Heating Systems: what are the options ?Driven by the soaring costs of energy and environmental awareness, manufacturers now offer a wider variety of heating systems with increased efficiency. Therefore, your choice is better, but also more complicated.
This site will help you to understand and choose ...
- Which central heating system: combustion boiler, electrical, renewable energy? Radiators and / or underfloor heating?
- What type of boiler: gas , wood or oil?
- The best type of extra heating: electric or stove?
Central heating for the whole house
On this site we use the term central heating to mean a heating system designed for heating the whole house. That being clear, you can still choose from:
Combustion heating: wood, oil or gas? These types of heating systems are renowned for their reliability and efficiency, although installation can involve a lot of work. The choice of wood as fuel is more environmentally friendly.
Electric heating: simply connect each heating unit to the mains electricity supply.
Renewable heating (ENR): there are two major types of ENR - heat pumps and solar. With solar, it is normally supplemented by an additional heater.
Mixed dual energy: Bi-energy is a combination of heating methods (conventional + renewable energy). Different combinations are available: wood + gas heating, heat pump + solar + conventional heating, etc.
Central heating may also be provided by heating systems which are often ignored:
A boiler stove offers the combined advantages of a wood stove and a boiler which is connected to your water heating system.
A fireplace can be fitted with a heat disperser or heat recovery apparatus and also serve as central heating throughout your home.