Heat Pumps are the green heating solution that're taking the world by storm! Learn all about the incredible benefits they can bring to your life here.
Heat pumps could be the future of green heating, being a reliable and convenient heating option that will massively reduce carbon emissions. But they can be expensive to install. Are they worth the cost? Let’s take a look at the advantages of heat pumps.
1) Lower Running Costs
Installing a heat pump can be expensive, especially if you’re converting an older home. However, the amount you can save yearly on your heating bills makes them well worth the upfront cost.
Heat pumps could save anywhere between £500 to £1400 on your energy bills per year, depending on what pre-existing heating system you’re replacing, where in the country you are and how well-insulated your property is.
2) Long Lifespans
A gas boiler will last for up to 20 years, but will average out somewhere closer to 10-15 years. A heat pump has an average lifespan of 14-15 years, but could last as long as 50 if it’s looked after properly.
That means, even if the initial cost to install your heat pump might seem a little high, you won’t have to worry about it for many years to come.
Heat pumps do require a little maintenance every now and again to ensure they’re operating at maximum efficiency, but much less than a boiler does.
Every 3-5 years, you should have a professional come out and service your heat pump. Once a year, there are a couple of minor checks that should be done to make sure everything’s working OK, but these can easily done by you with no outside expertise required.
4) Reduced Carbon Footprint
Instead of relying on fossil fuels, heat pumps run purely off of electricity. In a country like the UK, where 40% of all electricity produced comes from renewable sources, this means that any form of electrical heating can reduce your carbon footprint.
If you’re looking to ensure your home is entirely carbon neutral, then combine your heat pump with a renewable energy source, such as solar power. Their increased efficiency means this is viable even in the UK.
5) Increased Safety
Heat pumps don’t burn fuel to function, which inherently makes them much safer compared to combustion boilers. That means there’s no risk of toxic gas leaks, explosions, or carbon monoxide poisoning, as is the case with other conventional heaters.
6) Heating & Hot Water
Heat pumps are incredibly versatile. They don’t just provide traditional heating to warm your rooms, they can also be used to provide you with hot water, and even underfloor heating.
This sets them apart from most other electric heaters, which will only provide general heating.