Heat pumps have been in use for a good number of years now, but it can still be said that much is needed in terms of determining the performance criteria of these types of heaters and heating systems. This is perhaps the main reason why there are now new directives on ErP or Energy-related Products such as space and combination heaters (including heat pumps).
As of the 26th of September, 2015, a new directive came into being that is aimed at setting a minimum criteria for the performance of heat pumps. This directive is also aimed at providing a standard or general methodology in order to compare heat pump efficiency.
Changes in product labeling and packaging under the new directive
The new directive includes changes in terms of the product labeling and packaging of heat pump systems, which now allows installers as well as consumers to see which heat pump performs and functions best so they can make a good, well-informed decision when choosing heat pumps.
In the new product labeling, for instance, there is already an indication of the water and space heating efficiency of products through the different seasons. This label is recommended for all heat pump products that will enter the European marketplace from the 26th of September, 2015.
The new product labeling will be created by the manufacturer of the heat pump itself, and it will also be based on the data for testing established and developed by ErP. This additional data on the product label will also be provided to installers and distributors in the form of a product ‘fiche’ (a condensed piece of paper or form which contains specific information about the product) for all the heat pump products which are imported into or produced in the European Union. Additionally, installers and distributors may be able to test the product as well so they can complete their own analysis and information on the product, which will be distributed in their own fiche.
Another change in product labeling for heat pumps relates to additional information from distributors when they are selling a heat pump which is combined with or accompanied by a solar collector, a temperature control system, or a storage tank for hot water. If distributors have this kind of heating system package, they need to provide customers with product label information on the efficiency of the entire system, which includes not only the heat pump, but the storage tank, the temperature controls, and the solar collector.
But there is more – after the 25th of March, 2016, all of those who have heat pump systems that are looking for certification in the MCS (in order to be eligible for the Renewable Heat Incentive) will have to use equipment that is compliant with the new directives of ErP.
All suppliers and manufacturers of heat pump systems will also need to have information regarding these changes to be used by installers or distributors. If there are any ASHPs and GSHPs that are not compliant with ErP that were ordered after the 25th of March of 2016, they will not be eligible for certification with the MCS and will therefore not be eligible for the RHI.
Under the new directive, installers and distributors will also be able to assess and check if a heat pump or heat pump system is compliant with ErP simply by visiting the website of the MCS or checking the Product Eligibility Listing of Ofgem.
All in all, these changes bode well for consumers who are thinking of having a heat pump installation. If you would like to have a better idea of the best air source heat pumps prices for your property, you can visit EOC Services for clear and detailed information.