Simply the best
Could it be that the very best high performance ecological heating system is also less expensive than a conventional system? Could it be so simple and quick to install that you could do it yourself?
Yes absolutely, is the answer to both questions if you use a Specflue Xcel heat bank which, in my opinion, is still the best available.
It is DIYable because all the pumps and wiring are already fitted to the tank so all the techie bits are done for you; one of my plumbers says he can fit one in a day.
Because it is an open vent system it is absolutely safe and anyone is allowed to install it.
I could go on forever about why it is the best high performance system but here are the main points:
Stainless steel tank will probably last a lifetime – I prefer the 500 litre one.
Solar panels and woodburning stoves are properly integrated.
Heat pump connections, if required, are sensible and prevent destratification.
Condensing gas boilers run in condensing mode all the time and deliver their full power.
Recovery times are almost instant due to stratification.
Domestic hot water is pure and plentiful enough to equal 4 combi boilers running at once.
You don’t even have to install it all at once. Just keep adding the next bit when time and funds allow.
See here for a brochure http://www.heatweb.co.uk/uploads/files/Xcel-HEATBANK.pdf
I have installed many systems like this. In the days when solar PV gave good returns some of them were ZERO COST for all energy and my own house still makes a profit of about £1,000 a year. The system has been refined over the years and now there is even a special factory version of the tank incorporating a few of my favourite tweaks. I am also very particular about the way it is installed and the thermal characteristics of the house are modeled to make sure transmission matches power etc. I am also very picky about wood burning stoves; you’d be amazed how many people buy the wrong one.
If you are interested in having a go then you can depend on me for lots of advice and supply of a matched set of the heat bank, stove and panels in the UK and across Europe. I try to round down on factory prices and, within reason, give free advice so there is no better way to do your project.
Just use the contact form below to get going and I look forward to discussing your project with you.