Our Simple Guide to Your Heat Pump Questions

April 26, 2024


Blue Whale Plumbing and Heating

Welcome to our simple guide all about heat pump installation. Here at Blue Whale Plumbing and Heating, we know that choosing to put a heat pump in your home is a big decision, and you might have a lot of questions. Whether you’re just starting to think about making your home more eco-friendly or you’re almost ready to choose but need a bit more information, we’re here to help.

What we want to do with this guide is make it super easy for you to understand how heat pumps are installed and how they work.

We’ll give you clear answers to some of the most common questions people have about heat pumps, like how they’re different from older heating systems, if they work well in the cold UK weather, and if you can use them with the heating things you already have at home.

Here are some things you might be asking about heat pumps:

  • How are heat pumps different from old heating systems?
    Heat pumps are cool because they don’t make heat by burning stuff; they move heat from outside your home to inside. This method is smarter and cleaner, helping to keep our planet healthy.
  • Do heat pumps work well when it’s really cold outside?
    Yes! Heat pumps can still keep your house warm even when it’s super cold outside, down to temperatures as chilly as -15°C. They’re pretty smart at grabbing heat from the cold air or the ground and bringing it inside to warm you up.
  • Can heat pumps work with the radiators or underfloor heating I already have?
    Absolutely! Heat pumps can work with the heating systems you already have in your home, like radiators or underfloor heating. But, we need to make sure they’re set up just right so they can run efficiently and keep you cozy.
  • How big does a heat pump need to be for my house?
    The size of the heat pump you need depends on how big your house is, how well it keeps heat inside, and how warm you like it. We usually need to do a special check to figure out the best size for your home.
  • Can heat pumps also give me hot water for baths and washing dishes?
    Yes, heat pumps can heat your home and give you hot water too. Sometimes, you might need a new hot water tank to make sure it works really well.
  • If I install a heat pump, will it make my house more valuable?
    Putting in a heat pump might make your house worth more because a lot of people want homes that don’t use much energy and are good for the planet.
  • What about the noise? Are heat pumps noisy?
    Heat pumps make some noise, but it’s not very loud. The ones outside might make a bit of noise, and the ones inside need to be put in a good spot so they don’t shake and make noise.
  • Should I choose an air source or a ground source heat pump?
    Choosing between an air source heat pump (ASHP) and a ground source heat pump (GSHP) depends on different things like cost, how much space you have, and what your home needs. ASHPs are cheaper and easier to put in, but GSHPs might work better in very cold weather and need more space.

After Installation

  • What maintenance do heat pumps need?
    Like any system, heat pumps need to be checked and cleaned regularly to work their best. We suggest having a professional check it once a year.
  • Can I use my old thermostat with a new heat pump?
    Maybe, but sometimes it’s better to get a new thermostat that works better with your new heat pump. This can help save more energy and control your home’s temperature better.
  • Will I save money on energy bills with a heat pump?
    How much money you save with a heat pump depends on different things, like how your old system was and how you use the new one. Heat pumps can be cheaper to run than old systems if everything is set up right.
  • What if my heat pump isn’t working right?
    If something seems off, check simple things like the settings or if anything is blocking the heat pump. If it’s still not right, it’s time to call a professional.
  • Do I need to tell my insurance about the heat pump?
    It’s a good idea to tell your insurance that you installed a heat pump to see if it changes your insurance policy.

We know every house and every family is different, so if you have more questions or something special you want to know, just ask us!

We are always ready to give you personalised advice to make sure you pick the best heating option for your home.

To get in touch you can email us info@bluewhaleplumbing.co.uk or call 07564 008029