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Your Build - Spring 2018

Phase 2 The future UK heating Season 2018 50 Phase 1 Phase 3 Phase 4 Designed and tailor-made systems are vital to enable homeowners to reap the rewards of warm and comfortable homes with efficient and cost-effective Spring 2018 Phase 2 heating systems, says David Roberts, managing director at Nu-Heat It can feel like there is a lot of speculation around the future of heating in the UK. Is the government doing enough to combat climate change? Do energy grants and tariffs for renewables go far enough? Are energy companies doing enough to make sure fuel prices are fair and transparent? Put all of these factors to one side and what remains is the one constant: we will always want our homes to be warm and comfortable. Suppliers will strive to improve and develop new products to make this a reality and savvy homeowners will always be on the lookout for smarter and more efficient ways to heat their homes. Change is coming – an exciting and efficient future The way we heat our homes is slowing changing, and it needs to. As a nation, we have to cut building emissions and improve the efficiency of our homes. The future of UK heating cannot involve high heating bills or fuel poverty. The desire to live cost-effectively in a cosy, welcoming home is an achievable goal and one that the heating industry must play a significant role in realising. Recent years have seen the implementation of measures to improve home efficiency – the installation of loft and cavity wall insulation, the gradual roll out of smart meters, an increase in demand for smart thermostats and low temperature systems, such as underfloor heating. These are all steps in the right direction, creating warmer homes with better energy usage control, and helping us all to consider and improve the efficiency of our homes. In the future though, the heating industry has to bring these measures together to ensure that heating systems are specifically designed to meet the needs of each building. Only then will they be truly efficient, save us money, improve our health and make our homes warmer and more comfortable to live in. In order to achieve this, a change of thinking is required. Suppliers and homeowners each have a responsibility to think about heating differently. Heating is about more than fitting a new gas boiler or replacing a radiator. It’s about investing some time into choosing the right option, choosing the right heating for the property and those who live there, not a “one size fits all” approach. Zoned heating – that can be individually and accurately controlled on a room-by-room basis – is the future. We need to think outside the box, embracing new developments and the benefits they can offer both homeowners and the environment. Your part in the future So, how can we all play our part in changing the way the UK thinks about heating? At Nu-Heat we believe that there are three main areas where we can all make a difference. 1. Be open-minded Whilst it’s widely acknowledged that there’s more to modern day heating than boilers and radiators, many people are still unaware of the full range of options available to them. Sadly, this can leave homeowners settling for second best when it comes to their heating; paying over-the-odds for high temperature technologies in new homes that simply don’t need them, or watching their smart meters highlight – rather than resolve – the inefficiencies of their heating system. It is the role of suppliers to promote the alternative ways to heat a home and the benefits these can offer, and some are already working on this by broadening their advertising – at Nu- Heat we are running a campaign that dramatises the bizarre compromises that we all make when living with ineffective heating, questioning whether our daily concessions are acceptable. This is only part of the story, however, as homeowners also need to do their part by being open-minded to heating options that they might not yet have experienced or considered. A credible supplier will provide an honest assessment of the options available and their suitability for your home – something that is particularly important when renovating an existing property, which will have been improved and updated over the years since the original heating system was installed. 2. Seek expert advice A large proportion of us accept and live with inadequate heating. It’s crazy. Electric and LPG systems that cost too much to run, an oil boiler with wildly unpredictable running costs, radiators that are too hot to touch, yet leave half of the room cold. With the right guidance from an ethical supplier and a helpful installer, these situations are avoidable. Suppliers and installers often hold a great deal of knowledge and experience, making them a great first port of call when considering heating options for your home. It’s worth visiting exhibitions aimed at self-builders to meet a range of experts who can help you make the right choice for your home. They will be able to provide you with more detail on new products, controls, renewable technologies and their efficiency in comparison with other options. Make sure that you have the freedom to control the temperature of each room as you choose, and the flexibility to access accurate data about your energy usage. 3. Embrace the future If one thing’s for certain, the future of heating will involve new technologies. You don’t need to become an expert, but make sure you don’t get left behind. Insist on the best and most efficient option for your home, with all of its unique characteristics, and don’t settle for a ‘one size fits all’ system. Make the most of the resources available to research solutions for your home. Ask about new products. Read customer reviews. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. www.nu-heat.co.uk of Framing Your build


Your Build - Spring 2018
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