Full electric heat pump
A heat pump extracts heat from the air, soil, or groundwater. With an electric pump, this heat is upgraded to a higher temperature with which you can heat the house. With a fully electric heat pump, you no longer need a gas-fired high-efficiency boiler - and if you also cook electrically, you no longer need a gas connection. A fully electric heat pump works with low-temperature heating (LTV), namely floor and wall heating or low-temperature radiators. This allows you to spread the heat through the house over a larger surface area, and your house can still get warm. One condition is that your house is well insulated.
A heat pump that extracts heat from the air is called an air-to-water heat pump (or air-to-air heat pump if you heat the rooms with warm air). A heat pump that extracts the heat from the ground is called a ground source heat pump.
What is a heat pump?
A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts heat from a source to use for heating water. The hot water is used to heat a home and to heat tap water. Outdoor air, soil, ventilation air, or (ground) water can be used as a heat source, for example. Even when it is freezing outside, a heat pump can extract energy from the source. Technically, a heat pump is comparable to a refrigerator or air conditioning system.
A heat pump is an alternative to heating with natural gas. A heat pump can replace all or part of the natural gas in your home (apart from cooking). A heat pump lasts about 15 years.
Is my home suitable?
Your house is reasonably to (very) well insulated. In other words: you have a good roof and floor insulation and an insulated cavity wall. The windows contain HR++ glass or triple glass (at least in the rooms that you heat: living room, kitchen, bathroom).
In houses built after 1992, you can switch to a fully electric heat pump without many adjustments. Check whether your house already has HR++ glass, because this was not standard until 2000. Houses built before 1992 are suitable if they have been properly insulated.
Underfloor heating is very suitable in combination with a heat pump. But you can also heat the house with normal radiators or convectors, as long as they are large enough. You may need to replace or add a few. Sometimes a radiator fan helps enough (a simple device that you click under the heating and that spreads the heat faster).
There is room in the house for the heat pump with a storage tank (think of a large refrigerator: 60 x 60 cm, 180 cm high).
There is space outside for the outdoor unit (which resembles the outdoor unit of an air conditioner).
With a heat pump with an outdoor unit, the fan of the outdoor unit makes noise when the heat pump is on. Prevent noise nuisance for yourself and the neighbors and place the outdoor unit in a smart place. There are sound-absorbing cabinets that you can place around the outdoor unit.
+ Big step towards natural gas-free living
+ Subsidy options
- Greater investments
- Outdoor unit makes noise
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