When building a home and picking an appropriate heating system, people inquire about the building’s heating consumption and picking the best heating solution, says Tulikivi heating systems expert Digna Nolberga and RB&B expert Harijs Tucs.
They add that ecological matters and healthy micro-climate are what counts the most.
«People gladly pick construction materials and heating systems that are ecological. People are now more informed that heating at home can affect the quality of air indoors and the health of the people living there,» – Nolberga says.
«Because of that, residents often fit their homes with fireplaces. This is because when compared with other heating solutions, this one creates the healthiest and most pleasant micro-climate,» – Tucs said.
The expert says often ecological benefits are nothing more than pretty words. Before calling a solar power system or heat pump ecological, it is first necessary to find out more and calculate the pros and cons for the environment when manufacturing equipment. Based on that information, it will be possible to decide whether or not solutions are ecological.
He also explains that it is possible to learn ecological, energy-efficient and practical examples from ancestors. They used only natural materials to build their homes – wood, rock and clay. This made sure the volume of harmful emissions was low. Wooden homes built by Latvian ancestors serve 150 – 200 years, adds the expert.
«I am confident that the best way modern people can ensure economic heating for their homes is by installing a fireplace. This form of heating has added value, because firewood consumes local products and their production is entrusted to local labourers. With that, firewood production benefits our country’s economy. Use of imported energy resources, on the other hand, benefits other countries,» – Tucs explains.
Nolberga has also noticed the growing trend to set up fireplace in homes in Latvia. She says people more often pick stone fireplaces because they are convinced it is an energy-efficient solution under Latvia’s climate.
Often people combine fireplace with some form of automated heating system, such as heat pump.
«This helps create energy-efficient heating. Modern heating equipment work in automated regime – maintain indoor temperature in accordance with the owner’s chosen setting,» – Nolberga says.
She says people buy both heating systems because it seems a very reasonable solution for homes in the countryside, where problems with power supply are possible. This offers some independence, as people are still able to heat their homes without requiring electricity. Firewood and fireplace are often the only solution if a home is located in the countryside and it is not possible to use gas as an alternative.
Nolberga adds that stone fireplaces are the most energy-efficient.
Experts emphasize – to make sure heating is energy-efficient it is first necessary to ensure the house is sealed well to ensure there are no holes for the heat to escape.