Fischer Future Improves the Energy Efficiency of your Home

The Key Steps to Improve the Energy Efficiency of your Home.

With the UK Government pushing its ‘Net Zero Carbon’ initiative and urging people to choose renewables over fossil fuels, you may be considering investing in highly efficient electric heaters, boilers, solar panels or heat pumps. But before making that decision, it is crucial to review and improve your home’s insulation. In this blog we list down the key steps to improve the energy efficiency of your home. The importance of this is embedded in the fact that the reduction of heat loss from your property means you will waste less energy, hence optimally utilizing the heating products in your home.  

What is ‘Home Insulation’?

 Generally, good insulators are made of materials that have structural similarity to wool, which aid in trapping tiny pockets of air. Mineral wool, fibreglass and polystyrene are the most commonly used home insulation materials. Insulation will help you keep the rooms of your house at a desirable temperature, all year round, protecting you from the harsh winter and excess heat in the summer.

In a typical house, the walls account for 30-40% of the heat loss within the property. The roof – 25%. The floors – 20%. Usually modern houses are well insulated, but the same cannot be said for older properties. During winter, heat from within the home could be lost, causing your heating systems to over-work in order to try and maintain an optimal room temperature. This could cause a spike in your energy consumption and in-turn, exorbitant energy bills for you to pay.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates that in a year, a typical 3-bedroom, semi-detached house could save up to £310 on energy bills by installing loft and cavity-wall insulation.

Improving the energy efficiency of your home.

As depicted in the diagram above, a poorly insulated UK home uses around 130 watts per m2 of heating. Taking the average house size as 100 sqm, the energy consumption in the poorly insulated property would be 13kW, or around 8 hours of heating per day, which would make the energy consumption 104kWh per day.

Loft Insulation
Double Glazed Windows
Cavity Wall Insulation
Floor Insulation
Fischer Solar PV and Thermostats

Follow these key steps and let us know if you have seen an improvement in the energy efficiency of your home. 

For more information on energy-efficient products that could help you reduce your carbon footprint, call our office on 01162425533. Alternatively, you could also browse through our free brochure for more product-related information.

NOW may be the perfect time to switch to electric heating

We do not need to look far, by following the example of how France has addressed its energy needs by nuclear and now ever-increasing renewables then we can certainly follow their lead and make our country powered by zero carbon fuels. The government need to invest now in the infrastructure and whilst there would be a sizable investment to make it will help us all in the future to have relatively stable prices for Energy. At the moment our Energy prices are volatile due to where they come from. Gas and oil prices are determined by world markets and if there is a major event in any part of the world the prices fluctuate. If we can reduce this fluctuation in wholesale price, then all of us can benefit from fair and stable prices.

 Energy companies do not make massive profits on selling energy to our homes, in fact this is clearly evidenced by the number of Energy companies that have gone bankrupt in the last 3 years. The only way we can all have stable energy prices is by producing and using our own Electricity. This is a project for the Government to make the investment so that we all can move away from Fossil fuels by not making us pay too much for the change.

The main reason households are reluctant on this change is due to the cost. However we all currently pay levies for carbon on our energy bills. In the recent budget the Chancellor has increased levies on Gas and frozen the levies on Electricity. The effect of this would be an increase in Gas prices for households. This will make Electricity more attractive to use for heating and hot water.

Today many households are concerned to switch to Electric or low carbon heating because of the cost, however it is clear that whilst there are many early adopters who are making the difference and switching now, the fact is we all  need to switch and it is not IF  but WHEN . To reduce carbon you must also insulate your home which will result in cheaper Energy bills. If you lose less heat from your home the cheaper will be your running costs.

Fischer offer several solutions for clean home heating that will help decarbonise your home and environment and keep us warm for the future.

To find out how you can START TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE Visit our website : www.fischerfutureheat.com or call us on 01162425533.

OFFICIAL STATEMENT – Fischer Future Heat UK Ltd

The proof is in the heating #FollowTheScience

Fischer Future Heat have always operated with integrity, quality service and fairness which is evident with thousands of satisfied customers in the UK and Germany. This has given us an excellent rating on independent review sites, Trustpilot & feefo from genuine customers.

Fischer Future Heat will continue to manufacture and install our quality appliances in UK homes.

The future is electric.


Below are the comments of our independent, international leading scientist.

“Our low input storage radiators can reduce your electricity consumption up to 40%”

The analysis in the report shows that the night storage heater can consume from 1.6 (when powered for 5 hours) to 2.24 (when powered for 7 hours) times more than the tested Fischer Future Heat products. 

“Fischer heaters use less power than night storage heaters”

When powered for the same number of hours, Fischer Storage Heaters use less power than static night storage heaters but they have to be powered following a different time-pattern.

 

“Compatible with Economy 7”

A user might choose to remain on Economy 7 and still use Fischer dynamic storage heaters. However, this would require the careful choice of a convenient Economy 7 tariff.

