Heat pump costs soar because Britain’s radiators are ‘too small’

Posted: May 15, 2022 by oldbrew in government, net zero
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Domestic Air Source Heat Pump [image credit: UK Alternative Energy]

The ill-conceived ‘net zero’ emissions plan born of the UK government’s carbon dioxide obsessions takes another hit. Five-figure radiator installation bills will put people off bigtime.
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Homeowners trying to install eco-friendly heat pumps have been left with surprise £30,000 bills after it emerged millions of radiators are too small to work with the new technology, says The Telegraph.

The Government wants 600,000 heat pumps installed every year by 2028, in line with its “net zero” aims, but the majority of homes may need thousands of pounds worth of upgrades to accommodate them.

Heat pumps need larger radiators to achieve the same heat output as gas boilers, which heat water to much higher temperatures.

Some 99pc of British homes do not have radiators large enough to heat a room on the coldest winter’s day, using a low-temperature heat pump, the most common model, according to a Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy study.

“High temperature” heat pumps can help fix this but 90pc of homes would still need better radiators.

Full article here.

  1. Bazz says:

    Sounds like you need air conditioners. My Ducted system cost Au$6500 to three zones, lounge/living, 2nd bedroom, and 3rd bedroom.
    Does not get as cold here so might need higher powered unit.

  2. Saighdear says:

    Physics, dear boy, PHYSICS ( is fun) – a great range of books when Grandpa was a bairn at school. and as for globull warming…. shouldn’t we @Baxx says be using Air Conditioners to keep cool. so wadda ya want ? Heating or cooling. Green blobbies did pyhsics in school , did they not ?

  3. […] Heat pump costs soar because Britain’s radiators are ‘too small’ […]

  4. Stuart Brown says:

    From the article:
    “A spokesman for BEIS said: “Gas boilers are expensive to run, whereas electric heat pumps are more efficient. Anyone who chooses to install a heat pump can claim a grant worth up to £5,000 and ​will also benefit from 0pc VAT. ”

    Devious toad. Every detail true to hide the big lie.

  5. Chaswarnertoo says:

    Greentards don’t even understand physics, or engineering. Utter insanity.

  6. Jim says:

    Heat pumps are a temporary solution. Just for the summertime. Most lose effectiveness below freezing temperatures. And rely on a electric heater for recovery. For the safety of the families, a standard air-conditioner furnace is better. The furnace for heat, the ac for cool. But even those are being sized too small. Therefore needing to install more insulation, a remodeling job. But you open doors, or move the blinds, get the next size larger. Or stay blind in a cave,

  7. Gamecock says:

    . . . and they assume you will be able to get electricity.

  8. Stephen Richards says:

    This issue has been known since the first heat pumps were installed , and before, many years ago.

  9. Phoenix44 says:

    As Mr Richards says, this is not a surprise. It’s been noted here many times. Heat pumps are not economic. Virtually everyone who installs one will lose money.

    As for our lying politicians, how can electricity be cheaper than gas when renewables aren’t working and we are using gas?

  10. oldbrew says:

    How will the Dutch and Germans go about it?

    Netherlands to ban fossil heating from 2026, make heat pumps mandatory

    The Dutch government intends to ban new fossil fuel-centric heating system installations as of 2026, while introducing the mandatory use of heat pumps or connections to heat networks.

    Few countries are as reliant on gas to heat homes as the Netherlands.

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    Mandatory heat pumps

    The newish German government already surprised observers in December when it announced its ambition to ban all new fossil fuel heating systems as early as January 2025.

    With Russia’s war in Ukraine and the ongoing fossil fuel price crisis, the government then decided to bring the date forward and make heat pumps – the most energy-efficient technology – the mandatory market standard as early as January 2024.


  11. oldbrew says:

    Octopus looks at Moroccan solar to power 7m UK heat pumps

    The firm has partnered with Xlinks, the company building the ‘world’s largest’ subsea power cable to deliver green energy from Morocco to the UK

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    When will there be 7 million heat pumps in the UK, or even 1 million?

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