We’ve come a long way from lighting fires ourselves, haven’t we?
Heating Systems are easily accessible and simplify the process of bringing in warmth and comfort to your home. But, which way is best and which one will work for you?
Below we outline what central heating is and our advice on the most suitable heating system for your home.
What is central heating?
It’s probably not the first thing you consider when building a beautiful extension for your home. However, once the cold chill of winter hits you’ll probably appreciate having heating options more than anything else. It is incredibly important the route you take when looking at heating your home. Amazingly, central heating systems are one of the most taken-for-granted systems – how often do you really think about it other than when you’re turning it on or off? An absolute integral part of ensuring comfort within your home is making sure you install the best heating system for you and correctly. Warmth and hot water is an important feature of any home – but, if it’s not done correctly, it just calls for disaster.
What are some of the options for heating my home?
Air Source Heat Pump – Pumps hot or cold air through vents and into rooms, a much more efficient and economical heating system – think of it like an inside-out fridge.
Underfloor heating – Will work perfectly with an Air Source Heat Pump above
Natural Gas – The boiler burns methane gas from the gas mains in most UK towns and cities
LPG – Liquid Petroleum Gas is burnt by the boiler, usually propane or butane
Oil type C2 – Heating oil using Kerosene which is basically jet fuel
Oil type D – This is known as ‘gas oil’ which is more commonly used in large or commercial properties
Solid Mineral Fuel – This is a system that burns coal.
Biomass – This can burn a range of organic material – wooden logs, pellets or chippings
Electric – This type of boiler is effectively a kettle but just on a massive scale.
What’s best for me?
So you may be asking, what really is the best heating system for my home or my new extension?
The answer is simple: an Air Source Heat Pump combined with underfloor heating.
Looking for a renewable solution which has a lifespan of over 20 years with low maintenance costs, and also pays for itself with RHI payments? Then you’ve found your solution.
The air source heat pump is able to provide a low flow of heat which is perfect for the requirement of underfloor heating. Underfloor heating is most likely going to be running continuously. A heat pump has the ability to be set in ‘fixed flow mode’ to provide a constant flow of temperature. This ensures the heat pump performs at an efficiency of over 360%. It’s not just the fact that this will keep you cosy and warm during the winter, but it is also more energy efficient. Your energy bills will be much lower than you’ve ever seen them, all year round!
Heat pumps do not require any energy to cool or produce heat and are much more energy-efficient compared to conventional heating methods. A heat pump can generate three to five kilowatts of heat for each unit of energy it consumes. Since the heat pump burns no fossil fuel when producing heat, it generates far fewer greenhouse gas emissions than a conventional furnace. Additionally, heat pumps eliminate a potential source of carbon monoxide within your home.
An additional way to save more money is to apply for the UK Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). If you are planning to install or have already installed an eligible heating technology based on renewable sources, you could receive quarterly payments over seven years. This program is established to encourage uptake of renewable heat technologies among not only private householders, but businesses and communities as well.
What are the costs of a heat pump?
Installing and running costs of a heat pump will depend on several factors. These include the size of your home, insulation and the heating system you’re planning to use. According to Energy Saving Trust (EST), air source heat pumps cost between £10,000 and £18,000 to buy and install. If you take into consideration the RHI government grant and average savings, your costs can be quickly paid off!
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