Tips for new build homes
Looking for a new heating system?
Did you know, you can reduce your heating costs by installing a modern, economical heating system and at the same time make a significant contribution to climate protection?
Renewable energy is often the best choice when it comes to new build developments. Energy efficient heating systems based on fossil fuels reduce heating costs and CO₂ emissions by an average of 30%. However, not every type of heating system is suitable for every home.
The following information will help you consider all key aspects.
Start the planning stage in good time
Deciding on the right type of heating system as early as possible when planning your new home is key as it allows you to carry out the construction, based on the system you choose.
For advice and guidance before deciding on your new system, consult an installer in your local area.
The output of your heating system
It’s crucial for your new heating system to meet the needs of your family.
It’s also equally as important to consider your hot water supply.
New systems available today mean that hot water can be available from any tap, at all times, as and when it’s needed. It’s important to consider what you need now but also what you may need in the future, so the ability to upgrade is an important consideration.
By selecting a heating system that can be upgraded, it means your requirements can always be met, even if they increase unexpectedly.
Energy consumption is a big consideration and understanding how efficient different systems are, can result in you minimising your heating costs in the long run.
Your heating and hot water needs
The number of people in your new home, and the size of your property determines the amount of heat you need. It's better to plan for slightly more than your maximum requirements, as this will ensure that you’re always covered.
A rule of thumb applies when calculating your energy requirements. The kilowatt hour (kWh) is the billing unit for energy delivered to consumers by electric utilities:
kW heating capacity (number of m² x 50 W/m²: 1,000)
+ kW hot water output (approx. 30% of the above value)
= kW rated heat output
According to this formula, for a low energy house with 130 m² living space the result is 8.5 to 9 kW rated heat output. The rated heat output is the maximum attainable power output of a heating system in continuous operation.
Your independent Vaillant heating installers can help determine your exact requirements, based on your property.
Hot water convenience: size and location
There are many different hot water and heating solutions available, for all sorts of requirements, whether it’s with space-saving in mind or immediate hot water supply, we have a solution that will meet your needs.
Choosing the right energy source
Choosing the right energy source for you is so important, whether it’s solar energy solutions or high efficiency technologies.
To find the perfect solution for your home, speak to your local Vaillant installer for further advice and support.
Where to locate your new heating system
Whether you want to place your heating system in the basement, kitchen or loft, we can supply the right solution for your home.
Modern heating systems are built with space in mind – maximising performance and using minimal space. When considering larger houses and commercial buildings with larger output gas boilers, hot water cylinders and heat pump systems these are often stored in basements, garages, or purpose built utility rooms.
Gas-fired condensing boilers are most commonly wall-mounted and come in a range of sizes and heating outputs from small to large, to ensure they meet your requirements.
A good place for a gas-fired condensing boiler with solar support is in the loft, particularly when considering a compact Vaillant condensing boilder. This reduces the distance between the panel and boiler and therefore reduces heat loss.
Preferred heat distribution
The larger the heating surface is, the lower the temperature the new heating system must produce and the more efficiently it operates
From an energy point of view, underfloor heating is ideal for heating in new buildings. It saves space and provides heat at low temperatures. Underfloor heating is an excellent foundation for modern systems such as heat pumps or solar thermal heating.
Financing and funding
The investment for a new heating installation can be significantly reduced with proper planning and advice. Make sure your new heating system can be upgraded in the future and remember that you don’t have to pay for everything at once.
You may qualify for government funding when purchasing a new heating system, also reducing your investment costs. For example with renewable heating systems customers can claim against the Renewable Heating Initiative (RHI).
The right heating system
To find the perfect solution for your new home, speak to your local Vaillant installer for further advice and support.
Have a look at our reference projects, they provide valuable insights and ideas.