Global warming is a problem for all of us and heating systems are one of the main causes of this phenomenon.
That is why choosing a sustainable heating system means making the right choice for your own well-being, as well as that of others, and especially that of future generations.
In this sense, technologies such as those used in smart heating systems, like IRSAP NOW, are the ideal solution, as they can make our homes more eco-sustainable.
That is why converting a traditional system to a smart heating system may mean making the best choice for the environment (and for your wallet!)
And thanks to sustainability bonus you can double your saving.
Global warming: what it is and why it is our problem
The expression “global warming” refers to the phenomenon of climate overheating,that has has affected out planet since the 19th century and that has intensified especially in the last 20 years.
This phenomenon involves a general increase in the earth’s temperature and other consequent atmospheric phenomena, such as, for example, desertification, the melting of glaciers and the rising of the oceans.
Why should we be worried about it?
Because global warming has disastrous consequences, not just on the environment, but because it also contributes to destroying entire eco-systems, including the forms of life that live on the planet.
Indeed, the repercussions of this phenomenon are also: - economic, particularly affecting the bank, agricultural and transport sector ;
- social, causing mass migrations caused by droughts and flooding;
- healthcare-related, causing a deterioration of air quality and the spreading ofdiseases.
Therefore, the potential and actual impact that global warming has on our lives is only too clear.
How can we fix it?
Acting on the causes of global warming is the best way to avoid the catastrophic effects. And as we will see, your choice of heating system can be a determining factor. Let’s see why.
The causes of global warming: what have heating systems got to do with it?
Not everyone perhaps knows that global warming is entirely due to human activity.
And in particular, the main cause of global warming is the increase in greenhouse gases.
Basically, this is how it works: the main concentration of greenhouse gases causes the refraction of sun rays in the atmosphere, that in turn causes the planet to overheat.
What are greenhouse gases made of and how do they form?
The causes of greenhouse gas emissions
75% of all greenhouse gas emissions are made of carbon dioxide, mainly produced by the use of fossil fuels, such as coal, petroleum and its by-products.
This combustion is used to produce electricity, for locomotion and for heating.
It is clear that, as global warming is caused by the increase in greenhouse gases, and the latter is due to the increasing emissions of carbon dioxide, reducing emissions is essential for limiting global warming.
How can we do that?
The solution is to act on the activities associated with emissions.
On this matter, not everyone will know that domestic heating is the number one cause of urban emissions.
This is followed by:
- In second place, private urban mobility, i.e. cars
- In third place, the production of electricity.
These data show us that heating our home has a huge impact on climate change, becoming the main cause of the terrible consequences that this phenomenon has on our planet and on our health.
Therefore, at this point, we must ask ourselves whether it is possible to intervene in some way on this issue, trying to combat the effects as much as possible.
One possible answer to this issue could be looking for more efficient and eco-sustainable heating solutions.
Deciding to switch to smart heating systems such as IRSAP NOW may be a valid choice in this sense. Let’s take a closer look together.
Why smart heating is also ecological
Let's start with a question.
Is it possible to improve the environmental impact of heating without having to renounce comfort?
Moreover, is it possible to do this in months like the winter ones when air quality markedly deteriorates, due to polluting emissions?
Some of the pollutants with the greatest impact are the ones produced by heating systems.
Obviously, turning off the heating and feeling cold is an option that cannot be taken into consideration.
However, you can decide to change your heating system, entrusting yourself to technology to find innovative, green solutions, which leave your home warm and comfortable while reducing the environmental impact of heating to a minimum.
And the IRSAP NOW smart heating system is based on this very type of technology.
This is a totally new, efficient and effective heat management method, that allows you to obtain high performance and save money at the same time, reducing emissions and costs.
How? The IRSAP NOW smart heating system is green because its advanced functions allows you to optimise emissions, creating the right compromise between the desired comfort and the consumptions required to obtain it.
In this way, we can manage domestic heating in a smarter, more targeted way, avoiding waste and improving performance.
What are the IRSAP NOW functions that make it so ecological?
Why is the IRSAP NOW smart heating system green?
These devices make the heating system smart and green, as they detect the presence of open windows and warm up the various rooms only if there are people in them, by consequently adjusting the temperature.
Also, by activating specific function modes, such as Green Mode, this helps to make the IRSAP NOW heating system more ecological and eco-sustainable.
The multi-zone mode is also useful. It helps to optimise consumptions, offering the possibility of heating the various rooms in the house in different ways.
So, if there are rooms with a different exposure or a particular thermal dispersion rate (cellars or attics, for example), they can be heated according to their specific need.
Therefore, this setting allows rooms that do not need heating at a given time of the day or that need more or less heat to be heated all according to their own needs.
