Clarity Heating offer Biomass heating installation in Ely. Biomass heating systems and boilers work on a higher flow temperature than Ground or Air source heat pumps, therefore many radiator layouts and sizes will be adequate without the need to change them.
How does it work? Biomass Boilers
- Biomass boiler is fuelled by wood pellets.
- Wood pellets are automatically fed into the boiler as and when it is needed and ignited automatically.
- Heat is then sent to radiators and/or underfloor heating – the remainder is stored in a hot water cylinder/buffer tank
- Stored hot water can be used for showers baths and taps.
With this information in mind which you choose may be dependent on whether you are looking at options for an existing property or new build (including a large extension). The other factor you may need to take into consideration is your budget, as the upfront costs of installing a heat pump or biomass boiler are likely to be higher than for a traditional heating system using gas, oil or LPG.
Can I consider heating my home with renewable energy if I am on a tight budget?
Residents living in the UK currently have the option to consider any of these products and save money on the installations, because they are available through the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) Scheme – the scheme is a government funded programme which subsidises the cost to install through regular payments over 7 years.
This is a great way to assist in paying towards your renewables installation but a lot of companies will sell the financial savings of your product based on the RHI subsidy and offset that total against the true running cost of your system. We believe this distorts the actual running costs to the client.
It’s our opinion that the RHI tariff is not therefore a permanent solution, but more of an opportunity to kick start the industry and lower the cost of the products as time moves on. So we’d recommend you look carefully at the savings figures and understand what they really mean, in terms of true savings, before committing to an installation paid for on the RHI scheme.
Although this scheme is incredibly helpful to those on a budget, the key to choosing the right product is not what the Government will pay you but more importantly what better suits your property both in product and design.
The design of your system is key
An area often overlooked when planning a heating system run by a renewable heat source is the flow rates. Depending on the size of the building (your home), and whether using under floor heating (UFH) or radiators, flow rates are key to the system running efficiently and effectively. The failure to understand the importance of flow rates has played a major part in the bad publicity of renewable energy in the home, with a number of poor installations and unhappy customers being highlighted.
We are heating specialists who understand and design heating systems run by renewable energy, to make sure the end results are right for you and your family. If you’d like to chat further you can contact us on 01353 862315 or email us.
What else do I need to consider?
There are a few things to consider when looking at installing Air Source Heating if you want to see the greatest savings from your investment:
Insulation – a home that is well insulated is essential. If you haven’t addressed this area of heating efficiency, we advise that you do so first.
Replacement – ideally you will be replacing an oil or LPG boiler. Although this is not mandatory to the installment, this is where the best savings are to be made.
Radiators – existing radiators will need to be measured and checked to ensure they are the correct size for the pump to work at it’s most efficient level. Alternatively, that you have under floor heating installed already (UFH).
Cylinder – if you want the air source pump to also provide you with hot water then it is likely you will need a hot water cylinder that is suitable. These types of cylinders require a coil with a high surface area to allow for maximum heat extraction. In most cases your existing cylinder will not be up to this specification.
If you would like to know more about the difference between a traditional hot water cylinder and the type of cylinder needed to provide hot water via an air source heat pump – our article on Heating your home with renewable energy might be useful.
If you would like Clarity Heating to visit your home or premises and prepare an estimate for a biomass heating installation please contact us via our request a quote form, or by calling us on 01353 862315.