Heat pumps provide an environmentally friendly way for central heating systems and hot water. They are a sustainable alternative to a central heating with gas powered boilers. The UK Government stimulates the buying of heat pumps through the Renewable Heat Incentive and has reduced the tax on electricity.
Heat pumps extract heat from the air, soil or groundwater. With a kind of fridge motor this heat is upgraded to a usable temperature. A heat pump uses electricity: so you will notice that your power consumption increases. On the other hand, you will use less (or no) gas. Your CO2 emissions for heating will decrease by almost half if you choose a hybrid heat pump and even more so when your power is generated via solar panels or comes from the wind. In the UK (2016) about 150,000 houses have heat pumps, and this number is growing.
There are different types of heat pumps. A fully electric heat pump provides for all your heating and hot water. A hybrid heat pump has a hr-boiler on gas, which will help aid with the heating on cold days and for (additional) hot water. Such a hybrid heat pump is cheaper and you can also combine this with your current boiler. A heat pump water heater only provides hot water.
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