Heat Pumps: Best Practice Guide
SEAI have an old but still relevant document on heat pumps and best practice. It contains a lot of information on heat pumps in general including how to choose a heat pump that suits you and advantages and disadvantages of different heat pumps.
This is worth looking at if you are considering upgrading your heating system to a heat pump this year and planning on taking advantage of the newly announced heat pump grants from SEAI.
Things to consider about heat pumps include the initial capital investment, this will generally be greater than for a conventional boiler system. Also the concept of a heat pump might be relatively new to you so the aim of this guide is to provide you with a fundamental knowledge of heat pumps so that you can make more informed decisions in choosing the correct system. Once it is installed there is also information on how to operate the system efficiently. The guide has been organised into the following sections:
- Technology Overview
- Feasibility and Design
- Procurement and Purchase
The SEAI document neatly sums up why heat pumps are a good solution for households in Ireland. “Houses with lower heat requirements allow a much wider choice in terms of a heating system. For this reason, heat pumps are proving an attractive alternative to fossil fuel boilers offering lower operating costs and reduced carbon emissions.”
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