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Choosing an engineer for your boiler installation

When looking for a boiler installation in Leeds there are many important factors to consider.  At Paul Scurfield Plumbing and Heating we can help you choose the right boiler and additional system improvements, to suit your budget and needs.

With new changes to the building regulations on the 6th of April 2018, it’s essential that engineers and homeowners alike abide by the rules.  By sticking to these rules you can save money on bills and reduce carbon emissions.

The new regulations, known as Boiler Plus will apply whenever a boiler is installed to an existing system in England.  All householders must comply with the building regulations.  Having none-compliant work done can result in prosecution and financial penalties.

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Boiler Plus – What the new building regulations mean for all new boiler installations

Any boiler installed must be at least 92 per cent efficient, under the ErP European rating system.  Boiler interlock must be present and operational.  This means that when there is no demand for heat, the boiler will not fire.  There must also be working time and temperature control.  This is usually provided by installing a timer and a thermostat, or a timed thermostat which takes care of both of these in one.

In addition to the above requirements, if the boiler is a combi boiler,  one of the  following four measures must be in place.

Flue gas heat recovery

This device recovers otherwise wasted energy from the flue gases.  It uses this stored heat to pre heat the cold water entering the boiler.   The boiler has less work to do to get the hot water up to the required temperature.  This gets hot water to the taps quicker and saves energy.

Weather compensation

An outside sensor monitors the temperature outside the home.  This allows the boiler to adjust the temperature of the radiators to avoid a sudden drop or rise in temperature inside the building.  As well as increasing comfort,  efficiency is also increased.

Load compensation

A thermostat with load compensation, when fitted with a compatible boiler, alters the temperature of the radiators to suit the demand. This means when the house is cold and there is a demand for heat,  the radiators will be hotter.  As a result the house quickly gets up to temperature.  Then, as the house gets up to temperature, the boiler will reduce the temperature of the radiators. The room temperature can then be maintained using no more energy than required.  By running low for longer periods, the boiler will not have to fire up as frequently, reducing wear and tear.  This also increases efficiency.

Smart heating controls

Smart controls allow you to control the heating remotely.  The user can do this via a smart phone, tablet or desktop computer.  To comply with Boiler Plus, the smart control must offer automation and optimisation.

Automation is a feature that detects when you leave the house and when you return.  It uses this information to save energy by turning the heat up and down as required.

Optimisation calculates the heat up time required.  Therefore the heating will only come on for enough time to reach the target temperature at the desired time.

Your boiler installation in Leeds

Choosing which additional efficiency measures are right for your home takes a certain amount of consideration, but we’re here to help.  If you’re looking for a new boiler installation in Leeds,  be sure to get in touch.  We can guide you through the process by using experience to help you choose the best option for your home.

You can read more about our services installing boilers and heating systems in Leeds by clicking here.

Don’t forget to check that your gas engineer is Gas Safe registered by checking the Gas Safe website.

As always, if you have any questions, please see our contact page to get in touch.

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