What do you want from your heating system? For most people, the two key considerations are keeping your home warm and keeping your costs down. As such, a long-lasting and sustainable heating system is ideal, which is why renewable heating systems are becoming more and more popular with homeowners.

What is a renewable heating system?

Simply put, a renewable heating system is one that takes advantage of natural heating elements. This means using resources that can be replenished and systems that can be incorporated easily.

Renewable heating systems are great for the environment and greatly reduce your carbon footprint. They also require very little maintenance and give you a constant supply of heating.

Another big advantage of renewable heating systems is that it qualifies you for the Renewable Heating Incentive (RHI). This is a government scheme that rewards you for having eco-friendly heating systems. Under the scheme, you receive quarterly payments for up to seven years.

What types of renewable heating systems are there?

There are a few different options when it comes to renewable heating systems. They are all eco-friendly, but costs and maintenance can vary depending on your property and heating needs. Here are four popular renewable heating systems:

Solar Thermal Systems – Panels placed on your roof, collect heat from the sun and disperse it around your home. Whilst this method requires very little maintenance, it is quite expensive to set up and usually needs additional support to provide heat for an entire home.

Ground Source Heat Pumps – These pumps extract heat from the ground through pipes that are buried underground. The heat is then taken to a compressor and used in the home for radiators, water, and underfloor heating. Whilst it comes with a high installation cost, this method will save you money over time and requires very little maintenance.

Air Source Heat Pumps – This involves taking heat from the air and absorbing it as a fluid. The heat is then moved to a compressor and, similarly to ground source heat pumps, distributed around the home. Overall, this is a cheaper option than ground source heat pumps, although costs may vary during cold periods.

Biomass Boilers – Wood pellets, logs, and wood chips are placed in a boiler and converted into heat. This heat is then either used to heat a single room or pumped around the home via a central heating system. This has a high initial cost, but over time it is a cost-effective option. However, it does require more maintenance than other renewable heating systems.


As you can see, there are many benefits and many options when it comes to renewable heating systems. All of the options are eco-friendly and they can all save you money in the long term.

It’s worth weighing up all of the systems, as the best option for you will come down to individual factors such as budget and property characteristics. You need to weigh up all of the setup and maintenance costs, as well as looking at how effective the renewable heating system will be for your property.

How Vien Systems can help

Vien Systems are experts in biomass boilers systems and other renewable heating systems. UK customers can also benefit from Vien System’s experience in installing sustainable energy systems and fire protection systems. Contact us now to find out how we can help.