Energy Saving / Efficiency and Under-floor Heating:
ENERGY SAVING / EFFICIENCY:
Insulating your home well will have the longest-lasting effect on heating costs and ‘greenhouse gas’ emissions and is money well spent – take advice from the Energy Saving Trust – www.energysavingtrust.org.uk, who will advise you about all aspects of energy saving and any grants which may be available.
Replacing an old boiler with a new Band A high efficiency boiler can save 20 – 30% of fuel used.
Central Heating System Controls
Using the latest system controls on any heating system can make worthwhile savings in running costs and improvements in comfort and convenience, but these must be applied with due consideration for the circumstances and the likely users. A commonly made mistake is to fit equipment that is too advanced and difficult for the end-user to understand easily and this leads to frustration and dissatisfaction.
Fitting certain Basic Heating Controls will benefit most central heating systems, making your house more comfortable and reducing fuel wastage. Many improvements can be made to an existing boiler / heating system – and, whenever a new boiler is fitted the heating system controls should be updated to comply with the latest Building Regulations. Some options include:
- Heating Programmers – Every heating system should have a time control fitted. These can vary from a simple rotating mechanical time clock to 7-day digital multi-channel programmers.
- Thermostatic Radiator Valves should be fitted to all bedroom radiators and principal living rooms (e.g. lounges, dining rooms, study’s and kitchens) and will allow you to control the heating separately in each room. (Normally TRVs should not be fitted in the room with the main room thermostat).
- A Room Thermostat should be fitted to act as an overall control for the heating system which ensures that the boiler will not continue trying to heat the house once it is thoroughly warmed up or during hot weather. Programmable Room Thermostats are very versatile, especially with combination boilers, and allow you to control both heating time and temperature from one convenient and accurate unit.
- A Hot Water Thermostat should be fitted to a hot water cylinder or tank (where these are used) to control the water temperature and save energy by only allowing the boiler to fire when it is really needed. A well insulated hot water cylinder will save energy and should keep the water hot for days if none is drawn off.
- Weather Compensation Control – systems are becoming widely available to add onto boiler installations. These devices sense the outside air temperature and adjust the central heating boiler output to suit the weather conditions. This provides a worthwhile saving in energy and at the same time regulates the heating system automatically to give better comfort control in the house all year round.
UNDERFLOOR HEATING SYSTEMS
Hot water Under-Floor Heating may be installed as an effective and ‘invisible’ means of heating. This is best suited to new-build properties and new extensions to existing properties, e.g. conservatories, etc. Special arrangements need to be made to provide separate ‘zoning’ of under-floor heating circuits and this system is ideal for use in conjunction with conventional heating boilers and ground source heat pumps. We will be happy to discuss your requirements and provide technical advice on under-floor heating systems.
Under-floor Heating – Heating Controls & Pumps
Special heating controls and a dedicated pump are required for under-floor heating systems to ensure safe and comfortable operation.