Hot Water, what ever the demand

What are the key factors when deciding on the best home heating and hot water system?When it comes to choosing the most suitable heating & hot water system for a property, its size and the number of people using it are key considerations. But it's also important to factor in the types of bathroom and shower room, the lifestyle of the people and the fuel sources.For smaller properties with a single bathroom and a moderate demand for hot water, a combi boiler is often the perfect solution. ...

What is a Boiler Benchmark?

So the little blue book or email of boiler commissioning checklist you got with your new boiler (or sometimes its printed in the back of the manufacturers instructions) is filled out and you have it but whats it for?Basically its a record of the readings of the boiler when it was fitted. The installation company should fill it out with their details, your details and all the details from the boiler readings.This gives any future engineer the chance to look at how the boiler was working when i...

What is the difference between a gas safety check & a service ?

A gas safety check assesses the basic safety of gas appliances in your home to ensure they are all working correctly and safely. A Gas Safe registered engineer will assess the following four areas:Gas appliances are on the right setting and burning correctly with the correct operating pressureHarmful gases are being removed from the appliance safely to the air outsideThat any ventilation routes are clear and adequateAll the safety devices are working properlyA service will consist of a full c...

THE RIGHT BALANCE

System balancing is a simple process yet, if omitted, can significantly undermine the effectiveness of a heating system. Unbalanced systems can cause the emergence of hot and cold spots within a house, leading the consumer to feel that their system is not functioning as expected or promised. Consequently, they then turn up the temperature to negate the impact of cold spots, meaning they are not utilising their heating systems effectively.Despite the importance of balancing, there is no mandat...

Boiler Pressure Guide

How to fill up the water in your boiler should the pressure dropChecking the boiler water pressure A common occurrence that causes problems with central heating systems is a lack of water pressure in the system. Most Combi/System boilers require a pressure of a least   1bar, and the recommended pressure tends to be between 1 and 1.5 bars of atmospheric pressure. You should check the operating manual for the recommended pressure before topping it up. Most boilers will have a dial or ...

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...