A new set of industry standards has been launched, designed to give customers more protection and raise the quality of installations.
Major players in the renewables industry were at Whitehall to see energy secretary Chris Huhne make the announcement. And Mr Huhne revealed that the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has worked very closely with the heat pump industry to set in place the new standards.
Referring to the Energy Saving Trust’s innovative heat pump field trial – and the uncertainty surrounding the technology’s performance – Chris Huhne highlighted a series of common fatal errors incurred by heat pump installers. Most notably the under-sizing of the systems, which results in decreased efficiency.
Green energy specialists, Stiebel Eltron welcomed the news. John Felgate, the firm’s technical director said the new set of industry standards was good news for both manufacturers and installers – and not least consumers looking to invest in the benefits of heat pump technology.
“Installers need a set of guidelines to ensure that heat pumps achieve the carbon savings they are supposed to, as well as ensuring that consumers feel secure and protected,” said Mr Felgate.
Adding that there has been too many horror stories concerning cowboy installations and badly performing systems, he added: “We have to now present a unified front and get the message out there that we are a well regulated, quality industry with excellent practices.”
While the new installer standards are now in place, they won’t become mandatory until December. It is imperative that the new standards are adhered to, because installers who don’t follow the guidelines risk losing their accreditation under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme.
Under the new set of guidelines, except in the most extreme of conditions, the installed heat pump should be able to heat a house almost entirely without needing any back up, electric or otherwise.