Wood burner installation in Sevenoaks.

If you live in an area where there is no mains gas or maybe you have an oil boiler system which is coming to the end of its life. It’s time to think outside the box a little!

With the ever increasing cost of energy and more evidence to prove humans are ruining the planet with CO2, we feel it’s important to understand all the renewable options available when customers are looking to upgrade their boiler system.

This post is predominately about utilising a wood burner for hot water and radiators as well as just the wood burner air space.

But, on a more general note, we would like to make the point that we can offer you all the options and the free advice you need when natural gas is not available.

 

The wood burner installation that we completed in Sevenoaks in November shown in the photos below; is a prime example of we what we can design for you.

The property developer client bought a bungalow and came to us asking for a hot water and heating solution. They wanted the most cost effective way to enable them to turn the property around and stay on budget with the renovation. Because the property was in the middle of a field there was no mains, gas oil or LPG and they didn’t necessarily want to have the eye sore of an Oil or LPG tank in the back garden. Solar panels would not work financially because they would not be living there to see the payback. All we therefore had left to work with was electricity and a plentiful supply of seasoned logs!

 

The answer to this conundrum was a 14KW wood boiler with a clip on back boiler connected to a Gledhill Torrent  ECO OV.

In the ideal situation, the Torrent ECO OV utilises inputs from the wood burner as it’s primary energy source. The Torrent ECO only reverts to a 12 Kw electric boiler when the wood burner is not in use or not keeping up with demand.

The sweet spot with this particular installation was to have the electric boiler timed to come on at the times hot water is crucial; or when it’s not convenient to light the wood burner, such as first thing in the morning.

This wood burner Installation in Sevenoaks provides the entire hot water supply and radiators without the need for any electricity at all; apart from the minimum current flow of the heating controls and pump.

Of course, the electric boiler can be timed to come on to suit the house holders keenness to use the wood burner regularly as the primary heat source, but the main aim had been achieved.

When the radiators are called for a circulating pump is activated drawing thermal store water away from the cylinder towards the radiators providing more work for the wood burner to do.

The Torrent ECO OV provides high-performance mains pressure hot water via the plate heat exchanger all the time the thermal store temperature is maintained above 55 deg C. This is monitored with cylinder and pipe thermostats.

This a bespoke system, but works well and we have installed this in over 10 properties to date; where options were limited.

If I’ve confused you, have a look at the link below which has a little You tube video/

https://www.gledhill.net/products/alternative-energy/torrent-eco-ov/

Contact us on 01322 227001 for a free survey of your property to discuss all your possible options.

Here at Cloverleaf we feel the weight of responsibility to lower CO2 and we would like to pass this knowledge on to you, advising you of the available Eco friendly options where ever possible.

 

Want to try something a bit different?

Why not mix traditional ambiance with a designer look by installing a raw metal column radiator to your living space.

This ever popular and exciting finish leaves the factory  bare metal with only a lacquered finish to prevent corrosion.

We think these radiators really stand out and add a focal point to any room.  It’s possible to have a retro, almost industrial look, whilst still staying understated and traditional, the bare metal radiator manages it!

The other massive bonus with column radiators is the ability to achieve higher BTU outputs from much less wall space than a compact radiator. This is achieved with a column rad by adding columns to make the radiator much deeper than a standard radiator. This is particularly useful when you’re trying to cut down on the amount of radiators in a room to clear wall space.

For example, in my own house I have removed four standard radiators in my lounge / dining room and replaced them with two four column radiators at each end of the ground floor where no furniture could fit anyway.

They look great and kick out some serious BTUs!

Column radiators also work particularly well in alcoves and bay windows where the depth of a radiator is less of an issue.

If bare metal radiators are for you, or you are thinking about heating your house in a slightly less conventional manor let us help you!

Please contact us through the site and either myself or one of my team will happily come to your property free of charge to work out the BTUs required and talk through all your possible radiator options.

Please click here for more bare metal radiator examples.

Hopefully hear from you very soon, have a lovely Christmas !

 

Dean,
Managing Director.

