Here are just some of the most popular services on offer:
Boiler servicing. It’s one of those things that’s easily overlooked and never really thought about. But it could be the key to picking up on issues before they become problems. It also ensures the continued safety and efficiency of your appliance.
When the worst happens and your heating system lets you down you need someone reliable to carry out repairs to get you back up and running. I have years of breakdown experience working for the UK’s largest heating maintenance company and carry many generic heating parts such as pumps, motorised valves and thermostats on the van to try and fix as many breakdowns as possible in just one visit.
Boiler installations make up the core of my business. When surveying a home for a boiler replacement I do not believe in a one size fits all approach. I consider the needs of the house and it’s occupants and make recommendations as to what I believe will work best for the home, the home owner and the environment. A heat loss calculation will be completed to determine the best size boiler for the property as an over sized boiler is also A inefficient boiler.
I also believe as an engineer in taking ownership of my work aiming to do the best job possible for my clients. The vast majority of my boiler installation’s I return to year after year carrying out annual service’s and system check’s making sure they are performing to their optimum performance across their lifetime. As the person who designed and installed the system I believe I am best placed with the knowledge of the system to see when things are not operating how they where designed and best placed to fix any problems when they do arise.
Heating upgrades are anything that improves the efficiency or operation of a heating system. From something as simple as adding thermostatic radiator valves, wether compensation, smart thermostats, new or additional radiators the list goes on. All of your heating requirements can be accommodated.
Smart controls are becoming more and more popular and rightly so. However not all smart controls are the same and consideration should be made to the best option to fit your needs. They have moved beyond just another gadget to something that can actually save you money on your energy bills.
I recommend and install Google Nest thermostats for the host of smart features they offer. Connected to the right boiler such as my preferred boiler manufacturer ATAG, they can actually talk to the boiler instead of just switching the boiler on and off such as offered by rivals like Hive. This can increase the overall efficiency of the system by an additional 2% as Nest can weather compensate the boiler increasing the energy efficiency.
Complete Heating Systems
Wether it be a new build project, a property refurbishment or simply your existing heating system is inefficient and beyond economical repair. Superior Plumbing and Heating can design you a bespoke system to meet your’s and your property’s needs.
Any new system installed from now on should ideally be future proof. As the UK moves towards achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 decarbonising heat is a major obstacle to overcome. I will always recommend installing a future proof low temperature heating system. Even if for now your heat is provided by a boiler. In the future this is unlikely to be the case and you will have a heat pump instead which heat’s the water to a lower temperate than a traditional boiler. A low temperature system basically means you need bigger radiators and properly sized pipework. That way when the time comes that you do have a heat pump your system will be ready. A low temperature system also offers energy savings with gas boilers too, it is kinder to you and your properly putting less stress on the building fabric as the house is kept at a more constant temperate and does not have big heat spikes every time the heating comes on.
Underfloor heating is becoming more and more popular offering a host of benefits and isn’t as expensive to install as you might think. Underfloor heating is basically just heating pipes burred in the floor when your property is constructed or has a major refurbishment. It is perfect for heat pumps due to the low flow temperature’s underfloor heating requires. It is also cheeper to run than a traditional radiator system, puts less stress on the fabric of the building, the occupants feel warmer at a lower temperature than a radiator system as the warmest part of the room is the floor not the ceiling and valuable wall space isn’t taken up to fit radiators.
Not undergoing a major refurbishment? Not a problem!
Wet underfloor heating can also be retrofitted to existing properly’s quite simply and affordably. By raising up the floor level by just 20mm using highly insulated boards that the underfloor heating pipes are installed into. These boards have a thick aluminium covering which rapidly spreads the heat from the pipes upwards into the room above. Your floor covering’s can then be laid directly on top of the heating boards. They can be tiled directly onto, covered directly with laminate or hardwood flooring or if you wish to install karndean or carpet, a thin layer of self levelling floor compound can be used before the finished floor is laid. This system has the added benefit of fast heat up times as the finished floor is just above the heating pipes.
Please do not confuse this system with costly to run electric underfloor heating. Wet underfloor heating connects into your houses primary heating system using your boiler or heat pump to heat the water.
Renewable heating is any method of heating your property that extracts heat from it’s surroundings rather than burning something. This can be in the form of a Air Source Heat Pump, Ground Source Heat Pump or Solar Thermal system. They extract heat from the air, ground or daylight, run that through a refrigerant cycle to increase that heat into something useful. This process uses electricity instead of gas or oil. It greatly reduces your carbon immersions as the best gas boiler is around 90% efficient. So one unit of gas gets you 0.9 units of heat. Where as a heat pump is between 300 and 400% efficient so for every unit of electric you put in you get between 3 and 4 units of heat out. The carbon savings can be even greater when teamed up with a green energy supplier or your own solar PV system.
The simplest way to think of a heat pump is a fridge. Imagine your home is a giant fridge that you live in. However instead of cooling like a fridge the process is reversed and the inside is warmed instead. The compressor and fins on the back of your fridge are outside therefor heat is extracted from outside to use inside. A fridge cools inside and warms the room around it with the heat its removed from inside. A heat pump does exactly this but backwards. Warms inside the house and cools outside.
Unvented hot water is the premier method of heating and storing hot water. Reputedly devised by an Englishman as far back as 1861, unvented systems are commonplace throughout Europe, South Africa, North America and Australia, although the UK remains one of the last bastions of the traditional low pressure vented system. However, times are changing. The demands from discerning householders for increased performance, sophisticated taps and showers, and aesthetic styling have produced a growing trend towards the installation of unvented systems in the UK, which will continue to increase in popularity.
How the unvented system works
The basic difference between the high pressure unvented systems and a traditional low pressure vented system is that we no longer require the cold water storage cistern. Instead, the unvented unit is fed direct from the mains cold water supply. Hot water drawn from the unit is then replenished from the mains supply. As water expands when heated and (as the name implies) there is no vent pipe, the expanded water within the system is accommodated by either an external expansion vessel or, in the case of bubble-top units, an internal air bubble within the unit which is generated when the system is commissioned. To maximise the benefits of the unvented system, a sealed heating system, if applicable, can also be installed providing the boiler used is compatible. The significant benefits to be gained from the installation of an unvented hot water storage system are outlined below.
- Superior performance – ensures constant high flow rates at all outlets and allows rapid filling of baths
- This is the system will give you the best showers possible
- Balanced pressures – far wider choice of taps and showers can be used
- Reduces hydraulic noise in system – no filling of cold water storage cistern
- Eliminates risk of freezing and burst pipes in roof space
- Eliminates risk of contamination – no cold water storage cistern in roof space
- Frees roof space – can be utilised for loft conversions
- Energy efficient – reduces fuel costs
- Aesthetic looks
- Superior performance and flow rates, ideal for multi-bathroom dwellings
Unvented hot water is not suitable for every property. Please arrange a free survey to see if your property is suitable. As a minimum you need to have good pressure and flow rate from your cold water main. As a basic guide to see if your property may be suitable. Your mains cold water tap should be able to fill a standard black bucket in under 25 seconds.
Unvented Hot Water Storage Systems are subject to the legal requirements of Building Regulation G3 and can only be installed by a “competent person” in strict accordance with the relevant manufacturer’s Instruction Manual, Building Regulation G3 and the current Water Byelaws. It must be installed, commissioned & maintained by a qualified engineer (gas safe registered does not automatically mean unvented qualified)