What is hybrid heating?
Hybrid heating is a combination of your existing boiler with a highly efficient air source heat pump and smart heating controls combining to create a highly efficient heating system that uses less energy, costs less to run and is better for the environment.
Once installed, the air source heat pump will convert the heat from the outside air into warm air or hot water to be used inside your home. Depending on current energy prices, the outside temperature and your home's heat capacity, our intelligent controls will decide when to use your heat pump or your boiler so as to ensure your home is heated in the most cost-efficient way.
How does an air source heat pump work?
Unlike your boiler which uses fossil fuel combustion to generate heat, an air source heat pump uses a small amount of electricity to convert the heat found naturally in the outside air (even at minus temperatures), into a fluid. This fluid passes through a compressor where its temperature is increased, these higher temperatures are then transferred to the heating and hot water circuits of your home.
What does an air source heat pump sound like?
Because heat pumps come in all shapes and sizes, the sound and volume of noise they make varies between models and manufacturers. Fortunately, due to government regulations, a heat pump shouldn’t make more than a low whirring sound providing it is working properly.
If the noise pollution is 42 decibels or more from the nearest neighbouring property, the installation would need planning permission.
To put this in perspective, please see the table below:
|Example||Noise level (Db)|
|Conversation at home||50|
How long does a heat pump work for?
Typically a heat pump can last between 7-10 years but there are many cases where they have worked for much longer.
Click here to learn more about our hybrid heating solution, including how to get a home survey to assess if hybrid heating is right for you.