 

 

Bathroom design service using 3D CAD software

We are pleased to announce that as part of our bathroom design service we can now  offer 3D Cad images.

When designing your new bathroom these images can really help visualise how it will look on completion and  aid the decision making process and prevent any design mishaps.

If you’re thinking of renovating your bathroom soon please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

We offer a complete bathroom service with all the relevant trades covered so you can concentrate on styling your new bathroom exactly how you want it.

More info on the site about how our bathroom service works here

We operate our free bathroom design service in Sevenoaks, Bromley, Dartford and surrounding areas.

Our bathroom design service is still free, so what are you waiting for !

The brighter way to save energy.

Meet the 3rd-gen Nest Learning Thermostat.
It has new colour rings, a big, sharp display and hot water control.

Your thermostat controls 60% of your energy bill. So shouldn’t it help you save energy?

The Nest Learning Thermostat learns the temperatures that you like when you’re at home and then programs itself. It turns itself down when you’re away. That’s how it saves energy. And here’s the proof.

Most thermostats are programmable. They make you enter every temperature change that you want throughout the day or choose a start and stop time for heating your home. It’s annoying and complicated – many people don’t even bother.

How does learning make a difference?

No more programming. Just turn the Nest Thermostat up and down for the first few days after it’s been installed. It will get to know the temperatures that you like and when you like them. Then it programs itself. It even turns itself down when you’re away so that you’re not heating an empty home. The Nest Thermostat also learns about your home and figures out how it heats or cools, because no two homes are exactly the same. And it considers the outside weather conditions. So, it can figure out when to turn on the heating to get your home to the temperature you want without wasting energy, or when to turn the temperature down to prevent overshooting.
The Nest Thermostat also shows you how to save energy. Each time you adjust your thermostat to an energy-efficient temperature, you’ll see the Nest Leaf. Over time, it becomes harder to get the Leaf, encouraging you to save even more energy. Then you can check your Energy History on the Nest app to see how much you use every day and what has caused any big changes in your energy use. Nest also sends you a monthly Home Reportso that you can compare how much energy you’re using this month versus last month. As you learn more about how and why you save energy, you can make simple changes to be more efficient.

How Nest calculates energy savings.

Many thermostat makers claim impressive energy savings, but few disclose the details of how they calculate their numbers. Those who do usually make these assumptions:

  • They assume that customers usually keep their thermostat at the same comfortable temperature, night and day.
  • Then they assume that their customers will program their brand new thermostat efficiently. And keep updating the program over time. So, they assume that the new thermostat will turn up the heating in the morning, down in the afternoon and off in the evening, for example.

We don’t think that’s realistic. Many people don’t keep their thermostat at the same, constant temperature: they change it throughout the day and turn the heating down at night. Also, people very rarely program their thermostats, and it’s even more rare for them to be programmed well.

So here’s what we did to calculate realistic savings:

  • We aggregated data from the Nest Thermostats that have been up and running in real homes across Europe since 2014. We know when Nest turns our customers’ heating up and down, so we have a pretty good idea of how much energy people use with their Nest Thermostats.
  • Next, we needed something to compare it to.
    In the UK and Ireland, we calculated how much energy people would have used if they kept their homes at 20 ºC all the time and also if some of them turned the heating down to 9º C for seven hours at night.
  • When we compared data from real customers to the estimates above, we got these results:
    UK customers saved 8.4% to 16.5%
    Irish customers saved 9.6% to 18.1%

In a previous white paper for the UK and Ireland, we ended up with a wide range of savings estimates based on different houses, temperatures and schedules, but now that we have real customer data, we can reduce that range and give you more-accurate estimates.

Please call us for more information or to book a Professional Installation

01322 227001

AQUALISA Q™ – EXTRAORDINARY SHOWERING HAS ARRIVED

Say hello to Aqualisa Q™, our best showering experience just got smarter.

Crafted with high quality materials and driven by precision engineering, Q™  was designed with individuality and style in mind. Whether you want to make a style statement, unwind after a work out or do your bit for the environment, Q™ is designed to fit around you.

