Author Archives: Adam Bell

iPump anyone? How intelligent heat pumps could replace gas boilers

Heating a home using an Air Source Heat PumpHeat pumps are not a new technology; the principles underlying their operation were described by Lord Kelvin in the 1850s. On the wall of the boiler room of the Pimlico District Heating Scheme you will find a Times article from the 1950s proposing a heat pump as a replacement for the then common open coal fire.

But while they are common on the Continent, their uptake in the UK has been low, with cheap gas from the North Sea displacing most other domestic heating sources from the 1970s onward. Read more