Why You Can’t Hire A Domestic Heating Engineer For A Commercial Job

What is the difference between domestic and commercial heating engineers? Or is there any difference at all? Even if both jobs imply fixing and maintaining similar appliances or systems, this is where the resemblance stops. The issues that a commercial heating engineer deals with are more varied than the ones that occur in a household, and they require specialised intervention.

If you are a commercial landlord, read on the recommendations of our team to understand better why you can’t hire a domestic engineer for any issues that is not domestic.

Do I have to Hire a Commercial Engineer?

Imagine you had a problem with your eyesight – would you take that to an ophthalmologist or to a cardiologist? Both of them are doctors, but only one of them is able to help you with this specific problem. The same principle applies to engineers – some of them are specialised in household systems and appliances, while others are specialised in commercial jobs.

1. More Complex Systems Than In The Domestic Field

The heating and plumbing systems in commercial buildings are more complex than a boiler, basic plumbing, and some accessories.  Moreover, the number of appliances (i.e. AC units, WC’s and sinks, etc.) is considerably greater than in a household, which increases the probability of accidents.

For example, the pipework or the meters that supply an entire office building are too large to be checked by a domestic engineer, and need specialised intervention. Even if a domestic engineer could inspect one of the boilers, they would have no qualification to perform on the largest part of the system. And this brings us to reason number two:

2. A Commercial Job Requires Different Qualifications

The plumbing or heating problems that occur in a household can be unpleasant and disruptive. But, when the same problems occur in a commercial building it can cause serious damage, including temporary suspension of the businesses that operate in the area. Therefore, such problems must be addressed immediately. A specialised engineer will know how to read the mapped out systems, when and where to intervene, and how to minimise the damage.

Aside from qualifications, the experience gained while working on similar issues can save enough time to make the difference between an isolated incident and an accident with devastating effects on long term.

3. Legislation Issues

Another aspect to take into consideration is legislation requirements for commercial buildings, which differs from the requirements for a typical household.  If you’re a business landlord, hiring a specialised team should not be up for discussion. Just like domestic engineers are trained under the regulations regarding households, a commercial engineer will help you not fall foul of the law.

Looking For A Commercial Heating Engineer?

Our team has an experience of over 20 years in heating and plumbing, both commercial and domestic. If you’re looking for a commercial heating engineer, reach out to us and we’ll assign you the people suited best for your needs.

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A Short Guide to LPG

Liquefied petroleum gas, commonly referred to as LPG, is the main fuel used for cooking equipment and heating appliances found in every home. In order to avoid accidents, we have come up with a short guide to help you prevent or detect LPG leaks and minimise the possible damage. Keep on reading to stay informed and be safe!

About LPG

When handled correctly, LPG poses no threat to your health or the environment and is safe to use. As any flammable substance, it ignites easily and should be used respecting strict regulation. Because LPG is typically odourless, it has a powerful odourant added so that it can be easily detected.

What to Do If You Smell Gas

First, open all doors and windows to make sure you have enough oxygen in the room. Turn off all appliances and do not switch on or off any lights or electrical equipment. If the incident happens during night time, do not light any matches or lighter. Leave the room or the house entirely and call the fire brigade.

Do Not Skip Regular Maintenance

One of the most common causes of accidents is equipment or appliances that haven’t been properly maintained. Read the instructions for all equipment, have it serviced as required, and only reach out to Safe Gas Registered engineers.

Regular maintenance is important because it helps you prevent fuel waste and detect cracks or other possible issues before they can pose a threat to your home. On the other hand, regular check-ups can lead to the optimisation of fuel usage, which translates to lower energy costs.

How to Detect Carbon Monoxide

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of malfunctioning appliances. It is a colourless, tasteless and odourless gas, which makes it hard to detect. Nausea, headaches and dizziness are the most common indicators there is a carbon monoxide emission in the room. Because indoor emissions of carbon monoxide can quickly rise to a lethal level, it is important that you turn off any gas appliance you are using, leave the room and call the fire brigade.

