With the effects of global warming becoming ever more prevalent in today’s society, it’s no wonder that more and more people are beginning to think about their boilers and how they can reduce emissions. As fuel prices are rising across the board and energy bills are climbing significantly, people are also starting to consider how to minimise their bills moving forward.
While some are making the decision to switch to heat pumps and even solar panels for their heating and hot water, many more are looking for alternative, less drastic ways to sustainably heat their homes.
One solution that may be able to help with these issues without requiring a whole home overhaul is hybrid heating systems.
What is a hybrid heating system and why choose one over heat pump-only options?
Hybrid heating systems work alongside traditional gas and oil boilers, combining a heat pump with the current setup. This can be achieved via ground source heat pumps, but more often than not, air source heat pumps are installed. You may be wondering why you wouldn’t want to simply move from one to the other, but there are many factors that support combi boilers as better-rounded solutions.
As it stands, heat pumps function by extracting heat from the air or ground – and this can be done throughout the year. But there is an issue regarding their effectivity, especially when considering the typical UK climate. Pumps generally struggle to perform in colder temperatures, so although they might boast lower carbon emissions overall, having the ability to switch between a pump and traditional methods of heating can help to maintain a more consistent level of service, especially when you need it most. As users can manually switch from one option to the other, as well as smart technology that can assess the weather and utilize the best option, it’s simple to manage energy usage and tariffs for a more economical solution.
The good news is that combi boilers house everything in one and can be a straightforward option for those who are looking to replace their current boiler (due to age, damage, or wear and tear), but boilers that are not on their last legs can be upgraded to include heat pumps, too. While this won’t always be the cheapest endeavor, there are incentives in place that can help to reduce the initial costs and heat pumps only use a minimal amount of energy, meaning that in the warmer months, they’ll be far cheaper to run than traditional boilers alone.
The effectiveness of heat pumps (in both hybrid cases and with combi boilers) can be increased, too. For example, a well-insulated home or one with multiple heat sources (such as underfloor heating) will help your system to function better.
A hybrid heating system will be an investment
If you are hoping to replace your boiler, you can find more info here. Installing a hybrid heating system is likely to be more expensive than a straight replacement, but the benefits long term far outweigh the initial investment.