On a district heating network, heating and hot water from a local energy centre is delivered to homes and businesses through a network of insulated pipes.
The key difference between district heating and a conventional heating system is that there is no need to have a separate boiler in each home. Repairs and maintenance of the local energy centre are also taken care of by the heat energy supplier.
District heating networks can operate with a range of fuel sources including gas, renewable heat (e.g. biomass) and even waste heat (e.g. from a factory). Using a heat network to heat homes can lower costs and also lower carbon emissions.
Modern district heating networks are fitted with heat interface units (HIU) and heating controls, so that each customer has as much control as they would experience with an individual boiler.
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