klimaaktiv heating systems

Heating systems are a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in housing: in Austria, more than 1.6 million heating systems are based on fossil fuels, and about 600,000 systems are over 15 years old. As there are a lot of different types of heating systems on the market, people often do not know which ones are appropriate for their homes and needs.

Therefore klimaaktiv has developed a considerable number of tools to facilitate the decision-making process based on independent information. To be sustainable and energyefficient, a heating system must have the following three characteristics:

  • The heating system should be based on renewable energy and be appropriate to the heating demands of the home. Here, the “klimaaktiv assessment matrix for heating systems” provides good guidance.
  • The heating system itself should have an “A” energy rating.
  • The heating system should be installed correctly. Here, the “klimaaktiv quality guidelines” help plumbers and clients to fine-tune the standard of installation. Checklists for almost every heating system available help keep the focus on the most important points.

For existing heating systems, people can consult the “klimaaktiv heating check”, a tool for plumbers, energy consultants and chimney sweeps which helps them identify weak points in the whole system (boilers and heat distribution) and provides suggestions for improvements. Renovations such as the use of hydraulic compensation or better regulation may lead to energy savings of up to 30 percent. There are even more tools available such as a calculator for establishing the cost of a new heating system or the “machvier” tool for forecasting the operating costs of a heat pump.

klimaaktiv has not only developed these guidelines and tools but also offers further training for professional tradesmen and distributors.

published at 06.05.2019