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Low carbon will boost business, say heating engineers

Heating engineers are very optimistic about the future of their business as more households explore low-carbon heating solutions, according to new research from Daikin UK.

The company’s Installer Confidence Monitor, which surveys members of its Sustainable Home Network, found that over half (53 per cent) predict that between half and all their business will come from installing heat pumps and hybrid heat pumps in the next five years.

Almost two-thirds (62 per cent) expect their profits to increase over the next 12 months and four in five (88 per cent) expect profits to increase over the next five years.

The research comes amid increased calls for government support for households to make the heat pump transition, with nine out of ten (93 per cent) agreeing that more must be done to make heat pumps affordable and accessible. More than half (59 per cent) agree that the government should support hybrid heat pumps as an important transitional technology.

Product and training manager Martin Passingham says: “It’s encouraging that Sustainable Home Network installers see a bright future for heat pumps and hybrid heat pumps and are confident (84 per cent) about the future of their businesses.

“Upskilling is vital to help decarbonise the UK’s home heating, so it’s great to see that training is still a top priority for many, who plan to invest time and money in installation training for both heat pumps (87 per cent) and hybrid heat pumps (40 per cent) over the next 12 months.

“This will help installers future-proof their businesses as existing customers upgrade to cleaner, green options, while growing and expand their customer base, with over two-thirds (72 per cent) looking to recruit in the next five years.”

Through its accredited courses and some 40 Sustainable Home Centres, Daikin has the capacity to train more than 7,000 installers on air source heat pumps.

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