What is it really like to live with a heat pump?

David Hilton's Mitsubishi Ecodan heat pump
(Image credit: David Hilton)

Heat pumps have been heralded as the future of home heating, but while there are a lot of people telling us how great heat pumps are, not as many people are telling homeowners what it’s actually like to live with one.

Air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps come with a variety of pros and cons, much as gas boilers do, and choosing to opt for a heat pump is a bold decision. It can require quite significant research and preparation, but specified in the right way, they have potential to make your home cheaper and more carbon-friendly to run in the long term.

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.