In order to prevent such accidents, you can install a CO detector near any major gas appliance.

How Can You Prevent Accidents

  • Make sure you turn off the gas cooker after you have finished using it
  • Install a carbon monoxide detector
  • Do not allow anyone that is not Gas Safe Registered to install, repair or alter the equipment

If you want to run a regular check for your gas appliances or equipment, contact us at 0800 061 4102 or fill in our contact form. With an experience of over 20 years in heating and plumbing, we’d be glad to help you, as well.

6 Ways to Make Your Office More Energy Efficient

Energy consumption in office buildings is a hot topic and there are many ways in which you can make it more efficient. We have come up with 6 recommendations that can reduce your energy bill and contribute to a greener environment.

1. Optimise the consumption after hours

One of the best ways to reduce energy consumption in the office is to turn off all the lights and electronics when the day is done. This includes laptops, AC units, fax machines, scanners and other appliances that do not need to be permanently plugged in. Moreover, you can even plug them out to prevent drawing standby power.

2. Replace old electronics

Usually, older appliances consume more energy than the new ones. For example, an AC unit that has been installed earlier than 5 years ago will require considerably more energy to cool the air than a new unit. This happens because the regulations that apply to new electronics have become more strict regarding their energy consumption and effects on the environment.

3. Choose smart switches and smart extension cords

Smart switches allow you to control the lights in a room or building, no matter your location. The switches are available on your smartphone so that you can turn off the lights in the office even if you have already left the building.

On the other hand, smart extension cords are a great solution when it comes to devices that are turned off but still plugged in. These devices still draw power, which can increase your monthly bill by up to 10%. A smart extension lead discontinues the power to gadgets that are in standby mode so that no energy is wasted.

4. Open the shades during daytime

This recommendation may sound simple, but ensuring enough natural light in the office can cut the costs on the energy bill significantly. Moreover, according to The World Green Building Council, employees who are exposed to natural light instead of indoor light are 15% more productive.

5. Use the power-saving mode feature on your devices

Devices that are being used at all times, such as laptops or smartphones, require energy constantly. Therefore, any improvement can be noticeable on the energy bill and, later on, on the environment. By enabling power-saving mode on your devices, you enhance their battery life, so they will need to be charged less often.

6. Check for malfunctioning appliances

Another way to avoid energy waste at your office is regular maintenance for all appliances. A broken AC unit, for example, will use more energy and still won’t work as expected. To prevent this from happening, make sure all the devices and systems are working properly.

Turn Your Office Greener

If you’re thinking about how to turn your office more energy efficient, these 6 recommendations are a great start. Start a “green challenge” to make your co-workers or employees tag along in your efforts of making the office more energy efficient.

In case you need help with replacing old equipment or installing a more sustainable alternative, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. In the last 20 years, we have proudly served domestic and commercial plumbing and heating clients in South Yorkshire and we’re happy to help you, too.

The Most Common Air Conditioning Problems and Solutions

Air conditioners can be a blessing during summer days, but they can also turn into a great discomfort if they are not maintained properly. Our team at Enhanced Energy Solutions has come up with 3 of the most common problems that can occur when an AC system is installed, and the solutions at hand to fix them.

  1. The Unit Isn’t Cooling the Air

Probably the most common problem for air conditioning systems is a unit that won’t cool the air. This can happen due to many reasons, such as a big temperature difference between the air outside and the temperature that was set, dirt on the air filter, ice stuck in or around the pipes or a low level of refrigerant (the solution that cools and dehumidifies the air). However, a low level a coolant indicates a leak or a crack in the system, since the liquid doesn’t naturally consume.

Solutions:  The first thing to check in this case is the air filter. If there is too much dirt gathered on the filter, it can impair the entire system. If the filter doesn’t present signs of dirt, check for ice or debris in or around the pipes. Clean them before restarting the air conditioner. If the problem persists, check for cracks that may cause leakage of the refrigerant and address the issue.

  1. The Air Conditioner Is Blowing Hot Instead of Cool Air

Once again, a dirty air filter can be at fault for a unit that blows hot air instead of cold. A clean filter allows the air to flow properly, but dirt can impair this flow.

