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Five signs your boiler may need replacing

Watch out for the common signs below which may indicate that your boiler needs replacing. If you notice that your boiler is having any of these signs, have it looked at straight away to help avoid complete breakdown.

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Solutions to your sludge problems

All central heating systems have the potential to start corroding from the time of installation and commission. So how do you protect yours?

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Do you have a sludge problem?

Are you suffering with an inefficient central heating system? Radiators that don’t heat up properly? A noisy system? Or perhaps you need to keep replacing boiler parts. If so, the chances are, you could have a buildup of sludge. What is ‘Sludge’? Magnetite, commonly referred to as sludge, is the black substance comprised of dissolved […]

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The Importance of Thermostatic Mixing Valves

Tourist Kalyani Uthaman tragically died in 2012 after being scalded by her shower. She was staying at a Scottish hotel, while on holiday from India with her family. Having suffered 25% burns to her body, Kalyani was in intensive care for six weeks. She later died from multiple organ failure, which doctors claim was caused […]

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Who do we argue with over the temperature in our homes?

We surveyed 1,000 people across the UK, asking them one simple question; Who do we argue with over the temperature in our homes?

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Is Your Workplace Home to ‘The Silent Killer’?

Dubbed as the “silent killer”, carbon monoxide is a poisonous gas which is produced by the incomplete combustion of carbon based fuels; usually a result of inadequate air for fuel-fired appliances or engines to work correctly. Most commonly associated with domestic boilers, it is important to note that carbon monoxide poisoning is a risk anywhere […]

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Avoid disruption and unnecessary costs. Now is the time to look at a contingency plan.

How reliable is your boiler? With spring and summer fast approaching, now is the ideal time to work on your boiler breakdown recovery plan. The majority of organisations switch on their boilers for heating in October, this only gives you a few weeks to prepare. Take a moment to imagine the consequences of a boiler […]

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Electric Portable Boilers for Temporary Heating and Drying

The Issues with Waiting for Plaster to Dry Ideal Heat are frequently approached by people from a range of sectors requesting advice about temporary heating methods. Property developers are left frustrated by delays as construction halts while waiting for screed or plaster to dry. Historically, property developers have found existing boilers lacking for a variety […]

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Boiler Contingency planning saves disruption, time and costs

There are many reasons for system failure: aging and unreliable equipment, sudden increases in demand, extreme weather conditions, power failures to name but a few. Reliable heating/cooling and hot water is vital to the safety and smooth-running of most businesses. If your business/organisation suffered a sudden loss of heating, hot water or air conditioning, what […]

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Temporary plant hire, the connection between failure and success

Demand for housing A government paper released earlier this year announced that over 143,500 new build homes were started in the 2015 December quarter. That figure is a 23% increase on the same period in 2014 and staggeringly, a 91% increase on the pre-2009 ‘slump’. These are the highest numbers since 2008 yet the government’s […]

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HVAC – Why you should hire even when you can buy

HVAC equipment – buy or hire? When it comes to heating, ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) equipment, the choice to hire or buy is not straightforward. In this article we focus on the benefits of hiring for your business. Positive impacts start from the initial outlay, through to its removal at the end of your […]

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How District Heating Systems could help fuel our economy

The Issue As the UK prepares to exit the European Union, District Heating systems are the perfect choice to reduce fuel imports. The oil crises of 1973 and 1979 sent the price of oil soaring. Prices quadrupled and countries that were dependent upon imported oil suffered. Britain felt secure with its supply of North Sea […]

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Drying Screed – Everything you need to know

The Problem Now more than ever, the construction industry is under pressure. Apart from the obvious financial pressures, construction companies need to factor in: customer satisfaction, time constraints, environmental considerations, changing technology, keeping ahead of the competition as well as juggling a workforce that includes a multitude of trades. Delays are costly, frustrating and can […]

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Annual Boiler Checking Schedules

A production manager or engineer within a large complex will know the importance of ensuring there is no downtime associated with a boiler, and that potential downtime can be avoided with the use of temporary boiler hire in advance to any potential maintenance work occurring. Temporary Boilers for Annual Checks Downtime An annual check of […]

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Temporary Boiler Increase Following Cold Snap

Ongoing blizzards and cold weather seen in the North of the UK is set to head South according to weather experts, with potential travel disruption and loss of boiler use a realistic potential for many. The demand for a temporary boiler on an emergency call out in the coming days could be set for an […]

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Could Temporary Boilers Help Housing Associations?

