When homeowners are considering whole house heating solutions for their properties, there are several alternatives to the traditional heating systems that a great many of us have installed in our houses. For example there is biomass heating which utilises agricultural and urban waste to create warmth to heat properties and electricity to power them. The carbon in biomass can be found in the natural carbon cycle anyway, so it does not damage the environment like the burning of other fossil fuels since it isn’t going to add to the carbon footprint.
With the increasing expense of oil, alternative heating solutions are always being sought by Governments who want to scale back the environmental impact of their country’s industrial and social activities as well as individual homeowners and business people who wish to lower their energy bills and minimise their carbon footprint.
There are various different kinds of biomass heating systems available and these may be used in different types of building from residential to commercial. The main systems designed to use biomass to heat a boiler include fully automated and pellet fired systems. Pellet fired systems use a pellet which is made out of processed wood – because the measurements of the pellet is so uniform it does make the heating system efficient, although the pellets can be quite expensive to buy.
There are some drawbacks to working with biomass fuel and these include the fact that when burned this fuel creates pollution by means of carbon monoxide, in some circumstances this may produce even greater levels than coal and gas. However, because it is using waste products biomass heating does have the advantage of being part of the natural cycle of carbon.
There are plenty of other options to whole house heating besides biomass solutions and these include solar energy panels, condensing boilers and air source or ground source heat pumps. Many householders have grown to be interested in heating their houses in the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly way therefore, biomass together with these other options offers a very viable solution.