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Gas Boiler Ban for New Builds from 2025

Gas Boiler Ban in Favour of Renewables

Following recommendations from the Independent Committee on Climate Change, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, recently announced a ban on gas boilers for all new homes, from 2025. Various ways of reducing fossil fuel as an energy source in new builds, have been mooted before, but an outright ban within 6 years, puts the measure in a formal setting. While gas for cooking will still be allowed for the foreseeable future, gas heating systems will not be a feature in new homes from 2025. The gas ban is part of an effort to reduce carbon emissions, as part of the UK’s role in tackling climate change. Up to 14% of emissions come from housing and a lot of the increase in home emissions, comes from gas boilers. So what will replace gas and what will builders and developers be installing as alternatives to gas heating?

Lower Emission Heating at Home

There are a range of options for heating your home, outside of traditional fossil fuels. Low carbon heating systems are not expensive options, when put into new builds. Retro-fitting costs more, but both options provide homeowners with energy saving and cost cutting heating. Heat pumps are increasingly effective and are becoming a go-to choice for homeowners.  Underfloor heating has also come a long way in recent years and provides substantial heat at lower temperatures. Insulation is also key to maintaining ambient temperatures at home. Advances in insulation technology have meant that heat loss is less of an issue for householders. Making sure that you have an efficient hot water cylinder also goes a long way to cutting bills and reducing energy consumption.

All new builds have to have a renewable energy source. In 2025, the removal of gas central heating from new homes will mean that there will be an even bigger emphasis on renewable energy. Energy efficiency will also be paramount in cutting down on emissions. Of course, it benefits the consumer too, with lower bills into the future.

Heat Pumps & Underfloor Heating Options

In the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, alternatives to gas, such as heat pumps, are recommended to help reduce carbon emissions. Air source heat pumps which extract energy from outside, transferring it as heat to inside your home, are already becoming a mainstay in new builds. The heat pump uses the heat from ambient air, a free and renewable energy source. Heat pumps can also be integrated with radiators, underfloor heating systems and solar thermal systems.

Another good reason to consider moving to a heat pump sourced system is the availability of govt. grants for installing the pumps. You can find out more about the grant scheme here.

Underfloor heating typically runs at a much lower temperature than that required by radiators. It therefore uses less energy, keeping costs down, often saving between 15-20% on running costs. It can also be installed within a variety of different floor constructions. The different floor constructions comprise of solid screed floors, suspended floors and floating floors.

There are a lot of options other than gas heating and with the advances in technology, the renewable options can save your money in the long run as well as helping you cut down on your carbon footprint.

About ThermaQ

We are a world class UK manufacturing company. We are focused on our relationships with our customers in the delivery of the highest quality hot water products, utilising the latest innovative technologies while providing excellence in customer service.

If you are thinking about installing underfloor heating and would like to know a bit more about our underfloor heating system, Therma-TeQ, you can contact us using our online form or you can email: design@therma-teq.co.uk.

Contact ThermaQ:

sales@thermaq.co.uk

 Phone: 01924 270847

Hot Water Association Launches New Consumer Guide

In the first of its kind, the Hot Water Association (HWA) has launched a new consumer guide, giving homeowners essential information on keeping hot water cylinders in their best condition. The Homeowners Guide to Unvented Hot Water Cylinder Servicing gives consumers a handle on when to have cylinders serviced, who to contact and how to know that a good job has been done.

The HWA is recognised as the leading organisation, when it comes to domestic hot water storage. It’s also involved in the promotion of good standards within the industry. A division of the Energy and Utilities Alliance (EUA), it works with manufacturers, installers and agents alike, in promoting quality work and services in the sector. The new guide is part of that work. It gives homeowners the knowledge they need to make sure that they are getting the most from their hot water system.

Cylinder Servicing Tips for Home Owners

The new cylinder servicing guide for consumers is designed to equip homeowners with the knowledge they need to make sure that they are getting the best from their hot water system. From identifying the type of system you have at home to knowing when to get it your cylinder serviced, the guide gives you all the tips you need.

Key to maintaining your cylinder is making sure that you have a qualified person carry out any service, upgrade or replacement. The Homeowners Guide gives you a run-down on what your engineer should do when carrying out a service. From checking for damage to assessing the condition of expansion valves, the guide gives you an idea of what your engineer will look for and what they will check out, when servicing the cylinder.

Hot Water Association Best Practice Approach

The Hot Water Association is focussing on a best practice approach when it comes to looking after the needs of the domestic cylinder customer. Regular cylinder servicing from a qualified engineer is key when it comes to making sure you are getting the best from your hot water system. The new Homeowners Guide  sets out industry standards, legal compliance and consumer protection in an easy to read and straightforward way. It also educates consumers on the standards they should expect when an engineer services a cylinder in their home. The guide is the new go-to for home owners when it comes to cylinder servicing.

