Why investing in a heat pump is a smart move
Find out the reasons why installing a heat pump in your home is a smart and worthwhile investment
Providing a sustainable, low-carbon way to heat and cool your home these days is essential. Heat pumps are becoming an increasingly popular choice, not just because they're better for the planet. A heat pump is the smart choice for your home and your wallet too.
How a heat pump works
Heat pumps control the temperature in your home by transferring thermal energy from outside to indoors through emitters. As well as creating a comfortable, cosy environment in the colder months, a heat pump can cool your home when the weather is warmer and can also supply hot water.
Every home and every building is unique, so there are several types of heat pumps designed to suit different environments and requirements:
- Air-to-air heat pumps extract heat from the outside air and release air at the right temperature into each room via specially designed units.
- Air-to-water heat pumps extract heat from outdoor air to the water in your home, using radiators, underfloor heating or other emitters to radiate the heat.
- Hybrid heat pump systems combine a heat pump with a conventional gas, oil or LPG boiler so you can have the best of both worlds.
- Ground source heat pumps extract heat from the ground to provide efficient heating, cooling and hot water.
Heat pump advantages
Here are just some of the reasons why installing a heat pump system in your home is a smart move:
While heat pumps require an initial investment, they can be much more cost-effective in the long run.
More than 90% of the energy consumption in our homes is due to heating and hot water. One of the major advantages of a heat pump system is that it extracts free heat energy from the air or ground, lowering your energy bills and potentially saving you money.
Heat pumps run on electricity, so if your home currently has gas heating, you will use less gas with a heat pump and more electricity. As heat pumps are designed to be energy-efficient, the savings you make from using less gas should far outweigh the extra electricity costs. This way you can save money and make a positive change for the planet.
Of course, there is the initial cost of installing the heat pump system to consider and this will vary depending on what type of set-up you choose. For instance, there is a much shorter pay-back period if your heat pump replaces an existing electric, oil or coal-fired heating system.
You should consider how long you intend to stay in the property and whether it will be long enough to see a financial return from the extra energy savings. Heat pumps can also increase the value of a home so, even if you’re not planning on staying there long-term, you could still see real financial benefits.
- A one-stop solution
An unrivalled benefit of heat pumps is their all-around versatility, as they can be connected to so many different types of emitters. They can provide you with heating, cooling and hot water, so you don’t need the hassle and cost of installing separate systems. Heat pumps are an extremely effective and efficient one-stop solution.
- Better for the environment
Heat pumps are a sustainable choice that can help you reduce your carbon footprint and make a positive change for the environment. By installing a heat pump, you can enjoy peace of mind from knowing that you are doing your bit for the planet and helping the drive towards a carbon-neutral society.
- Safe to use
Heat pumps run on electricity, so there is no risk of gas leaking or igniting accidentally. Heat pumps are therefore a much safer choice than conventional combustion-based heating systems. They're also easier to maintain and the running costs are lower.
Their simple and efficient design means heat pump systems have a considerable lifespan, with a well-maintained system potentially lasting 10-15 years.
A smart and worthy investment in the long run
While the set-up costs and the installation process might seem daunting at first, it’s worth remembering all the benefits that make a heat pump worth it. You’re investing in a safe, energy-efficient and comfortable way of heating and cooling your home.
Not only will you be making a positive change for the environment by cutting your energy usage but a heat pump can significantly reduce your ongoing energy costs. So it’s good not only good for the planet but good for your wallet too.
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