The long-term cost of oil is really a guessing game, given its historical peaks and troughs. For those who are currently seeking a heating system for a building project, the impact on heating bills could be of great consequence for many years to come.
Following our three top tips, self-builders will discover more benefits than just heat from this new heating system, including a guaranteed 7-year income from the Government and reduced energy bills.
Our top three tips:
1. 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.
2. Strive for optimum efficiency
Selecting whether you have underfloor heating or radiators, and what floor covering you use, can all affect the efficiency of your ground source heat pump system, which ultimately affects your fuel bills. Typically, well-insulated homes with underfloor heating downstairs and radiators upstairs (oversized if a renovation) return the best results. See our heat emitter guide for more details.
3. 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 slinky trenches, to water sources that provide the most efficient heat extraction for the heat pump.