New Caspians mean a cosy church which will cost less to heat.
The Catholic Church of the English Martyrs, Strood, Kent is a Grade 2 Listed Building built in 1964. The church is a very busy centre of the community and is used for many different meetings and activities. The church also has some beautiful stain glass windows, which are of special interest and made by the famous Buckfast Abbey in Devon.
The church is a Grade 2 Listed Building so any proposed refurbishment work had to be approved by the Historic Churches Commission. This can be a long process and required the heating engineers, HeatinGlobal, to provide extensive heat loss calculations to the Heating Consultant employed by the church. Excessive energy costs, caused by an old and inefficient heating system was the principal reason for the upgrade. In addition the parishioners often complained that the church was cold and a lack of zoning control meant the whole building had to be heated even when only smaller discreet areas were being used. For weekend services the church is full but during the week it can be only 20% occupied.
Damien Bradbury from HeatinGlobal completed a heating survey of the building confirming that nothing less than a complete new church heating system was required. Mr. Bradbury decided on Smith’s Caspian Fan Convectors to provide the heating for such a large area. They were selected because they are versatile and energy-efficient heaters and can be painted in the colour required by the church to comply with the requirements of refurbishing a Listed Building. As the whole church was previously heated even when only small areas were being used a zoning system was installed using Heatmiser controls with a divertor valve being installed in each Caspian on the flow pipe, with a check valve on the return pipe. This means that each Caspian can be controlled individually if needed. To satisfy the current requirements 4-zones were to be set up so that the Sacristy, Parish Hall, Side Chapel and Main Church can be controlled and heated separately.
There were also ‘cold’ spots in the main church area prior to the installation of the new Caspian Fan Convector heaters but by careful planning and installation HeatinGlobal were able to overcome this problem. The areas that were particularly susceptible to the cold were the altar and the organ loft. By installing Caspians in two cupboards behind the altar and directing the warm air through discreet vents
in the wall behind the altar the problem was solved. Because of its Listed Building status this was a requirement of the Historic Churches Commission. Also by placing Caspians in the organ loft this area is now warm and cosy for the organist.
Laurence McEvoy, for the church, says that “the work done by HeatinGlobal was excellent and because the heating can now be controlled we are looking forward to much lower heating bills. The main reason for wanting to change was driven by a need to upgrade the old system to comply with the regulations but we now have a cosy church which will cost less to heat”.
The New Maldon United Reformed Church in London required a complete church heating renovation, so they called on the experts to get the job done.
Having struggled with a failing heating system for far too long, the church pastor decided that now was the right time to get our team in to asses the situation, and put a proposal together. After a thorough site survey and heating loss calculations, a proposal of work was compiled, and once approved, the work began.
First of all the floor channel had to be exposed in order to access the pipe work and electricals, this looked dramatic, but once the flooring was replaced it looked as good as new.
Much of the fabric of the old heating system was made up of Victorian cast iron, which had become rotten, and was losing heat on a huge scale. Modern materials were brought in to replace to pipe work and other components, and a brand new, state-of-the art wall hung condensing boiler was installed and hooked up to the pipes and control unit.
Additional modern features such as a fabric protection control system, and zonal heating controls were installed, and really finished off the project.
To read more about the church heating installation and to view pictures of the work, click here.
St Johns Church in Glossop underwent a major heating system renovation, including new boiler installation and excavation work.
Such to the extent was this church heating system installation that our engineers had to dig up parts of the grounds, but the grass is now greener in more ways than one.
A proposal for a new heating system installation had been compiled by another company, but they were not happy with it, and so came to us for a second opinion. It turned out that the original proposal needed to be scrapped, and our engineers started from scratch, putting together a more concise and complete statement of works, as well has heat loss reports and a site survey. This new proposal was approved by the Diocese, and work began straight away.
Everything from the radiators to the flue had to be ripped out, along with all the bits in-between. Most of the major components of the heating system were too far gone to salvage, but as much as possible was re-used in order to save the church money.
As well as the usual boiler, radiator and piping replacement, it was also necessary to install a new mains gas feed, which involved digging up parts of the grounds. Our workers were very conscious as to preserve as much as the grass and flowers as possible, as to not have too much of an impact of the aesthetics of the surrounding grounds.
To find out more about this project and see more pictures, click here.
