A common misconception is that renewable heating won’t work in older or listed properties, however this simply isn’t accurate. It is true that good insulation standards will reduce the running costs of your property – regardless of the fuel source – but a Heat Pump will be just as capable as a traditional system at providing all of necessary heating and hot water throughout the year, regardless of how historic or poorly insulated the property might be.
A Modern Solution to Heating your Listed Property
As the price of traditional fossil fuels have fluctuated, the ability to heat listed properties to desired levels and to conserve the fabric of the building has been reduced. Many occupants of listed properties now use the flash heating approach which came about after the first oil crisis in the early 1970’s which involves switching the heating on for say 4 hours in the morning and 4 hours in the evening. As sustainable design becomes mainstream it is now accepted this approach is best suited to buildings with light thermal mass (well insulated, lightweight construction) which can heat up rapidly to deliver the internal temperature specified.
In listed properties with heavy thermal mass, flash heating has proved to be expensive and ineffective, especially within those that run on oil or LPG. Ecovision’s experience of heat loss calculations in listed buildings shows existing radiator and distribution systems are often undersized and do not have the capacity to emit the required kilowatts to heat the building effectively. Therefore applying principles of sustainable design can reduce operating costs, increase the effectiveness of the existing radiator circuits and increase the comfort levels within the building.
Regardless of the type of property you live in, there should be no doubt about the Heat Pump’s capability and performance. Ecovision will ensure that even if the insulation standards of your property are very poor, a Heat Pump will provide all heating and hot water throughout the year, whilst also meeting minimum levels of efficiency to ensure substantial savings and government funded Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) payments.
The Listed Property Proof
In November of last year, Ecovision worked alongside Carol Stacey to find an effective renewable heating solution that suited her Grade 2 listed 2 bedroom property, which is estimated to reduce her heating bills by 50%. The result exceeded her expectations both in terms of the how efficient the system has proved to be within a property of historic nature and of the smooth transition and minimal disruption when making the switch to a Air Source Heat Pump.
As is often the case, when Mrs Stacey first made her enquiry she was sceptical as to whether a Heat Pump would be suitable in a listed property, “We didn’t know very much about renewable technology until we attended the Listed Property Home Show in London in February 2015.”, Mrs Stacey comments, “We were anxious to change the system we inherited when we bought the cottage (ancient night storage heaters) but gas is not available in the village and we did not want to use oil.”
The property is Grade 2 listed, with the front section of the house constructed of heavy historic timber frame with lather and plaster infill, and the rear section 9” solid brick, which was a major consideration for the family when they were looking to upgrade their heating system.
“We are expecting a significant reduction in electricity bills compared to last winter although due to the very mild weather this will be difficult to gauge until temperatures drop considerably.”, comments Mrs Stacey, “However we have already noticed a difference from last winter with our old storage heating system. The house has been completely transformed, the system gives off a gentle heat and even our cold, damp bathroom is now constantly dry and warm.” Mrs Stacey comments.
Do you own a listed property with a heating system that still runs on costly fossil fuels?
Ecovision will be exhibiting at The Listed Property Show where over 150 of the UK’s leading experts will be at the show to give advice and guidance on areas such as listed property architecture, listed property insurance, listed property surveys, energy saving secondary glazing & insulation for period homes.
The Listed Property Show, created by The Listed Property Owners Club, brings you all the specialist information and expert help you might need in conserving, renovating or buying a listed home. Arm yourself with professional help and advice from the biggest collection of listed property suppliers and specialists across one weekend, under one roof at Olympia London on 20-21 February 2016. Tickets are FREE – contact The Listed Property Owners Club to receive yours. T: 01795 844939 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Come and see Ecovision at Stand D14 to speak to our friendly team who can advise you on the best renewable solution for your property.