How Many Ways Are There To Heat Your Barnstaple Home This Winter?
21st December 2015
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How do you warm your home?  With so many ways to keep our houses toasty, we run through the different options and which ones could benefit you this winter and in years to come.

Many modern homes have central heating.  This trusty heating that turns on at the touch of a switch and pulls from the national grid is usually the cheapest option.  It is clean, efficient and modern boilers often use less fuel than older models.

Those of you whose gas supply is not connected are probably using one of the following methods:

  • Electricity
  • Oil
  • LPG

These are usually more expensive in the long term, so it may be worth considering renewable energy options:

Night Storage Heaters - These use a night time rate of electricity (which should be cheaper) and retain the heat and then will use this slowly throughout the day.

Oil Central Heating - Heating oil is normally used in a wet heating system where an oiled-fired boiler heats water, which provides central heating via radiators and hot water through the taps in your home.  This will however mean that the oil will need to be delivered to a tank in your garden and stored there for later use.  This can be expensive.

Renewable Energy - If you're eco-friendly, there are a few ways you can generate your own energy such as – a wood burning stove, solar water heating systems, heat pumps and biomass boilers.  These methods reduce your carbon footprint and mean that you are less dependant on other methods that have a global demand and soaring prices.

Solar Energy - If you want a long term energy method, solar panels on the roof of your home could be the answer. It can be expensive to install, but the government have incentives that pay you for any surplus energy you create that is put back into the grid.  You need to have a suitable south facing home.

Solid Fuel Heating and Biomass - Solid fuel includes coal, wood, coke and smokeless fuel and is a healthy option in the home as it reduces condensation.  These methods are efficient, economical and reduce condensation in your home.  They provide guaranteed heat, low running costs and you don’t have to worry if there’s a power cut. Appliances that use solid fuel heating and biomass are varied and supplies are fairly easily and cheaply obtained.

Biomass is biological materials that are derived from living or recently living materials.  Often plant based, but can be animal or vegetable derived.  Good quality fuels are essential for safe efficient combustion, as poor quality fuels waste energy and ultimately cost more for you the user.

When looking at installing a new heating method to your home, always consult a reputable supplier.  They will be able to help you through your options and tell you the most suitable forms of appliance for your needs and home size.  For more info call: The Works M&B on: 01271 308104.

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