Five tips for a biomass boiler

A biomass boiler could save you a small fortune on your heating bills as the system burns a renewable product, rather than relying on National Grid gas and electricity.

As grid prices continue to rise, the annual household bill is increasing substantially.

In fact, since 2004 your bill would have doubled and by 2020 you can expect prices to have doubled again. That’s why choosing a biomass boiler is one of the best things you can do to control spending.

So to get you prepared for biomass, we answer five of the most asked questions:

What type of biomass boiler is best for my home?

They are plenty of styles available for you to consider and really the only differences are with the size and the fuel used. For example, you could choose a log, pellet or wood chip boiler. Of course, each will have its own pros and cons and by speaking to experts in the industry you’ll be able to get a better understanding.

Heat loads for homes ranges between 10kW and 45kW. For these, a pellet boiler is best. Of course, with the Renewable Heat Incentive attached, not only will you save, but earn through Government payments too.

Do I need a purpose built biomass boiler room?

If you’re already thinking about a biomass boiler then the chances are you have received the correct planning permission so this is a great start. Although there are options to have the boiler inside, giving the aesthetic appeal of a real fire, realistically you’ll need a dedicated space elsewhere.

What features should I look for in a pellet boiler?

With a biomass boiler you’ll have a reliable heating source that’ll work throughout the year. There are a few things to check out when you invest though, such as the manufacturer.

You want a manufacturer who has been in the industry for a number of years with plenty of success. You also want to distinguish between an automatic fed boiler and a hand-fed one. Obviously an automatic system would be easier, but could be more expensive too.

How often does a pellet boiler need re-fuelling?

This will come down to the boiler you choose, but mostly you’ll buy the fuel when you need it. Typically it’ll come in large portions of 10-15kg so a few of these will keep you going for a week.

A 40kg boiler would work well for a few days whilst a 150kg boiler could last a week before needing to be refilled.

Are the controls easy to use?

Realistically you’ll want to keep your existing controls because this will mean your plumbing won’t be reconnected. Of course, sometimes you’ll need extra controls to help with maximising efficiency, but all of this will be explained by your installer.


Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share

  • Biomass boilers are part of the renewable group and will help you save hundreds of pounds every year.
  • You can receive a guaranteed Government income with biomass, known as the Renewable Heat Incentive.
  • By replacing your old boiler you’ll be able to avoid the costly repair bills if something goes wrong to your old boiler.
  • Ensure to have a regular boiler service so any hidden faults can be identified before anything goes wrong.

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