Heat pumps a no brainer says property developer
Posted by Cathy Debenham on 7 May 2013 at 9:41 am
A property developer in North Wales has been so impressed with the amount of energy that air source heat pumps have saved his properties over the past few years that he installed one in his own home in Colwyn Bay.
"I first started using ground and air source heat pumps in my developments five years ago in order to meet the requirements of the Government's Code For Sustainable Homes," says John Harvey, managing director at Harvey Homes. "Prior to that, they hadn’t been something I had any experience of.
"However, the more I learned about them, the more benefits I discovered, so it was a no-brainer when it came to my own home.
John has installed a Stiebel Eltron WPL23E in his newly built four-bedroom property. It will provide all the heating and domestic hot water as well as reducing CO2 emissions and energy costs.
"So far, I have been extremely happy," says John. "The unit makes virtually no noise which I was pleasantly surprised by and it is extremely discreet so it is easily disguised if I don’t want to see it outside my house.
"Not only that, but once it has been set up, it needs no adjustments. There is an external thermostat that will raise the temperature in the house as the external temperature drops.
"Knowing that it will also make a considerable difference to the amount I have previously been paying in gas bills is also a plus."
The robust casing of the WPL23E and the special hood for external installation enables the unit to perform equally well in the garden or the yard.
Furthermore, even at temperatures as low as -20°C, the WPL23E can still yield sufficient thermal energy from the outside air as an electric booster heater makes sure that there is enough heating if required.
Gywn Roberts from Ecosystems Wales installed the heat pump. "Having more or less tried and tested every different type and make of air source heat pump on the market, I can safely say that this is one of the best, if not the best, out there," he says.
"The two main advantages of the unit which I always tell my customers about are that it is the quietest and most efficient air source heat pump on the market. It also has a lengthy warranty which offers customers additional peace of mind.
"It is extremely quick and easy to install, and as it is so robust and reliable, even at very low temperatures, it very rarely needs maintenance or repairs. This greatly reduces the number of callouts I have to make once the unit has been installed.”
The WPL23E air source heat pump can be installed externally or internally and works as well in older properties as it does in new-builds.By Cathy Debenham
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