Heat pumps suit life on the houseboat

An unusual residential project in Brentford has shone a light on the benefits and capabilities of Mitsubishi Electric’s Ultra Quiet Ecodan. The owners of a houseboat located in Victoria Steps Quay in Brentford sought an alternative heating solution that would be both cost and carbon efficient. 

This two-bedroom family home was originally fitted with a diesel tank. Not only was it an unsafe, polluting method of heating to use in a confined space, it also required fuel deliveries.

The solution was to install an 11.2kW Ultra Quiet Ecodan with solar PV. The heat pump is able to provide all the heat for underfloor heating, as well as all the domestic hot water needs. Due to height restrictions on the boat, a bespoke horizontal 200-litre cylinder (sourced through a third party) was used. 

The Ecodan heat pump was sited on a small space on the decking. Space limitations also meant that any sound generated by a heat pump was going to be a factor, as any solution would be installed close to the living spaces. The Ultra Quiet Ecodan, with sound pressure levels at 1m of 45dB(A), ensured that noise levels were low enough not to travel into the cabin space.

Alongside the heat pump, the installation of solar PV enables the family to generate electricity that can either be fed back to the electrical grid or used within the property itself. It gives them the flexibility to use only the amount of electricity they need and store whatever isn’t used  in battery packs.

The installer for this project, Solid Renewables, says: “The owners of the houseboat wanted a safe, reliable and clean energy solution to keep their family warm, whilst cutting down on their carbon footprint. We enjoyed the logistical challenge of fitting a heat pump in such an unusual space. It’s fantastic to see that everything is working well and that those living on the houseboat are able to enjoy the warmth in peace and quiet.” 

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