A ‘new generation’ heating technology from Scotland’s leading energy saving specialist is being trialled by a conservation charity.
The National Trust for Scotland has installed a heating system from Direct Savings in Scots-tarvit cottage in Fife – hoping it will warm up the hard-to-heat 19th century property.
Direct Savings has installed its innovative in Scotstarvit Cottage – the first property in Scotland to feature the system as part of an energy efficiency project with the National Trust for Scotland and Historic Scotland.
Ged Smith, Managing Director at Direct Savings, who have sole UK distribution rights for the Infranomic Far Infrared system, said they are confident the heaters will become commonplace in homes and properties in the near future.
He said: “As a nation we’re hooked on traditional gas, oil and electric heating systems, which are a legacy from last century’s efforts to heat poorly insulated homes and buildings.
“Now that we are able to properly insulate most homes, these convection heating systems are shown up as costly and inefficient. Infranomic heaters are the next generation, offering a far more efficient and controllable heating.
“I really believe these heaters can make a difference in both modern and historical properties.
Bryan Dickson, Head of Buildings from the National Trust for Scotland, said: “As a conservation charity, the management of our large estate, held on behalf of the nation, is challenging and costly so we are always looking to ways to help improve our buildings efficiency.
“Scotstarvit Cottage had recently been vacated, after providing a home to a long term tenant, and provided the National Trust for Scotland, with support from Historic Scotland, the opportunity to complete an extensive fabric upgrade to improve the energy efficiency of the property and bring it up to 21st century standards.
“The cottage is providing us with a test bed to explore a number of new innovative materials which will hopefully help lay the way for future upgrades across our building portfolio.”
Direct Savings said the systems, which have been developed using cutting-edge German technology, provide highly energy efficient and versatile heating compared to traditional heating systems – with the added benefit of vast savings on energy costs as less energy is used.
Jessica Snow, Senior Technical Officer at Historic Scotland, said: “This is a very exciting project for Historic Scotland to be part of, especially with this being the first system of its kind to be installed in an historic property.
Infranomic heaters omit Far Infrared energy which floods the entire room with warmth, absorbing into all materials within the room, including the walls, ceiling and floor. The heat retention is far greater to that of warm air conventional systems.
Far Infrared is also acknowledged as a natural and harmless form of heating that is actually beneficial to the human body – the body is designed to absorb Infrared energy as it operates on the same frequency.
Infranomic Far Infrared systems are an ideal replacement for inefficient storage heaters and can be designed to look like art work or mirrors – or take the shape of a favourite picture or image. The heating elements are also completely maintenance free and require no annual servicing, saving even more money each year.
Direct Savings is one of the UK’s leading national installer of high quality, innovative energy saving solutions. It operates out of four bases – its Livingston head office, Peterhead, Milton Keynes and Bradford – with a staff profile of 130.
For more information on Direct Savings’ Infranomic Far Infrared heating systems visit: http://www.directsavings.me.uk/