Entries by Matt Cripps

Solar Thermal Systems “Are they a good investment?”

One of the most common questions we are asked; “Are solar thermal systems a good investment?”   Costs The simple answer in most cases is NO. While the principle of using FREE energy from the sun to heat water makes sense, how does it work in a real-life application in the UK. The average family […]

Join the Heating Revolution – Boiler Plus Regulations

From April 2018 new standards for domestic boiler installations (Boiler Plus) will apply, improving the way people use energy in their homes by giving them more choice, greater control and tangible savings on their energy bills. The new minimum performance standard for gas boilers in England will be set at 92% ErP. The standard will […]

Are air source heat pumps noisy?

The simple answer is NO but what is noisy? Modern air source heat pumps are significantly quieter than units produced say 5 years ago. This is primarily due to advances in the development of fan technology and improved chassis design which reduces vibration. 99% of sound generated by an air source heat pump is the […]

Specification of Commercial Ground & Air source heat pumps

The unique thermal characteristics and demands of a commercial building often means a traditional approach of separate boiler and chiller is taken to meet the peak heating and cooling loads. Due to increasing operational and energy costs, renewable technologies are becoming more common in modern developments but very rarely used to their full capability. There is a […]

Are Solar Thermal Systems a good idea?

One of the most common questions we are asked; Is solar thermal a good addition to a ground or air source heat pump system? The simple answer in most cases is NO. Hot water accounts for 20% of the annual domestic fuel bill. Solar thermal will cover on average 70% of your annual hot water consumption, […]