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Science has come a long way in the development of biomass for heating fuel. If you’re concerned about using expensive fossils fuels to heat your home, one option you may want to consider are biomass boilers. There are lots of professional contractors in our network standing by ready to answer any questions you may have about using biomass to heat your home so you can feel confident about making the switch.
Biomass refers to anything that is living now or that has been living in the recent past. It typically involves plants or plant based materials that are harvested for use as heating fuel. Some of the more common materials include wood chips, corn, hemp, bamboo and sugarcane. Many times, wild plants are harvested and then used to create biomass fuel but there are also plenty of farms that specialize in producing this matter as well. Biomass can also be derived from other sources including household garbage and animal waste.
Just as there are numerous types of biomass available, there are also many varieties of biomass boilers. Some systems are fully automated ones that use a computer generated program to add fuel from a holding area as it is needed. These systems are ideal for large commercial buildings such as factories. Semi-automated biomass burners also operate automatically but require fuel to be added more frequently. These are better choices for smaller commercial structures. Pellet burners are normally chosen for household use and require biomass to be added manually as needed much like that of a traditional wood burning stove.
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When considering the switch to biomass fuel, it’s important for consumers to know the benefits of doing so which can include:
Biomass boilers can be messy and require a great deal of cleanup. This fuel typically comes in very large bags that can be heavy and awkward to transport. There is a great deal of concern among agriculturists as to whether biomass fuel depletes the food supply. Others are concerned about using wood as biomass because they fear it will lead to the over-harvesting of timber. Consumers can help mitigate these concerns by learning where their biomass fuel comes from. That way, they can ensure that waste product is being put to good use rather than buying material that might best be used for other purposes.
Once you’ve decided to install a biomass boiler, you may think that the cost of installation is going to be too expensive, which will lead you to consider the option of trying to install it yourself. However, it is never a good idea to try and save money when it comes to installing appliances like these because you either injure yourself or cause a lot of damage to your property in the process. If you find that the cost of paying for the new boiler and the installation is more than you thought, be sure to compare our free quotes for the latest deals and consider asking if there is any form of discount or rebate program available that will help cover part of the cost. These units should only be installed by qualified and certified installers.
Biomass boilers are environmentally friendly as they use completely renewable sources of fuel to provide heat, but many homeowners are hesitant to make the switch. The UK’s RHI, or Renewable Heat Incentive, may help them make that choice. Biomass is less expensive than heating oil or LPG, and some research suggests that biomass is even cheaper than a geothermal heat pump. Biomass burners can be used alongside existing water lines and radiators, as well.
The only true disadvantage that many homeowners in the UK continue to face is the ability to obtain and store biomass materials. Although the government continues to offer incentives to companies that promote and sell biomass – as well as to homeowners who make the switch – there are still very few providers of bulk biomass materials across the country. This means that you may need to schedule your deliveries well in advance to ensure you don’t run out of fuel, or, in some cases, you may need to pick up your biomass.
The single most important factor in determining the cost of a biomass heating system is the type of unit being installed, as commercial systems tend to run more than those designed for household use. It can also cost more money to install a unit that provides electricity or heats water in addition to warming a structure. Biomass boilers must be hooked to existing electrical wiring, so buildings that have substandard electrical systems may need to spend money on upgrades before installation can take place.
Once you have had your boiler installed and have been using it for a while, it may require a little maintenance to keep it operating optimally. While some tasks such as cleaning the burner chamber out and removing ash can sometimes be performed in a DIY capacity, there are other maintenance tasks that are best left to qualified and experienced boiler technicians. These include, but may not be limited to servicing your unit annually, preparing and flushing radiators and ensuring that there is always a steady supply of fuel material available.
Yes. The UK government offers incentives to homeowners who choose renewable energy sources for heating their homes and water sources. Though the tariffs and payments change frequently, homeowners can and do receive payments when they install biomass boilers, air-source heat pumps, ground-source heat pumps, and even solar thermal options. This means that in just a few years, your boiler will pay for itself thanks to incentives directly from the government.
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February: We are still seeing snow across the UK as the temperatures continue to remain low. February is a crucial time of the year to ensure your boiler and heating system is operating as efficiently as it should be, and also a great time to consider upgrading your system.
Biomass boilers can represent a substantial investment. For a 5 bedroom house, for example, you could be looking at a cost of £16,000 or more. Smaller houses will cost less, but you are still probably looking at £10,000 or more.
This will depend on your location. It is easy to find a domestic installer in some areas, where it is nearly impossible in others. Once you find a professional installer, it is easy to have a system installed in your house and can usually be done in a day or two.
The primary benefit of using a biomass boiler is that, unlike coal or oil, biomass is a sustainable fuel source. It can also be fuelled with waste wood from your own property, rather than purchasing cords of firewood as fuel.
Biomass boilers are much larger than their oil or gas fired counterparts. Initial costs are much higher than with a gas or oil fired boiler, and fuel costs are comparable to the current price of gas.
Wood pellets are the preferred fuel for heating biomass boilers; however, you may also use other materials such as corn stalks, wood chips, or even cherry pits. For best results, you should burn only one type of material at a time.
Provided that you always follow the instructions provided by your installer and those that are printed in the owner’s manual, you should find that these units are quite simple to work with. As with other types of boilers, they do also require regular maintenance though.
Biomass options like bamboo are by far the most coveted because they’re easily renewable. However, availability may play a key role in this decision. To find out which companies near you offer biomass fuels, and to learn more about the types of fuels they offer, submit a request for quotes and include this information. You’ll be contacted by up to four companies locally that offer different types of biomass boiler solutions.
This is not recommended at any time, as a qualified boiler engineer will know exactly which parts will require service and maintenance each year. In the event of a malfunction, your homeowners insurance policy may also not pay out for losses or damages if you have not had your unit service and maintained by a qualified expert.
This will depend on the model of the unit you purchase, the size of the home that is being heated and whether it is being maintained and serviced regularly or not. It is strongly recommended that your biomass boiler be serviced at least once a year.
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