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What is the most cost-effective heating for an Australian home?

The choice of a heating system is very important, especially when you consider that heating represents about 60% of the energy bill. So, how do you choose economical heating? Here is an overview of the most efficient systems and less expensive to use.

It all depends on the quality of the insulation

It makes sense: it’s harder to heat a building where most of the heat is lost through the roof or walls. Therefore, your choice depends above all on the insulation. The better insulated your home, the more interesting options you have when it comes to economical heating.

Light renovation: high-efficiency heating

Is your boiler starting to show its age? If its performance drops below 90%, it’s time to replace it. A modern high-efficiency system can reduce your consumption by 30%. But what to choose?

If you do not want to improve the insulation: the best solution is to install a condensing boiler. Even without low-temperature devices, you will be able to save money.

If, on the other hand, you improve the insulation, more options are available to you:

The condensing boiler remains the best option if you plan to use gas or oil. The hybrid heat pump is an alternative that combines a heat pump and a gas boiler. In any case, the ideal is to install heaters at low temperature.

Condensing boiler

The most efficient gas and oil systems today are condensing boilers. These recover the heat of the condensation which forms in the device, which allows obtaining a very high efficiency.

If possible, it is in your best interest to opt for gas: it costs less and you can benefit from premiums. Heating with oil requires a tank to store it.

Hybrid heat pump

It is a combination of an air-water heat pump and a gas condensing boiler. The device automatically uses the most efficient energy source. It is therefore the heat pump that operates most of the time. The gas boiler takes over when the air is too cold, to ensure constant efficiency. It is an interesting solution for renovations that are not sufficiently insulated for an ordinary heat pump.

Low-temperature heating

This is not a type of boiler, but rather heating devices, such as radiators or underfloor heating. The old boilers produced water at 70 or even 90 ° C, which caused significant heat losses. Today, low-temperature systems heat water to around 45 ° C, which is much more economical. And thanks to the good insulation of the house, the room temperature is always so comfortable.

New construction or a complete renovation

If your home is very well insulated, you can opt for systems using renewable energies. Not only are these systems better for the environment, but the energy they use is also inexpensive or even free. The heat pump draws free heat from the air, soil or groundwater.

The biomass boiler or pellet stove uses organic fuels, generally wood and its by-products (pellets, chips, etc.) Finally, solar heating systems capture energy from the sun to provide additional heating or domestic hot water. Would you like to know the best heating solution for your home? Ask specialized contractors for advice via the quotation page, free of charge and without obligation.

Heat Pump

There are 4 types of heat pumps: air-to-air, air-to-water, soil-to-water, and water-to-water. Each has its own characteristics, but a heat pump is always a very economical solution for a suitable dwelling. Its purchase price is rather high, but it is an investment that can pay for itself in a few years. As the heat pump consumes electricity, the ideal is to couple it to photovoltaic panels to achieve maximum savings.

Pellet Boiler

Wood and its by-products, such as pellets and woodchips, are among the cheapest fuels on the market. Wood-fired boilers range from a simple pellet stove, rather used as a backup, to the largest biomass boiler. Again, the purchase price is high, but the cost of annual consumption is very low. For very well insulated houses, a pellet stove may even suffice during the winter months.

Solar Heating

Solar thermal collectors, installed on the roof of the house or in the garden, heat the water for heating. They can act as a backup heater and provide 30 to 60% of the heating needs. The solar water heater works on the same principle and provides domestic hot water. It is a very efficient and economical system.

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Choosing to equip your home with an economical heating method means offering yourself a better quality of life, responding to a more ecological and responsible mode of consumption and making a gesture in favour of the preservation of the environment. The RMS Heating and Cooling support you in the accomplishment of your project, personal and adapted.

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