Heat pumps are widely regarded as a key technology for the decarbonisation of heating across all countries.
In the Isle of Man, heat pumps is the most common type of alternative energy technology in island homes (2.1%). (Source: IOM Census 2021)
This finding is in line with the Climate Change Insights Survey 2021, which estimated that between 3% and 5% of people have air source heat pumps at home. In addition, this survey shows that 29% may consider installing air source heat pumps within next five years, for environmental (40%), or cost saving (18%) reasons.
How heat pumps work
Before installing a heat pump, it is useful to understand how they work. Powered by electricity, heat pumps utilise a highly efficient process to harness thermal energy from their surroundings, and provide heat into a building.
These videos will further explain how heat pumps work, their benefits as well as some key considerations before installing heat pumps:
Types of heat pumps
There are typically two types of heat pumps:
Current initiatives that can help you
According to IOM Census 2021, heat pumps are themost common alternative energy technology in island homes today
A scheme to support up to 1,200 home-owners to retrofit their homes:
- making them more energy efficient
- increase their overall energy ratings
- installing low carbon heating systems.
This is predicted to save around 3,000t CO2/year. For more information, please visit the Department for Enterprise website.