If you have an older home, you may have inherited a gas boiler to heat your space. There are many benefits to these systems, but if the system is in its last years, it may not be working as efficiently as it used to. Heat pumps are becoming a popular new method of heating a home. The best part is that you can install heat pumps as a supplement to your boiler.
Checking the Condition of an Older Boiler
Your boiler may not be completely useless yet; consult a boiler repair expert on how to get the most out of your boiler in its last years. It might need more frequent maintenance to keep the combustion chamber clean, replace air filters regularly, and ensure that fluid levels are high. At the same time, you may want an inspector to give you readings on how much energy and fuel your boiler is using to do its job; at some point, you'll realize when it's time to switch to a more efficient heating source.
Adding Heat Pumps
There are a few different types of heating pumps that you can use for home heating. One common option is air-source heating pumps or an aurora pump. These heating sources use ambient heat to climate control your space. For example, they might pump cool air out and hot air in. Another, even more energy efficient option is geothermal pumps. These pumps draw their heat from the ground. A technician will bore a hole into the ground to draw on heating reserves underground. While these can save you energy in the long run, it costs a bit more upfront to excavate and install its infrastructure. It's best for when you've decided to make the full switch to heating pumps.
Transitioning to Only Heat Pumps
You may want to keep your boiler on board for as long as possible, and that's understandable if you've made a considerable investment in it. Heat pumps can be used at first as a supplement to your boiler, which means that you only need limited infrastructure to start out with. As your boiler starts to lose too much efficiency, it's possible to build out your heat pumps system so that it can completely heat your home without the help of a boiler. Keep in touch with your heating contractor so that you know when to make the full jump to heat pump heating sources.