 

“Reduce Energy Wastage”

Due to its internal heat storage, the heat release from Fischer storage heaters can be finely controlled to closely match the heat demand. This avoid room overheating and the consumption of higher energy than what is needed for the thermal comfort.

“Use Less Energy”

This sentence is correct and has to be read together with the considerations in Paragraph 9 of my report. The BRE tests commissioned by Fischer Future Heat UK have shown (with results summarized in Table 1 above included in the answer to comment 3) that, when powered for the same number of hours, Fischer dynamic storage heater consume less energy than static storage heaters and Gas Central heating.

“Lower energy means lower running costs”

This sentence is true when all the heating systems under comparison are powered for the same duration.

Electric Storage Heaters

Fischer dynamic storage heaters can be classified as storage heaters since they integrate a heat storage element. A technical classification for storage heaters can be found in the British Standard BS EN 60531:2000+A11:2019. However, a technical standard is an engineering guideline to manufacture state-of-the-art products. In Paragraph C.2.5 this standard describes the set of assessments and calculations that should be followed to judge the suitability of storage heaters to certain room conditions. The features of the room are included in the calculations as well as the dynamic profile of the heat demand and of the storage heater charge. The heat-demand profiles are essential for the definition of the storage heater suitability.

“Our survey is designed to save you money”

A conversion from static night storage heaters to dynamic storage heaters saves money whenever it is powered for the same number of hours to match the heat-demand, in combination with the right tariff.

“Fischer dynamic storage heaters use up to 50% less energy than your gas boiler”

Gas Central heating results significantly less efficient. Its energy consumption is 1.47-1.58 times higher than storage heaters when operated with the same heat-demand pattern. Therefore, 50% is a correct value.

heating systems were compatible, safe and appropriate to be installed using the existing power source and electrical arrangements present in the consumers home.

All of our heaters leave our factory conforming to CE (Conformité Européenne) and OVE (Austrian Electrotechnical Association (OVE) Testing & Certification) certification standards, which is approved for the heaters to be used with a plug.

From OVE’s website (https://www.ove.at/ove-certification): The Austrian Safety Mark is a synonym for safety and quality of electrotechnical products. Our certificates facilitate the access to the market on national and international level and are the basis for the necessary EU declaration of conformity for your products. The OVE mark thus sends a signal to all consumers and relevant authorities that the product complies with the legal requirements according to the Low Voltage Directive and the EMC Directive.

Cancellations

Every Fischer Future Heat customer has 14 days in which to cancel their order and obtain a full refund. Fischer Future Heat remains committed to honouring any cancellations within the 14-day period. 

No customer has ever been refused their refund within the 14-day cancellation period.

We may, due to seasonal factors, from time to time, incentivise customers with discount in order to boost sales, which is a perfectly legitimate practice.

Gas may seem like a cheaper solution for heating your home, but is it really?

People often say that their existing gas or oil boilers are cheaper, which deters them from electric boilers, but what are the indirect costs of having a gas boiler? There are many, alongside the fact that they are simply unsustainable. Gas or oil may be immediately cheaper to the consumer, however we shouldn’t forget its cost to the environment- a cost which is far greater and long term than people want to believe.

Gas and oil are a finite resource which we mostly import from other countries, and when burnt, release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into our atmosphere. These gases damage the ozone layer of the earth’s atmosphere, making it more impermeable to UV rays from the sun. This results in less sunlight being reflected off the earth’s surface and back into space. This principle is what drives global warming, and in 2020 we are already feeling the impact of this through an increased frequency of extreme weather. Do we really want to continue the use of gas and oil if these are the detrimental consequences caused? Who actually pays for it?

The UK government have certainly taken this on board and have recently announced that gas boilers will be banned in all newly built homes by 2023, instead of the previously proposed date of 2025. Heating is the largest single source of carbon emissions in the UK, making up more than one-third of the total, so the government know that action must be taken sooner rather than later, in order to achieve their goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

So when people argue that gas is cheaper, we must pose the question of whether that singlehandedly makes it a better choice of fuel. There are indirect costs and consequences of a society reliant on gas boilers in their homes. Firstly, the government use taxpayer’s money to repair and fix damage caused by environmental disasters, which the use of gas boilers contribute towards. In the 2020 budget, the government announced that it will double its investment in flood and coastal defences in England to £5.2 billion over the next six years. Secondly, in major cities gas boilers are also a main source of nitrogen dioxide emissions. Decreasing air quality is only going to cause an increase in respiratory health conditions, which in turn increases the risk of premature death, leading to a rise in NHS costs.

