Viessmann launches the UK & Ireland’s first WiFi-enabled boiler

Now homeowners can remotely control their heating and costs and automatically receive servicing reminders   Continue reading

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Modern buildings need to cool down

Spring is coming (slowly) but not everyone will be welcoming the warmer weather. Some of the modern and well-insulated buildings that offer ultra-low heating bills throughout the winter can become fatally warm as the mercury rises. Has insulation become too effective?

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Structural insulation is incredibly effective at keeping heat inside a building and modern building regulations have increased the minimum standards to minimise energy use. Continue reading

Keep Hot Water Hot To Beat Legionella

The legionella bacterium is deadly and tepid water is its breeding ground. Keeping water hot doesn’t just save energy – it can save lives too.

The role of insulation in preventing Legionella disease

It’s one of those frustrating things that everyone has encountered – you turn the hot tap on and the water runs cold for a minute or more. What most people aren’t aware of is that this can be more than just frustrating – domestic hot water (DHW) is designed to be maintained at temperatures of more than 60°C for the specific purpose of preventing bacterial growth.

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Renewable Energy – The solution to Climate Change

Climate change is arguably one of the greatest environmental threats the world is facing. The impacts of disruptive change leading to catastrophic events such as storms, droughts, sea level rise and floods are already being felt across the world. While the Kyoto Protocol, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is slowly impacting on energy markets, scientists are increasingly advising policymakers that carbon emission reductions of beyond 60% are needed over the next 40-50 years. How will we achieve such a dramatic reduction in carbon emissions? Continue reading

Stainless Steel Heat Exchanger Vs Aluminium Heat Exchanger

Stainless steel resists corrosion in a wide range of pH levels, while aluminum will corrode if the proper fluids are not used to produce and maintain a narrow pH range. Aluminum heat exchangers require the use of special manufacturer- recommended heat transfer fluids and inhibitors when starting up and maintaining the system. If the proper fluids are not used, there is a risk of damage to the heat exchanger, and manufacturers of aluminum heat exchangers may not honor their warranties if the proper fluids have not been used. Stainless steel heat exchangers, on the other hand, do not require the use of special fluids and are compatible with plain clean water and commonly available propylene glycol.

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Solar Heating Ireland – What you need to know

In a family home, solar energy covers up to 60% of the energy required for heating Domestic Hot Water (DHW). In the UK alone, there are still around 19 million households using outdated heating systems. Their owners are often completely unaware of how much money they are wasting unnecessarily on energy. Furthermore, these old systems have an impact on the climate through unnecessary CO2 emissions that contribute to global warming. Continue reading