Enjoy the best of both worlds with your home heating

In today’s world, there is an increasing focus on becoming greener. Whether it is using a bag for life or opting to walk to the local shops rather than driving, consumers are conscious of making their lifestyles more sustainable. Homeowners are also looking at their households, choosing energy efficient products which will not only reduce their environmental impact but also help to lower annual bills.

Grant VortexBlue

The Grant VortexBlue oil boiler incorporates the latest blue flame burner technology

Home heating is one area where innovative product development is pathing the way for energy-efficient appliances. The technology found in traditional heating appliances is developing at quite a pace. Take oil boilers for example, products such as the Grant VortexBlue combine tried and trusted attributes of a Vortex oil boiler with the very latest blue flame burner. While the majority of oil boilers incorporate a yellow flame burner, blue flame burners use a different combustion process which results in a cleaner, blue flame with much lower NOx emissions. Consequently, oil boilers of today are becoming considerably ‘greener’ products.

The past decade has also seen a rise in the uptake of renewable heating technologies, with householders installing air source heat pumps, biomass boilers and solar thermal panels to list just three examples. These renewable heating solutions not only heat homes sustainably, they do so in an increasingly effective way with incredibly high efficiencies.

Bridging the gap between oil and renewables
Many homeowners consider renewable heating appliances but the practicalities of installing them can sometimes be off-putting. Often, old boilers are changed in distress purchase situations, when a quick replacement heating solution is needed to restore warmth to the property promptly. In these circumstances, there is often very little opportunity to choose an alternative fuel source because the work involved in updating the system can leave a home without heating for an extended period of time. Understandably, this can discourage a householder from opting for renewables but, following the development of hybrid products, more choice is now available when a distress purchase occurs.

A hybrid is a combination of two or more efficient heating technologies. One such product is the Grant VortexAir which brings together a VortexBlue oil boiler with an Aerona³ air source heat pump, packaging these two appliances together to function as one unit. This set up of an oil boiler with an air source heat pump maximises system efficiency for the end-user, whatever the weather. Furthermore, the oil boiler can be installed immediately to offer instant heat and hot water with the heat pump being installed at a later date to complete the hybrid system.

Grant VortexAir Hybrid

The Grant VortexAir oil boiler/air source heat pump hybrid

Trust oil, embrace air, think hybrid
A hybrid gives off-gas customers the opportunity to unlock the benefits of renewables while also solving the immediate issue of a boiler replacement. With the Grant VortexAir, the oil boiler can be fitted first as a stand-alone unit either internally or externally depending on the needs of the property. The heat pump is always installed externally, and can be fitted either at the same time as the hybrid oil boiler, or a number of weeks/months later. This flexible set-up minimises disruption to the home by quickly restoring heat to the property while also allowing homeowners to tap into sustainable, renewable energy.

Using its advanced control system, the Grant VortexAir automatically monitors the system temperatures, with the unit seamlessly switching to the most suitable method of heating. The heat pump and oil boiler can either work independently or together so that the property’s heating demand is always met. Working in this way, the heat pump is able to contribute to the heat requirement of the house for longer, thereby reducing the overall running costs and maximising the renewable heat generated.

Hybrids are set to be an increasingly popular heating solution. They allow homeowners to heat their home with greener technology while having the additional reassurance of a trusted traditional appliance, such as an oil boiler. Join the hybrid revolution and enjoy the best of both worlds with a Grant VortexAir.

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