Air source heat pumps

Biomass Boilers

These boilers burn biological material derived from living or recently living organisms i.e. plant matter, vegetation etc. As trees grow, they absorb carbon dioxide from the air and this is released again in exactly the same quantity whether the timber is burnt or decomposes naturally. So, this technology contributes to a more balanced environment. Many biomass fuels generate lower levels or sulphur dioxide which contributes to 'acid rain'. Modern biomass boilers are highly sophisticated, offering combustion efficiency and emission levels comparable with the best fossil fuel boilers.

Wood Pellet Boilers

Although it may seem like new technology, wood pellet boilers are actually one of the oldest heating systems in the world. The idea of burning wood for heat goes back centuries. Wood pellet boilers were first manufactured in the 1970s during the energy crisis and because the prices of oil were sky high, people were looking for alternatives.

Oil prices always seem to be increasing and we are becoming increasingly worried for the environment. This time around, wood pellets are a much more viable long-term option whilst still leaving nature unharmed. Unlike oil and gas, wood is a renewable resource and available almost everywhere. Wood pellets are manufactured to a stringent specification which controls moisture content and composition. It is vitally important to use the pellets of the current standard.

Pellet boilers are available in many sizes from manually fed stoves with a visible flame to sophisticated 'behind-the-scenes' hopper-fed units.

Biomass Boiler

Log Boilers

Wood burns most efficiently at high temperatures and batch burning log boilers utilise a large water store to collect the heat from the burn for use throughout the day. In practice this means that even in the coldest weather only one fuelling per day is needed.

Government payback scheme

Currently householders installing biomass boilers are eligible for a 2,000 incentive payment from the Government subject to both the boiler and installer being MCS approved. However, in Spring 2014 the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) scheme will replace this with payments of 12.2p/kWh for 7 years. For commercial installations, an alternative scheme is available which currently plays a tariff of 8.6p per kilo for 20 years. However these rates are subject to periodic review for new applicants.