Ground source heat pump manufacturer Kensa has joined the debate about how the UK can tackle the growing problem of fuel poverty. The response comes in light of reports that in 2018 excess winter deaths hit their highest recorded levels since 1976.
Kensa Group CEO Simon Lomax said: “It is clear that something has to be done, and urgently. There has been much industry discussion recently about the growing problem of fuel poverty and the heating technologies that could help alleviate this issue. The oil heating body OFTEC has suggested that oil boilers are a more suitable solution than ground source heat pumps for rural householders in fuel poverty, and that they are ‘the cheapest fuel available to off-grid homes’ – a suggestion that Kensa disagrees with. Far from being the cheapest option, heat from an oil boiler costs 21% more.”
"Further, claims that rural properties are not suited to ground source heat pumps due to their lack of insulation are also dangerously misleading - all homes should be well insulated for all heating types: for heat pumps it is not essential, but equally desirable.”