Here at Radiant Heating Solutions, we’ve been offering renewable energy solutions since the late 1990s. Our expert team have designed, supplied and installed countless systems into new and existing buildings, working with owner-builders, architects, plumbing and heating engineers and property developers.
As well as installing ground and air source heat pumps and solar PV panels, we also offer expert advice about the government-funded Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). This helps you or your customers get the maximum benefit from our installations.
What is Renewable Energy?
Renewable energy is useful energy that is collected from renewable resources, which are naturally replenished on a human timescale, including carbon neutral sources like sunlight, wind, rain, tides, waves, and geothermal heat. Renewable energy provides reliable power supplies and fuel diversification, which enhance energy security, lower risk of fuel spills, and reduce the need for imported fuels & it also helps conserve the nation’s natural resources. The use of clean energy will dim the effects that climate change is having on the world and governments around the world are now trying to reduce their countries carbon footprint by switching to renewable energy systems where they can.
Renewable System Integration
This is something we’re incredibly passionate about here at Radiant Heating Solutions. System integration means bringing together two or more different heat sources which are then connected to the central heating and hot water systems. It’s not as simple as it sounds, though! The heat sources can’t just be linked together; they need to be carefully designed to make sure they work correctly and efficiently.
All kinds of heat sources can be joined together including boilers, heat pumps, wood-burning stoves and solar PV panels. The idea is to make the best use of the available energy. For example, a wood-burning stove could provide heating and hot water when lit and a gas-fired boiler at other times. You’ll stay in control of your costs as well as being warm and comfortable.
The kind of combination you have will depend on whether your project is a new build or an existing property. System integration isn’t usually possible with existing properties unless you’re carrying out a complete upgrade, due to the extensive changes you’d need to make to the plumbing.
Both solar PV panels and air source heat pumps are relatively easy to integrate into an existing or new system. To get the maximum benefit, we recommend you choose heat sources that use the least amount of fuel. If you’re not sure, our Sales Team will be happy to give advice.
You’ll also need to consider the type of controls you use for your new system. The type of unit required will depend on how complex your set-up is, but it will always prioritise the use of the cheapest energy source. We offer both standard controls with programmers and thermostats, and deluxe controls featuring advanced weather compensation technology.
Whole Building Heat Ventilation Recovery
As part of your integrated system, and as required by Part F of the Building Regulations for new builds, we recommend the installation of a heat/vent recovery (MHVR) unit. This lets you ventilate your property with clean, fresh air without losing too much heat in the colder months of the year.
An MHVR works by capturing most of the extracted air and using heat exchangers to transfer heat from the outgoing warm air to the incoming cold air. It can capture around 90% of the heat, making it very cost-effective. You’ll enjoy lower fuel bills and comfortable, consistent temperatures in your home or office.