This is a topic that is on everyone's mind, and for good reason. The soaring energy prices are forcing us to think about how to get through the heating season. It's worth thinking about a solution that not only gets us through this winter, but one that we can use willingly and effectively in the long term.
In apartments and houses where there is a chimney, wood-burning stoves are being considered in many cases. For those who have been quick on the uptake, the situation is easier, but there is now a shortage of goods on this market and the professionals are also very busy. The shortage extends to the supply of available stoves, but even worse, to the fuel itself. As this situation has been in place since last year, those who still manage to get firewood in time will be very lucky, briquettes or pellets but you can expect prices to rise more and more.
In the long term, electric heating seems to be the most sensible solution to replace gas. It is true that, like all other energy sources, the price of electricity has risen, but nowhere near as much as for gas. In the long term, renewable energy sources offer a much better chance of consolidation.
But what about heating systems using electricity? Are they still available and, if so, can we install them this year? For many people, heating with air conditioning is the first thing that springs to mind. It's not a bad idea, but before you go down that route, there are some drawbacks. The first is that installing a system requires considerable expertise - and even more financial investment. There are a lot of rogues on the market who can cause serious damage to your property. Be suspicious if someone claiming to be an expert is available the day after tomorrow. What is more worrying is that there is a shortage of air conditioners on the market, so there are fewer to choose from, and this is not helping the low prices. We also need to be aware that such a system needs regular maintenance, at least once a year, which will cost a very hefty sum. Installation is bound to cause destruction to the home, so calculate the restoration costs.
One of the best alternatives to electric heating systems is the infrapanel. It can be used as a complete heating system or as a supplementary heating system. We recommend that you get a frameless version, as the frame is not only unsightly, but will also start to peel off the unit over time. Otherwise, the installation of the system does not require any special expertise. Some pieces can be simply plugged into the socket, but it is more demanding to connect directly to the circuit. An electrician can do this without special infra-panel expertise. Installation does not require a permit, so it also saves a lot of time and money. But the bottom line: it's incredibly effective! It uses 98% of the energy consumed, which is a very good ratio compared to 60% for conventional heating systems. Infrared panels have a long lifetime and do not require any maintenance in the meantime, as there are no moving parts. If you move house, you can even take the panels with you. They can be connected to a thermostat, so you can easily control the heat in your home. How nice does that sound?
If you are interested, you will find a lot of information on our website, but feel free to contact us contact us at is. Our Infrapanel products on our webshop which will be delivered to you free of charge by GLS courier. We can even help you with the installation, write to us, or call us!