Boilers are one of the most essential parts of our homes. Without them, we do not have access to heating or hot water which powers a lot of other devices such as washing machines and dishwashers. Boilers can also cause a lot of danger when they break down. Gas could be being leaked from your boiler without you even knowing. This is why it is so important that you have your boiler checked straightway if it breaks down. At Eric Collier & Son we provide an emergency call out service in Cardiff so that one of our expert boiler engineers can fix the problem for before it escalates. You will have a nice warm house with running hot water back in no time. READ MORE
Eric Collier & Son a proud to provide a friendly and efficient approach to boiler installation Swansea. We know that purchasing a new boiler is not always cheap. However, new technology and boiler efficiencies have seen modern boilers dramatically reduce the cost of your heating bills. These savings can easily equate to the price of a new boiler within a couple of years. Therefore, if your boiler is approaching the 10-year mark, we strongly recommend investing in a new, modern boiler. The increased efficiency could save you money in the long term.
Our boiler engineers are trained to the highest standards and can install any type of boiler in your house or business in Swansea. Whether you are after a combination boiler or an open vent boiler, our boiler installation Swansea engineers can have your new boiler up and running, safely and effectively, in no time. To find out more about our boiler services, please contact us on 0845 200010.READ MORE
It’s hard to believe but this summer the UK has actually had consistent sunshine and warm temperatures and it’s set to continue for the foreseeable future. England and Wales are simply not cut out for this kind of weather and when it strikes for longer than a week, we all seem to go into meltdown. At home, everyone has got every window open as far as possible, fans next to their beds and are living in minimal clothing. In work, smart dress has gone out the window and been replaced by shorts and t-shirts and all office workers have purchased a USB desk fan to make sat at their desk that little bit more bearable.
Air conditioning in other nearby countries such as France, Spain, Portugal and Italy is a common installation for homes and the workplace. For the most part, the UK doesn’t particularly have any desperate need for air con…until the temperature creeps up and you’re sat in a little office with one small window, sticking to your chair surrounded by 20 other sweaty people. Employers should really take it upon themselves to be ready for these sorts of situations as it really lowers productivity within the workplace.
If you think it’s about time your office had some air conditioning installed then please get in touch with one of our team. They will be more than happy to answer any questions about air conditioning Cardiff that you may have. Give us a call today on 029 20 508711 or get a free online quote.
The Systems We Offer
It is more than likely that you will be able to control the temperature in your home through the use of fans and is unlikely you will need to install an air conditioning system. If you have a large home, however, it may be something to consider. The main use of our air conditioning Cardiff is within the workplace, schools and hospitals.
At Eric Collier & Son, we know how important it is to maintain a cool and fresh environment where staff are able to comfortably work and interact. Our systems do not just limit themselves to summer use, they also allow you to stay warm and cosy in the winter. These kind of systems are perfect for the UK and it’s unpredictable weather conditions and temperatures. It will make a huge difference to your team’s motivation and efficiency.
Split systems – Allowing for different temperature controls
Down flow systems – Specifically designed for data centres and computer rooms
Heat recovery unit – Heat recovery ventilation systems, provide improved air quality and enhanced climate control.
Impact of Heat Stress
Heat stress can affect individuals in different ways and can take place in individuals at different temperatures. Some people are more susceptible to heat exhaustion and heat stroke than others. Some of the typical symptoms are:
heat stroke – hot dry skin, confusion, convulsions and eventual loss of consciousness. In rare occassions, severe heat stroke can lead to death if not quite early enough.
The Positives of Air Conditioning
The main positive of having air conditioning is obvious, it keeps you cool and refreshed and able to go about your day without feeling uncomfortable. Depending on the kind of office you have, it is much harder to get a breeze flowing and to cool down in warm weather without some kind of air conditioning system. Air conditioning supplies fresh, cooling air which reduces the body temperature back down to a normal level.
Keeping the temperature in the office down goes further than just keeping your team happy, it is also an important thing to consider when taking health and safety into consideration. There are laws that say a workplace should be a comfortable and acceptable temperature. The minimum an office should be is 16 degrees, there is no defined maximum but individual companies can take it upon themselves to decide on this.
Air-conditioning is especially necessary for work environments where equipment is generating a lot of heat when it is already warm outside. This is likely in places such as kitchens and bakeries, launderettes, factories, mechanics, boiler rooms and power plants, just to name a few. In many of these workplaces, air conditioning would be essential to not only keep staff cool but also for equipment and food to be kept at a reasonable temperature.
Get in Touch Today!
With all of the above considered, it could be time to get an air conditioning system for your office and increase your workers’ comfort and morale. Get in touch with our team on 029 20 508711 or go online and get a free quick quote so we can give you an estimated price for how much an air conditioning Cardiff will cost you and your business.