YOUR PERSONALISED SHOWERING EXPERIENCE

At the heart of Q™ lies My Q™, which gives you the ability to choose from a range of pre-set experiences that we have created for you such as ‘Eco’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Family’. My Q™ also gives you the option to create and save your own showering experiences with your unique combinations of temperature, outlet, flow and duration, so that you can repeat that perfect shower every time.

For more information press here 

Or

Cal us on: 01322 227001

Walk in shower in Orpington!

 

One of our bathroom guys had a little go at making a video of a recent bathroom renovation.

The shower had been leaking for some time and had rotted the floorboards, wall and floor joists !

So on this one we had to rebuild walls and floors before we could even get into the glamorous side of fitting the Geberit Aqua clean toilet.

The Customer  was very happy with the end result and her comments can be seen in on the feedback page.

Feel free to call us if you are thinking about a bathroom renovation.

We provide a free of charge survey and design.

 

Call Us: 01322 227001

 

Meet the Nest Cam IQ outdoor security camera

Your first line of defense.

Nest Cam IQ is a powerhouse of brains and brawn. Weatherproof. Tamper-resistant. And seriously sharp. So it can help you know about a break-in before it happens.

Good insight starts with incredible sight. Nest Cam IQ can detect a person up to 50 feet away, then alert you with a photo of who’s there. With Nest Aware, it can even recognize a familiar face.

And if you miss something, no problem.

See key snapshots from the last three hours of activity in the Nest app.

Your video stays safe in the cloud.

We encrypt our connections. Keep data safe and private. And we work hard to protect your information.

Security from front to back. And everywhere in between.

Nest Cam IQ outdoor is tough security on its own. And it may deter intruders from even breaking in. But when you add the Nest Secure alarm system, Nest Cam IQ indoor cameras, the Nest Hello video doorbell and Works with Nest products, your home can be covered from the outside in.

  • Person alerts. Smart enough to tell a person from something else and then send an alert. Recognises familiar faces with Nest Aware.**
  • Tamper-resistant design. Delivers a more secure and discreet installation with hidden power cables.
  • Audio theft deterrence. HD Talk and listen makes sure suspicious people hear you loud and clear.
  • Supersight. 12x digital Zoom and enhance, and an automatic close-up tracking view.

Nest Cam IQ outdoor will be available soon. Stay tuned.

 

* Video streaming, video recording and mobile notifications require working Internet and Wi-Fi.

** Familiar face alerts feature requires Nest Aware subscription.

Click here for more info.

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External Oil boiler Installation Shoreham

We recently completed an Oil boiler upgrade in Shoreham.

Keeping oil boilers outside in my view is always preferable.

Not only do you save space inside the property but also oil boilers can still have a slight smell of

fuel oil to them, which you certainly don’t want inside your home.

We were pleased with this Installation.

Using the latest Worcester Bosch Danesmore ERP model  combines the cheapest form of  fuel where no mains gas is available

with the most efficient burner.

Our client also has PV on the roof constantly generating power when the sun is out, providing plenty of free hot water

this time of year and lots of spare electricity to send back to the grid.

The oil boiler only really needs to kick in on very cloudy days and the winter months for heating the radiators.

If you live in a remote area with no mains gas please call us and we’ll happily provide you with all the relevant options

to suit your needs free of charge.

New Bathrooms in Tooting

We recently finished this full house refurbishment with one of our builders- Bone and Bowler.

The house was completely re-plumbed from top to bottom. New heating system using the flag ship Vaillant Ecotec 838 and these two modern bathrooms. The En-suite with the freestanding bath is part of the loft conversion and the wet-room replaces the bathroom on the 1st floor. The customer is very pleased and so are we with the finished product.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Plumbing in Plumstead

Kitchens and bathrooms at our Eglington Hill project are nearly finished and looking very modern in the contrasting grey.

 

 

JP contractors have done a fine job to turn a very tired looking Victorian terrace house into 5 stunning flats!

Looking forward to the next project now guys …

Call us: 01322 227001