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  • Heating outputs: what is a BTU and what is a watt?
    AEL Heating Solutions Ltd
    When discussing the heat output required for a room, It can be confusing when one engineer works with BTU’s and another works with watts. So what is a BTU and what is a watt? BTU and watt are both used to measure the heating...
  • Flexible, efficient and safe - plate heat exchangers
    Stokvis Energy Systems
    Paul Sands of Stokvis Energy Systems examines the advantages offered by plate heat exchangers. From modern leisure centres and industrial premises requiring very large quantities of hot water, to rambling old hotels and...
  • AEL cast iron radiators – FAQ
    AEL Heating Solutions Ltd
    Q What are the advantages of using cast iron radiators? A Cast Iron radiators retain their heat and therefore emit heat for longer periods into your room unlike a modern pressed steel radiator. Cast iron radiators are also...
  • Single or two pipe central heating system
    AEL Heating Solutions Ltd
    Single pipe central heating system A single pipe central heating system operates through a main single feed hot water supply pipe which comes from the boiler supplying hot water to each radiator. Each radiator has a smaller...
  • Huge opportunity replacing inefficient circulating pumps
    Wilo
    While fitting high-efficiency circulating pumps is now mandatory, Gary Wheatley, Wilo UK’s Training and Technical Manager, believes that there is a huge opportunity around the replacement of existing inefficient models.
  • Technological advances in boiler manufacturing
    Stokvis Energy Systems
    Technological advances have increased the efficiency of commercial boilers to the extent that established, well-proven technology ensures high efficiency and reliable performance. However, that does not mean the industry is...
  • Solar thermal water heating in the leisure sector
    Stokvis Energy Systems
    The Carbon Trust: "Solar water heating can be very effective for swimming pools and is relatively easy to connect to a conventional heating system." Energy costs in a typical sports centre are second only to labour,...
  • How to choose a Building Management System (BMS)
    Airedale International Air Conditioning
    To help evaluate the large range of Building Management Systems (BMS) on the market, Airedale’s Controls expert Reece Thomas has devised a checklist of key criteria which you should consider when evaluating a BMS partner.
  • Installing wet underfloor heating: an introduction
    Warmafloor
    How do I operate the system? By a room thermostat in each room. How is the pipe attached to the floor? - A popular system is where pipe is held in position with clips through the insulation. - A wire grid system is available...
  • Timber floors and underfloor heating
    Warmafloor
    Underfloor heating can be installed with most types of timber floors quite effectively. Care must be taken however in the design of the system and the flooring materials used to ensure a trouble-free system. Heat output The...
  • Heat pumps and underfloor heating
    Warmafloor
    Heat pumps are now widely used in preference to boilers, and can work ideally with underfloor heating. However, they are not suitable for all applications and the following guidance is provided for application and...
  • Underfloor heating versus radiators
    Warmafloor
    Radiators Radiators distribute heat by convection currents which can result in draughts and hot spots. The floor will be coldest zone of the room as hot air rises, whilst the space above your head will be the warmest part.
  • Why use Linear Drainage?
    Component Developments
    Functional Advantages: channels are a hygienic and efficient way of conveying waste water from equipment discharge and floor washing; water is efficiently disposed of at the source, rather than flowing across the floor to a...
  • Why use stainless steel?
    Component Developments
    Component Developments explains the reason it believes stainless is a superior material. The importance of hygiene in schools, kitchens and hospitals is major. But with ever-growing awareness of health and safety issues, the...
  • Expansion joints and underfloor heating
    Warmafloor
    Expansion joints and crack inducers All screeds expand and contract to some degree so allowance has to be made for this. The perimeter insulation fitted with underfloor heating allows for some of this, however large areas...