A question which Ideal Heat 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. Five years may seem like quite the duration, however, tread with caution. Always be mindful of how long a boiler has been in place, and also bear in mind that individual planning authorities may stipulate alternate periods and/or permissions.
What makes it temporary?
At present there is, unfortunately, little in the way of standards or regulations around temporary boilers and their duration of use. As there is a gap, many cowboys can squeeze through and do harm to not only temporary boilers’ reputation but people too. It is why when selecting a temporary boiler company, it’s vital to go with a trustworthy source like Ideal Heat that know what they are doing, and can use their expertise and professionalism to take matters into their own hands in the absence of regulations.
Whenever you connect something up to the gas network, a boiler is considered permanent. Oil boilers – such as the ones Ideal Heat use – are considered self-contained.The moment we connect to the gas network, we are responsible to comply with regulations. In that sense, it is difficult to identify a boiler as temporary; if it is connected it has to comply with flueing guidance, the Chimney Act and British Standards to name but a few. Can we then, consider it as temporary?
Ideal Heat’s offering
Here at Ideal Heat Solutions, we design all our equipment to be compliant as if they were permanent. All of 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, Chimney Act and Clean Air Act.
On the note on healthy air, Ideal Heat further understands 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 that it is relative to the flue pipe and proximity to windows. Doing so will keep the risk of carbon monoxide at bay. Ideal Heat has the insight and expertise to factor-in this key consideration.
If a client does need a boiler 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 boiler statutory requirements in the process.
What’s more, every five years our equipment is verified via an electrical certificate. When the boilers are in use for a long time, we don’t let people 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 boilers there are gaps in the regulations as to what’s considered ‘temporary’. However, in the absence of these requirements, Ideal Heat can fill the gaps, offering a professional trustworthy service that keeps all bases covered.