It costs more to install, does not suit every home, and the yield decreases when the weather is cold. However, the advantages luckily outweigh the disadvantages.
The numbers or scales on your thermostatic radiator valves do not correspond to a precise temperature but rather to a level of comfort. It's up to you to find the right setting!
To make sure that all consumers pay a fair price regardless of the caloric power of the gas received, gas consumption is calculated in kWh and not cubic metres.
Just take a look at the dial or the indicator lights that show your boiler pressure. If it is too low, you can easily adjust it yourself.
Most of the people prefer an indoor temperature of 21°C. Heating your house while you are away from home, is a complete waste of energy and money.
A heat pump is an economical alternative to a traditional boiler. In fact, the technology produces up to 75% of the heat you need. The remaining 25% comes from natural gas or electricity.
Radiator or convector radiator? Both will keep your house warm. The main difference is the way in which they heat your house. Both come with their own benefits and drawbacks…
Yes! Used in conjunction with a room thermostat, thermostatic valves will improve the heating throughout your home.
To bleed your radiators, just follow a few simple steps to remove air bubbles or sludge.
Yes, if you own solar panels. The timer will allow you to heat your water using the electricity generated by your panels. Otherwise, installing a timer is of little or no benefit.
A combined heat and power (CHP) system generates both electrical power and heat from a single fuel (e.g. natural gas). The system comes with a whole host of benefits. The technology was devised to serve large buildings such as hospitals. Today however, it is also available to be used in single family homes .
First check if your boiler has a 'holiday' mode. If you still want to shut down your boiler to save money or for safety reasons, everything depends on the time of year and type of boiler!
Heat pumps can really help save energy. But which model suits your needs?
Yes, the heat pump can be an effective and very energy-efficient solution for heating an apartment, even during renovation. You just have to pay attention to a few particularities of the situation.
Depending on the energy source you use to heat your water and on the appliance you are using, a litre of hot water may cost you anywhere between €0.0045 and €0.0165 in total.
Yes, in Brussels the periodic inspection of boilers and water heaters is mandatory if they are fired by liquid fuels (fuel oil) and gas.
There are many estimates out there and not all pilot lights operate in the same way. Consulting different sources, you come across stated consumption levels ranging from 60 m³ a year, all the way up to 250 m³. Let's calculate your exact consumption.
Two types of inspection are compulsory in Brussels: an inspection for compliance before connection to the gas network, and an inspection for compliance with the BEP requirements.
In Belgium, 1.7 million people use fuel oil for heating. In Brussels, 16% of all boilers operate using this type of fuel. Yet the sale of oil-fired boilers is set to be banned from 2035. Fortunately, there are alternatives
You will make huge savings by replacing your boiler if it is more than fifteen to twenty years old. Was it installed before 1978? It will soon no longer be compatible with the gas in Brussels. Another reason for getting ahead!
When the choice of how to heat the water is sound, the expense can change from excessive to very affordable - and very ecological...
By adopting good habits and improving your installation, you will use less hot water and relieve your wallet.
Cogeneration is a system that generates both electricity and heat from a single fuel (natural gas).
Yes it is! Combining a condensing boiler and a thermodynamic boiler allows you to harness the 2 most efficient technologies available on the market for your heating and hot water. A win-win solution for your pocket and the environment!
For economic and environmental reasons, gradually switching from natural gas heating to renewable sources makes sense! The process is simple.
Yes, provided you follow a few precautions and coordinate with other occupants of the building to avoid any danger and comply with the regulations.
A heating system that gives just the right temperature when you want it? Comfortable and economical. But if you want proper control over your heating, you first need to know how all these devices communicate with each other.
To choose a new boiler, you must consider the price but also the type of fuel, the efficiency, the combustion system, the space available and the hot water requirements.
Patio heaters allow you to extend your outdoor lifestyle into the cooler times of the year. Discover the different types.
Choose an efficient stove which is suitable for your room, have the chimney cleaned regularly, choose a suitable wood to burn and learn how to light your stove properly!
Investing in a smart thermostat can help cut your energy consumption by optimising the heating in your home. But that doesn’t make it the right solution for everyone! Explanations.
Green gas is produced through the transformation of organic matter by bacteria. Unlike natural gas, it is not a fossil fuel, but a renewable energy.
Collect evidence to show that the problem exists. If your owner still refuses to replace or repair the boiler, you should call on the justice of the peace.
As the name implies, geothermal energy is a heating technique that exploits heat from the ground.Non-polluting, renewable and free, this energy source is of interest in the fight against global warming.
If you have a condensing boiler, it is imperative that the chimney is moisture-resistant. For unmodified chimneys, intubation is required.
If you want to have your old heating oil tank removed, there are some legal obligations to take into account. For safety reasons and to avoid soil pollution, it must indeed be emptied and cleaned.
Our Dutch neighbours have decided to halt the extraction of lean gas. In Brussels, conversion to rich gas will be a three-year process, from 2020 to 2022.
An inspection body will check the conformity of your new installation if the work has not been done by a Cerga fitter. For check-ups in compliance with the EPB requirements, you should contact a specialist approved by Leefmilieu Brussel/Bruxelles Environnement.
District heating is like central heating but on a city or quarter scale: a large municipal boiler heats the water which is sent to each home via a network of insulated underground pipes.
Regular visual inspection and servicing, every three years, by a qualified technician are sufficient for the efficient maintenance of your solar water heater and for your system to work properly.
Yes! Today, underfloor heating systems are efficient, environmentally friendly and no longer pose any health risks.
Cooling your home in the middle of a heatwave? It can be done! Fans, misting fans and cooler units will get the temperature down by a few degrees, and at a perfectly affordable price.
Yes and no. The answer to this question depends on how the electricity is generated.
We explain some basic safety rules in 10 steps. Or call your service engineer for installation, inspection and maintenance of your gas installation.
Air conditioning soon pushes up the electricity bill. So it’s better to choose an air conditioning solution suited to your needs and the size of your home. Fixed or mobile? Multi-split or mono-split? Reversible heat pump?
It all depends on the room you want to warm up and your expectations. Find out about the types of extra heaters available on the market and their features.
When your boiler is having maintenance performed, the engineer will take some measurements, clean the inside of your boiler and check that it is working properly.
A heating audit is a test carried out as part of the regulations on the energy performance of buildings (EPB). This audit is mandatory for central heating boilers over 15 years old and has to be carried out by an approved specialist.
A central heating stove combines the best of both worlds: the cosiness and heat of a stove or hearth and the hot water production of a central heating boiler. In some cases, the central heating stove can replace your regular boiler.
In some situations, infrared heaters can be attractive for the comfort they provide, although heating with direct electricity still has a cost.
In this lockdown, there are more people teleworking than ever before! Here are some useful tips to waste less energy, work in the best possible conditions and keep your energy bills under control.
Today, underfloor heating systems are efficient, environmentally friendly and no longer pose any health risks. But what type should you choose?
Cerga is a quality label for professional natural gas fitters, issued by the KVBG/ARGB – the Royal Association of Belgian Gas Professionals.
New appliances can save you up to 30% on your bill. In addition, many old appliances are incompatible with the new rich gas being deployed in Brussels.
As from the first days of spring, there are a whole range of simple and easy things you can do that will enable you to save energy and make sure that your heating installation is fully up and running for next winter. Before leaving on your holidays, a quick inspection of your electrical or gas-powered appliances is another must.
The arrival of winter coincides with shorter and colder days. If you want to get through the winter nice and warm without breaking the bank, whilst spending a thought for the environment, here are a few tips and tricks that will help you get your home ready for winter.
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