Rising energy prices coupled with the desire to be more environmentally friendly, lead an Essex family to make the switch to a more sustainable heating solution - Panasonic’s Aquarea air source heat pump.  

The Peters family were keen to make the change from their large and out-dated oil boiler in their Victorian home, The Old Rectory, to a more compact, energy efficient and economical system.  

There were two key motivators which lead them to choose the new Panasonic Aquarea air source heat pump. Firstly the cost benefits - having a large twenty room property meant that their heating costs were significant and they were keen to find a solution that kept them warm, whilst reducing their energy bills. The family are now saving approximately £200 per month compared to their past oil fuel bills - a considerable saving.  

The other significant reason for the install was the family’s wish to reduce their carbon foot-print and choose a system that was environmentally friendly. This follows a growing trend and greater demand for more sustainable energy and heating solutions.  

This particular installation was first approached by conducting an energy efficiency study – vital for a period property with over twenty rooms. Due to the house size the installers decided to fit two Aquarea units, in order to deliver the heat the house needs. Fortunately no changes were needed to the house itself, even the existing radiators were able to be retained. The house also had adequate existing roof insulation.    

“We are delighted with the results from installing the Panasonic Aquarea Heat Pump and the house always seems warm and cosy, despite such a cold winter” said the homeowner. “We are finding that heat pumps are a reliable system for our home, they don’t need any more maintenance than a gas or oil boiler and they deliver the hot water and heating that we need in our house, whilst saving money compared to our previous heating system.”

“…We also like the fact that the Aquarea heat pumps are very straight forward to use and easily controlled, just like a normal boiler - you flip down the lid, you select what sort of temperatures you want in the house for your hot water and what times you want it. It’s easy.”  

Jonathan Evans of IME Systems Ltd, the installation company for this project commented: “We get asked sometimes what the benefits of the Aquarea heat pump systems are, so we tell our customers that Panasonic consistently produces reliable and good quality pieces of kit, and from our point of view as installers, they’re straight forward to install. Like any good quality air source heat pump they’re quiet and not intrusive, they don’t keep you awake at night with spinning motors and they don’t irritate your neighbours.”  

An extremely compact and versatile heating system – the Aquarea heat pump will be able to fulfil heating demands even in temperatures as low as -20°C. Independent tests have also shown that Panasonic’s air-to-water heat pump is capable of saving up to 78% on heating expenses, being far more efficient than fuel-fired boilers, gas boilers and electric heaters.  

Panasonic’s Aquarea is the most comprehensive, versatile and cost-effective range of air-to-water heat pumps on the market. It features heat pumps from 7 to 16 kW, single and three-phase, alongside stand-alone and split-units.