Eric Collier and Son have been installing, maintaining and servicing all types of the electric, oil and gas boilers in the homes and businesses around Cardiff and South Wales for many years. It is very important that all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered. They have experience and expertise in undertaking all heating and boiler services in your home or business property. In this article, Eric Collier will look at the latest news surrounding boilers and the industry.
Gas Boilers & Cookers Could Be No More:
Recently there has been a political discussion over whether we will continue to use gas for cookers and boilers in the UK. Jake Burham discusses this further:
Recently Under the Paris climate change deal, agreed by 195 countries last week, UK families could have to phase out cooking and heating with gas across the next 15 years, according to experts.
The United Nations agreement obliges nations to reduce greenhouse gases from 2020 onwards in an attempt to curb global warming.
The historic pledge – which is ambitiously aimed at limiting warming to “well below” 2C by the end of the century – was internationally lauded by politicians, with Barak Obama branding it a “turning point” for the world.
Experts have warned the UK’s commitment to the tougher targets will eradicate gas hobs and ovens and even gas-fired boilers – which are used by around 23million British homes.
Professor of energy policy at Sussex University Jim Watson said: “This will affect the power sector first, but as we move through to the 2030s and beyond we’ll have to find new ways of heating our homes and cooking our food.
“Whatever we move to next, people will be moving to similar levels of comfort and controllability, which engineers need to get on with.”
The Government’s Committee on Climate Change (CCC) is currently hunting for boiler alternatives to install in four million homes by 2030 – with each installation costing a staggering £12,000.
One of the alternatives considered by the Tories are heat pumps – devices which extract warmth from the ground or air – which could replace gas heating in homes by 2050.
Landlords Upgrading Boilers to Suit New Guidelines:
Landlords have a reputation for not taking much interest in the health and safety of a property once they have let or rented it out. But now it has come to light that landlords are getting in line with the guidelines and are upgrading boilers to keep up with energy rules.
Boilers were the most popular investment by landlords to improve the energy efficiency rating of their properties in order to keep in line with new standards.
The findings, by Paragon, reveal that the majority of landlords are aware of the new minimum energy efficiency standards introduced on 1 April and 93 per cent of homes in the private rented sector are e
stimated to be at or above minimum required rating.
The new standards require landlords to achieve a minimum rating of “E”on the Energy Performance Certificate for their rental property.
Landlords with residential properties that fail to meet these levels face a potential penalty of up to £5,000 per property.
Asked which upgrades they had made to their properties in the run up to the implementation of the new standards, almost four out of ten (39 per cent) landlords said they had replaced the boiler in one or more of their rental properties and one third (33 per cent) said they had invested in new windows.
By contrast, landlords were least likely to have undertaken loft or cavity wall insulation, with only 12 per cent and 7 per cent respectively having carried out these measures in the prior year.
The lower rates for insulation work may be due to the fact that landlords had prioritised this work in previous years.
Paragon director of mortgages John Heron says: “The PRS has made significant progress in energy efficiency over the last decade and landlords continue to prioritise investment that will reduce energy consumption and keep costs low for their tenants.
“Energy efficiency in the PRS is now on a par with owner-occupied properties and these latest figures on boiler upgrades demonstrate commitment to further improvement.”
The Dangers of Carbon Monoxide:
A massive worry when you have a boiler is the risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. If there is an issue you may not be able to tell as Carbon Monoxide is odourless, tasteless and colourless. Anna Slater discusses:
Your boiler might not be getting used as much as it did in winter.
But according to The Carbon Monoxide and Gas Safety Society, that very lack of action could be masking a deadly and sinister threat.
And the charity is urging Brits not to ‘drop their guard’ during summer when it comes to protecting themselves and their families.
CO-Gas Safety President & Director Stephanie Trotter explained: “We’ve recorded 174 fatalities occurring due to accidental carbon monoxide poisoning in the UK between the months of April and September, inclusive.
“And that is clearly too many.
“Consumers need to be aware that although they may switch off their central heating at this time of year, the majority of households still use their boilers on a daily basis to provide hot water.
“Indeed, one of the most high-profile cases of CO poisoning in recent times is that of Zoe Anderson, who was killed in 2012 by CO leaking from a boiler as she heated water to take a shower.
“There is also a danger that during the lighter use of the summer months people neglect to carry out maintenance on their appliances, chimneys and flues, as they are not used as often.
“Meanwhile because a boiler is used less, it becomes harder to spot the telltale signs of a deadly defect – such as a pilot light blowing out frequently or changing colour from blue to yellow.”
Around 40 people die, and around 300 injured, from accidental carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning each year in England and Wales.
Able to kill in less than three minutes, CO is odourless and, without a proper alarm, almost impossible to detect before it’s too late.
