Heating and Hot Water
In most occupied buildings heating and hot water are essential components of the energy mix.
Here in the UK I think it is fair to say that we all require comfort heating for a significant proportion of the year (28-36 week heating season depending on where you are in the UK) and many sites such as Nursing Homes require space heating potentially all year round. Hot water of course is a year round demand on any heating system.
As a result the electricity / gas / oil / lpg / biomass dedicated to heating / hot water is a major part of many buildings energy burden.
There are so many different mechanisms with which you can heat your property that I have split this section into what I have found to be most frequently visited areas for my client base.
I hope that you find this approach useful – if nothing else it helps me get my head around the various options!
- Boilers – so this is where I talk about the different types of boiler plant I have identified, basic details on the way they work and my thoughts on their efficiency / effectiveness
- Heat Pumps – an upcoming area in the world of HVAC – heat pumps have been around for ages but still seem shrouded in myth – no longer – Stewart debunks myths (I hope)
- Electric heating – wall mounted – many buildings have no choice but to work with electric heating – here is where I talk about some systems I have found and like / dislike
- Electric Heating – ceiling mounted radiant panels – slightly different approach here – industrial / commercial “black heat” – good for churches by the way
- Industrial heating – no link here yet work in progress
- Radiators – a wee bit about how to distribute heat from your boiler system effectively