5 Things to do BEFORE you install a heat pump
Have you considered fitting a heat pump in your home? They're not a cheap option but will save you money in the long term by using free, renewable energy. However, you'll need to make sure your home is as efficient as possible so that you can claim maximum benefit from the heat pump once installed.
Heat pump systems are one of the most cost-effective and efficient heating systems available today. The two most common heat pump system types are an air source heat pump and a geothermal heat pump in-ground system.
If you are at the point where you want to move forward with getting a heat pump installed, then here are 5 things to consider before buying a heat pump.
Energy-efficient windows are an important consideration for both new and existing homes. All properties lose heat through their windows and this can be particularly noticeable in older properties. You can reduce the amount of heat lost by installing double or triple glazing before installing a heat pump. If new windows are too expensive, then you can look into the options available for adding double glazing if the frames allow.
Insulation and roof repairs
The heat pump is going to be working at a lower temperature, so you need to ensure that your insulation in your house is sufficient so that heat loss is minimised through the walls, roof and flooring.
You need to be thinking about your loft and cavity wall insulation and a lot will depend on when your house was built. Newer homes will be more geared up to accommodate a heat pump and the cost on installation should be less. Hint: You can get roofing project quotes here.
Decide which type of pump you want installed
Air source heat pumps are generally easier to install than ground source pumps, as they are usually mounted to an external wall outside of your property. The size of the pump will vary depending on the size of your house and what you need. You may need to apply for planning permission if the unit is visible outside your house and the fact that it does generate some noise.
Ground source heat pumps can be considered if you have enough outdoor space for it to be installed. As there is a lot of planning and labour required to install a ground source heat pump, the entire process can take a number of weeks.
Consider more powerful radiators
If your home's heated by radiators then they won't get as hot with a heat pump as they would with a boiler - you'll need to have them on for longer or replace them with more powerful ones. Underfloor heating works the best partnered with heat pumps because both work at lower temperatures. However, underfloor heating isn't particularly easy or cost-effective to install and is often better to install when building or renovating a property.
Install solar panels
Heat pumps need electricity to work, so the most environmentally-friendly option is to generate your own electricity using solar panels or a wind turbine, but bear in mind that these are expensive to install. If you can afford to install panels, then you will inevitably save more money in the long run.