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Is Your Home Ready for a Heat Pump?

A guest blog by IMS Heat Pumps

Emma Bohan, General Manager at IMS Heat Pumps, a NIBE Pro Partner, explores the versatility of heat pumps and how to ensure they are suitable for your property.

Are you contemplating the shift to a more sustainable and energy-efficient heating system for your home?

If the answer is yes, then exploring the world of heat pumps could be your ticket to a greener and more cost-effective future. With so much information out there, we understand it can be a bit overwhelming.

That’s why we’re here to guide you through the key factors in a straightforward way that makes sense, helping you make a decision that’s good for both your pocket and the planet.

Heat pumps come in various forms – air source, ground source, and hybrid systems – offering an eco-friendly and wallet-friendly way to heat your home. So is your home heat pump ready?

THERE IS NO PROPERTY TYPE OR ARCHITECTURAL ERA THAT IS UNSUITABLE FOR A HEAT PUMP – THE GOVERNMENT-FUNDED ELECTRIFICATION OF HEAT PROJECT HAS DEMONSTRATED.

FROM VICTORIAN MID-TERRACES TO PRE-WWII SEMIS AND A 1960S BLOCK OF FLATS – THE PROJECT HAS PROVEN THAT HEAT PUMPS CAN BE SUCCESSFULLY INSTALLED IN HOMES FROM EVERY STYLE AND ERA. – SOURCE: ENERGY SYSTEMS CATAPULT.

The good news is that heat pumps are incredibly versatile and suitable for most homes, here are some things to consider before you take the next step…

Insulation and Energy Efficiency

Our number one consideration is to understand and evaluate your home’s insulation and overall energy efficiency. Think of it this way: if your home isn’t well-insulated, you’re essentially paying to heat the outdoors, no matter what your heating system currently is.

Whilst a heat pump can absolutely heat a drafty old home, investing in energy-efficient upgrades, supported by schemes like the Great British Insulation Scheme, can make a significant difference to your current energy costs and, when considering a heat pump can mean you’ll need a smaller one that will cost you less to buy and run.

Remember, to qualify for government grants such as the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, you need to ensure your EPC has no outstanding recommendations for loft or cavity wall insulation. For more information, check out our Guide to Funding.

Available Space

Check if your property has the necessary space and permissions for installation. Whether it’s air source or ground source, each type requires specific space considerations. While new builds are well-suited, older properties can be adapted with careful planning. Explore our Builders Guide to Heat Pumps for detailed space requirements.

Planning Permissions

In England and Scotland, most installations won’t need planning permission, but regulations vary. Check with your local authority and align your plans with guidelines. Dive into our Builders Guide to Heat Pumps for more on planning requirements.

Radiators and Pipework

Contrary to some myths, heat pumps work with both radiators and underfloor heating. And it is not always necessary to replace all your radiators and pipework. Assess your unique situation, and our technical consultants will guide you on the most suitable installation. Even if you have microbore pipework, heat pumps can often still work effectively.

Maintenance and Servicing

Heat pumps, like any heating system, require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance. Ensure that you have access to qualified technicians who can service your heat pump and address any issues that may arise. Maintenance is essential to keep your heat pump operating efficiently and extend its lifespan.

Here at IMS Heat Pumps, we provide Annual Servicing and Maintenance works on heat pumps installed by us and a two-year workmanship warranty. We also offer a fault call out service for your peace of mind.

Installation Cost & Financial Incentives

Installation costs vary, but the UK government provides incentives. In England, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS) offers grants, while Scotland’s Home Energy Scotland (HES) provides loans and grants. Check out our Guide to Funding for more details.

MCS Qualified Installers

Certain improvements, such as heat pumps, require the use of MCS certified installers such as us here at IMS Heat Pumps. To apply for the loans and grants, an approved quotation from an accredited installer is necessary. Once approved, homeowners can arrange for the installation of their heat pump. Following installation, the installer will provide the necessary certificate and documentation to facilitate loan drawdown and cashback claim.

Ready to make the switch to a heat pump? Contact IMS Heat Pumps now for personalised guidance and take the first step towards a more sustainable and cost-effective heating solution.

Read Emma Bohan’s NIBE Pro Case Study here: Emma Bohan, IMS Heat Pumps | NIBE

See the original article here: Is Your Home Ready for a Heat Pump?


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