Ideal Heating launches Hull heat pumps trial

Ideal Heating has launched a heat pumps trial with Hull City Council.

The Living with Heat Pumps project will explore the benefits of living in a home with an air source heat pump compared to a traditional gas boiler.

Ideal Heating has worked with Hull City Council and regional net zero campaign, Oh Yes! Net Zero, to install four of its fLogic Air heat pumps in council homes in the city, as well as four new gas-powered combi boilers in neighbouring properties.

The project will track the thermal comfort for residents, as well as the cost, energy performance and efficiency of both the heat pumps and boilers.

Formerly known as Ideal Boilers, Ideal Heating was founded in Hull in 1906 and the city remains home to its manufacturing facilities and its UK headquarters.

John Jackson, Heat Pump Technical Sales Manager at Ideal Heating, said:

We’re delighted to be working with Hull City Council on a project which could have a real impact on the way homes in the city are heated in the future.

Ideal Heating has a strong relationship with Hull City Council and shares its commitment to creating a sustainable future for all.

It’s so important that residents living with heat pumps enjoy the same level of comfort and convenience. In addition, they will benefit from reduced energy bills.

This project aims to demonstrate that the transition from boilers to heat pumps is a simple one and one which shouldn’t impact on the way we live and use our homes.

Data will be collected from the homes’ air source heat pumps to measure their energy efficiency and compare this to the efficiency of combination gas boilers. Residents will be directly involved in the project, sharing their experiences to better understand the day-to-day impact of transitioning to low carbon heating technologies.

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, Portfolio Holder for Housing at Hull City Council, said:

We have a duty to tackle climate change and make our communities green, sustainable places to live.

A significant part of that commitment is the way homes across the city are heated. We currently manage a housing stock of thousands of properties within the Hull boundary and are continuously investing to improve energy efficiency across those homes, thereby supporting our tenants.

Working with Ideal Heating, a respected and long-established heating manufacturer in the city, will give us a greater understanding of further improvements we can make to reduce the carbon footprint of our housing stock, at the same time providing comfort and affordability for residents.

Ideal Heating will be at InstallerSHOWFREE registration for the show, which runs 25 to 27 June at the NEC: