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The pros and cons of heat pumps: What you need to know

The UK has shown commitment to tackling the climate crisis by setting a significant—and necessary—target to meet net zero emissions by 2050. While this legislation makes the UK the first major economy to set such a progressive target, it is vital that the action taken to get there is just as bold and ambitious.

31 August 2022 | 2 min read
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In their latest report, The International Energy Agency stresses that no new gas boilers should be sold after 2025 if Net Zero targets are to be achieved by 2050. As an alternative, heat pumps are expected to be a better, low carbon option to heating homes, so should you be considering them when installing new heating systems? 

Here, Associate Director, Phil O'Loughlin discusses the pros and cons of heat pumps and answers the most commonly asked question—are they worth it? 

What is a heat pump?

Heat pumps are systems that move heat from one place to another by using a compressor and circulating a structure of liquid or gas refrigerant. The primary identifier of heat pumps is that they don't “create” new heat. Instead, they transfer existing heat. 

Heat pumps: pros and cons

It's important to be informed about the upsides and downsides that come with selecting heat pumps prior to your advancement of the decision. Whilst there are a multitude of heat pumps benefits which make them a great investment, there are still some drawbacks that must be weighed up. Below we'll discuss the pros and cons that come with installing both air source and ground source heat pumps. 

Man servicing heat pump unit on the side of wall

So, are they worth it?

The benefits of heat pumps undoubtedly indicate that they are a smart investment for a long-term heating solution. Despite the large upfront cost, they are proven to reduce energy bills, be a lot more energy efficient, and reduce carbon emissions.

With a growing emphasis on energy efficiency in homes and commercial properties, its essential we plan for renewable heating. Here at RPS, our expertise will take the pressure off, ensuring that your project is on time, budget and compliant with strict regulations.

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