Go hybrid go!

With heat pumps in mind… if your insulation isn’t tip top, you might want to think of a hybrid system. Basically, it’s a boiler and a heat pump which work together; the heat pump heats the home for some of the year and the boiler, which is already installed in the home, provides heat and hot water during the weeks when it’s really cold (or when hotter water or a quick boost to the heating is needed). The boiler also serves as a backup if the grid is overloaded. Of course, a hybrid heating system can’t cut emissions completely, but they will reduce them and ease the transition to a fully renewable option, such as a hydrogen boiler, when that becomes available. And, as they can heat water to the same temperature as existing systems, there’s no need to change/resize the radiators, making the installation less disruptive and less expensive.