Don’t compromise on the aesthetic of your beautiful home.
Reducing carbon emissions for the betterment of the environment.
The Government are laying great emphasis on reducing carbon emissions in the UK. The two sectors that have been ear marked to make changes are Heating and Transport. With electric cars outselling diesel engine cars for the second month running, it is clear that the public are now taking climate change and the need to reduce their carbon emissions seriously. When it comes to heating, the Government have pushed heat pumps as a solution, without giving proper scrutiny to the suitability of retro fitting heat pumps in most UK homes. The reality on the ground in our experience is a combination of different types of electric heating solutions to fit individual home needs, rather than a ‘one size fits all’ approach. We understand that there is a need to change, however, having surveyed thousands of homes in the UK we are best placed to offer advice on solutions that are sustainable and achievable for most UK homes.
Choosing the right heating solution for your home.
As the stock of our homes are not well insulated, using heat pumps that heat water up to 65c is not going to heat most homes to the same comfortable level that boilers did. Primarily, most of the households want to make the switch with minimum disruption and building work. This factor is one of the main deterrents for consumers trying to make the switch. Hence, in these cases it is perhaps better to replace your existing gas or oil boiler with an electric boiler. This transformation can be achieved in only a day or two. If you require a lot of hot water, then you could install the Aquafficient Eco+, which is an air source water heater, but it does not have an external unit. It can be installed where your existing cylinder is located, but you will need to provide ducting to the outside to expel the cold air. If you cannot duct it to the outside, or if you lack space in your home, then the Aquafficient is a great solution to heat your water. In a scenario like this you can then install a heating only boiler. We recommend always keeping your heating and hot water independent, so there is never a single point of failure.
Keep your space and water heating separate.
For numerous compact and smaller homes that have gas combi-boilers; making the switch to either our Electric Duo Boiler or our dynamic, individually temperature-controlled (using a smart wireless thermostat) storage heaters, in conjunction with the Aquafficient (for hot water) is the way forward. The idea of using dynamic direct acting storage heaters makes your home more efficient as you only heat the more frequented areas/rooms of your home. These are heated to the temperature you require and when you need it. This solution is also suitable for larger homes. In regard to a standard central heating system, there is only one thermostat. Therefore, if you have a 3- 4-bedroom home with 2 or 3 occupants, every time you want to use two rooms you have to switch the 12kW boiler on when you could simply, and more efficiently, be using a 3.5kW boiler in conjunction with 2 dynamic direct acting storage heaters. The dynamic storage heaters react quickly and maintain temperatures after switching off using the storage principle. It is a modern, efficient replacement for wasteful night storage heaters. This user profile of consumption is mirrored in many UK homes, so once again the concept of only heating rooms based on usage will deliver savings on your energy bill and keep you warm in the rooms you use. An attribute of making this switch to the Fischer system is that you are guaranteed a stress-free and installation.
Heat pumps are not suitable for many UK homes.
As far as the use of heat pumps for heating is concerned, unless you have a relatively new home with high levels of insulation, heat pumps will not deliver the heating you require. They may be ideal for new builds where you plan the location of the heat pump based on the initial plans, but to retrofit this in existing homes would require major alterations to the fabric of your property. This is not a practical option for many households, as the cost to bring their homes to the standard required would be prohibitive.
Even if you could manage the cost of such works, the other issue is the space required when installing the heat pump in your garden. If you are tight for space, this is could present a big problem. In addition to that, the noise of the heat pump and the expelled cold air means you cannot sit close to it in the garden. Moving the heat pump further out into your garden, away from your home, means you compromise on the efficiency of the heat pump. It also not recommended to use a heat pump alongside your existing radiators, as they may not be sufficient to heat your home during the winter. Essentially, you need to increase the size of your radiators by up to 50% and this, in our experience, is not possible for most UK homes, as there is insufficient wall space to hang bigger or more radiators to achieve the heat requirement.
When we look at these issues, coupled with our experience conducting home heating surveys around the UK; we know that the way forward is different electric heating solutions to suit individual homes, user profiles, affordability and ease of installation. These are the factors that most households consider important before they can make the switch.
Make the choice that best suits your home, lifestyle, comfort and pocket. Our free no-obligation survey provides you with choices that can make your home heating ‘green’ and reduce the carbon emissions from your home. The state of our environment depends on the actions we take. Climate change is happening NOW, so doing nothing is not an option.