Combination Boiler With 13 Year Warranty!

For the first time ever a boiler manufacturer is offering an incredible 13 year warranty

Alpha boilers have very generously increased the warranty on the E-Tec range from 10 to 13 years.

What’s the catch?

There isn’t one really.

The only stipulations are that:

  • The boiler is fitted with Alpha’s premier filter kit. (which protects the boiler from debris ingress)
  • The boiler is serviced every year. (by a qualified gas safe operative who is trained to work on Alpha boilers)

If you are replacing your aging combination boiler like for like you should budget between £2000 and £2500 for a direct upgrade.

This would include flue, upgraded controller and flushing the radiators.

Register your interest through our contact form or call us on 0800 2851920

Is The Nest IQ Camera For Me?

The answer really depends on possible siting opportunities.

The Nest IQ camera works best if it’s mounted facing people walking towards your property. 

The facial recognition function learns quicker if the camera can zoom onto faces front on.

Once it has recognized certain family members you can turn off the notifications and only have unfamiliar faces sending you alerts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The key thing about the installation?

Having the power supply in close proximity to where the camera is ideally positioned.

When pricing to install Nest IQ cameras I do often find a socket close by.

However, getting the cable neat without the use of something to disguise it is more challenging.

We are Nest Pro installers at Cloverleaf.

If you are in any doubt about whether any of the Nest products are for you please don’t hesitate to call us!

All our advice is free and impartial!

If we do not feel you’ll receive value for money and get the full benefit of the Nest product you are thinking about we will be honest and tell you.

We pride ourselves on giving the right advice.

Use our contact form here for help.

 

Commercial Boiler Servicing Orpington

We have recently been charged with the responsibility of looking after the commercial boilers at Kevington Hall in Orpington.

This year we have carried out the appropriate servicing to nurse them through the winter months as the cold weather is nearly upon us.

We do not want to disrupt the occupants as the cold weather arrives so holding back on overhauling the plant room and boilers until Spring 2019.

We are working with the client to give Kevington Hall the most efficient system boiler system and controls out there.

The plant room will look very different once we have done our refurbishment work. Watch this space.

 

For all commercial boilers, upgrades or servicing inquiries, please call us now or send us through a call back request via the contact page.

We have successfully designed and installed commercial boilers in schools, churches and business premises around Orpington and other places in the London and Kent area.

 

Boiler Plus Legislation: New standards for domestic boiler installations

From 6th April 2018 the legislation around heating manufacture and installation in the UK is changing, and there are some big changes.

These changes have been named Boiler Plus and are being introduced by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). They address the energy efficiency of heating systems and have raised the bar for both manufacturers and installers.

  • Gas boiler performance: space heating efficiency of the new boiler no less than ErP 92%
  • Time and temperature control required for all gas and oil boiler installations
  • Combi boiler installations must also include one of the following: Weather compensation, Load compensation, Flue Gas Heat Recovery, Smart controls.

 

The most notable change applies to the minimum performance standard for domestic gas boilers in England. The minimum efficiency level of all boilers manufactured and installed will be set ar 92% ErP. The main motivation behind the change is to phase out inefficient boilers and reduce carbon emissions in line with targets set by the EU. It forms just part of a wider plan known as the Government’s Clean Growth Strategy which aims to combat climate change and provide UK homes with greater comfort and lower energy bills.

What will happen to homeowners and installers who do not comply?

Installers who fail to install boilers in line with these new Building Regulations will be breaking the law and could be prosecuted by Building Control. The Gas Safe Register can also refer safety concerns to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive). Invoicing a customer for work which they claim to be legal but is not is also to be considered fraudulent under Trading Standards.

Homeowners who knowingly allow non-compliant work to be carried out could also face prosecution and fines of up to £5,000.

What is FGHR? A Flue Gas Heat Recovery (FGHR) is a device designed to improve energy efficiency of the boiler by recycling the heat from the flue gases which would usually be lost into the atmosphere. Instead this heat is used it to preheat domestic hot water.

What is weather compensation? Weather compensation devices enable the boiler to read the outside temperature via a sensor so that the boiler can adjust the temperature of your heating accordingly.

What is load compensation? Load compensation measures the response of the heating system and adjusts the flow temperature based on what is needed to reduce fuel consumption.

Why are these changes being introduced?

This legislation is designed to help the UK meet the targets by 2020. More than £2.5 billion of Government funding was designated towards lowering carbon emissions for the period 2015 – 2021.

Greg Clark, Business and Energy Secretary, said:

“This Government has put clean growth at the heart of its Industrial Strategy to increase productivity, boost people’s earning power and ensure Britain continues to lead the world in efforts to tackle climate change.

