At Rural Heat we have a wealth of experience and expertise in providing renewable energy solutions to commercial and domestic users.

Solar Thermal

We supply, fit, service, repair and maintain solar hot water systems and can provide expert advice you can understand.

Using technology homes can harness vast amount of energy produced by the Sun. This can provide upto 40 to 50% of it’s hot water demand in our homes. Solar energy does not burn fossil fuels (oil or gas) and will not run out for millions of years.

The UK has more solar energy than people realise. The South West are well positioned to make the most of this energy.

The average home uses 3,000 kWh per year for domestic hot water. A well designed Active Solar Heating system should contribute 1,500 to 2,000 kWh. This reduces your consumption of gas/oil and saves you money.

As building fabric continues to improve offering highly insulated spaces, hot water demand represents an increasing share of total energy used in our homes. A well designed solar thermal system can offer a year-round contribution to hot water demand.

A solar thermal system can work well with a biomass system reducing the need to keep the biomass boiler running during the summer months. As any biomass boiler needs a large thermal store to hold the energy produced when the boiler is lit. This same store can be used during the summer to store solar energy. The biomass system can be timed to top up the temperature in the thermal store in the evening if required ensuring that solar gains are maximised.

Ground Source and Air Source

Heat pumps work at there best in well insulated properties and, due to the low water temperatures achieved. They are ideal when used with underfloor heating systems, where it is delivered at lower temperatures over much longer periods than in a radiator system.

In a well insulated property every kilowatt hour of electricity used to power the heat pump can provide up to three kilowatt hours of free energy. This ratio is known as the Coefficient of Performance. In this example the CoP would be 4 meaning the efficiency of the heat pump is 400%.

Weather compensation will allow the heat pump to vary its operation based on the temperature requirements of the property in relation to the outside air temperature.

A ground source heat pump needs external space to install an underground piping loop. The size of the ground loop depends on the size of the property. The ground loop needs to be approximately 3.5 times the size of the space you are heating.

Air source heat pumps extract heat from the outside air in the same way a fridge extracts heat from inside. They are often less efficient than a ground source heat pump. However are relatively easy to install requiring no underground piping system.

Air Source

Air Source Heat Pump

From small flats to large detached houses, and from an office block to a school, our large range of air source heat pumps offer an alternative choice to traditional heating systems.

Using proven heat pump technology to deliver effective, low carbon heating and hot water, Helps achieve renewable energy targets:

  • Capable of reducing running costs and CO2 emissions
  • Easy to design, install and maintain
  • Fully scalable and can work independently or in conjunction with other systems
  • Optimised systems from 4kW to 688kW

Ground Source

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A Ground Source Heat Pump (GSHP) is a refrigerant based system that absorbs low grade heat from the ground or water and raises its temperature efficiently to be suitable for space heating and/or hot water. It can provide water temperatures of up to 65ºC (without backup electric heater) utilising ground or water temperatures as low as -5ºC.

From an office block to a school, they offer an alternative choice to traditional heating systems. It is a reliable, sustainable heating technology and able to provide efficient space heating and hot water all year round.