You can download the Homeowners Guide to Unvented Hot Water Cylinder Servicing here.

Manufacturer Manuals Key to Good Maintenance

The Hot Water Association is keen to let consumers know that “manufacturers’ instructions are an indispensable reference document whenever an unvented water heater service is undertaken” and advises to keep manuals in a safe place. ThermaQ customers can contact us any time and we’ll be happy to supply you with our product manuals.

About ThermaQ

We are a world class UK manufacturing company. We are focused on our relationships with our customers in the delivery of the highest quality hot water products, utilising the latest innovative technologies while providing excellence in customer service.

Contact ThermaQ:

sales@thermaq.co.uk

 Phone: 01924 270847

 

Picking the Right Heating System for Your New Build

Plan Your Heating from the Outset

Picking the heating system for your new build shouldn’t be an afterthought. One of the advantages of a new home is the blank canvas when it comes to design and layout. You’ve thought about the rooms, the type of kitchen you want and probably the decor; these things are important, but have you thought about how you’re going to heat your water and home? It’s important to see your heating as integral to the overall design of your home. You should incorporate it from the outset. Thinking about the right heating system can save you time and money. So what’s the right system for your house? Well, a lot of it depends on your current lifestyle and needs into the future. We take a look at some of the options and how to go about getting the right fit for your home.

Use a Domestic Heating Design

The first thing we recommend you do, before making your mind up about your hot water and heating system, is to work with a domestic heating designer. Your heating installer may already work with or have a domestic heating firm as a partner. Ask them about the heating design. A domestic heating design will put the heating system as a core part of your building project. A designer will create detailed CAD (computer aided design) drawings, showing where boilers, pipes or radiators are in the overall design of the building. You may want different heating zones in your home, with different settings and times for different parts of the house. A domestic heating designer can work with you and/or your installer to get the plan that suits you best. They will also work with other professionals in the creation of detailed plans for your home. This will save you time and unnecessary changes to layouts. Find out more about Domestic Heating Design.

Choosing Your Heat Source

There are a range of heating options you can choose for a new build, as you’re not constrained by existing structures or heat systems. You can also combine  Here are a few to look at, from how to heat your water to keeping warm underfoot.

Underfloor Heating

If you are at home for most of the day, underfloor heating can be a great option. It gives steady and consistent heat throughout the day. Once you’ve got your new heating system up and running, the savings can be substantial as good underfloor heating (UFH) system can work to its optimum at low water temperatures. it also gives you freedom to design your rooms and decor, free from having to work around where radiators are placed.

Heat Pumps

Home owners and installers are increasingly opting for new heat pump technology for new builds. Air source heat pumps, which extract heat from the outside environment and upgrade it to higher temperatures, are an option now recognised as efficient and less costly sources of heating. Next generation heat pumps are also smart phone compatible and benefit from remote monitoring for better service.

Solar Thermal

There are a few good reasons to think about installing solar panels for your home. Investing in solar thermal panels is a cost saving exercise in the medium term. Once you’re up and running you will be saving on your hot water bills. There is also the obvious good environmental impact of using solar. Once you use a registered and reliable installer, the process of installing the panels is straightforward and it’s cost effective. Of course, there is also the convenience of having low cost or free hot water at the ready. Find out more about our Evocyl Standard Cylinders, which include a solar version.

Radiators & Cylinder Types Matter

If you choose to have radiators throughout your home, make sure they are the most efficient they can be. One of the advantages of a new build is that you have the option to choose next generation rads which operate at low temperatures. Pick a radiator which has a very high output per section, at low temperatures. Picking the right cylinder also makes sense. Again, look for something which is recognised as having the best in production and energy efficiency. Always make sure that someone qualified is carrying out any installations in your home and where possible someone who has received training specific to the product you’re using. You can find out more about the ThermaQ Evocyl range of cylinders here.

No matter which type of heating or hot water system you plan on using, make sure to do some research on products and spend some time thinking about heating design. It’ll be worth it in the long run.

About ThermaQ

We are a world class United Kingdom manufacturing company. We are focused on our relationships with our customers in the delivery of the highest quality hot water products, utilising the latest innovative technologies while providing excellence in customer service.

Contact ThermaQ:

sales@thermaq.co.uk

 Phone: 01924 270847

Reasons to Choose an Unvented Cylinder

About Unvented Cylinders

For the Homeowner

If you’re a home owner, your plumber, builder or hot water and heating specialist will be able to advise you on the best hot water solution for your home or building, depending on a range of factors, from the age and size of the building to the budget you’re working with. So what’s the difference between a vented cylinder and an unvented cylinder when it comes to heating your water? A traditional vented cylinder requires connection to  a water tank, usually in a loft or attic space, using gravity to deliver hot water to the home. This is done by use of an immersion or by an external source like a central heating boiler. An unvented cylinder uses a pressurised system, that has a direct feed from your cold water supply, so there is no need for a cold water storage tank in the loft or attic.

