In the UK the renewables market is growing rapidly and the market is getting flooded with low cost products that companies want to ship out in high volumes to make their profits. Some companies will sell heat pumps to replace gas boilers without doing a site survey, with no understanding of the efficiency of the home, insulation levels or usage needs. This can lead to inefficient systems, and customer dissatisfaction.

Shifting to renewable heat sources requires an understanding of the full home. This new efficient system requires low temperature heating emitters in order to get the widely sold efficiency benefits. If you have poorly insulated walls in a building the level of heat loss will be high and the heat pump will have to work in overdrive to keep the building warm.

By selecting the right set of products and integrating them with smart controls it is possible to ramp up efficiency levels of the whole system. The design stage is key, by calculating the heat loss of a home you can size the heat pump correctly, ensure you have a big enough surface area of the heating emitters to achieve the level of comfort that is needed in a home.

Radiant heating and cooling work so well with heat pumps, in the UK we are used to underfloor heating. This is a set of pipes running through the floor with warm water that emits heat evenly across the floor and through radiant energy warms the room. A full radiant system uses this same technology but makes use of all available surfaces with ceiling and wall panels to radiate heat too. This is especially helpful when a building needs to retain its original floor or if there is a lot of furniture on the floor significantly reducing the surface area that can emit heat.

This same system can also cool, when paired with a heat pump in cooling mode, the water in the pipes can be cooled to absorb heat in a room and use radiant cooling to give a naturally cool feeling in the room.

MVHR is a key to create a comfortable climate, by bringing in fresh air as air quality falls or humidity rises. When combining MVHR with a radiant cooling system, surface temperatures can be brought to lower as the set dew point reduces which avoids condensations from arising. MVHR also supports the level of comfort by removing the stagnant air and can benefit wellbeing and productivity.

The key to integration is smart controls, by measuring all the elements of your indoor climate; temperature, humidity, air quality the right smart controls can optimise the full system so that no matter what the changing conditions the perfect indoor climate can be maintained.

A simple dashboard allows customers to understand how their system is performing, they can change the timings and settings at the touch of a button and installers are able to remotely support the system.

At Surface Renewables we specialise in the Comfort 360 system that integrates renewable products to give the perfect climate with a low carbon footprint.