Benefits of biomass boilers


Biomass boilers offer an efficient form of heating and are designed to replace the traditional central heating in the home, such as gas, electricity and oil systems. Biomass boilers have received a push from the Government in recent years because they burn environmentally friendly products, effectively slashing the amount of CO2 emissions released.

Biomass boilers will help to cut your energy bills too, which will only increase every year if you’re using fossil fuel outputs. Of course, with a gas or oil boiler you’ll be creating far more carbon emissions and your bills will be substantially higher.

And the good news is biomass boilers are easy to install in your home. In fact, councils and developers are considering biomass heating as standard fit for all new build homes.

  • Biomass boilers are favoured for their high energy efficiency and in the home you can benefit from water and space heating.
  • Biomass boilers burn products which aren’t at risk of running out any time soon. This ranges from wood chips, to pellets and crops. Of course, this is an alternative to the fossil fuels of oil, coal and gas.
  • This form of heating is a fantastic way to help the environment counter the damaging effects of global warming. Other renewables are available to, such as solar panels and heat pumps.
  • Biomass boilers can be fitted into nearly any property in the UK and will simply replace your old boiler system. For commercial buildings the system will be larger and designed for maximum output.
  • One often unknown benefit of biomass boilers is that the products will leave an ash behind when burned, which can be used for garden fertilisation. Make sure to clear out this ash every six to eight weeks.

Suitability of a biomass boiler

Unfortunately biomass boilers aren’t suitable for everyone in the UK. If you’re thinking about one of these systems for your home you’ll need to ensure it’s right for your property.
One of the major factors will be if you have an area to store the fuel. You’ll need a large enough space to keep the wood pellets or crops, because buying in bulk will work out as the much cheaper option.

There are also some provisions under Building Regulations. Therefore, you should contact your local council and ensure there aren’t any regulations in place. Some areas also prohibit biomass boilers because of no smoking zones.

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Also, to adhere to planning permission you need to ensure the flue won’t exceed one metre of your roofline. If this will be the case you’ll need to apply for permission. Of course, in Conservation Areas and World Heritage Sites you’ll also need planning permission acceptance.

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