What do new building regulations mean for installers?
The first challenge is that many installers are not yet trained to install heat pumps. So, now is the time to put that right.
In England, the Boiler Upgrade Scheme allows homeowners to claim significant grants through their installer to reduce the cost of heat pump installation. But it can only be claimed if installers are trained and certified by the MCS.
Another issue is the need for advice as installers begin to embrace new technologies.
Every project is likely to be different, regardless of whether it’s a new build or a retrofit. Different houses will require different solutions if a heat pump is going to provide the heat that homeowners require.
What’s the best advice for installers?
It’s time to embrace change.
There are installers who have engaged but there are also many who have tried to put it to the back of their minds.
The big message is that if you don’t engage now, it will impact your business in the future and allow competitors to steal a march - and perhaps even take your customer base
Installers should seek advice, get trained and change the way they think about their business to embrace new technologies.
At a recent seminar, we asked an audience of installers how many were installing heat pumps
- and a fair few hands were raised.
But when we asked if their customers were asking about heat pumps, almost all the hands went up. That’s a big change and it is only going to escalate.
Homeowners are interested. They want to make their homes as energy efficient as possible and are engaged in the debate about reaching Net Zero.
What are the key things to think about when installing heat pumps?
When installing heat pumps, Insulation is key
- even before choosing the best products for your heat pump installation
Homes need to be ready for a heat pump and that means being well insulated.
The first step is to fill cavities, the second to install good upgraded double glazing and the third to ensure there is a minimum of 300mm insulation in the roof.