Falling oil prices are currently delivering respite for many customers in off gas areas, however for those who are currently seeking a heating system for a building project, the impact of their selection on their bills could be of great consequence for many years to come.
The long term cost of oil is really a guessing game, given its historical peaks and troughs.
Following our top three tips, keen developers can quickly establish whether they could expect more than just heat from their new heating system, and benefit from a guaranteed 7 year income from the Government, as well as reduced energy bills.
Our top three tips:
- What are the insulation levels of the property?
For renovation projects in particular, the better insulated your home the more efficient it is to heat, which means smaller energy bills. Your home’s efficiency will also impact the size of the heating system you require – the lower your heat demand, the smaller and cheaper the heating system, and the less work it needs to do, which all in all means a far cheaper to run home.
- Reach for the stars
Selecting whether you have underfloor heating or radiators, and what floor covering you use, can all effect what the industry call your ‘system star rating’. The more efficient your selections, the higher your star rating, which ultimately means lower fuel bills. Typically well insulated homes with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs (oversized if a renovation) return the best results. See Kensa’s website for more details: https://www.kensaheatpumps.com/heat-emitter-guide/
- Your land is worth more than you think
Whether you have a modest lawn or acres, you’d be surprised how much this land is worth to you; with a ground source heat pump you get access to the Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which pays you for the renewable heat your heat pump generates, for 7 years. With all the free renewable heat coming from the ground I bet you didn’t expect to be an owner of your own mini gold mine did you? There are many options to extract the heat from the ground, from space-saving boreholes to cost-effective trenches, to water sources which provide the most efficient heat extraction for the heat pump; Kensa’s helpful guide offers more advice here.
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Our free ebook offers hints and tips for the design of a ground source heat pump system, and is now available to download here: https://www.kensaheatpumps.com/ebook-design-hints-tips/