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Is my house suitable for a heat pump?

Find out if a heat pump is the right choice for your home and how you can make it 'heat pump ready'

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More and more people are bringing positive change into their homes by switching to low-carbon heat pumps. All homes are different and come in all sorts of shape and size. Some are more energy efficient than others. So you may be wondering, ‘Is my house suitable for a heat pump?’

The good news is heat pumps are suitable for almost every home. But to get the best results from a heat pump, there are a few steps you might need to take first, including improving your home’s energy efficiency.

The more energy efficient your home, the more effective and economical a heat pump will be. That’s because heat pumps are designed to keep rooms at a steady temperature, rather than the short bursts of heat you get from a gas boiler.

How to save energy at home to make it suitable for heat pumps

First, you should find out if your home is properly insulated, as insulation helps it to retain heat and stop energy from escaping. A well-insulated home will increase the efficiency of a heat pump, reducing its running costs and often resulting in lower energy bills too.

Newer, more modern homes tend to be more thermally efficient, so they need less energy to keep them warm. Older homes can be more drafty and less well-insulated, which allows heat to escape through walls, ceilings and floors.

If this sounds like your home, don’t worry, as we’ve got some simple tips on how to save energy and get your home 'heat pump ready':

  • Check if you need loft insulation or cavity wall insulation
  • Draught-proof windows and doors to stop heat from escaping
  • Seal up any gaps and cracks around windows, doors and sockets
  • Install double glazing, if you don't already have it

Next, you should consider the type of heating you have.

  • If you’re in an older home with traditional radiators, your heating system will probably need a high water flow temperature to keep the space warm. So a high-temperature heat pump might be the best option and it will still be much more energy efficient than a fossil fuel boiler.
  • Or if you have a modern, new-build home with underfloor heating or modern radiators, a low-temperature heat pump is likely to be a good choice. This will give you low-cost heating and significantly reduce your carbon emissions.
  • For those with gas heating and a combi boiler, you might find that a hybrid heat pump gives you the best of both worlds. A hybrid heat pump is a 2-in-1 system combining a gas boiler and a heat pump, so it's a good solution for homeowners looking to make a positive change.
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Daikin has a network of qualified heat pump specialists and installers who can help you decide which type of heat pump is right for your home.

A smart and worthwhile investment in the long run

With so many factors to consider, you may be wondering, ‘Is a heat pump worth it?’ The answer is yes!

The energy-saving advantages of heat pumps over fossil fuel-based heating systems make them the smart choice for homes of the future. Providing a sustainable, energy-efficient and comfortable way to heat your home, heat pumps are good for the environment and a worthwhile investment too.

Is your home ready for the next step? Explore Daikin heat pumps and find out what we can do for you.