Climate action is rising, and nowadays, more individuals have an interest in cleaner, cheaper, and significantly more efficient ways to power their homes, which is why heat pumps can help.
Heat pumps are devices that look similar to air-conditioning units but instead, they heat and cool spaces as needed by moving heat from outside to the inside of your home. The upside to heat pumps is that the heating process generates less emissions than a fossil fuel-burning boiler produces and no nitrogen oxides, which can worsen the overall air quality.
The process does require electricity, which could make using heat pumps more expensive to run than boilers, but it also depends on local gas prices and taxes. Additionally, heat pumps are three to four times more efficient at heating than gas boilers and have a life span of 20 years, while your average boiler is at about 15, if not less.
While heat pumps have existed for years, it's only recently that consumers have started to look for less carbon-intensive ways to heat their homes, and the demand has picked up.
In the U.K., a three-year government scheme offers vouchers to cover over 50% of the installation costs, making heat pumps price-competitive with gas boilers. The bottom line is that heat pumps are a fantastic way for homeowners to help fight climate change.
Several environmentalists believe heat pumps are revolutionary, and governments should push for them immediately.