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10 Jan 20221 minute read

New heat pump design removes need for extra insulation

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New heat pump design removes need for extra insulation

A new, high-temperature heat pump design could remove the need to add extra insulation for households switching to lower-carbon heating, according to Swedish company Vattenfall and Dutch company Feenstra.

The two firms joined forces to design a heat pump which does away with some of the drawbacks of contemporary models. Currently, UK households looking to switch to a ground- or air-source heat pump must also ensure they have enough insulation and radiators for their homes to be adequately heated. In older properties in rural and suburban areas, such measures may not be feasible.

Mark Anderson, commercial and development director at Vattenfall Heat UK, said in the Guardian, “The high-temperature heat pump solution is innovative, simple to install and could be the solution to help decarbonise homes in the UK that are heated using traditional gas boiler.”

Dustin Benton, policy director at the Green Alliance thinktank, added, “The typical argument is to insulate your house but there are some properties where it’s difficult, because it’s old and expensive to do, or where people don’t want to for aesthetic reasons.

“If you want to do the best thing for the planet, you should insulate your home and get a low-temperature heat pump but if you can’t do that, or don’t want to do that and want to go green, then you can go for high-temperature heat pumps.”

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