What is OpenTherm (OT)

Open Therm (OT)   is a standard communications protocol used in central heating systems for the communication between a central heating boiler and a thermostatic controller.As a standard, open therm is independent of any single manufacturer. A controller from manufacturer A can in principle be used to control a boiler from manufacturer B. However, OpenTherm controllers and boilers do not in fact always work properly together. The openTherm standard comprises a number of optional fea...

Powerflushing

The dangers of skipping system cleaning and the benefits of powerflushing and protecting both ourselves and the homeowner's interest. Powerflushing can be a hard sell. After all, it not only costs the customer money but the process also takes hours. Furthermore, the homeowner might have heard that power flushes cause leaks. However, as any professional installer, we know, system cleaning is a critical part of the water treatment process, and skipping it can be detrimental for the heating syst...

5 Tips for Showers

MOST of us start our day by showering, but choosing a new shower can be confusing, so what do you need to consider? 1) There are three main types of shower power, electric and mixer. Power showers are ideal for homes with plenty of hot water -they mix hot and cold water to create the desired temperature and a built-in pump boosts the flow of water, creating a powerful spray, but they do use a lot of water, An electric shower only needs cold water because it heats the water as you shower ...

Unvented Hot Water System

Until the mid-1980s, the majority of UK water heating installations involved cistern-fed open vented low-pressure systems. While a large number of these systems remain in use, the fact that they are gravity fed means that they are often ill equipped to cater for modern lifestyles, leaving the end user frustrated as a result. More recently, combination boilers have become a `go to'; fitted on the assumption that they will provide instant hot water. However, for properties with two or more bath...

Gas Safety At Home

What is carbon monoxide? Carbon monoxide is an odourless, colourless gas that causes the accidental deaths of about 50 people and seriously injures nearly 200 people in the UK each year. Poisoning by carbon monoxide is almost certainly under-diagnosed, so many people may be suffering from symptoms without realising. Children, pregnant women and their babies and people with cardiovascular diseases are the most at risk. Because carbon monoxide has no smell, you may wish to install carbon m...

What happens during a boiler service ?

What happens during a boiler service? Below is a summary of what typically happens during your boiler service. Hopefully this will help you see what actually happens during the process, as well as provide you with a checklist of items to make sure your engineer covers all the bases.A visual check to ensure your boiler still meets current standards Boiler fired to identify any working faults Boiler casing removed to check all main boiler components (burner, heat exchanger, many inje...