What Makes Up an Energy Efficient Hydronic Heating System?
A Heating system is any system that is put in a building to provide the pipework and componentry to heat or cool. It is the vehicle in which the water or air, (that has been warmed/cooled by water), will flow through the building.
A Collins designed Heating System is always based on the Heat Retention Calculation and also the usage, needs and wishes of our clients.
No two heating/cooling systems are the same, as no two buildings are ever the same.
When you start to think about building that is the perfect time in which is best to think about how you are going to generate your hot water for either heating and/or potable usage.
At Collins we use our “Four Corners Foundation” of your home approach to heating/cooling your home:
The aspect as to where you home is to be built and how it is positioned onto the site is important to the performance and end result in energy saving of your home.
All aspects of the build site, shade patterns, wind distribution, need to be taken into account when designing a heating/cooling system, as these can all pay an important part in enhancement or impingement of the energy performance of a building.
We offer the Home Energy Rating Scheme Assessment, (HERS, ABSA) which can disclose the total performance of your home before it is built. This can be used to then fine tune the plans and ideas of a build to gain maximum energy savings with minimum changes to plans.
The Heat Retention Calculation also provides our Heating Engineer with valuable information about how your home can be heated/cooled and how by changing aspects of the build, will make a huge difference to your energy bill once you are living in your new home.
- Design of your build
While we are not architects, we do know heating and cooling! We consistently work at offering good sound advice to clients and their architects or designers, to show how by adding or making little changes will ensure that your home design will enhance and work with an Energy Efficient
Heating/cooling System. Size and types of windows, room layout, floor coverings, stud height, (the list goes on), all play a large part on the level of energy efficiency a home can perform at. This also has a direct correlation to the level of comfort you will enjoy while living in your new home.
- Passive systems that you can incorporate into your design
These are the uncontrolled elements that enhance our comfort and energy efficiency of a new building. Our experienced and trained Team know the best way of designing and building up a heating and cooling system you start with what you have already… The external environment! Although these elements cannot be normally controlled there are ways of harnessing these to put them to good use. By using the sun and seasonal changes, ensuring correct amount of thermal mass, by putting the correct amount of insulation, in the correct places, etc. again, add up to maintaining and creating a great energy efficient heating and cooling system.
At Collins we can model these aspects of your home using the Heat Retention Calculation or the Home Energy Rating Scheme Assessment to ensure that you are not going to cook your home in winter from poorly placed/sized windows, and make sure you do not bump up a power bill by poorly designed or usage of thermal mass.
- Active heating /cooling systems
A well performing heating/cooling system enhances all aspects of living and usage of a dwelling, both visually as well as keeping noise and dust down to a minimum.
It works with the passive systems of your home to compliment the gains already made by these elements.
All areas of your home will be comfortable all year round, without any draughts, over heated feeling of being too hot or the chilling of draughts, if there is a cooling system installed.
The Golden Rule is if you cannot tell that a heating/cooling system is on, then it is working well!
There are a number of items that you have to think about to design your Hydronic system. They are:
- Type of Heating System or Integrated Systems needed to work throughout the dwelling.
- Heating units/energy source.
- Areas to be heated in the dwelling
- The right combination of componentry/heating systems and heating units .
- What water saving devices you need to enhance your energy efficient heating/cooling solution.
A large amount of these questions will have already been covered with the initial interview with a client as to what they desire in a heating system, and also once the Heat Retention Calculation has been carried out. The type of system used could be:
- Hydronic In-floor, wall, ceiling heating/cooling
- Radiator System
- Brivis Climate System- Ducted Hot Air System
- Hydronic Fan Coil Heating/Cooling System
- Or a combination of the above.
An Energy efficient heating/cooling system has to incorporate an Energy Efficient Heating Unit to give the energy to make hot water. The unit for a system is sized using the Heat Retention Calculation to ensure that the correct size and unit is being used as to ensure the fuel efficiency of the system.
The Heating Units that Collins Plumbing, Gas and Heating use at the moment are:
- Air-to-water heat Pump.
- Ground source Heatpump.
- Gas boiler.
- Solar integrated System, hot water.
- Solar integrated System, power generation.
- Solid fuel units
- Brivis Climate System