Today, with the increased popularity and availability of renewable energy sources the question of ensuring a proper household heating that is energy and at the same time cost-efficient is not as puzzling as it used to be a few decades ago. More and more people are embracing the environmental sustainability stand and are turning to heat pumps and solar panels as a means of providing heat for their homes.
The heat pumps’ and solar panels’ energy efficiency rates coupled with their eco-friendliness, makes these the perfect choice for those who are concerned about the impact they make on the environment while looking to get the best return on their initial investment. Heat pumps are an excellent low carbon heating solution, but they need electricity to run, and therefore combining them with solar panels will make your home achieve Net-Zero. In order to make the most out of energy sources that to a certain extent are available in an endless supply, a combination of solar energy generating appliances and ground source heat humps is favoured.
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It is possible to heat your house with solar panels in the UK. There are a few ways you can use solar panels to heat your home. These include:
Using solar energy to help power your heating can help drastically reduce your energy bills, especially in the winter months. The amount of power your solar powers can provide depends on their size, the power demands of the heating system, and the energy demands of your household overall.
By combining two distinct energy sources for heating purposes one will be offered a great value for the money he/she spends on property heating, whereas it will deliver a superior, compared to traditional central heating systems, cost-performance ratio. A combined system like this will:
In addition to what has been mentioned thus far, it should be noted that the pump’s maximum efficiency yield accounts for the October-December period, and the lowest efficiency rate is recorded for the time frame between February and April.
While for solar thermal heaters, the highest efficiency rate (during the cold season) is limited to the February-March period, and the lowest between November and December. Therefore, these two distinct heating systems complement each other in a quite productive manner. The use of solar panels increases the heat efficiency of a ground source heat pump, and vice versa, ensuring that the consumers will benefit the most from this symbiotic relationship.
The only substantial drawback of a combined system like this is subject to its high installation costs, which might considerably limit your budget allowance. The reason for high initial costs is due to the fact that a ground source heat pump requires drilling boreholes into the soil at depths of 50-115 meters and laying pipes’ type heat collectors underground, in order to be functional. Thus, the costs of installing a ground source heat pump are more or less equal to the price of heat pump’s equipment, which constitutes an important decision making factor when looking for a home heating system.
Nevertheless, the initial high costs are offset by the pay-offs that one gets while operating and maintaining a ground source heat pump. It is also worth mentioning that the overall costs of a combined heating system would resemble the costs associated with installing and running a full-size solar panel heating system, without requiring too much space for placing the solar cells. For a more efficient heat distribution, it is recommended to use underfloor heating or fan coil units, that can be used for air conditioning in the summer.
We have found adequate to present a list of possible system combinations, which aim to reduce the heating costs by up to 50-70% compared to conventional heating options, so you could have an idea about what to look for, in case you will consider buying one in the near future.
If you have decided to purchase a heat pump, but you are not sure which type you would like, we are ready to help you.
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