The UK’s generation of electricity is already moving towards renewables and nuclear, which will increase air quality and the health of all Brits. Our energy security will also strengthen if we as a nation are able to meet our electricity demand without the need of imported fossil fuels. Furthermore, moving the ban of petrol and diesel car sales to a sooner 2030 is also another move as part of the prime minister’s green plan. If the government are showing clear signs of wanting to shift to a greener future, we must also support that by making greener choices ourselves, like the installation of electric boilers, so that we can all live more sustainable lives that not only benefit us, but benefit the planet.

A COMPLETE GUIDE FOR SWITCHING FROM GAS TO ELECTRIC HEATING.

Our country has depended on gas central heating for aeons now, and on account of this, we deter from the mere thought of switching from gas heating to electric; and rightly so.

We have been so comfortable using gas heating. The research on our planet’s sustainability has brought to light the ill-effects of using gas heating, along with the negative impact it has on our environment. The more ecological and environment-friendly choice is electric heating. As there are many misconceptions in the minds of people regarding switching from gas to electric heating, we provide you with a thorough guide on the reasoning behind switching to electric, as well as the steps it will entail.

Why should you switch from Gas to Electric?

It isn’t unheard of that humans have significantly contributed toward global warming and are harming the environment through our ill-actions. This in-turn has led to the UK Government taking strict, immediate action to ensure the UK’s emissions are net zero by the year 2050.

One of the Government’s new rules is a complete ban on installing gas-boilers and heaters in all new homes by 2025. The fact we have been using gas central heating for so many years has caused us to become reliant on it, and such a stringent Government-mandated regulation only highlights the urgency of our responsibility to take ownership of our actions and begin conserving the environment. As gas heating is one of the biggest contributors to increased carbon emissions, it makes electric heating not only the next, but also the most suitable course of action.

Electric heating not only takes a toll off the environment (when powered by a renewable energy source) but it is also easy to install and often, virtually maintenance-free. It is a versatile heating option because of the flexibility in the adjustment of temperature from room to room, depending on your heating needs. It is also very simple to program and is a reliable, often cost-effective and efficient alternative to older gas central heating.

Is making the switch from gas to electric an easy process?

The assumption that the switch from gas to electric heating being a hassle for you isn’t completely incorrect. The process of the decommissioning of the gas boiler and the removal of pipes and radiators around the house is definitely a time and money consuming task. It involves hiring a qualified gas engineer to perform the job, but the process of the installation of the new electric radiators is comparatively simple.

The installation of electric radiators is a straight-forward process which only requires a connection to the mains. Unlike gas central heating, this eco-friendly solution requires minimal servicing and repair. It efficiently heats up your kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms and even conservatory separately. A little dusting every now and again keeps it in top-notch condition.

What are the benefits of electric heating in your home?

There are many reasons for switching from gas to electric heating in your homes, the most obvious ones being a more efficient and green choice. By powering your electric heating with renewable energy, you instantly make it a better option from an environmental point of view. The fewer parts required for the functioning of electric heaters reduces the risk of it breaking down, saving costs on servicing and maintenance of the heaters.

It also eliminates the chances of carbon-monoxide leaks due to the removal of gas, and is therefore a much safer option for your home. The switch to electric heating in your home will also provide you with the ability to control the heaters individually, which means you can turn the heating off in rooms which are not in use, while maintaining optimal heating in the most frequented areas of your home. 

Is electric heating as effective as gas?

The principle that gas central heaters function on is combustion – providing radiant heat directly to objects and people in its vicinity. Electric heaters use the principle of convection and radiation (without the combustion) and provide the same level of effective heating in your home.

Electric heating facilitates the equal convection of heat throughout all corners of the room. Many electric heaters also come with precision thermostats which allow you to program the heaters depending on your usage and temperature requirements.

If you work a 9 to 5 job, you can set the heaters to turn on a few minutes before you arrive home so that when you enter your home, you experience a nice toasty home. This is not a fancy technological add-on, but a requirement for your home in order to achieve maximum comfort.

Why should ‘FISCHER’ be your first choice while opting to switch from gas to electric heating?

Fischer is a renowned brand in the electric heating industry, with over 70 years of experience in manufacturing heating solutions. Here at Fischer, we cater to our customer’s needs and pride ourselves on our commitment to complete customer satisfaction.

In reference to the removal of your existing gas system, we make this process easier by ensuring our trained engineers remove and discard your existing system and install your brand-new Fischer electric heaters for you.

Each of our heaters come with a programmable wireless thermostat to control the temperature in each room effectively. Our heaters can also be controlled using Wi-Fi, making the control of your heaters accessible to you even when you’re away from home, for example at work or on holiday.

Unlike other electric radiators on the market, we provide our customers with a 40mm chamotte clay core, which aids better heat storage and distribution throughout your home. We also provide a 10-year warranty on all of our radiators, along with a Complete Heating Guarantee to ensure you are warm all winter long. We also make it a practice to replace rather than repair, if there happens to be any fault in the heaters.

Making the switch from gas to electric heating in your home with Fischer by your side will ensure a hassle-free and potentially a more environment-friendly change.