Solution: Clean the air filter and check the outside unit as well, to make sure that there isn’t any debris that might obstruct the air flow. Another cause of hot air coming out of the air conditioner is low freon.

  1. There Is a Leak Coming from the Unit

In order to blow cool air, the unit uses condensation that is typically drained through the pipes. If the pipes get cracked or blocked, the condensation might not get drained properly.

Solution: check the drain pipe for cracks and ask for help with repairment or replacement. If the pipes are fully functional, check for debris or ice and clear them. Last, but not least, you can check the connection to the pump that condensates the air, as a simple disconnection can cause condensation to spill inside instead of be drained through the pipes.

With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we’re more than happy to help you with your air conditioning system installment or replacement. You can reach out to us via the Contact Form on the website or call us at 0800 061 4102.

How to Improve the Energy Use in Your Home

Old boilers can be noisy, energy-consuming and expensive. By taking a few energy-efficient measures, you can cut down on the energy consumption and on the bills for heating your home. A greener household leads to a sustainable consumption so you can enjoy the same–or an even better–comfort, without wasting energy and money.

As per the measures announced in 2017 by the Government, all domestic households should align with the regulations that aim to reduce the carbon emissions in both the UK and Europe. Although the regulations refer only to the boilers installed after the 1st of April 2018, eventually, all heating systems will need to include one (or more) of the following systems that allow an efficient energy use:

  1. Flue gas heat recovery system

It is estimated that the flue gases released by a heating system can reach temperatures as high as 60°C. Therefore, a lot of warmth that is normally produced by a boiler is wasted away. Flue gas heat recovery systems were designed to cut down on waste and reuse the already heated water. They can be installed by a gas safe registered plumber and they can significantly cut down the bills you pay during winter. Their biggest advantage is that they don’t interfere at all with your comfort so you can enjoy the same temperature, but consume and pay for less energy.

  1. Weather compensation system

Another energy-effective system, it was designed to match the temperature in your home to the one outside. A sensor placed on the outer wall of your home communicates with the boiler so that the heat generated inside is adjusted to the cold or sunny day outside. It practically automates the temperature setting, so that the boiler only generates the energy required. This system not only saves you money but also increases your comfort, as the days when the house is too hot or too cold will be long gone.

  1. Load compensation

This function is already used on a wider scale than the previous systems mentioned, and thermostats are just an example. The idea behind load compensation is to adjust the internal temperature to the one set by the consumer so that the boiler doesn’t generate constant energy.

  1. Smart controls

Smart controls are probably one of the best innovations that technology brought along. With a simple tap on a tablet or smartphone or just a few clicks on a laptop, the consumer can remotely modify the temperature settings in their home, giving full control over the energy use.

     5. Turn your household greener

If you want to replace your old boiler or install an energy-efficient system to your boiler, get in touch with us. With over 20 years of experience in heating, gas and plumbing service, we have proudly served clients in and around Sheffield, ensuring them the comfort they deserve.

What Services Does a Commercial Plumber Offer?

What is the difference between a residential and a commercial plumber? Are both suited for the same type of services or is it better to hire one over the other? If you’re not sure about how exactly can a commercial plumber help you, you’re in the right place. We gathered all the info you need in one article, so keep on reading to find out what are the services of a commercial plumber.

1. Pre-planned Maintenance

Gas appliances need regular maintenance in order to extend their lifecycle. This can also help prevent any unexpected breakdown. A commercial plumber can help you with both annual or occasional service, that ensures top safety for your business.

2. Assistance in Case of Breakdown or Emergency

Sometimes, things don’t work out as planned. A central heating system, a boiler or other gas appliance breaking down in the middle of a meeting is the sort of emergency that a commercial plumber is trained to attend to.

3. Catering

As an entrepreneur, one of the top priorities is to make sure your business complies with the law and that your employees operate in a safe workplace. A commercial plumber can easily draw attention to and correct any issue that has the potential to get you a fine. Our engineers are also qualified to issue gas safety certificates or other proofs that your business is legally compliant.

