Green Ways of Heating
|Solar heating panels are very|
similar to solar panels used for generating electricity. These
panels can be installed to generate hot water for your home,
providing hot water for central heating as well as tap water.
If correctly installed, solar
Of course, this method relies
on the natural resource of the sun. In the winter when there is less
sunlight, solar heating is not as effective, so this method is not as
reliable throughout the year. Of course, the important thing to remember
here is that sunlight is free, and for most of the year there is an
abundance of it!
Geothermal heating is gaining
large popularity. This method (which has been used for centuries) utilises
the heat found deep underground. By running pipes deep underground, heat can
be brought up from the earth and into the home. Warm air extracted from the
hot water and a fan blows this into the house. This heat supply is much more
constant than that offered by solar heating throughout the year, and is
readily available for whenever it is needed. This can provide up to an
astonishing 70% of your heating requirements. It is no wonder why this
method is gaining such popularity.
Under Floor Heating
|Perhaps the most popular form|
of environmentally friendly heating, under floor heating is a great way of
providing consistent heat to your home.
This method comes in two forms: wet
As the name suggests, wet
under floor heating uses warm water and pipes generate heat within the
floor. Dry under floor heating on the other hand uses electricity and
woven materials to generate and store heat.
By far the cheaper of the two
to run is the wet method, and is 30% more efficient than traditional
radiators. However, the dry method is most suited to renovations or
retrofits where piping cannot be laid into the existing architecture. Read
more about under floor heating here:
Installing Under Floor Heating
You may be thinking that these
methods of heating are expensive to install. Although this is true, it is
important that you consider the money that you could save over the coming
years by purchasing less gas to heat your home. Combined with good home
insulation, these methods can save you as much as 70% on your home heating
bills. It’s time to move your heating methods into the 21st century!
How to save on heating
costs in your home.