With the decision in favor of a pellet heating system, a building owner or homeowner has decided to heat in an environmentally friendly and, at the same time, inexpensive way. Now it is important to prepare everything correctly, from planning to commissioning. For this purpose, we have put together a checklist that will help you in four steps to finding your optimal pellet heating system.
Planning The Pellet Heating System
To determine the exact output size of the new pellet boiler, a heat demand calculation by an energy advisor or a heating specialist for your house is required to start. Only in this way can the new boiler be optimally dimensioned.
At the same time, it must be clarified with a specialist whether the conditions on site are suitable for installing a pellet heating system. The boiler is more significant than an oil or gas boiler, which must be considered when replacing or general installation.
There are also drinking water storage tanks and, if necessary, buffer storage tanks. Therefore, if the heating is modernized, there should be enough space for the new pellet boiler. A dry, sufficiently large pellet store near the pellet boiler is required.
It is also essential to ensure that the pellets can be filled from the outside using a tanker. The maximum hose length for filling is around 30 meters. The required size of the warehouse results from the heating requirements of the building and the delivery frequency.
We recommend the possibility of taking one to one and a half times the annual demand for pellets. The transport of the pellets from the store to the pellet boiler is carried out by screw conveyors or suction systems using tried and tested technology.
Acceptance, Operation, And Maintenance Of The Pellet Heating System
In this step of the checklist by ecoforest, it is essential to receive all the necessary data sheets and manuals for all system components from the craftsman and be instructed step by step in the operation of the pellet heating system. How is the heating switched on and off? How does the scheme work? What should be done in the event of a malfunction?
After commissioning, the craftsman signs the commissioning and acceptance report, in which he confirms that the installation has been carried out correctly. The log of the emissions and exhaust gas temperatures carried out by the craftsman after commissioning is also essential.
In the event of any warranty claims, these logs, including the assurance that the system has been adequately filled with softened water and corrosion protection, are critical.
To guarantee the functionality and operational safety of the pellet heating system over the long term, it is advisable to conclude a maintenance contract with the craftsman. Regular maintenance (sufficient once a year) is usually cheaper than repairs in the event of damage.
Which maintenance is to be carried out “in-between,” and when can be found in the manufacturer’s maintenance instructions? This includes, in particular, discharging the ashes or regular cleaning of the combustion chamber and burner.