What are the alternatives to a boiler?

The government is aiming to begin the phasing out of natural gas boilers from 2035. This is because gas boilers and central heating are harmful to the environment due to their high carbon emissions. The Energy Saving Trust has said we need to cut heating emissions by 95% in order to reach the net zero target set for 2050. To do this, we need to replace our heating systems with greener, low-carbon alternatives.

Hybrid heating systems

Hybrid heating systems use both a heat pump and a gas boiler and alternate between the two, using the one which is most efficient at the time. This results in lower carbon emissions and balances the environmental friendliness of a heat pump with the reliability of a boiler. It is very efficient and as the boiler is only used part of the time, it will have a longer life span. In order to comply with the manufacturer’s warranty, your boiler needs an annual service. If you are looking for a boiler service Cheltenham, you can find all the information you need at specialists such as www.hprservicesltd.com/cheltenham-boilers/boiler-service-cheltenham.

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Air source heat pumps

Air source heat pumps (ASHPs) take energy from the air and convert it into heat. The main advantages of ASHPs are lower carbon emissions, low maintenance and potentially lower fuel bills. They are also energy efficient, safer than gas and have a long life span. However, you might need to replace your radiators as some heat pumps don’t provide as much heat as a boiler. There is a high upfront cost to install ASHPs and you’ll need space outside to install it. You can discover whether a heat pump may be suitable for your home on the government website here:

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Ground source heat pumps

Ground source heat pumps (GSHPs) absorb heat from the ground. They use pipes buried outside in your garden and transport this heat into your home. The advantages of GSHPs are very similar to ASHPs. Again, there is a high upfront cost to install and it will cause disruption in your garden.

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