A switch to reliable, renewable heat pump technology could give you the ‘Goldilocks Effect’ during the cold winter months
The fact that Ireland enjoys a mild, temperate climate is of little comfort to a lot of people at this time of year. Temperatures are falling fast and anyone who lives in a draughty home, or who relies on an expensive, inefficient heating system, is probably feeling the cold – and definitely feeling the pinch.
As winter closes in, we all want our homes to be cosy and comfortable. We want to reduce the cost of our heating, ideally by moving away from high-priced, high-carbon fuels like oil and gas. And we need to cut the cord with fossil fuels and move to renewable energy. Switching to a heat pump can give you all of this.
Here are the top five reasons why you should consider installing a Daikin heat pump this winter.
1. Heat pumps are incredibly energy-efficient
A heat pump is an electrical device that extracts energy from the outdoor air and transfers it inside the home to provide heating and hot water all year round. Because heat pumps use far less energy than traditional heating systems (such as oil or gas boilers), they are super-efficient and economical to run.
2. A move to a heat pump is a move to renewable energy
Meanwhile, heat pumps run mainly on renewable energy, so they are a highly sustainable way to heat both houses and apartments. For every 1kW of electricity it uses, a Daikin heat pump generates 3kW of energy from the outside air – that’s 3kW of free, renewable energy.
3. Not too hot, not too cold – the ‘Goldilocks Effect’!
With traditional heating systems, people often find themselves turning the heat on and off, chasing the perfect temperature, feeling cold and then suddenly too hot. With a heat pump, this doesn’t happen – you set the thermostat and the system regulates itself to maintain a steady, reliable level of comfort. This is known as the ‘Goldilocks Effect’ – neither too warm nor too cold, but just right!
The same applies to the immersion, a source of many long-running battles in Irish households down the generations. We’ve all felt the pain of rushing into the shower only to discover there’s no hot water left but with a heat pump, the system works away in the background, using that sweet renewable energy, to give you continuous hot water whenever you need it.
“I will try to describe the benefits of living in a home with a heat pump as your main heating source. Gone are the days of the ‘on, off’, controls of a conventional boiler, it’s always warm and cozy, it’s the Goldilocks Effect, not too hot, not too cold but just right. We have to open the front door each morning before we know if it’s cold or not outside. It actually takes a bit of getting used to, the comfort, I mean, constant heat and constant hot water, it’s not what we grew up with. Would we recommend installing a heat pump? For us, after living with the system for over two years now, we would say that it’s a no-brainer, sometimes you can buy happiness”
4. Heat pumps work even when it’s freezing outside
Daikin heat pumps are built in Europe so they are suitable for Irish homes and Irish weather conditions, including our cold, wet, windy winters. Heat pumps continue to work at temperatures as low as -25°C and are extremely popular in much colder countries than Ireland including Sweden, Germany, Finland and Denmark.