Read a few experiences of those who have had heat pumps installed into their homes in East Anglia
New build - 6 bed detached. Cambridge
“On the day we moved in it was -9 degrees and we had the doors open all day while we were moving in. We shut everything up at 6pm but the house had got cold. I didn’t understand how the tech worked so I didn’t touch anything. It took about two days for the house to get up to temperature and my initial thoughts were ‘this isn’t going to work’. But googling I found that the house is basically a large heat sink – when you get the building to the right temperature it maintains it.
It’s a different way of working to a boiler. I like to imagine it like a car – a gas boiler will race up to the temperature and coast down, burning a lot of energy, a heat pump gradually builds up to a constant speed and then maintains it. So if your home is insulated you can maintain that heat then it’s fine. In the winter we were able to achieve a constant 22/23 degrees in the large rooms. It is pretty quiet – we never really hear it. You only notice if we are next to it in the garden and it comes on.”
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“As I was having a massive conversion it seemed like the right time to change the oil boiler to an air source heat pump. We threw in all the things – solar panels and underfloor heating too. It was mainly around being environmentally friendly.
It was fairly easy to find out about heat pumps. I found a relatively local company to install it and they have serviced it every year since.
It was a lot of expense at the time, around £10k. It is more expensive to run than a gas boiler as electricity is three times the amount of gas, but I like the concept.
The pump is in the garden tucked around the corner and the noise is not an issue. You’d really have to listen to hear it.
We’ve had to repressurise the cylinder but in seven years there’s been no extra maintenance – it’s just ticked along nicely.
We’re pleased with the system but when it got to -9 degrees this winter the system did struggle. There are days it can’t get the house as warm as a gas boiler could but I think we are entering a mental shift now. You don’t need your home at 22 degrees – just put more clothes on.”
We can help to assess your energy consumption profile, provide recommendations for the optimum system size to reduce your energy bills, then design an air source heat pump system to your exact specifications. We’ll also run you through the benefits of buying air source heat pumps in the present climate, as well as highlighting any points you should be aware of from the beginning, so there are no hidden cost surprises. Our consultation for air source heat pump installations can include options to install solar PV panels, plus a solar energy storage battery too if wished, to further maximise your renewable energy techology investment. Our survey will provide costs and estimated savings also, without any obligation needed on the day from you.
Read some experiences of those who have had heat pumps installed into their homes in South East England
Judith and Peter were using an old combi gas boiler for their heating and hot water that was almost twenty years old and would soon need to be replaced as it was inefficient and unreliable.
An air source heat pump was installed over four days with a new hot water tank placed inside a cupboard in the kitchen where the gas boiler used to be located, plus all existing pipework and radiators were replaced with larger and deeper ones.
Judith and Peter had an ultra quiet heat pump model installed in their backyard therefore they have no issue with noise, however due to the relatively small size of their backyard: “The heat pump is very present in our backyard” says Peter.
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Robert and Maria live in a 1920s four bedroom detached house in suburban Surrey, England.
Their 10-year-old standard gas boiler with hot water tank was inefficient, and they wanted a more environmentally responsible solution.
The heat pump installation did involve a lot of upheaval, as much of their pipework and radiators had to be replaced – taking four days – and they were not completely aware of this prior to the installation.
Robert believes using the heat pump may result in higher bills, but he is very pleased with how warm their house is after the installation and would definitely recommend heat pumps to other households.
Joanne and her daughters live in a 1930s four-bedroom detached house in suburban East Sussex, England.
Joanne, Holly and Phoebe’s house previously had an oil boiler providing heat and hot water – which was inefficient. So they decided to replace it with a heat pump to reduce their carbon footprint.
The new air source heat pump warms their home well, with significant improvement in the hot water pressure and temperature compared to the old oil boiler.
No radiators or pipework needed to be replaced in the house. Joanne has not found the heat pump to be noisy. In fact, she commented that it is actually a lot quieter than her previous oil boiler.
Raj and family live in a 1950s five-bedroom detached house in suburban Surrey, England.
Raj and his family have been on a journey to reduce their carbon emissions over the past 10 years. They have bought an electric car, installed rooftop solar PV, done insulation upgrades and installed smart heating controls.
Along with an air source heat pump in the garden, a new hot water tank was installed in place of the old gas boiler in a kitchen cupboard.
Only three of the homes 15 radiators needed upgrading with larger ones.
The total process took seven days due to a tricky install on the hot water tank. They are particularly pleased with the increase in hot water pressure as they can now have two showers at the same time. “This has been really convenient for us”, Raj said.
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