how do you tend to heat your homes over there.
In our main house we have under floor heating controlled by a thermostat in each room, the actual heat and hot water is provided by a geothermal ground sourced heat exchanger.
The basics are explained here. We also have a wood bring stove that is used mainly for a cosiness factor rather than a main heat source, although it puts out quite a lot of warmth.
The new build will use an air pump to warm the house and we may install a small stove if budget allows, although this is a nice to have requirement at the moment.
Explanation of how they work:
"A fan draws the outdoor air into the heat pump where it meets the evaporator. This is connected in a closed system containing a refrigerant that can turn into gas at very low temperatures. When the outdoor air hits the evaporator the refrigerant will turn into gas.
Then, using a compressor, the gas reaches a high enough temperature to be transferred in the condensor to the house’s heating system. At the same time the refrigerant reverts to liquid form, ready to turn into gas once more and to collect new heat.
Using an inverter-driven heat pump compressor, the system can be regulated so that heat output matches the exact capacity required at any given time. This means the heat pump will only consume the exact energy needed, making it highly efficient.
In the summer, the refrigeration circuit is capable of operating in reverse to provide cooling on demand."