A Hybrid Heating System is an Air Source Heat Pump working with a traditional boiler to provide electricity and electricity in your home.
An Air Source Heat Pump is a mechanically pump which extracts heat form the air and utilises it so you can use it around you property.A hybrid system allows heat pumps to efficiently deliver the majority of energy requirements and for a traditional boiler to provide the peak output when outdoor conditions fall below a point where heating in this way is more cost effective.
Here is a table to explain when the best time to use a Hybrid Hear Pump System is.
The installation of Ecodan Hybrid Heating System installed into a 3 bedroom detached house in Bedfordshire has demonstrated how effectively the heat pump will work in conjunction with a traditional heating system to maximise efficiency and reduce both installation costs and emissions.
The 5kW Ecodan and pre-plumbed 180-litre cylinder was installed in April 22013, and is working as a hybrid heating system with a gas boiler and a wood burning stove to provide all the heating and hot water the family needs.
"It is important for us that we have hot water whenever we want it and also keeps our son’s bedroom to a pre-set level of 20 degrees," explains Alice Knight the home owner.
The system can be set up to maintain a constant heat using the Ecodan’s wireless thermostat, the water is also set to automatically replenish whenever the cylinder temperature drops below a desired temperature. You can control the heating system to fit with your lifestyle.
The Knight family are also expecting to benefit from £500 a year in payments from the Renewable Energy Incentive.
"We have been delighted with the heating and especially the constant temperature it provides. The system has also quickly adapted to suit our lifestyle and controls both heat pump and the gas boiler; we really don’t need to worry about anything."
Case Study two
A former WW2 veteran has shown the way to a sustainable future with the installation of a hybrid Ecodan air source heat pump to work alongside his existing gas boiler.
"Heat pumps seems to offer a real solution to the problems associated with fossil fuel heating, which is no longer a suitable way of keeping our homes warm." Explains Mr Durward the home owner.
With the installation of an 8.5kW Ecodan monobloc air source heat pump and packaged hydrobox, Mr Durward now has a renewable heating system which also qualifies for the renewable heating incentive. The Ecodan is designed especially to work in conjunction with conventional boilers.
"The Durward’s had an upgrade to a new high efficiently condensing boiler fitted alongside the hybrid Ecodan system. However, this had had such little use since the introduction of the heat pump that Mr Durward received a call from his utility company; which believed there might be a mistake due to such a low energy reading."