For the Installer

If you’re an experienced plumber or installer, you’ll already know that unvented cylinders have a high flow rate, which customers want, are energy efficient and a come with a long guarantee.

Good Reasons to Choose Unvented

Unvented cylinders are increasingly the chosen option in homes and larger buildings. There are a lot of good reasons to go with an unvented cylinder. Here are just some of them:

Unvented cylinders can be installed in lots of different areas of the home, giving more freedom in designing the space.

Unvented cylinders usually take up less space than older systems.

They use water directly from the mains, so need for a tank in the attic. This isn’t just good for saving space – it can also take away the possibility of freezing issues in winter.

Because they use mains pressure, they can provide a much more even flow for baths and showers.

Once installed, unvented cylinders can give you real savings in terms of energy efficiency; good for the environment and your pocket.

Because of a sealed system, there isn’t the risk of water contamination, of real concern to SMEs and families alike.

Of course another reason to choose an unvented cylinder is – ThermaQ. We manufacture our own and use only recognised installers.

The ThermaQ Range of Unvented Cylinders

At ThermaQ we make unvented cylinders, using the most up to date technology and manufacturing know how. You can view our full range here.

If you’re a contractor or home owner looking for the best advice on unvented cylinders, you can contact us using our online form or you can email: sales@thermaq.co.uk. You can also phone us on 01 01924 270847 and one of our experts will be delighted to chat to you.

 

 

Which Evocyl Hot Water Cylinder to Pick?

The ThermaQ Evocyl Range

We’ve balanced the need for top quality hot water cylinders with the need for affordability and Evocyl is the answer. At ThermaQ we use the most advanced water heating technology available and we develop some of our own too. Evocyl Cylinders use duplex stainless steel for maximum strength and the ability to resist corrosion. Using robotic technology, we’re able to make sure that the technical accuracy is second to none. Our cylinders also come with a 25 year guarantee against manufacturing defects. But which of the Evocyl range is best suited to the job?  Here’s a run down of the different Evocyl cylinders:

Evocyl Standard

The Evocyl Standard is designed to provide fast flowing hot water to one or multiple outlets. It’s also manufactured to guarantee quick recovery and to be more energy efficient than a usual cylinder. It also comes in sizes from 90L to 300L.

Evocyl Slimline

The clue’s in the name. With a diameter of only 475mm, the Evocyl Slimline is perfect for small spaces. A lot of older properties have smaller airing cupboards, as do a lot of flat conversions,  but it needn’t stop you have fast filling baths or good pressure in showers, as the Slimline gives you this, without the need to reconfigure existing spaces. It’s also a good way to save on building and plumbing expenses.

Evocyl Horizontal

For those awkward spaces, the Evocyl Horizontal offers increased siting options allowing larger storage capacities in areas that would not normally accommodate standard vertical cylinders.
All horizontal cylinders come with cradles too.

Evocyl Super Eco

The  Evocyl Super Eco comes as a response to our need to reduce our impact on the environment. We’ve increased the HCFC/CFC free insulation to 85mm, lowering the heat loss and reducing the amount of energy used by the cylinder, reducing fuel bills along the way. The Evocyl Super Eco can also help improve SAP performance in new build properties.

Evocyl Heatpump Cylinders

The Evocyl Heatpump Cylinder is as, you’d expect, designed for use with heatpumps. Purpose built to our exacting standards this cylinder meets the specific requirements of the market and our customers. It’s designed with a high efficiency heat exchanger to facilitate the transfer of the low temperature inputs of ground & air source heat pumps.

Evocyl Calorifier

The Evocyl Calorifier is designed for large volumes of hot water storage. Calorifiers are manufactured from high grade stainless steel with coil sizes to suit all applications and come supplied with money saving and highly accurate digital thermostats.

The Evocyl range of cylinders also comes with some pre-plumbed options.

You can also check out our Evocyl Air range, designed with environmental care and responsibility in mind.

About ThermaQ

ThermaQ manufacture all our domestic cylinders using Duplex stainless steel, here in the UK. Duplex has been selected against other materials such as copper, glass lined mild steel and lesser grades of stainless steel due to its substantially higher tensile strength and because it is a low carbon, high chromium content alloy. It allows units to be produced using thinner walls resulting in a lighter unit and offers a superior resistance to all forms of corrosion including, pitting, crevice corrosion and stress corrosion cracking.

We supply a range of hot water solutions for new builds and refurbishments alike.

You can contact us using our online form, by email or by calling +(44) (0)1924 270847 and one of our staff will be delighted to give you any information on our products.