To reach net zero targets, we’re going to need to dramatically reduce our reliance on fossil fuels to heat our homes and hot water. Heat pumps use less fossil fuel than most other systems, so are a more sustainable, low carbon source of heating.
They work by absorbing heat from a source and transferring it to a fluid, which is compressed to increase the temperature further. The heat is typically transferred from the fluid into water which is used to provide heating for a property, either through radiators or underfloor heating.
These green credentials were a factor in regional account manager Fiona’s decision to install an air source heat pump. “We didn’t want to stay using oil for environmental reasons, the cost and because we needed to re-order oil each time it ran out,” she explains.