A question which Ideal Heat Solutions gets asked quite often is: how long are you legally allowed to use temporary boilers for? The accepted, widely-used time period is five years; any longer and it may be considered permanent. Always be mindful of how long a temporary boiler has been in place, and also bear in mind that individual planning authorities may stipulate alternative periods and/or permissions.

What makes it temporary?

Unfortunately, there is little in the way of standards or regulations dealing with temporary boilers and the length of their use. As a result, many cowboys can squeeze through and harm not only the reputation of temporary boilers but the people who supply them. This is why, when selecting a temporary boiler company, it’s vital to go with a trustworthy expert like Ideal Heat Solutions, on whose expertise and professionalism you can rely.

Whenever you connect a boiler to the gas network, it is considered permanent. Oil boilers – such as the ones Ideal Heat Solutions use – are considered self-contained. The moment we connect to the gas network, however, we are responsible for compliance with regulations. In that sense, it is difficult to identify a boiler as temporary; if it is connected it has to observe flueing guidance, the Chimney Act and British Standards to name but a few. Can we then, consider it as temporary?

What we offer

Here at Ideal Heat Solutions, we design all our equipment to be compliant as if it were permanent. Our temporary boilers have numerous safety features incorporated in their design including flame sensors to protect people and equipment, which is all part of an IQ Vision monitoring platform. Even though we identify our boilers as temporary, we have a robust understanding of electric and gas regulations, the Chimney Act and Clean Air Act.

Regarding healthy air, the Ideal Heat Solutions experts understand where equipment should be placed as per the regulations. You can’t, for instance, put a boiler right next to a building. You need to account for the positioning so it is relative to the flue pipe and has proximity to windows. Doing so will keep the risk of carbon monoxide at bay.

If a client does need temporary boiler hire close to a building, we will get a flue supplier to put the flue up the building to protect everyone. This is just one of the many examples of Ideal Heat treating its temporary plant with care and attention, fully understanding and complying with permanent commercial boiler statutory requirements in the process.

What’s more, every five years our equipment is verified via an electrical certificate. When the temporary commercial boilers are in use for a long time, only our engineers are permitted to re-wire or adjust our equipment. Our friendly on-call service ensures this is the case when we inspect them every six months.

When it comes to temporary boiler hire there are undoubtedly gaps in the regulations as to what is considered ‘temporary’. However, Ideal Heat Solutions offers a professional and trustworthy service which keeps all bases covered.