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ALPHA FLOWSMART: A HIGH DEMAND COMBI BOILER SOLUTION
07/07/2017
By: Pete Grimshaw

ALPHA FLOWSMART: A HIGH DEMAND COMBI BOILER SOLUTION

For the majority of homes, a combination boiler is the most energy efficient option, as it does not require a permanent store of hot water and only heats the water when there is a demand. However, for larger properties or households with above average hot water requirements a different approach is necessary.

In these situations, a combination boiler is often unable to provide the required flow rate of hot water. The traditional solution is to install a conventional boiler and hot water cylinder. However, because this type of system heats large amounts of water that may not be used, it is not the most efficient choice.

The innovative Alpha FlowSmart provides a solution to this problem. The complete system incorporating a flue gas heat recovery unit and thermal store, enables a combination boiler to meet the higher levels of demand and achieve a sustained flow rate of up to 18 litres per minute above 50°C – easily surpassing the performance of a 200 litre un

THE RURAL FUEL SWAP
01/06/2017
By: Calor

THE RURAL FUEL SWAP

The experts at Calor explain how encouraging the switch from oil to liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) can not only benefit homeowners, but help rural installers cash in too.

Currently, around four million homes in the UK do not have access to mains gas, and so rely on alternatives such as oil, electricity and solid fuel for heating and hot water. These systems are often inherited with a property and are usually replaced like-for-like when the original comes to the end of its lifecycle.

However, when an existing boiler breaks down in one of these ‘off-grid’ homes, installers are presented with a unique and lucrative opportunity to offer a cleaner, more environmentally friendly option to their customers – LPG.

The Popular Choice

LPG is fast becoming one of the most popular fuel choices for rural properties, with the benefits for both homeowners and installers often outstripping those of other fuels.

Offering all o

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU REPLACE YOUR BOILER
08/05/2017
By: Darran Smith

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU REPLACE YOUR BOILER

By Darran Smith, Technical Manager at Alpha Heating Innovation

When a boiler comes to the end of its life, a lot of homeowners will ask their installers to simply replace it like-for-like. However, there could be other options to consider if you are keen to reduce your energy bills.

Typically, combination boilers (combis) are considered the best choice for home with average hot water demands. Unlike old systems using a hot water tank, often stored in the loft, combis only provide hot water when you need it rather than storing water permanently. This means there is less energy wasted heating water that may not be used, resulting in a healthier bank balance! Combi boilers also have a smaller footprint, so it’s a great option if you are looking to save some space.

Before you settle on a new boiler, consider the infrastructure of the house. Has it had extensions or more bathrooms added since the previous boiler was installed? If so, the o

BOOK A BOILER SERVICE FOR PEACE OF MIND
06/04/2017
By: Rob Morris

BOOK A BOILER SERVICE FOR PEACE OF MIND

By Rob Morris, Regional Service Engineer at Alpha Heating Innovation

It’s important to treat your heating system as you would other utilities, such as a car. Boilers also need an annual service to identify potential issues, maintain warranties, and keep the system running efficiently and safely.

As part of a service, the engineer will check for faults, inspect all areas of the boiler and replace parts as necessary, meaning you can have peace of mind that the boiler is operating correctly and efficiently. Most importantly the engineer will carry out a combustion analysis to check the boiler is operating safely, helping to avoid any concerns with carbon monoxide gas.

As well as extending its life, regular maintenance, helps avoid unexpected boiler breakdowns and can help reduce overall energy savings – so it’s good news all round!

Flushing the heating system to reduce sludge can also prove beneficial to your heating sy

FACTORING CONTROL INTO THE EQUATION
13/12/2016
By: Jonathan Kidner

FACTORING CONTROL INTO THE EQUATION

By Jonathan Kidner, Product Engineer at Alpha Heating Innovation

When installing a boiler or heating system for a customer, at what point do thoughts turn to heating controls (if at all), and what influences your recommendation? There are some factors to consider for making your (and our customer’s) life easier…

Installing a domestic heating system goes beyond simply fitting a boiler. Of course, the boiler is important – vital in fact - but it is useless to the customer without the means to not only control its operation, but also ensure optimised productivity and energy efficiency (leading to the universally welcomed reduction in energy bills).

To provide some context to the significance of a well thought out heating system, I refer to a study carried out by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) between 2010 and 2015. It was discovered that domestic buildings account for about 30% of final UK energy consu

Injecting the ‘oomph’ back into training
19/08/2016
By: Darran Smith

Injecting the ‘oomph’ back into training

By Darran Smith, Technical Manager at Alpha Heating Innovation
 
I often get asked what frustrates me most in my job as Technical Manager.  The short answer would be: a perceived lack of understanding of the importance of training.  The longer answer would begin by acknowledging that the reason people don’t attend training is, more often than not, simply down to the pressures of work and other time centric factors.  However, right now there is a need to begin to change current mind-sets by communicating the value of consistent, high quality training in the workplace.
 
Along with many other sectors these days, the heating industry is suffering from a noticeable skills shortage, and the lack of continual training is definitely a factor.  This is concerning, bearing in mind how quickly legislation, processes and technology change and advance in the industry,
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