Hybrid Heat pumps from Cooper and Hunter
In order to achieve the objectives of the Paris climate agreement with a view to reducing CO2 emissions, we will have to deal with our energy more intelligently and put more effort into new technological developments. One of those technological developments: hybrid heat pumps.
1. What is a hybrid heat pump?
A hybrid heat pump is a further developed version of the high-efficiency boiler: a combination of a gas boiler and a heat pump. This combines the best of both worlds. The hybrid heat pump is seen as the heating system of the new generation. For the greater part of the year, the heat pump heats your house with the help of heat from the outside air. The gas boiler automatically takes over on cold days. Hot water is always heated with the boiler, so hot water always comes out of the tap.
2. How does a hybrid heat pump work?
A hybrid heat pump actually works as an inverted refrigerator. A refrigerator takes the cold out of the air and a hybrid heat pump takes the heat out of the air. He draws energy from the outside air and uses it to heat the radiators or the underfloor heating of your house. And with that you produce sustainable energy. You do need energy to get the heat out of the air, but hybrid heat pumps work very efficiently. For every kilowatt of energy you put in, you get 3 Kilowatts back. With a hybrid heat pump you heat your house for 80% of the time with the heat pump and for 20% of the time with the gas boiler. That way you can use half less gas. The heat pump does need some electricity.
3. Which houses are suitable for a hybrid heat pump?
In principle, every house is suitable for a hybrid heat pump. This means that sustainable energy is within reach for everyone. With a hybrid heat pump you have a substantial reduction in CO2 emissions without having to isolate your whole house. You save around 50% on gas and the heat pump simply works with your existing radiators at home. In addition, a hybrid heat pump works well with other energy-saving measures such as solar panels. And he also delivers an improvement of one or two energy label steps for your house.
4. What is green acceleration?
With a hybrid heat pump you therefore need only a small amount of natural gas. If you also 'green' that natural gas, the sustainable effect is even greater and we speak of 'green acceleration': the combination of a hybrid heat pump with green gas instead of natural gas, making the energy supply CO2 neutral.
5. What is the link with the gas sector?
Hybrid heat pumps fit seamlessly into the policy of Gas op Maat. Within the gas sector, intensive work is being done to jointly work towards a climate-neutral energy future in 2050, which is affordable and reliable. By using Gas Tailor in addition to renewable energy sources in the built environment, the sustainability of the energy supply in existing homes can be accelerated. Where more time is needed to develop sustainable alternatives, the flexible use of gas continues to offer a solution. This is what we call 'Gas op Maat'.
6. Are there disadvantages to hybrid heat pumps?
Yes there are. With a hybrid heat pump you consume half the gas, but you use a little more electricity, so the net savings is up to 30%. The combination of hybrid heat pump and solar panels then generates much more savings. The purchase of a hybrid heat pump is also relatively expensive (V.A. 4100, - euro). However, you earn this back in the years of the lifetime. The 2000 euro you receive in subsidy you will receive only after purchasing the heat pump. The outdoor unit that extracts the heat from the outside air is also not very attractive. Finally, there are few installers who can install a hybrid heat pump. Our specialists from Cooper and Hunter are specially trained for this.