Britain’s earliest central heating boilers, installed between the 1960s and 1980s, typically ran at very high temperatures. This has set up an expectation that a well functioning heating system should be able to deliver strong blasts of heat on demand, Sowden says. By contrast, a heat pump gently maintains the ambient temperature of a room by using more efficient, lower-temperature top-ups through the day.
“People think a heating system isn’t ‘on’ if they touch a radiator and it doesn’t burn their hand,” he says. “But it doesn’t need to be belting out heat to keep a room at a comfortable temperature.”
So, what we’re being told is that in the European country with the most variable temperatures over the short term – which I think Britain probably is, recall George Mikes and the comment that the British talk about the weather because we’re the only people who have it, everyone else has climate – we should kill off a heating system that can deal with variable weather and adopt one best suited to climates?
What fucking joy, eh?