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Using Heat Pumps

Using a heat pump for heating and domestic hot water is an energy-efficient way to manage your home's climate and water temperature. Heat pumps are generally more efficient than traditional heating systems because they move heat rather than generate it. Their efficiency is measured by the Coefficient of Performance (COP).

 

But to optimise their efficiency you may want to adapt your behaviours slightly

Using Heat Pumps for Heating

Temperature Settings

Consistent Temperatures

Heat pumps work most efficiently when maintaining a steady temperature rather than frequently adjusting the thermostat.

 

Programmable Thermostats

Use these to schedule heating times, ensuring the home is warm when needed and conserving energy when it is not.

Insulation and Sealing

Proper Insulation

Ensure your home is well-insulated to reduce the load on the heat pump.

 

Seal Gaps

Check for and seal any drafts or gaps around windows and doors.

Using Heat Pumps for Domestic Hot Water

Temperature Settings

Set the hot water temperature to around 49°C (120°F ) for a balance between efficiency and comfort.

Hot Water Usage

Be mindful of hot water usage. For example, stagger hot water-heavy activities like showers, laundry, and dishwashing to ensure the heat pump can keep up without overworking.

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