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Adrian Vincent

Thank you for publishing this article!

There is zero chance of the UK government hitting its carbon neutral targets without tackling the thorny issue of domestic heating systems. And it’s a BIG challenge! If anybody is planning a big refurbishment project, planning for a low carbon and/or renewable heating system is not only a timely investment but a moral imperative.

Thank you for your real life insight Mandy Carmichael. My father has recently installed air conditioning at his house and he got trained himself to do the installation. He has also done quite a bit of research into heat pumps. Like you, he commented that training enough heating engineers was going to be one of the biggest hurdles to changing heating technology. It takes a lot of time and money. And it’s more complex than installing a traditional boiler so not as many people will want to or even be capable of learning all the necessary knowledge and skills to do it properly and safely.

I look forward to seeing articles on Houzz with real life examples of people installing air source and ground source heat pumps. I am planning my own project for later this year or next year (we own a Victorian property in London) so I won’t have anything to input for quite a while.

   
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OnePlan

Great to see all of these options in one concise article - thanks Houzz !

   
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shelleyuk

I have a biomass system which is log fuelled (log gassification boiler). We don't have to buy wood since we have a sustainable source on our property. Even so it was a significant investment 4 years ago (over £15k) and the RHI payments will not cover that investment cost. Its also incredibly labour intensive, particularly if you factor in splitting the wood in the first place. It was an eco decision but one which has cost us a lot financially and in terms of our time.

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