Heat pumps are more efficient than boilers in cold weather.
Research from Oxford University and the Regulatory Assistance Project thinktank, states that when temperatures drop below zero, and even as low as -30C, heat pumps outperform oil and gas heating systems.
This new research, published in Joule, used data from seven field studies, pulling 2,760 measurements together, in North America, Asia and Europe. When temperatures reached below zero, the results showed that heat pumps were between two and three times more efficient than oil and gas heating systems.
Findings showed that heat pumps were suitable for almost all homes in Europe, including the UK, and calls for the government to increase the uptake of heat pumps.
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The UK is currently lagging behind other countries that have adopted heat pumps more successfully. Compared with the UK, France is installing 10 times as many heat pumps. Many people in the UK are unfamiliar with heat pumps and doubt their efficiency.
Over the years, negative reports have tried to discredit heat pumps, stating they don’t work well in low temperatures despite their use in much colder climates than the UK, including in Scandinavia.
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Dr Jan Rosenow, director of European programmes at the Regulatory Assistance Project and co-author of the report, said: “There has been a campaign spreading false information about heat pumps (including casting doubt on whether they work in cold weather). People in the UK don’t know much about heat pumps, so it’s very easy to scare them by giving them wrong information.”
The UK government is consulting on proposals to improve incentives that allow households to take up heat pumps. At about £7,000 or more, they can cost two or three times as much upfront as gas boilers. Boiler companies are also set to be penalised if they fail to sell enough heat pumps, under a “market-based mechanism”. This will require them to sell a certain quota of heat pumps or pay a penalty.
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