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How do smart thermostats save you money?

How do smart thermostats save you money?

With the increase in the cost of living, there’s never been a better time to look at how you heat your home and how smart thermostats save your money.

So let’s us jump in and find out how smart thermostats save your hard earned cash.

Are there some tweaks that you could make without compromising on your comfort level?… Read more

Can I Fit Solar Panels To My Combi Boiler?

Can I fit solar panels to my Combi boiler?

A question we get asked a lot and especially right now when gas prices are increasing at a worrying rate of knots is “Can I fit solar panels to my combi boiler?”

And the answer is a resounding Yes! and we are already combining solar thermal with Combi boilers very successfully all over Kent and the southeast.… Read more

What Is A System Boiler?

A System boiler is still technically a heat-only boiler, which still requires a cylinder for storing hot water.

The main benefit of a system boiler over a heat-only boiler is a system boiler has the major heating components built into the boiler itself. This makes it quicker and easier to install.

A System Boiler works under pressure

As a system boiler is designed… Read more

How Does An Air Source Heat Pump Work?

An Air Source Heat Pump (ASHP) is a system that absorbs heat from the outside air.

The heat from the Air Source Heat Pump can then be used to provide domestic hot water in your home as well as heat radiators, although it is much better suited to underfloor heating systems.

Outside the building, the evaporator collects ambient heat, which warms the fluid in the circuit.… Read more

How Do You Stop Solar Thermal Overheating?

A question we get quizzed on when designing solar thermal is how do you stop solar thermal overheating?

This is an interesting challenge when designing solar thermal as you cannot turn off the sun. Another challenge is hot water as it is not always needed when the sun is at its strongest.

The best example of this would be a working family where the adults are out during

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Is an Air Source Heat Pump right for me?

The government have announced they will contribute £5000 towards switching from a gas boiler to a low carbon Air Source Heat Pump.

With the onset of natural gas prices increasing over the next few years it’s the natural step to move across to low carbon Air Source Heat Pump as soon as possible to meet our carbon emissions targets.

It will also allow people to make… Read more

Underfloor Heating Design Tips

We recently completed another underfloor heating project in Orpington, so we compiled some underfloor heating design tips for you.

Looks nice and simple, doesn’t it? Just run some loops of pipe across the floor equally spaced apart and fill with water Wrong!

There’s a bit more to it than that, which is why this job has prompted me to write this post and share my … Read more

3 Steps To Reducing Your Gas Bill

Reducing your gas bill does not always have to be complicated.

Many people now have smart meters which is a great step forward to monitor, in real-time, what you are actually using in terms of energy.  This in turn helps with reducing your gas bill.

Just seeing what you are using however is not always enough to reduce your bill, you need to know where all this gas is… Read more

How Old is My Vaillant Boiler?

Do you know how old your Vaillant boiler is? If you were the one to have it fitted, you can probably remember when that was. But if you have moved into a property that has a Vaillant boiler fitted, how can you tell and why do you need to know?

Find the age of your Vaillant boiler

All boilers have serial numbers. You will find this on the big white label either underneath… Read more

Can I put an Unvented Cylinder in the Loft? A Case Study

Can I put an Unvented Cylinder in the Loft? Before we start, it is important to point out that all Cloverleaf engineers are fully qualified to work on and install unvented hot water systems.

The G3 qualification proves competence and allows us to register the cylinder with building control on completion of the job. We can also raise a building regs compliance … Read more