4. Laundry

We don’t do laundry, but we do help you install, repair and service the non-domestic laundry gas appliances that you use in your business. The commercial plumbers in our team are also Gas Safe Registered engineers, which means they are qualified to carry out gas safety records.

5. Installations

What kind of equipment do you need to run your business? If it implies LPG or natural gas appliances, pipework or boilers, you can contact a commercial plumber to take care of the issue and hand out the gas safety certificate.

6. Pipework and System Works

If your business needs a complete makeover of the plumbing system, a commercial plumber can help you choose the right pipes and design the ideal plumbing system for your project.

7. Services for LPG appliances

Do some of the appliances in your headquarters run on LPG? Our commercial plumbers are trained to offer repairment, maintenance and replacement servicing for LPG appliances, among others. They also verify whether the plumbing systems are legally compliant and report any disturbance.

Do you need commercial plumbing services near Rotherham or Sheffield?

Now that you know how a commercial plumber can help you and your business, please do not hesitate to contact us when you need such solutions in sheffield and throughout South Yorkshire. We offer first-class service and would love to assist you in making the best choice for your business.

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Is your home ready for the cold this christmas?

Is your home ready for the cold this Christmas?

Enhanced Energy Solutions can provide Rotherham and its surrounding areas with many services- from performing a boiler repair, to installing heat pumps. And with Christmas just round the corner, we’ve decided to put together this post to help you make sure your home is ready for the cold!

Preparing your plumbing

Being unprepared for the dropping temperatures this winter could end up causing serious issues for your plumbing system. Pipes can be vulnerable to freezing- affecting your heating and plumbing systems- and are vulnerable to bursting. Burst pipes can cause significant damage to your home! So, to keep yourself safe from these risks follow these tips:

Insulate your pipes and hot water heater

Insulating your pipes will help prevent them from freezing. It’ll also help keep your energy bills down. Hot water heater blankets can be a great way to insulate hot water heaters. It can reduce energy consumption and extend the heater’s lifespan- because the system won’t have to work as hard.

Fix any leaks

Leaks can always be a problem. They can make your water bills soar! They can also cause damage to your home and are associated with some health problems. So, we always encourage you to keep a lookout for leaks and get any fixed at the earliest opportunity.

In winter fixing leaks seems especially important. When the temperature drops, even the smallest of leaks could cause big problems. If the water freezes, there could be more damage to the surrounding pipes. And- as mentioned= leaks can cause serious damage and costs to your home. So, never ignore them- it can and will just make the problem worse!

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Preparing your heating

Along with your plumbing, you should check that your central heating system- particularly your boiler- is still operating efficiently and safely. Make sure you fix any boiler problems as soon as you can.  To see some boiler signs which indicate a problem, keep reading. Some problems may [just] be annoying and affect your energy bills. However, others can leave you and your home in significant danger! So make sure you familiarise yourself these common boiler warning signs.

Boiler warning signs

  • Boiler noises
  • Frequent repairs
  • Fluctuating water temperatures and pressure
  • Lazy orange flame

A lazy orange flame can be a sign of carbon monoxide. This is a dangerous- potentially fatal- gas. So we encourage you to know its symptoms– see them here. Seek immediate help if you suspect its presence. Also fit a carbon monoxide detector, if you haven’t already. It’s one of the best ways have your house ready and protected from this poisonous gas. Detectors can be purchased cheaply from most hardware stores, and are easy to install. For guidance please click here. However, if you’re struggling with this, an engineer can assist you.

Annual boiler servicing

Have you had your annual boiler service? Your boiler should be serviced every year. It can allow for any problems to be detected, before they become more serious. A service helps make sure your boiler is operating efficiently and safely. Plus, not having a service invalidates most boiler warranties! So, if you haven’t had your annual boiler service yet, we encourage you to promptly arrange one.

Do you need a boiler repair in Rotherham?

If you need a boiler repair, or any other heating and plumbing assistance to help your home- in or around Rotherham- get ready for the cold this winter please don’t hesitate to contact us. With full public liability insurance, you can hire us with complete peace of mind!

