There are a number of financial and environmental benefits of using biomass boilers as a heating system in your home as well as business property. As you are aware, burning coal or gas or using electricity for heating is not only costly but also leads to environmental pollution. On the other hand, using biomass boilers is not only cheaper in the long run but it is also environmentally friendly. Here are some of the other benefits of having a biomass boiler.
One of the biggest benefits of using biomass for your heating needs is that there is long-term assured supply of fuel. On the other hand, various other fuels such gas, oil, coal and LPG do not have assured supplies. Also, it is a sustainable fuel source and it can be easily replaced. In simple words, biomass supply is secure and it can also be sourced locally instead of relying on imports from overseas. So, by using biomass boilers, you are also supporting local economy.
Using biomass boilers is also good for environment especially when compared to using other sources that are dependent on oil, gas or coal. It is estimated that you can reduce your carbon output by more than 9 tons in a year by using biomass boilers instead of oil or gas boilers. While it is true that some carbon is emitted when you burn biomass, it is only a fraction of the emissions produced by burning other fossil fuels. In simple terms, biomass is a sustainable fuel source that is environmentally friendly.
There was a time when the biomass combustion system used to have extremely poor efficiency. However, with the use of modern technology, the modern, sophisticated systems have increased the efficiency of boilers immensely. In fact, the modern models available in the market today can operate at 90% efficiency which is much higher than the electric heating system and other conventional boilers. These are efficient as there is no wastage of heat and fuel.
While these biomass boilers can be used to completely replace other heating systems, you can also integrate these with existing electric and gas boilers. In this manner, you can use both the systems as per your needs.
On an average, a biomass boiler heating system for your home saves you approximately £600 a year when you replace an electric heating system with a biomass boiler. In addition to this annual saving, you may also be eligible for various government schemes and grants.
Also, since the prices of biomass fuel are much more stable especially when compared to the prices of other fossil fuels, the operating cost of biomass boilers will likely remain constant over a long period of time where as you can expect to pay a lot more money for energy from fossil fuels.
As far as the maintenance of boilers is concerned, it requires very little maintenance especially when compared to the standard boilers. A weekly visual inspection is recommended by experts to ensure that all the components are working as they should.
The modern biomass boilers produce extremely low smoke. So, these can also be installed in smoke-free zones though you should check the local regulations. So, even if you live in a smoke-free zone, you can easily get it installed and keep the environment safe.
Some of the models available in the market are fully automated and do not require any user input. These models come with automatic ignition along with a thermostatic control and an integrated hopper that automatically tops up the fuel. The hopper can typically hold up to a year’s supply of fuel which means that you don’t need to do anything except topping up the fuel.by