Reducing a hotel’s Carbon Footprint
Heating accounts for around 60 per cent of energy use in a home, and in commercial buildings it can be even higher. With so many individual spaces to heat, from the bar and reception to bedrooms and bathrooms, it’s easy to see how hotels can save energy and cut costs by investing in energy efficient heating systems.
One of the most effective ways to heat a large property more efficiently is with renewable technologies such as air source heat pumps, which extract heat from the air, upgrade it and distribute it within the building. The Government is committed to the decarbonisation of electricity and renewable heating is central to this, giving hotel owners the chance to tap into a clean, low-carbon energy source on-site.
Air source heat pumps or ground source heat pumps, which work in a similar way but draw heat from the ground instead of the air, can provide energy for space heating and hot water in hotels.
They are especially well-suited for properties off the gas grid, providing an energy efficient alternative to an oil boiler or LPG boiler than can also deliver significant savings in running costs over the expected 20 year lifetime of a heat pump.
The key thing is to remember that heat pumps operate more efficiently at lower temperatures than a standard fossil–fuelled boiler system. This means that they will perform better when linked to underfloor heating or low-temperature, fan-assisted radiators like Dimplex Smart-Rad, which will give out the same amount of heat as a conventional steel convector radiator but can be nearly 3.5 times smaller.
The cost of installing a heat pump system is not insignificant, but if you consider the ongoing savings then it can prove to be a very wise long-term investment for many hotels.
By Chris Stammers, product marketing director, Dimplex