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Is smart home heating the way forward?

Is smart home heating the way forward?

Our customers often ask our advice on their home heating. Smart home heating is increasingly gaining interest. So we have decided to put together this blog to tell you what smart home heating is, it’s pros and cons, and if it could be the way forward for you.

Smart Home Heating

Smart home heating involves the use of thermostats. A typical/ traditional room thermostat simply allows you to change the temperature in your home by using a control panel or dial. A smart thermostat, however, provides you with more efficient and user-friendly control over the heating of your home- by using just three basic components.

3 components:

The first component is plugged directly into your boiler. It can wirelessly communicate with the second component. This is an in-home device- which is the thermostat and chief control. The third component is an app. This app is typically downloaded on to a tablet, or smart phone- though some are downloaded onto computers or laptops too. Users can then remotely control the second component (the thermostat/chief control device), by using the app. This allows them to easily alter the heating, wherever they are!

Note, however that this is just the basic foundation of smart thermostats. Some smart thermostats can offer much more! Some, for example, remember your household’s schedule, or can detect when you’re close to home. They can then prepare the heating accordingly.

The benefits of smart thermostats/heating

Being able to remotely control a home’s temperature can be especially appealing to those with busy schedules, or those particularly forgetful. If you have gone out and left the heating on, or if you have a meeting or appointment that is overrunning (so you’re not home when expected) you can just use your phone to turn your heating off!

Smart heating can thus save you from feelings of stress, the inconvenience of having to return home to turn off the heating, and save you money on your energy bills. You will no longer need to leave an empty house being heated. So although smart thermostats may not directly save you money- in the way switching energy suppliers can- they can save you money by helping reduce your usage. You can receive reports about how you use your energy. Becoming aware of times when you use and probably waste energy, will help you adjust your behaviour and preferences. Being less wasteful will obviously decrease energy bills.\

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Potential cons:

Some smart thermostats may seem like an initial undesirable expense. Yet, often the savings make them worth it. Many manufactures predict you will make the cost back within the first year! However, your actual savings will depend on several factors, such as which thermostat you choose to install and your current heating features and habits.

But please bear in mind that smart heating (and any smart technology) does require a good wireless internet connection, and the app to be downloaded on a modern device. So if you have an older model phone or tablet, you may find compatibility issues. And if you live in a remote area and suffer poor internet connectivity, smart heating doesn’t seem like it’ll be the way forward for you.

Do you need any boiler repair assistance in the Rotherham area?

If you would like more advice, or any boiler or heating assistance, please get in touch with us here. We are always happy to provide a no-risk consultation- free of charge!

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How dangerous can a burst pipe be?

How dangerous can a burst pipe be?

As the temperatures are quickly dropping, we thought it would be a good idea to remind you of the dangers of burst pipes. Cold winters can see a dramatic increase in water claims- due to frozen pipes bursting.

Potential damage of burst pipes

Burst pipes can release huge amounts of water. And water can cause significant damage. It can cause household items to break, stain furniture and ruin possessions– this can be particularly upsetting if it destroys sentimental belongings, like photos.

A burst pipe is also very inconvenient. The time, money, and emotional burden involved in repairs and replacements can become overwhelming. Sometimes the damage water causes can be so extensive that it even requires you to seek temporary accommodation elsewhere- whilst repairs are happening. And finally, water leaking is associated with mould growth, and risks to your health.

Therefore it’s really important to seek help, as soon as a pipe has burst- contact an emergency plumber immediately!  We also recommend you keep reading, and take note of the following advice. It should help prevent and minimise the risks of burst pipes, and its potential damage.

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Preventing and minimising the risks:

Insulate your pipes– this will help prevent them from freezing in the colder conditions. Frozen pipes are vulnerable to bursting. If you find a frozen pipe you must be cautious with handling it. If it is at ground level and easily accessible you may want to try thawing it. For guidance with this please click here. However, if in doubt we encourage you to contact a professional.

