I bought a Heat Pump

I live in a village without mains gas and inherited an external oil boiler when we bought our bungalow in 2018.  This is a timber-framed property built in 1980 and the central heating pipes that fed the radiators had been buried just below the surface of the concrete floors without any protection against corrosion.  Replacing the tiles on our kitchen floor revealed that these pipes looked like they were indeed suffering some corrosion so we decided to move all the central heating pipes to the loft.  At about the same time we found a small crack in our oil tank.  Our oil boiler had been installed in 2012 and I had planned to keep it running for a few more years but the need to move the heating pipes and replace the oil tank caused me to change my mind and look at heat pumps.  I looked at both Ground Source and Air Source heat pumps but the cost of drilling the necessary bore holes put me off Ground Source.  I live in the far north of England and I struggled a bit to find heat pump installers.  I got two quotes from different companies with large teams of fitters but eventually settled on a small company based about an hour away who could give me a quote for the entire job.  They came and made a heat loss survey which concluded that I needed a 12 KW heat pump, to replace all but three of my existing standard radiators and to add two additional radiators.  Even then I elected to tolerate being short of heat in two rooms.  The heat pump was installed at the beginning of December 2020 so it has been in use for about 2 months now.  I intend to post on how it is doing and I am happy to try to answer questions.        
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  • shinytopshinytop Forumite
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    Very interested in your experience as we are also without mains gas.   I suppose the obvious first question is how much was the installation and for what?
  • tacpot12tacpot12 Forumite
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    It will be very interesting to hear about your experience. I too would like to know what system you bought. It might also be useful for someone to know what cylinder you bought. 

    Was there a reason why you didn't go for ASHP with an integrated cylinder?
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  • Pile_o_stonePile_o_stone Forumite
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    This will be an interesting thread to keep a watch on as I'm sure lots of people will be moving to ASHP/GSHP over the next few years and would like to see real-world running cost comparisons. My first question though is why don't you have  have heating in two rooms?
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    The cylinder came from a company called "Telford Copper and Stainless Cylinders Limited".  I think they supplied my installers with the heat pump together with the cylinder as a package.  It's huge as it has a 300 litre hot water capacity and also a buffer tank integrated into the base.  I presume this is what you mean by "integrated cylinder" @tacpot12?   My version came pre-plumbed.     
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    My first question though is why don't you have  have heating in two rooms?
    All rooms are heated; you must have misunderstood something I wrote.  The large lounge/dining area now has 4 radiators (it used to be 3) and we added a radiator to supplement the existing heated towel rail in the main bathroom.  All other rooms are heated by a single radiator.  The interior hallway is unheated.  
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    During the last 5 days of cold weather the average power consumption by my heat pump has been 2.5 kW.  That doesn't seem too bad to heat the entire house but I was paying an average of £920 per year for oil and in the last two months I have spent over £400 on electricity for the heat pump so I am not very confident I will be able to match my previous fuel costs.  
    Are you comparing like with like in terms of temperature in the house?  Obviously it has been a particularly hard test of heat pumps as at least where we are the average temps have bene below the monthly norms and heat pumps don't like the cold.
    I think....
  • Pile_o_stonePile_o_stone Forumite
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    My first question though is why don't you have  have heating in two rooms?
    All rooms are heated; you must have misunderstood something I wrote.  The large lounge/dining area now has 4 radiators (it used to be 3) and we added a radiator to supplement the existing heated towel rail in the main bathroom.  All other rooms are heated by a single radiator.  The interior hallway is unheated.  
    Yes, sorry I thought your comment "Even then I elected to tolerate being short of heat in two rooms." meant that you didn't have heat in those rooms, rather than having some heat in there.
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