Heat Pumps for the Home

John Cantor
In recent years, heat pumps have emerged as a promising new form of technology with a relatively low environmental impact. Moreover, they have presented householders with an opportunity to reduce their heating bills. Heat pumps can heat a building by 'pumping' heat from either the ground or the air outside: an intriguing process which utilizes principles that are somewhat analogous to those employed in the domestic refrigerator. Armed with the practical information contained in these pages, homeowners will have the necessary knowledge to take advantage of this potentially low-carbon technology to heat their properties. Now in an updated new edition, Heat Pumps for the Home describes what a heat pump is, how it works, the different methods of pumping heat and the importance of an appropriate and well-planned installation. It also provides you with the information that you need in order to make up your own mind about whether a heat pump might be appropriate to your own circumstances, and also demonstrates what you need to do to in order to make the system work efficiently.
Heat Pumps for the Home by John Cantor

About the author

John Cantor studied mechanical engineering and gained much of his early experience working in research and development. He became interested in Alternative Technology in the late 1970s, joining the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth. He found himself to be the only one in that field with an in-depth understanding of heat pumps, so his niche was found, and he manufactured his own systems in the early days. He has a wide and varied portfolio of experience, and is conversant with the technical quirks of most heat pump models. He was a heat pump installation inspector for the first UK heat pump grant scheme under BRE, and now mostly operating as an advisor and consultant.