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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

 

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.