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Make a smart investment: get a heat pump system when building a new house

Outdoor unit of a heat pump system installed next to the terrace

Want to know why heat pumps are becoming increasingly popular when it comes to heating systems for homes? There's a push away from fossil fuel systems, particularly in new build homes. Heat pumps have a lower environmental impact and are more sustainable, as well as being more cost-effective.

First, we need to explain what a heat pump is. Cost-effective and with a low environmental impact, heat pumps are an all-round heating, cooling and hot water solution. The heat is transferred to emitters, like radiators and underfloor heating, to ensure your home's temperature suits your needs.

There are various types of heat pump, suitable for all types of home. These include air-to-air (most often referred to as air conditioners), air-to-water and ground source. In new build homes, the ideal heat pump is a low-temperature air-to-water heat pump.

What are air-to-water and ground source heat pumps?

Air-to-water heat pumps use the external temperature to extract heat. These are the most common heat pumps, suitable for use in all types of houses: detached, terraced and apartments. A little electricity is required, though only around 25 % of the total energy used.

Ground source heat pumps use a system embedded into the ground to extract heat. This makes them relevant for homes with the necessary land for a ground array or borehole system. Again, a little electricity is required.

For more information on the difference between air-to-water and ground source heat pumps, see our blog.

What are the benefits of installing a heat pump in a new build home?

A flexible heating, cooling and hot water solution, heat pumps are ideally suited to a new build home where you can make decisions on which emitters to use, like underfloor heating, convectors or radiators. All your home needs are covered with just one system.

A heat pump will also produce domestic hot water. An indoor set up that integrates a hot water tank is the standard form. You can combine heat pumps with additional heat sources, such as thermal stores and thermal solar panels for hot water production. This gives you even greater efficiency. As heat pumps use primarily renewable energy, they can cut your energy bills, and installing a heat pump can increase the value of your home.

While they have minimal service needs, heat pumps need proper maintenance to extend their lifespan.

Alongside all their other benefits, one of the biggest advantages of heat pumps is that they provide flexibility in shape, size and control. It's clear to see why they are the heating solution of the future. Opting for a heat pump ensures your home is energy efficient, sustainable and comfortable all year round.

Do you want to save energy with a heat pump for your new build home?

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