Bosch tells homeowners heat pumps don’t work in old homes

A Bosch heat pump beside a grey stone wall
Heat pumps may not be suitable for older homes (Image credit: Worcester Bosch)

Ground and air source heat pumps are being promoted as an alternative to traditional central heating — but a top heat pump manufacturer is now advising those with older homes not to install them.

Heat pumps move heat from one place to another using a compressor and a circulating structure of liquid or gas refrigerant to extract heat from outside sources and pump it indoors. They are considered energy efficient and therefore environmentally friendly due to being able to recycle heat as well as generate it. Heat pumps can also lower fuel bills and reduce home carbon emissions if installed well. 

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