The current wisdom is for air and ground source heat pumps to replace older systems. However they are difficult to retrofit, high maintenance, complicated to use.
Infrared systems heat through panels smaller than radiators directly to objects instead of heating the air which makes them more efficient. They work independently with no central boiler saving space. They have smart thermostats and can be linked into zones and controlled via an app. They are quick and easy to install and comparable running costs as many other systems. They are zero carbon when combined with a renewable supply. You do need a separate hot water system but that can still be cost effective especially when combined with rooftop solar systems. They require no maintenance so there are no surprise bills and this makes them ideal for social housing and reducing fuel poverty.
So why haven't they caught on? They simply aren't well known about yet in the UK but have been used on the continent for over 20 years. Eventually gas systems will be phased out due to Nox and Sox emissions so if you are installing a new system or replacing an old one then that is the time to consider infrared including for Public buildings making a Heat Decarbonisation Plan.
There are many case studies such as “Castle House” built for Newark & Sherwood District Council, in the East Midlands.
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