The Most Energy Efficient Ways To Heat Your Home
Nowadays architects who are designing an energy efficient home try to think about a dwelling that requires no heating at all. The key to such buildings is maintaining an even temperature throughout the day and the night. Because cooling a home takes at least as much energy as to heat it, a steady temperature is needed. This usually means the home has to be sealed in some way, which in turn makes air flow an issue.
In most UK homes, windows open so that the house can be cooled during summer and closed to keep out poor weather conditions. As this means they are unlikely to do without heating altogether, particularly during a cold snap, efficiency in the heating methods used has become increasingly important. Rising prices of domestic fuel and concern over the level of carbon emissions have been the twin drivers for energy efficient heating systems.
Making your house as close to the zero-heating designed home during winter will help reduce your carbon footprint and utility bills. In practical terms, this means retaining the heat in your home and minimising heat loss. Some insulation measures are well known, like thermal insulation systems that are laid in loft spaces. Homes are usually designed with cavity walls and there are plenty of specialist contractors who can retro-fit insulating material into the cavity between the walls. Both of these measures are the first steps to take in reducing the heat loss from a home.
Glazing is an often overlooked area of heat loss in a home. Single glazing is nowhere nearly as efficient as double glazing. However, in winter fitting temporary internal tertiary glazing should be considered in order to improve the thermal retention of the windows. Simple measures, like updating your windows’ sealant with caulk, can make a surprising difference.
If an increasingly sealed home means that you end up with ventilation problems, which can result in unpleasant mould, there are energy efficient solutions that can help. Try installing a heat recovery ventilator or an energy recovery ventilation system that use heat exchanging technology. These remove moisture and forces fresh air into the building at the right temperature.
Heating your home in the UK usually means firing up a central heating system. Roof mounted thermal exchange panels can heat up your central heating system’s water without having to resort to an electrical immersion system or a gas boiler. Using the sun’s heat is carbon neutral and, once installed, free to use. Roof mounted photo-voltaic cells convert sunlight into electricity and can export energy back to the electrical grid. This means that when you use electricity from a power station to heat your home, you have already reduced your carbon footprint. Alternatively, why not get involved with the innovative technology of ground source heat pump solutions which utilises an altogether different form of renewable energy.
The government require people selling their homes and estate agents to publish the energy efficiency of any dwelling on the market. This can mean that any energy efficient heating methods you install have a residual value. This can be recouped when you sell up. So, don’t be put off by any upfront costs and get heating efficiently!