Like many householders in the UK, you may be looking into a heat pump as a new method to heat your home, but do you have enough space for one?
If your home is poorly insulated and leaks heat, then you will find your heat pump will need a large unit with a greater output – this is not ideal as it wastes energy. Heat pumps are more efficient in well-insulated, airtight buildings.
In terms of translating this into the space needed in the home, this also depends on the type of heat pump you’re hoping to install.
The key factor for ground source heat pumps is that they are laid in the ground, They are only suitable for homes with substantial outside space in which to host them with the option to drill about one meter underground. You can read more about ground source heat pumps here.
Water source heat pumps require a body of water such as a river, lake, large pond or borehole. They won’t be a consideration for most homeowners. You can find out more about water source heat pumps here.
Air source heat pumps require less space, with an external unit which is most commonly around the size of a washing machine.
Air source heat pumps are usually wall-mounted, so you will need enough space on one of your outside walls to install this. The main condition is that they have a decent amount of space around them, as the air needs to be able to circulate.
During the installation of an air source heat pump your boiler would be replaced by a smaller unit that contains the pumps and water to be heated by the air captured by the unit on the exterior.
If you live in an above-ground floor flat or apartment, you will need to consider where a unit can be placed, such as on a roof, or wall-mounted on the outside. You will also need to consider whether a heat pump can work with the existing heating system in the building.
For all heat pump types, you need to also consider space inside your home, especially if you are using a heat pump to provide your hot water.
If you are using a heat pump for your hot water as well as your heating, you may also need a new hot water cylinder inside your home which is designed for heat pumps, so you’ll need to consider the space for this too.
You can find case studies featuring heat pump installation in varied housing types on the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire website, including an 1880s terrace with solid brick walls, a 1930s-40s semi-detached property, and a pre-1900 ironstone cottage.
Thinking about installing a heat pump?
Heat pumps can work at an efficiency level of up to three times higher than a gas boiler, being more efficient and using clean energy sources means they can be a more environmentally friendly option for heating your home.
For those thinking of switching to a heat pump, improving the fabric of your home – including insulation and improved window glazing – first is important to ensure you’re getting the most out of that new technology. These improvements also go a long way to improving the comfort and overall health of our homes.
Always make sure you’re working with a trusted MCS certified heat pump installer (like those we work with at Cosy Homes Oxfordshire) as they’ll be able to accurately determine the size of heat pump you need.
If you choose to use the Cosy Homes Oxfordshire service, we can help you with this as we have access to a pool of trusted installers and contractors.
Title 1: “Heat Pump FAQs: Is There Enough Space in My Home for a Heat Pump?”
Title 2: “Space Considerations for Heat Pump Installation: What You Need to Know”
Are you considering installing a heat pump in your home? One important factor to consider is whether you have enough space for it. Let’s explore some frequently asked questions about space requirements for heat pumps.
Heat pumps used for home heating typically range from 4 kW to 15 kW in output, depending on the size of your home and its insulation capabilities. If your home is poorly insulated and loses heat easily, you may require a larger heat pump, which can be inefficient and wasteful. Heat pumps perform best in well-insulated and airtight buildings.
The space needed for a heat pump installation depends on the type of heat pump you choose.
Ground source heat pumps: These require substantial outside space for laying pipes in the ground, typically about one meter underground. They may not be suitable for homes with limited outdoor areas. You can find more information about ground source heat pumps on our website.
Water source heat pumps: These require access to a body of water such as a river, lake, large pond, or borehole. They are not feasible for most homeowners. Learn more about water source heat pumps on our website.
Air source heat pumps: These require less space and have an external unit about the size of a washing machine. They are usually wall-mounted, so you need enough space on one of your outside walls. Adequate space around the unit is essential for proper air circulation. During installation, your existing boiler may be replaced by a smaller unit that contains the pumps and water for heating. If you live in an above-ground floor flat or apartment, you need to consider suitable placement options, such as on a roof or wall-mounted on the outside. Compatibility with the existing heating system in the building should also be considered.
For all types of heat pumps, you should also consider space inside your home, particularly if you plan to use the heat pump for hot water as well as heating. This may require a new hot water cylinder designed for heat pumps, so allocate space for this as well.
To get a better understanding of how heat pumps can be installed in different housing types, you can find case studies on our website featuring installations in various properties, such as an 1880s terrace, a 1930s-40s semi-detached property, and a pre-1900 ironstone cottage.
If you’re thinking about installing a heat pump, it’s important to note that they can operate with up to three times higher efficiency compared to gas boilers. Their use of clean energy sources makes them an environmentally friendly heating option. However, before installing a heat pump, it’s advisable to improve your home’s insulation and window glazing to maximize the benefits of this new technology. These improvements also contribute to the overall comfort and health of your home.
Always work with a trusted MCS certified heat pump installer, like the ones we collaborate with at Cosy Homes Oxfordshire, as they can accurately determine the size of heat pump suitable for your home. If you choose to use our service, we can assist you in connecting with trusted installers and contractors.
Make an informed decision and explore the benefits of heat pumps for your home while ensuring you have the necessary space and expertise for a successful installation.