In this way, we can avoid the pointless production of excess emissions.
One particularly environmentally-friendly function of the IRSAP NOW system is Green mode.
With this setting, the heating turns off just before the scheduled time, thus reducing consumption and emissions, without losing any comfort.
Therefore, thanks to the IRSAP NOW smart heating system, we can change when and how much we heat our homes in a simple, optimal manner, thus reducing the environmental impact of heating.
In fact, for every degree lower, there is a saving of 5-20% on fuel consumption, and therefore on polluting emissions.
Even the hours when the heating is turned on influence carbon dioxide emissions: not heating an empty room or house prevents the production of pointless emissions and their damaging effects.
The IRSAP NOW system can do a lot to improve the environmental impact of heating: choosing it means making a intelligent, responsible and ecological choice, that protects our well-being, that of everyone else and especially that of future generations.
And if you are wondering how much it costs, you should know that thanks to government incentives allowing you to save on eco-sustainable technologies, being green is also affordable.
Let's take a look.
Tax deductions and incentives for technologies that promote energy efficiency
As we have seen, our house can be both the cause and the solution for global warming-related issues.
Greenhouse gas emissions associated with heating are a problem that concerns everyone, which we can intervene on, however, by choosing an ecological heating system, for example.
This choice is also worthwhile economically too, thanks to the special government incentives.
In fact, with the intention of making energy efficiency technologies more accessible, various national governments have set up tax incentives in recent years.
Italy and the 2021 “Domotics” Bonus
In Italy, the government has provided for and set up sizeable tax incentives to aid the adoption of green solutions that make the impact of emissions less dangerous, and to help people to access technologies that promote energy efficiency.
This, however, is just one example of the many types of incentives set up throughout Europe on the trail of the Green Deal, promoted by the European Commission President Ursula von Der Leyen.
Important research and development projects for new heating technologies are a part of the Green Deal.
These can combine environmental sustainability, cost reductions and the well-being of people, such as IRSAP NOW. How do these eco-incentives work?
Replacing old domestic heating systems with new more efficient systems guarantees access to the Ecobonus that has been applied with a tax deduction that varies from 50 -65% of the total cost since 2018, depending on the type of work carried out.
For example, buying, installing and setting up technological devices that remotely control heating systems leads to a deduction of 65%.
IRSAP NOW domotic technology is compatible with these types of incentive, thus respecting the environment, saving, and consequently being an important contribution to sustainable construction.
We now understand that future homes are green homes, with an ecological heating system that heats the home smartly, without making us have to renounce comfort and aesthetics.
To find out more about how to apply for the bonus and how to save by heating your home in a more ecological and eco-sustainable manner, please contact us.
Other government incentives
As we already mentioned, however, it isn’t just Italy that has introduced tax incentives to encourage the adoption of more eco-sustainable heating systems.
Several national governments have introduced this type of measure in recent years.
Government incentives in the United Kingdom, France and Spain too
For example, in England from 1st April 2018, no new rental contracts can be stipulated for housing or shops that are not at least Category E.
Since April 2020, this requirement also applies to existing contracts, that must therefore provide for energy efficiency work, otherwise fines are issued.
There are no non-refundable government incentives, but subsidised bonds and loans to carry out work that can be repaid by reducing energy consumption.
Also, legislation introduced in 2018 (Minimum Energy Efficiency Standard – MEES) provides for the obligation to carry out work to bring housing at least into Category E, with a maximum expenditure ceiling of 3,500 pounds (approximately 3,900 €), through efficiency-improving work such as wall insulation or the installation of efficient technologies.
In all cases, even if it is not possible to achieve Category E, property owners must invest at least up to 3,500 pounds to obtain the best result possible in terms of energy saving.
In France too, there is a measure in force entitled MaPrimeRénov’, which aims to sustain work that brings real energy saving: the amount depends on the household income.
With “MaPrimeRénov” families are placed in four income categories; each colour is associated with an income band (blue, yellow, purple, pink), so that it is easier to identify the aid that they can apply for.
In Spain, on the other hand, a Royal Decree was issued on 30th June that approves the direct granting of a bonus scheme for renewable residential heating systems to autonomous communities, as part of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience programme.
The Smart Thermostat allows you to precisely set and measure the temperature of the room in which it is installed. Thanks to its advanced functionalities it also allows you to control humidity and air quality.
With IRSAP NOW Smart Valves you control the temperature intelligently from wherever and whenver you want via smartphone. Our wireless thermostatic valves are compatible with all radiator brands and leading hydraulic valve manufacturers.
Connection Unit & Repeater
The Connection Unit is connected to your home router and is indispensable for controlling all the other devices in the system from wherever and whenever you want directly from your smartphone.