Two essential things: Firstly, you protect natural resources, because pellets are a renewable "waste product" of the wood processing industry. Secondly, you protect the climate, because pellet combustion is CO2-neutral.
In other words, you only emit the CO2 that was absorbed during growth. For example, a household burning 4000 litres of fuel oil a year releases 10,442 kg of CO2. An ÖkoFEN pellet boiler only releases 360 kg over the same period. For further details, see Facts & figures.
• Avoid overheating the rooms. Set the thermostat to the most comfortable temperature for you. Info: Increasing the room temperature by only 1 °C consumes about six percent more energy.
• Lower the temperature in the building at night. Recommendation: approx. 3 °C lower room temperature between 22:00 and 6:00. This saves heating costs and ensures a good night's sleep!
• Ventilate properly. Preferably intermittent ventilation several times a day by opening two windows on opposite sides of the room/house for a duration of approx. three to five minutes. During this period, close the thermostatic valve on your radiator.
• Insulate your house well and also rely on the sun for your heat supply. This assures you the lowest possible heating costs for decades to come.
Think about a solar thermal system that can be integrated directly, when laying a new roof covering. A larger system will cover a good quarter of the heating costs.
Maintenance is a prerequisite for highest efficiency for every technical appliance A typical heating system needs to operate at full load for approx. 1500 hours every year. Compared with a car, this corresponds to a distance travelled of approx. 100,000 km. Cars are serviced up to five times over this distance. So treat your heating system to an annual service by a heating contractor and it will repay you with reliable heat.
Pellet boilers are very well-suited to all types of building. Electric heat pumps, on the other hand, are more suitable for highly insulated buildings (<50 kWh/m2 a), exclusively with either underfloor or wall heating. For buildings with 50 to 100 kWh/m2, heat pumps are only suitable to a certain extent and not at all for even higher heat demands. In general, irrespective of the heating method, the combination with solar thermal systems is highly recommended.
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