In the UK, heating buildings accounts for 23% of all greenhouse gas emissions, with home heating alone comparable to the carbon emissions of all petrol and diesel cars on UK roads.
Something needs to change.
Take a big step towards a carbon-neutral home with Econic.
Switching to a hybrid heat pump system reduces your household CO2 emissions by 23 tonnes over 15 years, while saving you £9,500 on your energy bill. This heating technology has already been embraced across Europe as the most effective way to decarbonise our homes. Now it's the UK's turn.
Heat pumps per 100,000 people
How It Works
A heat pump works by taking energy that is in the air outside, and “pumping” that heat into your home. It works in exactly the same way as your fridge, except heat is transferred the other way round. Since we are "moving" energy, not burning fuel, it is far more energy efficient than your boiler.
Hybrid Heat Pump Systems
A hybrid heat pump system is composed of two elements: your existing boiler and a heat pump. It works in the same way as a hybrid car, using electricity most of the year to reduce your consumption of fossil fuels. Just as the gas engine in a hybrid car is used when you are driving at higher speeds, your boiler kicks in only when it is very cold outside, to give you extra power.
Hybrid Heat Pump System
With a hybrid system, the heat pump is used to heat your home approximately 90% of the time, which significantly cuts your reliance on fossil fuels. Only on really cold days, when it is less efficient to run the heat pump, does your gas boiler kick in to ensure your house is nice and warm.
Having a hybrid heating system is extra reliable since both the gas boiler and heat pump can heat your home, meaning there is always a backup option. This makes the transition to a net-zero home as risk-free and efficient as possible; you never have to worry about having a cold home.
Most of our installations are completed in just 2 days. If you currently use a boiler to heat your home there will be no upgrades necessary to your property when you switch to a hybrid heat pump system. All we do is change the heat source from expensive gas to free energy in the air outside for the majority of the year without any disruption to your home.
Smart algorithms determine when it is more efficient to use the boiler rather than the heat pump, ensuring your heating system always runs as efficiently as possible without you having to worry about manually controling it.
Are heat pumps a new kind of technology?Heat pumps have been in existence for over a century, with the first one invented in the 1850s. However, they only gained popularity for residential use in the mid-20th century. Currently, heat pumps are widely used for heating in colder European climates, with increasing adoption in the UK and other countries to address environmental concerns and increase energy efficiency.
Are heat pumps environmentally friendly?Heat pumps use electricity to transfer heat from the outside to the inside of a house, resulting in no emissions from heating in your home. Electricity is becoming greener in the UK; the UK has seen a 70% reduction in the carbon intensity of electricity in the past decade due to investment in renewable energy. So already today, heat pumps save 70% in carbon emissions, and are expected to become even greener as the grid continues to transition to renewable sources.
Will a heat pump work in my house?Heat pumps have been found to be effective in 90% of UK homes. Unlike gas boilers, heat pumps provide continuous heating, resulting in a consistently warm and comfortable home. Customers appreciate the lack of temperature fluctuations that are common with boiler heating systems.
What space requirements does a heat pump have?To comply with regulations, the outdoor unit of a hybrid heat pump system should be positioned at least 1m away from the neighbour's property boundary. A buffer tank, approximately the size of a microwave, is usually necessary for the indoor installation. The space needed for the buffer tank will be evaluated during the advisory call.
Can I install the heat pump as part of a boiler replacement?Installing a hybrid heat pump during a boiler replacement allows for a versatile and eco-friendly heating system. Our gas-safe approved installers can seamlessly integrate the heat pump into a hybrid setup. This upgrade offers improved comfort, reduced energy bills, and a more sustainable approach to heating.
Will the hybrid heat pump system work with my boiler?The hybrid heat pump system can be used with a wide range of existing boilers, making it versatile. Our goal during advisory calls is to suggest a heat pump that seamlessly integrates with your current heating system.
Do I need to keep my boiler, or can I just use the heat pump by itself?If you want to fully replace your boiler with a heat pump, we will be more than happy to do that. This may increase the scope of work and cost, but the benefits of a complete switch to a heat pump can be significant. Alternatively, if you want to keep your boiler as a backup initially, the heat pump can already be designed to handle the entire heat load. We are committed to delivering a tailored and efficient heating solution that best suits your needs and exceeds their expectations.
What happens when either the boiler or heat pump doesn't work?First of all, the beauty is that you now have two heat sources, so either system can serve as a back up when the other system stops working. If, for any reason, your heat pump encounters an issue or requires maintenance, our customer service team is just a call away. We will promptly address the situation and work diligently to get your heat pump up and running as quickly as possible.
What about my hot water?If you are using a combi boiler, the boiler will continue to take care of your domestic hot water. This avoids us having to fit a hot water tank, and allows you to save space. If you already have a hot water tank, we will assess whether the heat pump will support providing hot water during the home assessment.
I am thinking about installing solar panels too. What should I do first?We are strong advocates of investing in renewable energy, and solar panels are undoubtedly a smart choice for you. Among the various renewable options, a hybrid heat pump system stands out for its remarkable contribution to curbing the main source of household emissions, keeping your house warm in winter. By opting for a hybrid heat pump, you can effectively reduce your CO2 emissions by an impressive 8 times compared to installing solar panels. Our hybrid heat pump systems are designed to be in compliance with local regulation, resulting in no additional permissions that need to be acquired in order to get started. This avoids the certification and approval work that are typically required for installing solar panels, getting you started as fast as possible. The appeal of a hybrid heat pump doesn't stop there. Apart from its significant environmental impact, it offers several practical advantages as well. Firstly, it boasts a lower upfront cost compared to solar, making it a budget-friendly option. Secondly, the payback periods for the hybrid heat pump are comparable to solar, ensuring you can enjoy both economic benefits and carbon savings. If you value attractive economics and wish to make a substantial difference in your carbon footprint, taking the leap into a hybrid heat pump system is an excellent first step on your green journey.
Will a heat pump save me money?Heat pumps are much more efficient than gas boilers because they transfer heat rather than generate it. By comparing electricity and gas prices, it is possible to save money by using a heat pump for heating. As reliance on foreign gas increases and the supply of cheap domestic renewable electricity grows, gas prices are likely to increase more than electricity prices in the future, leading to even greater savings with a heat pump. Additionally, the ability to use a boiler as a backup puts you on the safe side for all future electricity and gas price scenarios.
How do I pay for my installation?To secure your installation date, a deposit is required after accepting the quote. Once the installation is finished, you will receive an invoice for the remaining balance. Payment can be made through bank transfer within 7 days. Econic has the right to conduct a credit check and the selling agreement is dependent on credit approval. Otherwise, upfront payment or providing security may be requested.
What is a hybrid heat pump system?A hybrid heat pump system operates similarly to a hybrid car, using a heat pump for most of the heating needs in milder weather and switching to a backup boiler during colder temperatures. This approach maximises energy efficiency while ensuring a warm home in all weather conditions. The system combines the best features of both technologies, offering cost savings, increased comfort, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. It adapts to varying weather conditions and heating demands for optimal performance.
What is a heat pump and how does it work?A heat pump works like a magical device that can extract warmth from one place and transfer it to another. Imagine it as a clever "heat transporter." Just like how your fridge takes heat from inside to keep your food cold, a heat pump takes heat from the outside air (even in cold weather) and moves it indoors to make your home warm and cozy. It's like having a superpower to move heat around! So, it's an efficient and versatile way to control the temperature in your home, like a magical temperature magician!