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The owner of this new-build project in Knowle wanted to create a futuristic and sustainable home for his family.

Case Studies

Canal View

The owner of this new-build project in Knowle wanted to create a futuristic and sustainable home for his family.

Case Studies

Canal View

“We couldn’t be any happier with the final outcome of our brand new home!” – John.

Project outline:

Situated on the outskirts of Knowle by the Grand Union Canal, this project started off as an old barn with the land being purchased by John who had plans to create his dream home looking over the beautiful landscape of Knowle Locks and surrounding areas. The original barn on this land dates back to mid 1900s and was a perfect location for John and his family.

The satellite image below shows how the land looked before we commenced work earlier this year. 

Air Source Heat Pump case study

Working with the building contractors, plumbing and heating specialists: Heatflo Mechanical and our specialised heat pump team, plans and designs formalised overtime and the old structure was demolished, leaving the space for a stunning sustainable new-build home utilising state-of-the-art technology.

The Challenge:

Mr Whitehead wanted to create a sustainable home for his family which was future proofed from rising energy prices and being the environmentally conscious mind that he is, he wanted to minimise his families’ carbon footprint and negate their reliance on fossil fuels moving forward.

The idea of having a heat pump installed in his house was very interesting for Mr Whitehead as he understood the efficiencies that these systems could reach and the possibility of them being connected to other means of heating appliances such as underfloor heating, which Heatflo Mechanical were planning on installing.

When he came across Heat From Air, our team supported his ideas of using a heat pump for heating during the winter and also for being used to heat up the hot water supply of the home, with ease and with extra storage. We created designs with this in mind and after various meetings, decided that Vaillant UK was the best manufacture to go ahead with.

Not only did we recommend heating for winter but our award-winning HVAC team at Mid-Tech Services intricately designed a Ducted Fan Coil system to be installed within the centre of the home to provide air conditioning in the summer months. This was to be accessed through the loft hatch and connected to condensers suitably located outside the property on ground level for ease of access. 

Use the arrows to navigate through the project from start to finish!

Installing the heat pump..

How long did it take?

Because of the complexities with the overall project, installing the heat pump and all of it’s components had to be moved around deadlines and other tasks to be completed beforehand like the underfloor heating and some structural work. With all of this in mind, our team still managed to install the system within three working days. Our installers came back to the house a few times after this to complete the set up of the heat pump.

What did it involve?

The 12kw outdoor Vaillant unit was installed on the ground level next to the home besides the Panasonic air conditioning condensers. This location backs onto the 250 Litre water cylinder and 45 Litre buffer tank and all of the components inside the home

on the flat roof of the garage; this was done after conducting an assessment of the roof to ensure that it is strong enough. They housed the indoor unit in a newly made cupboard inside the property. Having completed a full inspection of the property, the installers suggested a partial retrofit of the existing pipework and radiators to accommodate the new system’s requirements.

Was John happy with the result?

The couple are very pleased with the work of the installers and mentioned that they were very professional during the installation. Even though the installation took longer than he anticipated, Robert found that the new heat pump took no time getting used to as it is very easy to adjust.

“Everyone could use it. It’s obvious what you need to do.”

Common concerns about heat pumps..

Warmth and comfort:

John was worried that the heat pump would be unable to heat up their home sufficiently and meet their hot water needs. However, this has not been the case. He is very happy with the results as he has noticed consistent temperatures throughout the house and sufficient hot water to cover their needs.

“The heat pump and underfloor heating performs very well.”

Energy costs:

John believes that the heat pump is an excellent choice for providing sufficient warmth in the home, but is a significant financial decision when it comes to running costs. He calculated that using the heat pump resulted in higher bills for achieving the same indoor temperature compared to an equivalent gas boiler over the billing period. This is because heat pumps run on electricity, which is more expensive per unit than gas in the current day, although this will change overtime as gas prices continue to soar.

So, even though they are more efficient, heat pumps can cost more to run depending on the householder’s circumstances. However, John is happy to pay a little extra for the heat pump.

“There is a price that you have to pay for the new technology and the environmental impact is a huge benefit.”

Disruption:

The installation of the heat pump was a fairly small task in terms of the huge renovation that John was going through. Our engineers managed to install the pipework and systems within a couple of days. Although, the system did have some minor issues at the start which required a Vaillant technical engineer to come and fix.

Aesthetics and “the look” of the heat pump:

The couple decided to hide the indoor unit of the heat pump in a custom-made plant room inside the house. The outdoor unit was also installed into an area which was fenced off for aesthetics. John is very happy with the overall look of these units!

Noise:

Once the heat pump had been installed, the couple discovered that both the outdoor and the indoor unit were noisy while operating. The noise from the outdoor unit was not an issue though, as it was positioned on the roof of their garage where they could not hear it.

Robert installed acoustic thermal insulation in the property to overcome the noisy operation of the indoor unit and noticed a significant drop to the noise levels.

“Now it’s much better.”

This case study is part of a series produced as part of a UK Government funded project through its Energy Innovation Programme, the Electrification of Heat Demonstration project. The project is trialling different types of heat pumps in up to 750 homes across the UK.

Looking for funding to install a heat pump?

The Boiler Upgrade Scheme is a UK Government initiative to encourage more people in England and Wales to install low carbon heating systems, such as heat pumps and biomass boilers.

The Government have recently extended this scheme until 2028 and increased the grant offering to £7,500 meaning you could get your brand new heat pump for FREE of charge!

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