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‘Boilers and heat pump firms mustn't have a war'

A fight between heat pumps and boilers for the domestic heating market would be the worst possible result for the sector, the president of the Heat Pump Association has claimed. Tony Bowen told H&V News that while the heat pump market was growing rapidly, a headlong rush by contractors to install the technology could be the “worst possible scenario”. “Lots of things have been written about heat pumps versus boilers, but we don’t want this,” he said. “We don’t want to push the market beyond the competence of the installer. “The worst possible scenario is if domestic heating installers decide to put in heat pumps when the boiler goes. 'It probably won’t run in an optimal manner – heat pumps need to be seen as a different method of energy generation.” Mr Bowen said the heat pump industry was concerned that the technology could be given a bad name if it was installed [in the wrong way] by the wrong people. He also felt it would be another 10 years before heat pumps began to challenge condensing boilers: “The capital cost on a gas boiler is very good.”