Heating system concerns raised by Deeside Councillor

Installing the system
Installing the system

A Deeside Councillor has raised concerns about council and other tenants finding themselves victims of fuel poverty as the result of a heating system.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Councillor Geva Blackett made the comments during a discussion on fuel poverty at a recent meeting of Aberdeenshire Council’s Social Work and Housing Committee in regards to the Exhaust Air Heat Pump heating systems.

Cllr Blackett said she had been approached by constituents who said they were finding this type of heating system to be inefficient and expensive.

Social housing tenants in the rest of the UK had reported problems with the heating system after finding their fuel bills rising by as much as four times.

The exhaust air source heat pump works by taking the heat from waste air leaving the house and pumping it back in to provide heating and hot water.

Aberdeenshire has fuel poverty percentage of 38% for private sector housing.

Cllr Blackett said: “Upgrading the housing stock with modern heating systems is something to be welcomed. However, we need to make sure we’re fitting the right system in every circumstance.”