Heat pumps: a low carbon off gas heating solution
No. One of the most common concerns about heat pumps that run entirely on electricity is what happens if the electricity goes out? We looked at all of the backup options, but in six years I never had a problem with the heat pump despite many power outages. Power outages are usually brief, so there was no need to install an emergency generator. It is very low maintenance, with only an annual service. You really can’t go wrong with that! It was a very efficient and effective way of heating our home.
With underfloor heating, you have to be prepared for a different way of heating your house. You’re using a much lower temperature under the ground, but you have constant heat and it’s more humid. You don’t have big heat swings when you’re either freezing cold or piping hot! It takes a while to get used to the system and figure out what to adjust. When it comes to insulation, we often don’t need heating; With a bit of sunshine, our home is warm!
The heat pump is very efficient in heating our water; It’s only set for an hour or so at the end of the day, and there’s always plenty of hot water. When we use the system for heating in the winter months, it turns on 24 hours a day, but I have a thermostat in every room that lowers the temperature overnight. It can take several days for the heater to heat up again when you turn it off – about one degree a day – but as long as you understand the system and understand your way of life, it will work fine!