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Choosing a heating system for a new home or as part of a renovation does not require the same steps. Indeed, for nine all the choices are possible. On the other hand, for renovation, the choice is often more limited because the constraints must be taken into account.

Choose your heating system: in nine

Installing a heating system in new is the best configuration since you start from scratch. Its essential criteria must be defined and certain regulations in force must be taken into account, in particular to be entitled to state financial aid.

Even before the installation of the heating, it is wise to invest in good thermal insulation to prevent heat loss. Since January 2013, the thermal regulation RT2012 imposes a certain level of energy performance on new buildings that must be taken into account. Fossil fuels such as fuel oil are no longer really possible because of their high cost and the pollution they cause.

If investment is not a problem, heating from renewable energy is very interesting in the main system or combined with another system. Solar energy is particularly profitable because it is free, ecological and inexhaustible. Other types of heating that are popular in new buildings are heat pumps, pellet stoves or gas condensing boilers.

An ecological and economic system rather unknown in France, but worth the detour, is the Canadian well that heats or cools the air of a home through an air / ground geothermal heat exchanger system.

Choosing your heating system: in renovation

It is not always easy to change an old heating system. We must do with the existing while finding solutions to save energy and improve the performance of its heating.

As a first step, it is advisable to establish a review of the existing and make a list of objectives to achieve. It is sometimes enough to change an element to improve the heating system in place. For example for oil and gas, the conventional boiler can be replaced by a condensing boiler or in the case of electric heating, electric heaters can be installed inertia.

For larger works, certain constraints must be taken into account, such as the agreement of the condominium if you want to switch from a collective heating to an individual heating or even the slope of the roof if the we want to install solar panels.

Advice for choosing your heating system in new or renovated

Do not wait until the heating system breaks down to renovate it. Experience has shown that emergency decisions are not always the best. As part of a new construction, do not hesitate to ask for several quotes and compare the quality / price of professionals.


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