A 17th Century former drovers' inn in Norfolk has updated its heating system with the latest air source heat pump technology thanks to renewable heating expert Finn Geotherm.
Located near Swaffham, the four bedroom period cottage was built in 1832. It was formerly a drovers' inn and comprised two semi-detached cottages which were later knocked into one. When the current owners moved in, they inherited the cottage’s 35-year-old oil boiler. The oil tank needed to be replaced and moved away from the house to meet modern safety regulations.
The air source heat pump provides heating and hot water for the entire house. While the cottage has a low energy performance (EPC) rating, the heat pump is said to work efficiently to keep its owners warm. The thermal mass of the cottage with its thick walls and chimneys helps to retain the heat and the constant, steady state heating provided by the heat pump is also beneficial for maintaining the overall fabric of the building.
This project qualifies for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), a Government scheme for renewable heating which provides quarterly payments for seven years.