Being funded largely by public money whilst catering to the needs of thousands of residents puts huge stress on housing associations, this potential strain on housing associations could increase in the winter as cold weather sets in for vulnerable residents.  Here, we will look at whether the use of a temporary boiler could benefit housing […]

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UK Freeze to Increase Temporary Boiler Demand

The UK could be set for a cold snap lasting until beyond Christmas as ‘The Beast from East’ makes its way to the country from Russia. Forecasters are predicting that the UK could be hit with temperatures as low as -10 over New Year, 60mph winds and Atlantic Storms, resulting in widespread travel chaos, flooding […]

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Could Temporary Boilers Boost Winter Business?

Throughout October it was reported that the UK was set to see the coldest winter for a century, with temperatures in January expected to plummet to -17 Celsius – with November becoming ‘progressively colder’ as the month draws on, many could see the need for a temporary boiler arise. James Madden, forecaster for Exacta Weather […]

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Boiler Hire Management – A Checklist

Whether you’re a hotel based in London or a housing association with the best interest of hundreds of residents at the forefront of everyday work, it is likely you have a huge infrastructure to manage. We’ve put together an infrastructure and boiler maintenance checklist and tips guide to help manage this process. Know Your Infrastructure […]

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QR Codes to be Compulsory on Energy Bills

On the 10th March 2014, Ed Davey the energy minister announced that all energy firms are to add QR codes to their bills. This will help consumers to be able to easily compare their bills on comparison websites to ensure they are getting the best possible deal. A QR code is a square consisting of […]

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New Energy Sources Needed

The UK is becoming rapidly in need of finding an alternative fuel source, as the security of the current supply is at risk. The rate at which the UK currently import natural gas is expected to rise faster than the government previously estimated. Seeing that Russia is currently a major supplier to a large proportion […]

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Self Sufficient Energy Plans for Wadebridge

The local town of Wadebridge in Cornwall are set on sourcing all energy through local means as oppose to using energy giants. The Wadebridge Renewable Energy network (Wren) aim to source all energy from the local area by 2020 in a bid to lessen the likelihood of being cut off should there be any further […]

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Siemens and Zolo Team Up To Provide Global Service

Siemens energy a Germany based energy company has teamed up with American brand Zolo Technologies to create a fossil fuelled steam generation boiler. The collaboration which has taken place in Europe, will involve the companies combining their products and generating their energy across a wider reach, to countries including to USA, China and elsewhere in […]

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Go Green When Choosing A New Boiler

New research from the Energy Savings Trust (EST) has shown that replacing an old inefficient boiler with a new, more energy efficient one can actually work out to be much more cost effective than measures such as double glazing and loft insulation. By the EST underestimating the amount of savings consumers could make on their […]

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Ofgem On Their Last Warning

Government ministers have warned regulation authority Ofgem that if it does not shake up the energy market, so that the 6 major energy firms are no longer in full control, they could be scrapped. There have been revelations that the profit margins by the 6 major energy companies are extremely high, mainly due to major […]

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Worlds Most Advanced Chiller

British company McQuay UK has announced with the arrival of what they say is the most advanced air-cooled chiller in the world. James Henley, chiller manager at McQuay UK, unveiled the chiller at the London Transport Museum. Mr Henley advises that the chiller is easily the “Best product in its category” while also boasting that […]

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Check your Boiler this Christmas

Studies made by Saga have shown that over Christmas, almost a quarter of boilers in Britain suffer from some form of failure. From parts replaced to a completely new boiler, make sure you check your boiler before it ruins your Christmas. The worst age group affected by damaged or broken boiler are between 35-44 years […]

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Energy Bills

Aside from paying your rent or mortgage, energy bills are set to be the highest outgoing bill for typical families in 2013. Official numbers have shown that an increase in the price of gas and electricity mean that British families are paying more for fuel, energy and housing costs than anything else. On average, families […]

