Heat Pumps and Boilers
With the UK government having set the target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050, gas and oil-fired boilers will soon begin to be phased out and heat pumps will become the norm. The government is currently incentivising heat pump installations by two mechanisms: the boiler upgrade scheme and 0% VAT rating heat pumps and all their ancillary equipment.
For this reason, if you are undergoing a deep retrofit, or installing a brand-new heating system, there has never been a better time to opt for a heat pump instead of a boiler.
As an MCS-Certified installer, JUPITER are able to offer a comprehensive design, supply and install service for the entire heating system, with just one point of contact for the heat pump and underfloor heating system. In addition to our full-time underfloor heating installers, we also employ fully qualified, experienced gas engineers who can undertake domestic and commercial installations.
How often do clients suffer when there is a disconnect between the supplier and the installer, or where two complex systems interface? Through removing this split in responsibilities, we aim to offer a simplified experience for the specifier, and a much simplified, reduced risk offering for the end user.
We acknowledge that heat pumps are not always the most appropriate heat source for projects with higher-than-average heat losses, or where renewal of the entire heating infrastructure simply is not possible.
Often in these scenarios we would want to recommend an advanced boiler solution instead, incorporating weather compensation to ensure the highest levels of efficiency. Such systems can be future proofed to enable forward compatibility with heat pumps.
To provide the most efficient system we specify intelligent weather-compensated boilers such as those by Viessmann. Where needed we can integrate gas boilers with heat pumps and solar thermal solutions. Contact us for more information on our gas boiler installation service.
At Jupiter, we have been shouting the merits of treated water systems for years. We believe that a slighter greater initial outlay in proper water treatment systems will provide a cost benefit later in the life of a heating system as ongoing maintenance costs are massively reduced.
Despite being regarded as a pure harmless substance, mains water can be harmful within heating systems and lead to the mechanical failure of components. VDI 2035 is a document published by the Society of German Engineers which is a guideline for the prevention of damaged water heating systems.
Often the components within a heating system contain ferrous metals that, when brought into contact with water and oxygen, cause corrosion. This results in dirty water, filled with microscopic (and not so microscopic) particles which can clog up vital components, resulting in failure.
Normal culprits include cast iron heat exchangers in boilers and old radiator systems.
The photograph above shows the kind of corrosion that can occur, and it begins instantly as soon as reactants are brought into contact with each other.
If you are looking at installing a renewable heat source, you will naturally be considering overall efficiency.
The main enemy of a heated water system is air and the gasses (nitrogen & oxygen) it contains. As everyone probably knows, when air accumulates in a conventional radiator its performance is greatly affected, but these gasses are actually dissolved in the water, and serve to reduce its heat transfer ability.
Using vacuum technology, degassing equipment can automatically and regularly keep on check on the gas levels which will in turn provide for a far more efficient system.
By water treatment we are not referring to the addition of inhibitors to heating systems, instead we are referring to demineralising the water by ion-exchange. This not only reduces water hardness and total amount of salts within, but also the electrical conductivity of the water. Low water hardness prevents limescale and low electrical conductivity dramatically slows down all forms of corrosion.
We can supply and install water treatment equipment that complies with VDI 2035. Please contact us if you would like to receive further information about this technology.
Air Source Heat Pumps
For those without the space to accommodate ground loops or those who can not bear the expense of having boreholes installed, an Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) is the ideal path to sustainable energy and lower running costs.
Ground Source Heat Pumps
If you have the space and budget to accommodate the heating loops used by a Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) then it will in return deliver a higher co-efficient of performance being unaffected by the outside air temperature as is the case with an Air Source Heat Pump.
Water Source Heat Pumps
As the name suggests a Water Source Heat Pump (WSHP), works by extracting thermal energy from a body of water and converting it into useful higher temperatures to provide hot water and heating for your home. WSHPs use a series of submerged pipes containing a special refrigerant fluid as a heat exchanger to absorb energy from a river, lake or large pond.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme
The government is providing grants to encourage property owners to install low carbon heating systems such as heat pumps, through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme (BUS). These grants can help property owners overcome the upfront cost of low carbon heating technologies.
The scheme is open to domestic and small non-domestic properties in England and Wales. It runs from 2022 to 2025.
It is well-known that warm air rises and cold air falls, so radiant cooling systems make sense to be installed at ceiling level. Jupiter have experience in installing radiant ceiling and wall cooling and can also advise on associated control systems.