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Heat pumps can also help a home keep its cool, says Kensa

by Mark Cantrell
Heat pumps can help a home keep cool and tackle overheating, claims Kensa

A heat pump manufacturer has called for greater awareness of the technology’s cooling capabilities as a way to help UK homes become more climate resilient.

We hear much about the technology’s application in sustainably heating homes, but as the weather warms up, but according to Kensa Heat Pumps, less emphasis is placed on their ability to help protect residents from excessive summer heat.

Last month, the Environmental Audit Committee of MPs criticised the government for a lack of detail on its plans to adapt the UK to climate change, as it published the government’s response to its report, Heat Resilience and Sustainable Cooling.

In its report, the committee cited findings that heat-related deaths could rise to 10,000 every year without concerted actions to adapt to the warming climate. It also found that while the UK population spends on average 90% of its time indoors, the country’s housing stock is not designed to cope with excessive heat, and millions of UK homes experience summertime overheating.

According to the committee, the government falls short of committing to a retrofit programme in the scale required.

Philip Dunne MP, the Environmental Audit Committee’s chair, said: “Extreme heat is already affecting health and livelihoods in the UK. While there is much to welcome in this response, there are still serious unanswered questions about how the government plans to respond to a rapidly warming UK climate. This is frankly a missed opportunity.”

In the wake of the committee’s criticism, Kensa’s technical director, Dan Roberts urged more be made of how heat pumps can provide cooling for buildings.

“It’s no secret that the world is getting warmer, and in the UK, our homes are not prepared to deal with heat waves,” he said. “The Environmental Audit Committee has even cited in its Heat Resilience and Sustainable Cooling report that heat-related deaths could rise to 10,000 every year without concerted actions to adapt to the warming climate – this should raise alarm bells for everyone.

“When it comes to the home, if we start discussing the possibility of a mass retrofit programme to make properties capable of coping with excessive heat, we should be making more of the cooling role that heat pumps can play.

“Heat pumps are pivotal to heat decarbonisation, but very few are aware of their cooling capabilities. Along with being a highly efficient heating source ground source heat pumps can also provide environmentally friendly, extremely low-cost cooling and overheating protection.”

Image credit: Juergen Faelchle/Shutterstock


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