The important role insulation plays on new heat pump installations

The important role insulation plays on new heat pump installations

PHPD finds out about the importance of insulation on new heat pump installations.

With the use of heat pumps in new-build homes on the rise, a manufacturer of specialist insulation is reminding developers and installers to make sure the external pipework associated with air source heat pumps is sufficiently and professionally insulated. 

“Unlike traditional gas condensing boilers, heat pumps are not forgiving in any way. Making sure the efficiency of a heat pump installation is the best it can be relies on the survey, design, specification, installation, commissioning,  customer handover as well as service and maintenance,” explained Dave Smith, Managing Director of Condensate Pro.  

He continued: “Insulation is one small but very important part of this equation, from the very beginning to all through the life of the heat pump installation. It is especially vital that the outside pipework insulation is right for the job and joints, gaps and holes are sealed so that very little heat or energy is lost. It also has to look professional on a customer’s property, not just at initial installation but forever.”

Primary Pro
To help heat pump deliver both efficiency and aesthetically pleasing results, Condensate Pro has launched Primary Pro – which includes bespoke 28mm x 19mm UV-stable and weatherproof insulation and a ‘Bond & Seal’ sealant. It says that Primary Pro offers installers a quick, neat and cost effective way to provide the very best insulation on external heating pipework, improving the aesthetics and protection performance over traditional lagging or plastic boxing.  

Sealing joints and the holes through the fabric of the wall where the insulation enters into the building is as important as the insulation itself. Primary Pro’s  ‘Bond & Seal’ seal helps to seal all joints and the fabric of the wall and can be used to create a sleek, clean finish. 

The ‘Primary Pro’ insulation is for 28mm pipework and can be use with solder or press fit fitting 1m semi-rigid insulation pipes. Each length of insulation is protected with a UV-stable and weatherproof coating. The insulation itself has been specially designed for easy cutting, mitring and bonding. 

“The beauty of it is that it is so simple to maintain thought the life of the system by applying our water based maintenance coat as and when needed,” continued Dave. “Primary Pro products tick all the boxes, from the very start of surveying and designing a ASHP installation, to maintaining on the annual service for many years to come.”

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