Hybrid heat pump systems combine a traditional high efficiency boiler with an air source heat pump. Subsequently, the homeowner has two heat sources. An intelligent control box will automatically select the best priced heat source to meet the home owner’s heating requirements, taking into account the current temperature and the individual’s energy tariffs.
How you could benefit
Fuel bill savings
A hybrid heat pump set-up can save you a significant amount on your energy bills, as the air source heat pump - which will provide 80% of your heating - has much lower running costs than a boiler and is extremely efficient.
Renewable Heat Incentive payments
As your hybrid heat pump system combines an air source heat pump - which generate heat from a renewable source - you will be paid by the UK Government for all of heat your heat pump generates, with the Renewable Heat Incentive. This is typically 80% of the total amount of heat you use annually. This means you won't just save money - you will earn money, tax-free and index-linked, guaranteed for 7 years.
A hybrid heat pump’s control system will intelligently decide select the most cost-efficient heating source at any moment, so you can be certain your home is always heated by the most cost-efficient method.
Suitable for large properties
The maximum output of a single stand-alone heat pump isn’t large enough for some properties, but hybrid heat pumps allow you to still heat your home with a renewable heat source and sufficiently heat your property, even in the coldest weather.
Suitable for solid wall properties.
As solid wall properties are typically poorly insulated, they are usually unable to benefit from heat pumps, because of their high heat loss. However, with a hybrid system your solid wall property will always be provided with coverage because of the back-up boiler - even when the heat pump is unable to adequately heat your property.
Less disruption to install
Hybrid heat pumps do not require you to install a new boiler or radiators.
How they work
With a hybrid system, your house will always be heated by the most cost effective heating source. This will secure you against sudden energy price fluctuations, as well as saving you money on your fuel bills.
Boilers and heat pumps offer different advantages. Condensing high efficiency boilers offer the benefit of a fixed efficiency; meaning, it will cost the same to heat your home regardless of weather conditions. A heat pump offers far superior efficiency than a boiler. However, an air source heat pump’s efficiency reduces as it becomes cold outside.
With a hybrid heat pump system, a heat pump is ‘bolted on’ to a standard heating system. Consequently, the homeowner benefits from the superior efficiency of a heat pump and, when the weather gets really cold, the fixed efficiency and speed of heating of the boiler.
With a hybrid system, your house will always be heated by the most cost effective heating source. This will secure you against sudden energy price fluctuations, as well as saving you money on your fuel bills and reducing your carbon footprint.
If you are interested in hybrid heat pumps or require more information, please contact us - you can speak to one of our Energy Team, who are trained to offer you the most up-to-date and accurate information.