Published on : 24 June 20204 min reading time
Very recently, the French government announced its intention to end the use of individual oil-fired boilers within 10 years. In addition to being offered at increasingly exorbitant costs, oil-fired boilers are among those responsible for global warming, not to mention the fact that they are a source of pollution. Fortunately, there are now many alternatives to oil-fired boilers for responsible home heating.
Oil-fired boiler: a heating system that is far from “green”.
12% of households, or 3.4 million households, will be forced to consider alternatives to oil-fired boilers as the French government plans to end their use within 10 years. For good reason, oil-fired boilers are particularly well known for their voracious energy consumption. Because they use the fossil fuel oil, this means of heating, on the one hand, represents 7 to 10 times more CO2 emissions than a boiler running on renewable energies, for example the pellet boiler. On the other hand, they expose their users to more carbon monoxide poisoning. Such a toxic gas spreads very quickly and is often accompanied by various disorders such as headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting. This means that a fuel such as fuel oil appears to be a real health hazard. One study has even shown that heating oil is a category 3 carcinogen.
Moreover, heating oil can emit different types of pollution when burned. Of course, it is a well-known pollutant because it is produced during oil refining. Its sulphur content is considerable in this case, which can be very dangerous for the environment. In addition, its high emission of CO2, well known as a greenhouse gas, is synonymous with global warming.
In view of the risks inherent in the use of an oil-fired boiler, it is only natural that the government should wish to take the necessary measures to remedy this, starting with the introduction of a bonus for those who wish to replace their oil-fired boiler with another, “greener” system.
Pellet boilers: the most environmentally friendly alternative to oil-fired boilers
Unlike oil-fired boilers, a pellet boiler, such as the one offered by My Free Boiler, does not require the use of any fossil energy. Moreover, it uses less energy and has no harmful effects on humans or the environment. Otherwise, its operation is similar to that of other traditional boilers: heat is produced by burning a material, in this case a biomass-type fuel (wood pellets, wood pellets), and heat is transferred to the circulating water of the central heating system. Pellet boilers in this case only use purely organic materials that are reproducible, and therefore less polluting and economical.
Gas condensing boiler and heat pump
As soon as the household has access to natural gas, it is possible to consider installing a gas condensing boiler. As gas is cheaper than oil, the gas condensing boiler is an economical alternative. By opting for this heating system, it is possible to save up to 25% on the heating bill. To operate, the gas condensing boiler burns the gas to spread the heat throughout the house.
The air-to-water heat pump is an innovative heating system that does not require any fuel. It is equipped with two units: the outdoor and indoor modules. To heat a home, the heat pump uses a refrigerant to extract heat from the air and transfer it to the heating network. The heat pump can work very well with the network of radiators available in the home. For those who are considering changing their boiler, not only to take advantage of the conversion premium, but also to contribute to the preservation of the planet and to make substantial savings, this heating system is advantageous.