Installing a heat pump: we’ll tell you all about it!

A heat pump is both a current and future solution. It is an environmentally conscious and economical choice. Sustainable living is an important theme, and many new-build houses are already equipped with solar panels and a heat pump. Many people with an existing home also make the switch to sustainable energy sources.

Are you considering a heat pump? Elektra Unie is happy to tell you everything about heat pump installations!

Why install a heat pump?

A heat pump is more economical than electric or gas heating, and its consumption is much lower and cleaner. This is beneficial to the environment and also to your bank account.

The advantage of a heat pump depends, among other things, on your home’s insulation. When you have a well-insulated and relatively new home, a heat pump is a logical investment to make your home (even) more sustainable.

Of course, heat pumps are also an option for older houses. It is a bit more complicated, though, as it requires, among others, sound insulation.

Opt for a hybrid heat pump, then few adjustments are needed in the house. You can then continue to use your current radiators and central heating boiler while immediately saving on your consumption.

How is a heat pump installed?

The heat pump has a lot of different parts, all of which must be properly connected. For example, a pump, a tap water vessel, a buffer tank, and a heat exchanger that is needed for top cooling.

Additionally, the system must be adapted to the home and other systems that are already there. Solar panels or ventilation systems can affect the system.

It is also essential that the source can provide sufficient heat, which the heat pump can process for optimal heating. Keep in mind that the house must be well-insulated.

A heat pump has an outdoor unit, which, for example, can be placed in the garden or against the façade. The noise level is important too, and you must consider the outdoor unit’s vibration. The installation of a heat pump must, therefore, always be done by an accredited installer.

Installing a heat pump in a new home

An important benefit of installing a heat pump in a new-build home is that it can be tailored to the home right off the bat. This allows insulation, ventilation, and other installations, such as solar panels, to be considered. The home’s future energy needs can also be considered so that no surpluses or shortages arise.

The installation of a heat pump in a new-build home can be done by an accredited installer. They will first calculate the required capacity of the heat pump in relation to the insulation and ventilation of the house. The installer will then connect the heat pump to the heating system and adjust it to the correct temperature and capacity.

A heat pump consists of an indoor unit and an outdoor unit. The indoor unit is responsible for heating the home, while the outdoor unit generates heat from the air or soil. The outdoor unit must therefore be installed in a suitable place, for example, in the garden or against the façade. This must take into account the noise level and vibration level of the unit.

Installing a heat pump in an existing home

With an existing home, there are other things to take into account. For example, there must be a transit for the pipes in the outer wall and room for the outdoor unit.

There must also be space for the heat pump inside, preferably as close as possible to the central heating boiler in the case of a hybrid heat pump.

However, insulation is the most important when installing a heat pump in an existing home to benefit as much as possible from it and get the best return from it.

Types of heat pumps

Basically, two types of water pumps can be distinguished: electric and hybrid heat pumps.

A hybrid heat pump is connected to the central heating boiler and is often chosen for homes now heated with a central heating boiler. The hybrid heat pump provides the heating all year round until it can no longer supply the heat. Then the system switches to the central heating boiler, which helps, as it were.

An electric heat pump does not have this backup and must be able to heat the house independently. For this, it is vital that the heating system can handle this and can heat a heat pump to approximately 55-60 degrees. Old radiators need a higher temperature of water and are therefore unsuitable.

For underfloor heating, a heat pump is the ideal combination, slow and low-temperature heating fits well with what a heat pump can deliver after installation.

What is the cost of installing a heat pump?

The costs for the heat pump depend on the system and the heat pump’s power. Provided that the house is well insulated, you can always recoup the heat pump investment.

The heat pump is very energy efficient. Even a hybrid heat pump connected to the central heating boiler can save 70% on gas consumption.

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What does it cost to install a heat pump?

The costs for a heat pump vary, depending on the type of heat pump you choose. On average, the costs for a hybrid pump, including installation, are around €4,000 to €6,000.

An electric heat pump costs between €9,000 and €25,000, including the installation.

Who can install a heat pump?

In principle, a heat pump can be installed in any house, but with older homes, it depends on the insulation and whether this outweighs the installation costs. The efficiency can be less with poor insulation.

Who can install my heat pump?

Always have your heat pump installed by a certified installer; a so-called F-gas certificate is required. Also, the situation and heat pump must be well coordinated.

How is a heat pump installed?

The installer lays pipes in the ground and then places the outdoor unit. The heat is extracted from the ground by the pipes. Finally, the indoor unit is installed, and the heat pump is ready for use.