The majority of deaths – almost a third, 27 per cent – stem from faulty central heating boilers.
And with summer barbecues, woodburning stoves and camping equipment posing further dangers, there’s even more reason to be on your guard when temperatures rise.
Stephen Wilkinson, Service and Maintenance Manager with nationwide heating firm STL Heating & Energy, says homeowners need to be on the lookout for the tell-tale signs something’s horribly wrong.
He revealed: “If you’re not getting hot water, that’s obviously a good indication something may be wrong.
“If the pilot blows out frequently, or changes from blue to yellow, that tells you the boiler could be producing CO.
“Black stains near your boiler, or on the ceiling above, could indicate a CO leak from your flue, and heavy condensation in your home could also be a sign your boiler isn’t venting properly, and is therefore filling the rooms with CO.
“If you have any concerns, get a Gas Safe engineer into your property to inspect the appliance and make sure your carbon monoxide alarms are functioning by always undertaking regular checks.”
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a by-product of burning gas without a sufficient air supply.
Badly fitted and poorly maintained boilers, ovens and other gas appliances can start to produce and leak the gas, killing within minutes.
When breathed in, CO inhibits the transportation of oxygen around the human body, causing cells and body tissue to fail and die – slowly suffocating them to death.
Mr Wilkinson adds: “Anyone carrying out work on installations and appliances must be registered with a relevant association.
“And for gas appliances, that’s the Gas Safe Register.
“The worrying news is that there’s an estimated 7,500 ‘hard core’ illegal gas fitters operating in the UK. And two thirds – 75 per cent – of this illegal gas work carried out in homes is unsafe, resulting in the potential for not just CO poisoning but also fires and explosions.
“We see this for ourselves virtually every week, as our fitters correct illegal work that’s a very real danger to human life.
“Ask for their Gas Safe ID, and if they can’t produce it, show them the door and get an expert in you never know who it could be and remember you are playing with a gas bomb potentially.”
With summer here it’s time to get the barbecues out and camping gear out. This time of year comes with many hazards and it’s important to know how to avoid these taking place.
CO-Gas Safety say that over the last 15 years there have been at least 10 cases of fatalities involving BBQs brought inside tents or wooden glamping pods. In 2012 Isabelle Harris, 6, was tragically killed when a barbecue was brought into her tent in the New Forest.
Stephanie says: “People so often consider the risk of fire when bringing BBQs into a tent, but are seemingly unaware of the CO risk or simply do not realise how little ventilation modern tents allow.
“Unfortunately, BBQs and other heaters have also mistakenly been used for warmth in camper vans, cars and even lorries.”
In June 2013 Kenneth Chaplin, 63, was found dead in his sleeping bag during a bikers’ rally in north Wales after he’d used a camping stove inside his tent to keep warm.
Stephanie says: “Campers can be overcome by the fumes from portable stoves within minutes. Don’t take the risk.”
BRINGING BBQs INSIDE HOME:
Stephanie says: “What is also often overlooked is the risk of bringing such an item indoors at home. This is a scenario we see repeatedly in the summer by families that have had garden BBQ parties and bring the embers into an enclosed or semi-closed space. In June last year a couple from Bridlington were rushed to hospital suffered CO poisoning after a barbecue and chimnea were brought inside the property.”
Between 1995 and 2017, CO-Gas Safety recorded 32 deaths which took place inside a boat – 5 per cent of all deaths.
Stephanie adds: “If a canopy is covering the cockpit it can cause fumes to accumulate that the user may not consider an obvious risk. In addition to this there are several cases of people blocking up vents on canal boats and similar, and using wood burners, cooking equipment or heaters with the living area closed – a deadly combination.”
If you are looking for a qualified and professional gas engineer please do not hesitate to get in touch with us today and we can advise you on what support or service you need. We pride ourselves on our work ethic and customer service. If you want to be sure that you receive the very best service and customer satisfaction then look no further than Eric Collier and Son. Call today on 0845 2000100. Alternatively, go online and get a free quote.
If you think you can smell gas, immediately shut it off using the valve on the meter, open the windows and doors and leave your property. You should then call a Gas Safe registered engineer or the National Gas Emergencies number on 0800 111 999.
Why are my heating pipes noisy?
Turning your heating on makes the pipework and radiators expand. Where pipes cross joists or radiators are held captive upon their brackets you may hear a clicking sound and a metallic pinging as the pipes move in very small but steady steps. This noise is normal and will stop once the system has reached full working temperature.
Why do I need to service my boiler?
The purpose of a boiler service is to ensure that the boiler is in good condition and working effectively. A yearly service will decrease the wear that takes place over time. Having a service more than once a year is unnecessary.
How long will it take to service my boiler?