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Great Ways Heat Your Home

During the winter on the approach to Christmas, any opportunity to save money for the festive season is a bonus. Below are some great ways to save money on heating your home, so you can spend it on more important things. Radiators Using kitchen foil behind radiators to keep the heat from being absorbed through […]

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Co-Op Headquarters Has UK’s Largest Propane Chiller Installation

The Co Operative Headquarters based in Manchester have become the home of the largest propane chiller installation project within a building of a commercial nature in the UK. In total, eight 650kW propane chillers have been installed to provide air conditioning with a cooling output of 3,600kW to the headquarters. It provides air conditioning by […]

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Nuclear Power Plant To Be Built

Will future Nuclear power plants mean lower energy bills for Consumers? Yesterday the BBC has announced that French energy giant EDF, have been given the go ahead by UK Government, to build a nuclear power plant in Somerset. The work will start this year; however will not reach completion for at least 10 years, meaning […]

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Winter Is Just Around The Corner

Over the last five years, we have been having some very cold snowy winters. Your boiler works hard all year long to give you the hot water you require. Soon we will be entering autumn with the winter months following behind soon. These months are when your boiler will not only be providing you with […]

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The Return Of The Heatwave!

The UK is preparing for the return of the heat wave this week, with many fearing that thousands could die in the scorching conditions. Experts warned the mercury could rocket to 35C (95F) or possibly higher by tomorrow, meaning it could be the hottest day of the year so far! The alert came as official […]

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Weather Warnings Continue To Be Issued

It was another sleepless night for many last night, as the hottest day turned into an extremely thundery night. Flash flood warnings were issued by the met office, and with the dry spell ending, some may of sighed in relief. However the rain that came in the early hours has increased the humidity and there […]

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Cooling Down While The Nation Heats Up!

Its official, we are half way through our longest heatwave since 2006, with the met office issuing a level three warning today. Much of the UK has been enjoying the hot weather for more than a week with temperatures looking to stay around 30c (86f). This weather is very much welcomed for the most part. But […]

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Do You Need To Hire A Marquee Heater?

Following on from our last post on the benefits of our marquee heating hire services for parties in the summer, we thought it would be a good idea to put together a list of considerations that you should make when you’re considering hiring an outdoor heater for your summer parties. Based on our experience in […]

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Outdoor Heating Hire For Your Summer Party

As the summer is finally upon us, so is the season of outdoor parties and events, and as a nation, there’s nothing we love more than a good old barbecue. However, as we all know, even on the warmest of evenings a great event can be brought to a premature end as the temperature drops and […]

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Temporary Boiler Hire For School After New Heating System Fails

Gillotts School, in Henley on Thames, has found itself out of pocket by almost £35,000 after a faulty heating system was installed at the school. The school has two permanent boiler systems installed in 2009, but since becoming an academy the local authority has refused to pay for them to be fixed, meaning the school […]

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Saturn’s Jet Streams Not Driven By Energy From the Sun

Scientists have concluded today that Saturn’s jet streams are driven by internal heat and not energy from the Sun, after studying data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. The study has shown that the condensation of water from the internal heat of Saturn leads to the differences of temperature in the atmosphere. The differences create commotion called […]

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Water from mines could be used for heating in Stoke-on-Trent

Water from neglected mines could be used to provide the heating and electricity for buildings in Staffordshire. Stoke-on-Trent City Council plan to create electricity from the water pumped out of the mines which will be used to heat buildings owned by the authorities. The scheme will hopefully be completed within the next 20 years and […]

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Housing Trust Left Elderly Residents Without Heating For 6 Days

Elderly residents at a housing complex in Norwich were left without heating for six days, it has been revealed. The heating issues occurred over the Easter break when a boiler fault left residents at the Victory Housing Trust-run complex without heating and with limited hot water since Friday 6th April. Resident Eddie Woods said he […]

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Local Council offers temporary heating scheme

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is one of the latest councils to have secured funding for the Government’s ‘Warm Homes Healthy People’ scheme. The project is aimed at people over the age of 60, families on a low income or with children, as well as young people with learning disabilities. Those in ‘fuel poverty’ (spending more […]

