water. A fully electric heat pump uses electricity instead of gas to heat your house and produce hot tap water. You’ll save considerably on gas, while your electricity cost increases. For homes without a gas supply which are reliant on oil for heating, the savings can be even more significant.
What could I save?
According to the Energy Saving Trust, by installing an air-source heat pump in an average sized, four-bedroom detached home you could save:
- £560 - £650 a year compared with an old G-rated gas boiler
- £930 - £1,100 a year compared with an old G-rated oil boiler
- £1,065 - £1,315 a year compared with electric storage heaters
- £1,365 - £1,610 a year compared with an old G-rated LPG boiler
Even with a new A-rated boiler, you could still save up to £660.
Plus, your carbon savings range from 1980kg compared to a new A-rated boiler, to a huge 7100kg compared with an old G-rated oil boiler.
*Source: British Gas
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