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Biomass Myths Debunked

Renewable central heating is something that many have heard about but still do not know enough about. Of course, there are those that have heard about it and have become exposed to a number of myths that have forced them to decide that it isn’t for them. 

However, the reality is that we all need to begin considering new options when it comes to our heating systems as things are changing rather rapidly. In just a few years time, new build properties won’t have gas heating systems and beyond that, standard homes will need to have gas systems eventually replaced with different systems that are environmentally friendly. Therefore, it can help to learn all about the different options such as biomass. If you have been told many conflicting things about this technology then we are here to help dispel the myths and put you on the right track.

Myth 1 - Biomass boilers are dirty and take effort

The aim of overcoming this myth is to ensure that you install a quality product from an installer that is qualified and certified. You will find a range of well-known brands that promise to offer a system that is both clean and easy to use. Many will often offer automatic cleaning and ash compression, which makes life a lot easier for you. The less time you spend getting your hands dirty, the more time you can spend enjoying your system.

Myth 2- Biomass boilers are prone to breakdowns

Ok, just like every other product and niche out there, you get what you pay for. So, if you want a system that is reliable and trustworthy then you are going to want to consider installing quality products via a reputable installer as this will cause you fewer problems. This will mean that some boilers come with impressive warranties while any problems will be dealt with by engineers who know how these systems work inside and out. As technology evolves, improvements will be made but at the moment, you shouldn’t be put off by any concerns around reliability.

Myth 3 - Burning wood is bad for the environment

Burning wood is considered to be a carbon lean fuel that produces a tiny percentage when compared to burning fossil fuels. Sure, carbon is released when the fuel is burned but then this is re-absorbed as the fuel regrows such as the planting of new trees. If you are looking to take advantage of the Renewable Heat Incentive, then your boiler will need to meet the sustainability criteria. This can be achieved by choosing a supplier who is on the Biomass Suppliers List and has demonstrated that the fuel they offer meets a lifecycle greenhouse gas emissions criteria of 60% savings against the EU fossil fuel average.

Myth 4 - Using more wood will lead to more deforestation

This is not true when you use a supplier who is on the Biomass Supplier list as they are expected to meet specific criteria. Therefore, this means that trees are grown to replace those that are used. Furthermore, there are now suppliers that use plants that are now powered using biomass combined heat and energy while they choose to have their woods shipped in as opposed to being transported by road to help become even more sustainable. It’s a relatively simple process whereby whatever is used is replaced and with this comes the ability for the newly planted trees to absorb any carbon dioxide that is produced as this is a crucial part of the process. 

Myth 5 - A biomass boiler is not affordable

Sure, there is no denying the fact that a biomass boiler is more expensive than installing a gas or LPG boiler but it is a relatively new technology that is going to reduce in price over time. Despite this, the better quality the system, the more efficient it can become, especially if you have weather compensating controls that can help you to save money over a longer period. Furthermore, it is also worth remembering that there are financial incentives available. You can apply for a range of schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, which has played a crucial role in driving up demand for renewable energy systems. Applicants are now given quarterly payments for seven years, based on the amount of energy that their renewable heat system creates.

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Michael Cornish

Michael Cornish