When it comes to heating, many people first think of high costs. But what if we told you there is a heating solution that is not only environmentally friendly and comfortable but also affordable?

When it comes to heating, many people first think of high costs. But what if we told you there is a heating solution that is not only environmentally friendly and comfortable but also cost-effective? You’ve probably heard of a heat pump, but you might not be familiar with all the reasons why it’s synonymous with the most economical heating.

While the initial investment in a heat pump may be higher than with other heating systems, it is the most cost-effective choice in the long run. Heating systems are usually not replaced for at least 15 years or more, so it’s crucial to choose one that will be the most cost-effective over its entire lifespan. Many users of competing heat pumps have confided that they chose the wrong brand and regret their decision. Even if they thought they would save some money on the purchase, their decision later cost them much more—not just financially, but also dealing with unresponsive service, waiting for spare parts, and the resulting mental stress from all these issues.


What enables significant savings with a heat pump?


A heat pump utilizes renewable sources—air, water, or ground—for its operation. All three sources allow us to obtain the heat needed for heating almost for free. Heat pumps extract around 80% of all the required energy for heating from renewable sources, while the remaining 20% is electricity needed exclusively for the operation of the device. Renewable energy sources, or green energy, are considerably more economical than fossil and solid fuels. Oil and gas furnaces, in addition to fuel, also require electricity for operation. The cost of oil and gas, not to mention the construction of a chimney, is far from economical.


Yearly chimney cleaning and fuel transport are expenses that do not apply to heating with a heat pump. There are no unforeseen annual costs with heat pumps under normal and properly sized loads. Only a preventive service check is advisable, ensuring the continuous optimal operation of the device and preventing potential issues that could lead to more significant problems later. An annual check is recommended, where a technician inspects the entire system, performs measurements, and cleans filters, similar to taking a car for an annual service.


In addition to heating spaces during the heating season, providing hot sanitary water throughout the year is essential. For some other energy sources (e.g., wood), heating and warming domestic hot water are separate. Hot water is often heated with electric boilers, which consume a considerable amount of electricity. A heat pump solves this problem by having preset settings for two modes: one for the summer, and one for the winter. The winter mode includes both heating domestic hot water and space heating (also automatic). This eliminates the need for any effort or concern about hot sanitary water during months outside the heating season. Users can also opt for a separate domestic hot water heat pump, replacing inefficient electric boilers. The domestic hot water heat pump integrates with all existing heating systems unless the user chooses a heating heat pump.


As the saying goes, “One is none,” and the same goes for heat pumps—they are not just for heating. In addition to the well-known function of heating spaces and heating domestic hot water, a heat pump can also cool spaces, serving as an excellent alternative to air conditioners. Modern architecture has revolved around glass facades and large open volumes for many years. While this provides partial passive heating during the winter, it can present a significant challenge for shading and cooling during the summer. This is one reason why cooling buildings is becoming increasingly important. In addition to heating, heat pumps provide active cooling (reversible heat pumps, where the pump’s compressor operates during cooling) and passive cooling (in heat pumps with ground/water and water/water systems, where only primary pumps operate during cooling). This eliminates another cost—air conditioning costs.


Have you heard that they might subsidize the use of wood or gas stoves? You haven’t because it doesn’t exist. Subsidies are intended exclusively for the use of renewable energy sources, as the Eco Fund in Slovenia raises awareness and encourages the public to use more environmentally friendly energy sources. For heating system subsidies in your country, check with the local authorities.



If you want to almost completely eliminate heating and electricity costs, the best solution is a heat pump combined with a home solar power plant. In this system, the only cost remaining is the connection to the electrical grid, which is approximately 20 euros. The solar power plant generates all the electricity needed for the operation of the heat pump and other electrical appliances in the household. Typically, it is installed on the roof of the building or somewhere nearby on flat surfaces predominantly facing the sun.

When considering the price of the heating system, one should not only think about money but also the cost of comfort and peace of mind, as time is money too. With a heat pump, you save time and contribute to your health, as there is no work or exertion involved in cutting, chopping, and loading wood, chips, or pellets. Additionally, you save on environmental pollution.

When weighing the pros and cons of choosing a heating system, we cannot overlook quality and local expertise, which should always come first. In KRONOTERM, we are aware that quality and development are not cheap, but our initially higher price doesn’t necessarily mean it will be the highest in the long run.

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