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Which properties aren’t suitable for a heat pump?

It’s easy to see why so many home and business owners are reassessing their energy needs at the moment. There’s a strong desire for individuals and companies to reduce their carbon emissions, for example, especially in light of the continuing race towards net zero. And in many cases, there’s also the chance of saving money on energy bills in the coming years.

If you’re one of those people who have done a great deal of research about the benefits of either ground source, air source or solar-powered heat pumps already, you’ll know all about the potential benefits they can bring. What you may not be sure about, however, is whether your particular property fits all the relevant criteria for an installation.

For some, it will unfortunately be a non-starter. One of the examples is if your home or work premises happens to be listed. In many cases, a listed building will have restrictions on what can and can’t be added, and these can apply to both the interior and the exterior of the property. Here at Kind Energy, we can offer general advice about potential limitations.

Of course, if you need more detailed information that’s tailored to your specific property, you may need to contact the relevant authorities. Issues such as listed building consent, suitable materials that can be used and technical advice, you can contact Historic Environment Scotland. This also applies if your home or business premises is located in conservation area.

Find out the facts about suitability

There’s a general misconception that high-rise buildings are not suitable for heat pumps, but this isn’t strictly true. Having said that, for an existing block of flats it can be difficult to get the consent of every tenant. Also, if outdoor space is limited it may be that an air source heat pump won’t be viable. Retrofitting is becoming more feasible, however, and many new builds feature heat pumps as well.

Some small homes are deemed unsuitable, too. Heat pumps generally require a larger area, in part because of the need to attain certain levels of temperature. If you have a standard-sized property with a garden, your property may be suitable, however, so it’s a good idea to make some enquiries. After all, the benefits of this heat source are there for all to see.

The team at Kind Energy can talk you through all the relevant options for you, clearly explaining the choices that are open to you. We specialise in clear, honest and reliable advice that’s tailored specifically to your particular circumstances. Our knowledgeable, friendly experts know that a heat pump installation represents both a significant step towards a greener future and an important financial investment. The right guidance at this stage is going to be an absolute must.

If you’d like to find out more about heat pumps, and why you need Kind Energy alongside you right from the start, feel free to get in touch today. Just call 0330 818 8813 or write to us at We look forward to hearing from you soon.

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