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What is a hybrid heat pump?

Learn all about the Daikin Altherma hybrid heat pump and how it works

If you’re looking to take advantage of renewable energy sources, while still using conventional fossil fuel, a hybrid heat pump offers the best of both worlds. With a hybrid system, you can enjoy reduced energy costs and improve the efficiency of your home while enjoying a comfortable level of warmth. Read on to find out more.


What is a hybrid heat pump?

A hybrid heat pump, or hybrid heating system, is an air-source heat pump backed up by a gas boiler.

It uses electricity to draw air from outside and convert it to heat. So you get an energy source that is much cheaper – and renewable. Unlike a standalone air-source heat pump, a hybrid system combines the heat pump with a standard gas boiler. This acts as a back-up heating source.

This intuitive system will choose which form of energy is the most advantageous to use, based on the outside temperature or the relationship between the cost of energy (electricity/gas).

When is a hybrid heat pump a good solution?

The beauty of a hybrid heat pump is its versatility.

A hybrid heat pump system is well suited to milder climates with cold winters to give you comfortable warmth all year round. The heat pump can operate on its own for most of the time, providing efficient air source heating. During colder periods, the boiler can provide heat more efficiently.

There are other situations when you might choose a hybrid heat pump.

They're a great way to improve your home’s energy efficiency without replacing your entire heating set-up. They work well in renovations and for replacing old boilers, especially in older homes that are poorly insulated.

A key benefit is lower energy costs, giving an affordable long-term solution for homes that rely on fossil fuels. This is valuable as uncertainty around gas supply and prices continues.

As well as protecting you from fluctuating energy costs, a hybrid system means you're less reliant on fossil fuels, which benefits the environment.

Mother and daughters having a fun day in a perfectly heated room
Girl reads a book in a calm and heated room

Why choose the Daikin Altherma hybrid heat pump?

The Daikin Altherma hybrid heat pump automatically determines the most economic and energy efficient heating combination. The system has three types of operations:

  1. Heat pump operation: The best available technology for optimising running costs at moderate outdoor temperatures
  2. Hybrid operation: Both the gas boiler and heat pump operate simultaneously to deliver the ultimate comfort for your home
  3. Gas operation: When outdoor temperatures fall drastically, the unit will automatically switch to gas operation mode.

Its compact design requires minimal space and integrates seamlessly with your existing piping and radiators. This enables you to enjoy the efficiency of a heat pump without replacing your entire system.

Smart programming saves 35% more energy than a traditional condensing boiler, by automatically determining the most energy-efficient combination. It does this based on energy prices, outdoor temperatures and indoor heat requirement. So that's a win for you and a win for the environment.

Wondering whether the Daikin Altherma hybrid heat pump could be a good solution for your home?