Know where your main stopcock is– where the water enters the property. In the event of an emergency it is important to know where and how to stop your flow of water. Occasionally test the stopcock to ensure it is working properly. If you ever find it is not, seek a plumber for assistance.

Report and deal with issues as soon as they’re noticed. The longer you leave problems, the worse they become. This will end up requiring more work and cause greater stress and expense.

In the event of a burst pipe

Even with all the preventive measures, sometimes pipes can still burst. Burst pipes can cause serious damage to structure of your home and the electrical wiring.  So if you experience this, we strongly advise you to take the following steps.

Turn the water supply off– turn off the main stop tap. This is normally located under the kitchen sink, or where the service pipe enters the home. Drain your system by turning on all your cold taps. If water has been leaking for a while, and the ceilings are bulging you must be careful. It may be dangerous to enter that room. If you think it is safe, carefully make a hole to release the water. Place buckets underneath the catch the escaping water. But, never touch the ceiling if you doubt its stability- contact a professional.

Turn your water heating systems and electrics off. The central heating and electrics should be off and electrical appliances should be moved away from any water. Remember electricity and water mixing can be extremely dangerous!

Call a professional Asap to help fix the pipe and repair any damage.

Do you need commercial gas near Rotherham?

If you need a boiler help (or any heating or plumbing assistance) in or around Rotherham, please contact us. We promise to always offer an affordable, and professional service.

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How to deal with those annoying noises

How to deal with those annoying noises

Enhanced Energy Solutions can provide many services from installing renewable technology,  to performing a boiler repair. We cover Sheffield and its surrounding areas.

Our customers often come to us for advice about their central heating system. This can make a range of noises. Sometimes these can indicate a serious issue- which will need to be looked at by a professional. However, other times they can be easily resolved by the typical homeowner. So we are here to tell you about some of the common noises your central heating system makes- and how best to deal with them!

Noises from your central heating system

Noisy boiler

A build-up of limescale is often responsible for a noisy boiler. It is fairly common in older boilers, and in places with particularly hard water. So before calling for a professional, you should try removing the limescale to see if this will solve your noise issues. Removing this excess scale is relatively straightforward. You just need to add a de-scaler to your feed and expansion tank. Then, once it’s been allowed to make its way around the system, you need to flush your central heating using clean water. Also add some radiator inhibitor- as this will help prevent corrosion. To prevent further occurrences you may also want to consider adding a water softener.

Banging pipes

Your pipes banging, could be due to a number of reasons. They may be simply overheating, or perhaps they were not secured under the floorboards correctly. The first thing you should do when you notice your pipes making thudding sounds, is check the thermostat. In order to do this, turn your boiler off and let the system fully cool down. After it’s been off for a while, switch your heating back on again, cranking up the thermostat. When you do this you should hear a click. If you don’t hear a click, you have a problem and will need an engineer to come diagnose and fix it.

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Gurgling Radiators

If your central heating system makes a gurgling sound (it may sound like a kettle starting to boil) it’s likely due to trapped air. When air becomes trapped it can cause uneven heat distribution. Normally, you can easily identify this problem by simply feeling your radiators. The problem is more likely to occur in winter due to the sudden increase in heating demand. Fortunately though, with the correct tools and guidance, you can quickly resolve the issue by bleeding your radiators.

Humming sounds

Your boiler making humming noises can mean that the heating elements are not functioning as they should. This is normally due to being set to the wrong pressure or timing. So, the first thing you should do is check that your thermostat is working correctly. If you find that it is, focus on the central heating pump. Sometimes these are set too fast- so cause noises- and need to be slowed down. It may also be necessary to decrease the pressure. Having your settings too high can result in clanging sounds and damaged pipes.

Do you need a boiler repair in Sheffield?

Often there can be a simple solution to your central heating noises. However, if you have found our advice unsuccessful we strongly encourage you to contact a professional. If you need a boiler repair in Sheffield- or any other heating, gas or plumbing service- please do not hesitate to contact us. With over 20 years of experience, we are confident we can meet all your heating and plumbing needs!