Could we challenge the heat pump design and installation fraternity to provide positive input for the successful installation of heat pumps?
It could be easily done on the basis of a local energy meter into the heat pump, Class 2 Heat-meter for the hot water kWs generated and average room temperatures.
This is a serious drive to create greater confidence in the application and use of heat pumps, which have been around in the UK for decades.
We urgently need to counter all the negative press across the country with solid evidence. When heat pumps are properly applied, correctly installed and operated, the carbon problems will decrease in proportion to alternative fossil fuel heating.
It is the domestic market that requires the reality check, as this is where it is all going wrong.
So many companies have a foot in each camp for commercial reasons, but keep scoring own goals with poorly applied product (not poor product) - what percentage of the thousands of units installed are working economically in UK housing?
It must be in the interests of all suppliers/manufacturers to provide quantitative evidence that these systems save on running costs, carbon, etc. But don’t pick on one or two sites only for the real facts to be hidden.
Also, the local authorities specifying such products need to understand in greater depth how heat pumps should be applied effectively.
If in the end it becomes obvious that the application of these products is woefully inadequate, solutions will have to be found to eliminate this problem.
When this is achieved, the problems will eventually go away.
Bruce Boucher, Bruce Boucher Consultancy