Matlock resident wins nationwide competition

(l-r) John Taylor, from Matlock, and Kevin McCloud

Derbyshire homeowner John Taylor, from Matlock, won a competition which saw his home visited by TV and architecture pundit, Kevin McCloud.

The nationwide competition, organised by Vaillant, called on the nation’s homeowners and heating installers to share their experiences where heat pump technology has been installed to great success.

One of three winning entries into Vaillant’s Heat Pump Possible competition, John Taylor, who lives in a Grade II listed property in Matlock, was interviewed on film by Kevin McCloud to uncover what led him to fit an air source heat pump at his 400-year-old property, complete with stone walls more than two feet in depth.

The install of Vaillant’s aroTHERM plus air source heat pump was completed in 2022, with the work undertaken by local installer IMS Heat Pumps.

John said: “Like many homeowners, we’re always looking at ways we can lessen our impact on the planet, so when it came to upgrading our existing heating system, I was keen to know if a heat pump was possible.

“Having installed the heat pump in 2022, it was our installers, IMS Heat who suggested we enter the Vaillant competition, which we did as we wanted to help show that even older, historic properties, like our own, can be suitable for heat pumps.

“Not only has the installation of the Vaillant aroTHERM plus helped us significantly reduce our carbon emissions, but it’s already been put through its paces during the cold snap we had in December last year, where temperatures in the area dropped to -7°C. The air source heat pump worked efficiently to ensure not only were we warm, but we also had enough hot water too.”

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