Hybrid Heat Pumps Scotland

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Hybrid heat pumps are a fantastic heating solution combining the A++ energy efficiency of air source heat pumps, with the speed and effectiveness of a gas boiler.

When you install a hybrid system, you will be guaranteeing a reliable heat source all year long, even during the coldest of Scottish winters.

Not only this, but you will be doing your bit to help save the planet and your pocket by always using the cheapest fuel source in the unpredictable energy market.

What are Hybrid Heat Pumps?

A hybrid heat pump system involves combining an air source heat pump with another source of heat energy such as an existing gas boiler.

Heat pumps are one of the most cost-effective forms of environmentally friendly renewable heating currently available in the UK and thousands of property owners are making the switch from a traditional system fuelled by oil or gas every year.

Air source heat pumps themselves work as a sort of reverse refrigerator, by harnessing the heat energy found in the outside air and converting it into hot water for use in your home.

The warm air is filtered into the pump before being directed over a series of pipes containing liquid refrigerant which then turns into a gas, passes through a compressor, and is used to heat the water that is pumped through your radiators or stored in a hot water cylinder for future use.

Why Choose a Hybrid System?

An air source heat pump is an extremely effective renewable heating system that is almost always more than capable of providing enough heating and hot water for your home without any assistance.

Unfortunately, in rare circumstances air source heat pumps alone may not be able to produce enough heat energy to meet the requirements of certain properties. In addition to this, financially, a standalone air source heat pump is more expensive to install and run, in comparison with the hybrid system for clients on grid gas.

A hybrid heating system is the perfect option if you live in a hard to heat property or currently use mains gas to heat your home but you still wish to reduce your energy bills and do your bit to save the environment.

What are the Benefits of Hybrid Heat Pumps?

Air source heat pumps are a fantastic addition to your home heat system offering excellent energy efficiency rates, helping you save money on energy bills, and reducing your carbon footprint.

Combining heat pump systems with an existing gas combi boiler has a number of additional benefits including:

Future Proof your Home

The energy market has never been more unpredictable, and by installing the hybrid air source heating system, your home will be able to switch between gas and electric depending on what is cheaper at the time, so you are never left relying on one single fuel source.

A hybrid heat pump offers protection from the increasing energy prices and safeguards your home by always ensuring maximum efficiency. The system is also hydrogen compatible which means when the Government eventually ban all gas systems, a hydrogen boiler can be integrated if necessary.

Easy Installation

A hybrid heat pump installation is an extremely fast and hassle-free process.

One of the biggest benefits of opting for a hybrid heat pump over a completely new home heating system is that the pump can be connected to existing radiators and water pipes.

The pump itself requires minimal installation space and will be placed in as unobtrusive a position as possible whilst remaining effective.

Whilst it is perfectly possible to install a heat pump alongside an older boiler, some customers choose to have a new boiler put in at the same time to ensure they have the most efficient system possible.

Ultimate Energy Efficiency

Hybrid heat pumps come equipped with smart technology that allows you to achieve the most energy efficient heating possible.

The programming will determine which heating unit will provide the best efficiency at any one time and use that to power your home heating.

All heating systems have their pros and cons and by combining multiple units you will be able to enjoy the best of both worlds.

During the summer, when hot water use is at its lowest, your air source heat pump will be more than capable of working without the assistance of a boiler.

Heat pump efficiency far exceeds traditional energy systems with a standard air source heat pump operating at around 300-400% efficiency, compared to gas boilers that max out at around 94%.

During the winter, however, as the outdoor temperature falls, it may be cheaper to heat your home using a traditional system, and your heat pump may not be able to keep up with usage anyway, so having this option available is hugely beneficial.

Reduced Energy Bills

Alongside the environmental benefits, most people looking at renewable energy options are attracted by the idea of lower energy bills.

Gas and oil prices in the UK have soared in recent years and with restrictions being placed on fossil fuel use they aren’t going to fall any time soon.

As mentioned, you will also use far less gas or oil if you have a heat pump in your home, reducing the amount you must pay for their usage.

Heat pumps aren’t 100% self-sufficient, and do require some electricity to run, however, they produce 3-4 times more energy than they use.

In comparison, given that traditional electric heating systems are only able to produce a maximum of 1 unit of heat for every unit of electricity they use, heat pumps can help significantly reduce your energy bills.

The smart technology built into the hybrid system means that your home will be heated from whichever source is cheapest at the time, giving you future protection for any energy spikes that come.

Reduce Carbon Emissions

With the climate crisis at the forefront of everyone’s minds, many people are looking for ways to reduce their carbon emissions.

By supplementing your fossil fuel use with a clean renewable energy source such as an air source heat pump, you will be contributing to saving not only your money, but also the planet.

Home Energy Scotland Cashback Scheme (HES)

The UK Government has made a commitment to significantly reduce carbon emissions and reach net zero by 2050.

To meet this goal, there will have to be a massive change in home heating systems across the UK as around 20% of the entire county’s carbon emissions come from heating domestic and commercial properties.

For this reason, the Government has introduced the Home Energy Scotland cashback scheme offering up to £8000 tax free cashback to encourage homeowners to make the switch to renewable energy.

How to know you are eligible for HES Cashback?

To qualify for the Hybrid cashback scheme, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Live in Scotland
  • Must be a homeowner
  • Use a Microgeneration certification scheme (MCS) approved installer.

In Scotland, as well as the up to £8000 in cashback, you can also secure an interest free loan to install energy efficient home improvements such as hybrid heat pump systems through the Home Energy Scotland Loan scheme.

If you are unsure if you qualify for the tax-free grant or have any questions about available funding for a hybrid heat pump system, contact Greener Energy Group, and our installation experts will be delighted to help.

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