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Emergency Warmth For 1,300 Japanese Families

The devastating Japanese Tsunami of 2011 recently just had its first anniversary, but people are still suffering the after effects even after a year on. Many people who were affected by the tsunami had to find other means of accomodation, such as temporary housing including Mr Shiga, an elderly Japanese gentleman. After spending three months […]

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Residents’ Anger At Heating System Woes

Upset residents have demanded that a housing association fixes their faulty heating system after suffering through the cold for two years. Residents of about 20 properties in Castlerigg Way, Maidenbower in Crawley claim they are paying up to £2,000 a year in electricity bills, despite not having any proper heating. The properties are managed by […]

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Pupils Win Eco Grant For School

Pupils from Sneyd Green Primary School have won eco funding for their school after presenting their energy saving ideas before a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style panel. Rebecca Dawes and Yasmin Kok were hand-picked by their teachers to work on a project about saving energy and cash, as part of the Low Carbon Schools scheme. The pair […]

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Severe Weather Warning In Britain Today

Forecasters have warned of a 24 hour cold snap in parts of Britain today. Severe weather warnings have been issued in many regions, with up to four inches of snow expected to fall in Northern England and Scotland. A spokesperson for the Met Office, Dan Williams, said the extremely cold weather would be a ‘short-lived […]

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London’s First Energy For Waste Heating Service

Heat produced from burning waste could soon be used to heat homes in Southwark in London. The scheme is the first of its kind to hit the capital. Southwark council have released details about the proposals. They involve plans to capture heat that is normally released into the environment from the South East London Combined […]

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Renewable energies to be major power source by 2030

A report commissioned by WWF announced that the UK could be powered primarily by renewable energy sources by 2030. This is without the need for additional nuclear power plans, according to the report.  Approximately 60 – 90% of the UK’s electricity could be provided through solar, wind and tidal sources, all of which are natural […]

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Dyson release new heating technology

Dyson, the household brand name that revolutionised the hoover and fans, have now turned their technology hands to heaters, releasing the Dyson Hot Luxury Heating System. Using their proprietary technology (Air Multiplier Technology), the luxury heating system heats rooms quickly and evenly by passing air through a mixed flow impeller and then speeding it up […]

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Energy prices on the increase from EDF Energy

EDF, the leading utilities company in the UK, have announced  a 15.4pc increase in gas tariffs as they join the rest of the market in increasing market prices. EDF have joined the other 5 major power suppliers, meaning that brits will see higher costs this winter for gas and electricity services. As written by the […]

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Temporary heat for large apartment block in Battersea

At the request of our client; a large national house builder; Ideal Heat Solution Ltd stepped up to the challenge to design, procure, build and install a 1100kW temporary boiler plant for an apartment block in Battersea. The entire plant room serving 240 apartments, in a desirable location overlooking the River Thames had failed in […]

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The future of energy on show

The Oil and Renewable Heating Show 2010 has been launched in partnership with OFTEC, and will bring together the latest technologies in oil and renewable heating for the first time under one roof. OFTEC director general, Jeremy Hawksley, said: “With the inclusion of liquid biofuel in the Renewable Heat Incentive, this is a must-see exhibition […]

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National Heat Pump Awards

The National Heat Pump Awards 2011 have been launched to reward and celebrate the best new advances in heat pump technology and outstanding applications in buildings and industry. The new annual awards will provide a national showcase for the latest developments in this rapidly developing area of sustainable technology.

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Commercial Boiler Replacement

When Commercial Boiler Replacement is necessary one simple and cost effective solution is to replace an existing Boiler Plant Room with a new Containerised Plant Room. This method can provide a cost effective solution especially in cases where asbestos causes an issue in old Boiler Plant Rooms. Space can also be reduced by installing boiler […]

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Perfect Solution for Temporary Heating Hire

Ideal Heat Solutions provide temporary boiler hire, giving the perfect solution for temporary heating requirements. Ideal Heat Solutions’ boilers come in a variety of sizes and configurations ranging from 100kW to 550kW and above. In some cases two or more Boilers can be installed in a single container providing the perfect solution for standby capacity […]

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