If you’re wanting to reduce your carbon footprint this year, you might be considering swapping out your current heating system with a renewable one, but which renewable heating system should you opt for? Let’s take a look at some options for your home.


A solar hot water system is a great way of heating your home due to its low maintenance costs. Solar panels are weather dependant, so if you live in a sunny area, this could be a great option for you. If your home doesn’t experience regular sunlight, however, you’ll need to use an immersion heater as a backup system to heat the water in your home.


Biomass systems burn wood, general waste and animal by-products to create energy and are extremely cost-effective. You could save up to 50% in heating costs with a biomass system and you won’t need a bulky oil tank or a piped gas service.

Heat pump

A heat pump uses heat transfer in the same way as a refrigerator but in reverse. The pump absorbs the natural heat from a cold area using electricity and releases it in a warmer space. Heat pumps come in a variety of different forms: air to water pumps, air to air pumps, and ground source heat pumps. A heat pump is generally installed at the back of your property so that it can extract the heat from the air and increase its temperature to heat your home.


Infrared heating panels are different from conventional heating systems because they do not warm the air around them. Instead, an infrared heating panel emits infrared rays that are absorbed by solid objects around your home. As the objects in question absorb the energy, their molecules vibrate, generating thermal energy.

The best eco-friendly heating system for you will depend on your budget, location and individual energy requirements. If you have any questions about what the best renewable heating system is for you, get in touch with Vien Systems today and speak to one of our experts.