“For the first time in a generation, the British government is leading the way on taking decisions on new nuclear, rolling out smart meters and investing in low carbon innovation. The world is moving from being powered by polluting fossil fuels to clean energy. It’s as big a change as the move from the age of steam to the age of oil and Britain is showing the way.”

Some of the measures taken include:

  • Investment of around £3.6 billion to upgrade around a million homes through the Energy Company Obligation (ECO) including extended support for home energy efficiency improvements from 2022 to 2028
  • Upgrading all fuel poor homes to Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2030 with as many homes as possible to be Energy Performance Certificate Band C by 2035
  • Improve the energy performance standards of privately rented homes to Energy Performance Band C by 2030.

 

Mega Flow Installation Grove Park

We thought we would share this new Mega flow Installation with you in Grove Park.

One of the builders we work for, namely Rixon & Rixon, converted a three bedroom house into a 6 bedroom property along Grove Park Road.

With the amount of bathrooms Installed it required a hot water solution to cope with high hot water demand and decent flow rate to all taps.

When high flow rate is a priority we will always recommend Heat Rae Sadia Mega flow.

In eyes our this is the industry leader in terms of performance and quality.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are struggling for hot water pressure in your property please call us and we’ll be happy to offer free advice and planning to suit your family’s requirements.

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Shower Refurbishment with Urinal and Basin in Dartford

We recently completed a Shower refurbishment with urinal and basin in Dartford. We are very pleased to say the customers are very happy with the end result and will definitely recommended us to friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call us on 01322 227001 for more information.

 

Bathroom Refurbishment Bexley

We recently completed a full bathroom refurbishment in Bexley.

We are very pleased to say the customers are very happy with the end result  and have already recommended us to friends.

BEFORE- Bathroom refurbishment Bexley

The knock through

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are regularly asked the question, do we keep the separate toilet and bathroom or knock into one room?

Each to their own is the answer and completely dependent on your family set up and whether the dimensions of the room will allow you to maximise the extra space generated by knocking the partition down.

Knocking it though as we did on this job does open the whole room up to the possibility of bath and separate shower enclosure, which is lovely to have.

The only compromise is waiting for someone to get out of the shower when you need a pee!

This is not the first time we’ve carried out a bathroom refurbishment in Bexley village where we knock the toilet into one room.

We have also done it many times in Bromley, Sidcup and Dartford.

Vario Pro under floor heating

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personally i think this job is a great example of how you can do the knock through, fit separate bath and shower in without making the room look over crowded.

In this case the customer had plenty of input with tile choice and layout.

We just use your ideas and point you in the right direction to ensure your ideas will work on a practical level before diving in.

At the planning stage  we can give you as little or as much help as you require with bathroom design.

Either Jon or Steve, will take responsibility for the smooth running of your bathroom project along side our friendly Cloverleaf office staff.

Give us a try, you wont be disappointed.

AFTER – Bathroom Refurbishment Bexley.

800 X 800 mm Shower enclosure

Commercial Boiler Installation Surbiton

We were asked by Surbiton school for girls to design a new commercial boiler Installation for their science block.

This job wasn’t without its challenges!

The main one being, how on earth do you get a person in such a tight space to remove the  decrepit boiler in the first place?!

With a lot of blood sweat and tears that’s how.

Ben  managed to wedge him self into the plant room and break down the existing floor standing commercial boiler into sections.

and remove in manageable pieces.

We then used a Vaillant Ecotec 120KW in conjunction with a high performance plate heat exchanger and trusted Grundfos Magna pumps for circulation.

The plate heat exchanger prevents any debris from the aging radiator system entering the boiler circuit.

This is a configuration we use regularly for our church and school work and provides the client with reliability and longevity of the new boilers.

Upgrading to a  condensing boiler system along with up to date controls in a commercial premises

pays for its self very quickly!

 

The gas saving is nearly always 30 percent or more and the environmental impact from the exhaust emissions is also night and day from a 30 year old boiler to a modern condensing boiler.

Its not just about the way a boiler burns gas, new ERP boilers also save you money by only using the exact amount of gas required at any one time by carefully monitoring the demand.

The burner cycle  can also held off with up to date weather compensation controllers.

These stop the boiler coming on as much or at all if the weather outside is warmer than usual for the time of year.

I could ramble on about this all day, but in short if you are in charge of a commercial building and are looking to cut your gas consumption please call us.

I would be happy to carry out a free survey of your current commercial boiler Installation and provide you with a system design tailored to suit the type of building and your business needs.

Dean Dawe MD

 

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 !

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.