Fed up with high energy prices? Our guide explores the options for heating your home
Maximising your budget during your home renovation project is one of the biggest challenges we all face. With growing expenses across the entirety of a home build project, cutting costs on some of the more expensive features can prove to be as beneficial for the project as choosing the right energy supplier is. Heating systems are at the heart of your property, yet some do not realise that there is more than one way to heat a room.
For a renovation project that has a focus on a smaller space, for example a flat, electric heating may prove to be an effective solution. Access to electricity is essential, of course, but it is far easier to connect electrical appliances together than those which require water or gas sources.
Apartments are especially suited to small electric heaters. These come in numerous styles, including:
- - Heating panels
- - Storage heaters
- - Fan-assisted storage heaters
- - High heat retention storage heaters
These modern heating appliances are able to be a discreet part of any room. With multiple dimensions available to be as unobtrusive as possible, and with many colours to choose from, the inner styling of your build needn’t suffer. Electric heaters can be maintained with a simple on-off switch, and in-built digital controls allow the user to manage temperatures and time settings easily for convenient operations.
For an all-round source of heating throughout a property, including both larger homes and apartments, there are electric boilers available that can suit your heating requirements perfectly. With a choice of either a heat-only boiler or combi boiler, you have multiple choices at your fingertips.
A heat-only electric boiler will serve to provide a property with heating spread around the home. Electric combi boilers, on the other hand, will heat both the home and water. This option saves a lot of space in properties that cannot provide the space a standard water heating unit may require and is suitable for small apartment spaces.
Gas Central Heating Systems
Heating your home with electricity is commonly seen as being more expensive throughout the duration of the heating system’s use. Electric storage heaters, even when they are used at a lower energy time of the evening, can use over £1000 per year compared to around £550 with a gas central heating system. It is little wonder why so many of us are choosing to install gas systems for heating in new builds and renovations.
By far, the most commonly used heating system used throughout the UK is through the use of gas supplies. A gas boiler is the central unit, heating water to be used throughout the property. Water-filled radiators heated by gas boilers are spread throughout the property, ensuring heat is transferred throughout through installed pipes. Be sure to contact a professional plumber for more information about pipework if you are not comfortable.
A gas combi boiler, on the other hand, will help you to not only heat your home but will provide hot water too, as the electric systems do. They run with cheaper mains gas and have the added benefit of being more energy efficient than other types of boiler. Combi boilers are around 88% efficient, compared to older gas boiler models which can potentially be at 70% or below, losing valuable money for the occupant. By saving energy in the long run, a combi boiler offers an occupant the chance to save money while contributing to less carbon reduction in the atmosphere. For that feel-good feeling while you are cosy in your newly renovated home, gas combi boilers may be the way to go.
Biomass Heating Systems
The most carbon-efficient heating system, however, is not gas. On the contrary, there is a growing trend for industries to begin using biomass fuel systems for their heating. Domestic settings, too, are becoming increasingly more common in using a biomass boiler to produce heat and hot water for a property.
The advantage of having a biomass system is that you are not using gas or electricity to generate heat. Instead, you invest in burning small amounts of renewable wood-chips or pellets that are combusted to produce heat. What’s more, the entire biomass system is almost entirely carbon neutral. They are the greenest method of generating heat in the home at this time – besides using a renewable source of electricity for storage heaters, that is! They require more room than other heaters and boilers, so they are not best suited to just one flat. Instead, a biomass heating system could be installed for a community project and would work very well.
Select the Right Choice for You
Consider budget, space, and time when choosing your heating system. Not every renovation will be the same, nor will a property always need one kind of boiler. When it comes to choices for size, shape, and efficiency, however, you will find that your heating systems will not disappoint. Consult your installers and find the best prices for you. Your renovation project will be finished in no time – and with a few pennies to spare, too.