Heat Pump buying tips

Who has followed the climate a bit over the last few years will recognise that things are changing rapidly. By way too high CO2 emissions from our households the Earth heats up in a shockingly rate. It is for this reason that The Scottish government has signed up to a climate agreement stating that the gas consumption in Scottish households should be reduced. Scotland is already performing well on the renewable energy front. Over two thirds of the energy produced is from renewable sources like wind, water and solar. So the central heating boiler is now the centre of attention to cut down on. 

A heat pump, but then what?

That purchasing a central heating boiler is discouraged these days is clear; the Government in Scotland prefers you to buy a heat pump, but builders are still going the conventional way. If you know you’re going to look into purchasing a heat pump then you come to learn that there are a lot of different types with each their own price tag. For many people this is the moment when they drop out; discouraged by the stress of figuring out which one is right one grabs back to the well-known central heating boiler. Fortunately, there is a way to put an end to the choice stress. We have some tips here for you if you want to go and buy a heat pump in Scotland.

Choose your source

There are different types of heat pumps available. The type of heat source determines the way the heat pump id build and how it works. Broadly speaking, the natural heat sources we talk about here are: air, water and ground. That sounds very simple but it defines already a very large part of the kind of device you want to purchase. We have listed them here:

  • Air source heat pump. This is the cheapest type of heat pumps on the market. It works as a sort of reverse air conditioning. The air is sucked in, goes through a heat exchanger, and is warmed up. Depending on the type of airsource heatpump it blows warmth into your house and warms only one space, or it heats up a low temperature water based underfloor heating system.
  • Water source heat pumps. This is a device you can use when there is a natural water source near your house is. The water from a small stream, ditch or river outside is pumped to your heat pump. More common is a system of closed loop pipes running through the water absorbing the warmth.
  • Ground source heat pump. This device distracts the heat from the ground via a loop or drilled down in the ground whereby the heat of 5 to 7 meters deep is taken up with antifreeze. The temperature of the antifreeze in the boiler heats the water which is pumped in the house via the underfloor heating system. This system has the highest efficiency, but also bares the highest investment. 


Ask professional advice

When you want to know which system is best for you can ask for an energy consultation. You ask this to a special consultancy that is appointed by the Government, or a local renewable energy supplier like Incognito Heat Co, based in Falkirk Scotland. If you’ve got professional advice, you will avoid an expensive mis purchase that doesn’t bring the energy savings.

Buy the right amount of power

The most common error of buyers of heat pumps is that it is too good. What we mean here is that when a heat pump is purchased that pumps too much heat with high power, the result can be quite annoying. The heat pump produces heat for the house and for the tap water but the temperature is too high. The result is that you are constantly in a house where it’s too hot. It is therfore a wiser to first calculate the power you need for a heat pump before you purchase one.

Remodeling you home after purchasing the heat pump

When buying a heat pump it is good to realise that it is not just the heat pump itself, but also your radiators need to be replaced for low ttemperature versions (thincker and or bigger). You can also opt for an underfloor heating system with tubes  under your floor. The advice is: start the renovation of your house before the heat pump comes. 

Pay too much

This is something no one likes to do: ddon’t pay too much for a heat pump, but also buy tthe premium brands from a reliable heatpump installer. It is useful to be able to request quotes before you buy a heat pump.