What is a monobloc heat pump and what are their pros and cons?

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Exactly what is a monobloc heat pump? With so many types of heat pumps available (and more being developed all the time), it can be hard to understand which models offer what and make a decision on the products that are best suited to your project. 

When you are researching heat pumps you will very quickly learn that there are a number of different types and versions. Initially you'll probably come across ground source and air source heat pumps and, as you dig deeper, you'll realise that there are different types of air source heat pumps as well. 

David Hilton

David is a renewables and ventilation installer, with over 35 years experience, and is a long-standing contributor to Homebuilding and Renovating magazine. He is a member of the Gas Safe Register, has a Masters degree in Sustainable Architecture, and is an authority in sustainable building and energy efficiency, with extensive knowledge in building fabrics, heat recovery ventilation, renewables, and also conventional heating systems. He is also a speaker at the Homebuilding & Renovating Show. 

Passionate about healthy, efficient homes, he is director of Heat and Energy Ltd. He works with architects, builders, self builders and renovators, and designs and project manages the installation of ventilation and heating systems to achieve the most energy efficient and cost effective outcome for every home.