Renewable energy technologies like solar, air source heat pumps and ground source heat pumps offer an alternative to fossil fuels and can help reduce your homes CO2 emissions.
Solar Heating Worcester Greenskies solar panels
A typical well sized solar system should provide around 50-70% of the domestic hot water requirements of a home, representing a very worthwhile saving on hot water heating costs. The remaining hot water requirement is provided by the boiler.
The Worcester Greenskies solar panels are a perfect partner to the new range of condensing Greenstar regular and system boilers, with different models available in both oil and gas, which require a separate cylinder for the storage of hot water. When used together a Greenstar boiler and solar system provide a highly efficient system to give heating and hot water comfort.
Ground source heat pumps
GSHP's use the latent heat absorbed by the ground that is radiated by the sun daily no matter what the weather is doing above ground. Underground temperature remains constant, at around 12 degrees, and provides a reliable continual source of warm water which, harnessed with a glycol based GSHP system, gives a constant feed of hot water and heating into a property.
"Ground source heat pumps can generate four kilowatts of energy for every single kilowatt of electricity used"
GSHP's are very efficient ways of heating your home and are in excess of 300% efficient. There are also more grants, feed-in tariffs and cash backs available for GSHP's from various sources as it is a well established form of heating your home and a great long term investment.
Air to Air Heat pumps
Cost effective, low maintenance and aesthetically pleasing, Air to Air heat pumps can heat or cool up to 120 square metres allowing for many applications; open plan areas for business, classrooms, places of worship, loft and basement conversions or house extensions - in fact any open areas which require heating or cooling. The units also act as air purifiers and particulate filters using "Cluster Ion Technology", they don't dry out the air - as air conditioning units do - so are excellent for allergy sufferers and contact lens wearers alike.
Most installations are completed within a day or so and a 6Kw unit costs around 4 pence per hour to run (on maximum output). They are up to 500% efficient which is why they have become an excellent option for those wanting to reduce the pressure on their existing boiler and household.
Air to Water Heat pumps
Air to Water heat pumps work in much the same way as air to air, they use the latent heat in the air to generate heat, but have one big difference.
An Air to Water units provides a plentiful supply of hot water thanks to a built-in hot water cylinder are in excess of 300% efficient which means for every kilowatt of electricity that is used the unit will generate at least three units of heating. These units are designed to replace traditional gas and oil boilers based on the principle that electricity will remain more stable and therefore cheaper in the long-term.
Due to air to water units only needing electricity for operation, it makes it an ideal choice when refurbishing an existing property, replacing oil fired boiler replacements, new builds or areas with restricted mains gas. This is the ideal opportunity to upgrade to a proven, dependable and cost effective option.
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