It will usually take around 20-30 minutes to service a boiler. If your boiler is in good working condition then it is not necessary to take any further actions and the service should be straightforward and over quickly. If there is an issue the service will take longer.
What happens during a boiler service?
During a boiler service, the professional will do a general cleaning up of the appliance which will help to keep it in good condition. The gas safe engineer will then do gas checks and visual checks to ensure safe operation.
How often should I get my boiler serviced?
Most boilers are required to be serviced once a year. This will help to maintain both the efficiency and the safety of the boiler. It does not matter if the boiler is brand new, it still needs to be serviced annually.
Do I need to do anything before a service?
You do not need to do anything to prepare prior to a boiler service other than to keep any areas clear that the engineer will need to have access to, such as the boiler area and around the gas meter.
Do I need a new boiler?
Once your service has been carried out we will be able to tell if there are any significant issues. We will always do our best to fix the problem and give you our honest advice and make other suggestions before making the decision that you need a new boiler.
How often do I need a Landlord Gas Safety Inspection?
If you let out a property then there is a legal requirement that you have the premises and appliances tested and certified by a Gas safe registered engineer annually. You can count on us to thoroughly check all your gas appliances and systems as well as performing maintenance and repairs if required.
How long will it take to install a central heating system?
This can depend on a number of different factors. The size of the property, type of installation system required and the requirements of the customer all have an effect. For example, if a customer needs their water turned on for certain periods throughout the day, it will take longer to install the system.
What is carbon monoxide?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a highly poisonous gas that can be produced by unsafe gas appliances. It is produced by the incomplete burning of natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas. It can cause death as well as serious long term health problems such as brain damage. Carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless and colourless.
Why is my radiator is hot around the edges but cold at the bottom?
This is a common problem that takes place when there is a build up of sludge at the bottom of the radiator. This means that your heating system pipework is clogged up and dirty. To overcome this issue you will need the system cleaning using a power flush machine.
Why is the top of my radiator cold but the bottom hot?
It is likely that air has become trapped somewhere within your central heating system. This pocket of air is stopping the hot water from reaching the top of your radiator. In order to solve this issue, your radiator requires bleeding.
Do you provide quotes before you start the work so I know the cost?
To get a quote simply fill out our quick quote form with your details and a brief explanation of the issue you are facing and we will get back to you as soon as possible with a cost. We pride ourselves on our fair prices and impeccable customer service.
If you are a business owner and have a property to heat for your customers, visitors and staff, you will understand the difficulty in finding a reliable and affordable commercial heating Cardiff system that will provide you with heating and hot water in your business property. Here at Eric Collier and Son, we have many years experience in installing, repairing and maintaining a huge variety of different commercial heating systems and our team are able to advise you on the best one for your property. To learn more about our commercial heating services, please call 02920 508711 and one of our heating engineer team will be able to assist you.
Keeping your home or business property warm is important for your comfort and health. However, it can be difficult and expensive to upkeep a heating system in your home, with the huge amount of components and parts involved in it. Here at Eric Collier & Son, we have many years experience in services such as boiler maintenance, heating system repair and central heating installation Cardiff, and we are here to help you out with choosing the best central heating system for your property. If you’d like to learn more about our central heating installation services and how to choose the best central heating system, please call us on 02920 508711.
Boilers are an integral component of your home or business for heating the radiators, central heating system and the hot water. No one likes living in a cold home with no hot water, let alone dining, working or being in a business property that has no heating or hot water! Businesses often close when their boiler breaks which means a loss of revenue and potentially a lot of disgruntled customers. Many businesses that experience have a boiler installed in their property that isn’t capable of coping with the heating and hot water requirements. This is where commercial boilers Cardiff installed by Eric Collier comes into their own league. If you’re a business owner and would like a commercial boiler installed in your business property or would like to learn more, please call our team on 0845 2000100.
With the recent bad weather, also known as the ‘Beast from the East’, your boiler may have been turned up and continuously on to keep you, your family and your friends warm. However, this extra work and required heat that you required your boiler to push out may have resulted in your boiler stopping working or not working as it should. This may have left you, once the snow has melted away with a tired and worn out old boiler that is in need of a major boiler repair Swansea by Eric Collier and Son. Our boiler expertise ranges from oil boilers right to eco friendly fuelled boilers. If you’re like to have one of our team come out to diagnose and repair your boiler at your home or commercial property, please call us on 0845 2000100 and one of our team will respond to you.
Choosing the right person to fit your new boiler or repair a broken boiler can be vital for the safety of your family or staff in your home or business property. An incorrectly installed or repaired boiler can mean a number of potentially dangerous parts. Here at Eric Collier, each of our gas heating engineers Cardiff are fully trained in installing, repairing and servicing gas boilers and central heating systems. Call one of our gas engineers Cardiff team today on 0845 2000100 to book in for one of our services.