Newly constructed houses are generally energy-efficient with great insulation. And with regulations on electricity consumption and electricity generation, heating costs have been on an upward swing. Nowadays, heating costs can be around 400 to 500 pounds per year. Regardless of the costs and the better home insulations, still, nobody can do without heating. So which solution should they choose?
There are many questions you need to ask yourself before you come to a proper decision. First and foremost, it is a question of budget. First-time homeowners, who often have limited means, opt for electricity, a condensing boiler or an air/water heat pump. Buyers with a more comfortable budget can opt for innovative, cutting-edge technology such as a fuel cell or an ultra-high performance boiler. Furthermore, the environmental impact and the energy consumption (and electricity bill) are all important considerations.
From the simplest to the most sophisticated, we’ll go over some of the most common, efficient ways to heat your apartment/house in this article. Read on and find out.
Wood Heating: the Pellet Stove
One in four new houses uses wood for heating. The pellet stove is the simplest and, above all, the cheapest heating solution that uses wood. It provides a lot of heating and the price of wood varies little, unlike gas or electricity, which makes it more reliable financially. The only drawback is that the installation of a stove is only possible under certain conditions. it must be airtight. The stove can be used as the main heating system up to 100 metres square. Beyond this threshold, each additional area must be heated by other heaters.
Aerothermal: Air/Water Heat Pump
The air-water heat pump is now one of the preferred solutions for buyers. Its principle is simple: it captures the heat contained in the outside air and transfers it to the central heating network. It consists of an evaporator, a compressor, a condenser and an expansion valve that operate in a closed circuit. The refrigerant in this circuit is converted from liquid to gas in the evaporator, thus recovering heat from the air. The compressor increases the pressure of the fluid, which also increases its temperature.
It is possible to both cool down the house during the summer and heats the home during the winter thanks to air-water heat pumps. The only potential drawback is that the cost of purchasing and installing it is around 10-12K, which is a considerable sum. You should do more research before taking the plunge.
Electric Heating: Inertia Radiators
Electric inertia heaters are a cost-effective solution that provides a high level of comfort. However, sadly, using electricity for heating is generally penalized in most jurisdictions, which explains their small market share. So to take advantage of this heating method, you have to make sure the regulations and energy/electricity costs are suitable. The house will have to be even more insulated and airtight than a house that uses another energy source due to how expensive it is to use electricity for heating.
The initial investment to get electric heaters up and running is one of the lowest as it costs between 150 and 1,200 pounds per radiator depending on the model. You can also opt for low temperature electric underfloor heating. A heating cable is placed under the floor covering and diffuses gentle heat keeping the room warm.
Radiators aren’t the only electrical heating method you should look into. Electric water central heating at Culm Stores Distribution Elterm LTD is also a very effective heating method that allows you to heat up large homes effectively and efficiently.