An energy revolution is brewing in the heart of Europe. According to current legislative trends, in a few years the Czech Republic may join the ranks of countries that restrict gas boilers. This is reflected in the proposed amendment to Commission Regulation (EU) 813/2013 on ecodesign, the approval of which would mean the end of the installation of stand-alone gas boilers from 1 September 2029.
Transition to green heating
The EU’s Green Agenda moves the Czech Republic towards greater efficiency and greener heating. Heat pumps and hybrid systems are becoming the new standard where vendors and legislators agree on the need for innovation. However, the acquisition costs and technical aspects, such as the lower temperature of the water supplied by heat pumps, raise discussions about their real benefit.
The transition from gas boilers to alternative sources is not easy. Older homes with radiators designed for high temperatures may struggle with insufficient heating when using heat pumps. In addition, the COP – the coefficient of performance, key to calculating the return on investment of heat pumps – is variable and often misleading, especially at low outdoor temperatures.
The reality of return on investment
Return on investment is a key argument for many when choosing a new heating system. However, with the fluctuating price of electricity and the unpredictability of the energy market, it seems that promises of short-term payback from heat pumps may be just marketing buzzwords.
The future of heating in the Czech Republic
A significant change awaits Czech households on the horizon as the country adapts to European legislation. Choosing a new heat source may not be easy, but it is important to focus on long-term sustainability and economic efficiency. Being informed and choosing a system carefully will be key for many.
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