Not all of our jobs are large scale full heating system replacement projects, so when St Martin's Church in Oldham, Greater Manchester, came to us with their small issue, we were more than happy to help. The church approached us because the heating had stopped working, and couldn't identify the problem.
The church already had a nice under floor heating system, and all of the ancillaries and components were in good condition, and after our technicians initial inspection, it was clear that the wall hung boilers had reached the end of their life. We swiftly replaced the twin wall hung boilers for more modern, economic and energy efficient units. We also installed a new heating control unit which allowed wireless control, as well as a full system power flush to ensure all the piping was clear and free from blockage.
The work was completed in just two days, and caused minimal disruption to the morning mother and baby group that used the church hall in the mornings.
No matter how big or small, our expert church heating engineers are trained to handle any size job. To read the full article and see pictures of the work click here.
St Clement with St Matthias Church in Manchester suffered greatly in the flooding that massively affected the area a couple of years ago. Having struggled with water damage for so long, it was finally time to get the problem sorted.
Having worked in the church previously, The Church Heating Specialist team was the natural choice for the project. Our engineers knew the building inside and out, and more than familiar with the church heating system, so getting underway with the work was a simple and straightforward process.
Because of the extensive damage, the main church hall had been closed for some time. It was a long process raising funds to allow them to commission the work, but through hard work and perseverance, they managed to hit their goal. The insurance company did cover the cost of the boiler, but the water damage unfortunately reach further than that.
A lot of work was needed to get the church heating system back up and running. This included replacing and relocating the boilers to a wall-hung set up to avoid the same problem happening again in the future, as well as all of the electrical system, replacing insulating panels, radiators and pipe work.
To make the system future-proof and of course flood-proof, the pipework was positioned low level to provide extra heat, and the high output radiators were installed on the wall - these were also powder coated so that they would blend in with the walls and not stand out too much.
Overall the project was a resounding success, and was completed in just 2 weeks - a real testament to our team of church heating engineers
St Boltolph Church ins Slapton, Northampton came to The Church Heating Specialist with a rather strange problem. The actual fabric of the building was being severely affected by the church infrared heating system, so it was down to our specialist heating engineers to investigate the issue, and resolve the problems.
Paint on the church walls was flaking away, wallpaper was peeling, and plaster had began to crumble. I was immediately clear that if the problem was not fixed soon, it could cause more damage, and cause more long-term and severe issues.
The fix turned out to be a simple one, the infrared heating system had been positioned incorrectly, and the direct heat supplied by the lamps was causing the walls to dry out. All we needed to do was re-position the heaters. This along with repairing the damaged walls was simple enough, and the church decided that it would make sense to also upgrade the system. Our technicians installed extra lamps, ran new cabling and conduit in the solid flooring, and also installed extra power points so that new infrared heating lamps could be purchased and easily installed in the future.
The PPC members were delighted with the work, especially with it only taking 4 days to complete. There was no interruption to Sunday service, and we even left the church hall spotlessly clean.
Our church heating engineers were delighted to return to our home town of Manchester to work on St Christopher's Church heating system in Withington. Being a long standing client of ours, we were the first port of call when it came to the much needed heating upgrade.
Whilst our heating technicians have been maintaining the church heating system for a number of years now, it was finally time to update their set up. Increasing repair costs and maintenance meant that it would be more economical to actually install a completely new system.
Knowing the existing system inside and out was advantageous as it meant we could remove the boilers, pipes and radiators with relative ease, and replacing everything with brand new equipment meant nothing was left to chance. We were also able to re-use many of the components, including zone valves, this saved the church money, and saved out engineers time. We also saved space by relocating the water storage unit into the roof, and made an effort to conceal pipes to keep the church hall looking clean any tidy.
To bring the heating system right up to date we installed a 3 zone smart controller, allowing remote access to turn the heating on and off.
We were able to complete the work in just 7 days, much to the delight of the church owners as it caused very little disruption to proceedings.
A recent survey has revealed that many people find churches an unwelcoming place to be. It comes after a LGBT campaign group asked it’s members a serious of questions relating to the church and religion, and the results are quite alarming.
The survey points out that mainly younger people find churches are seen as intimidating, daunting, and a place where they are not welcome. This is of course very upsetting news, but Andy Walton who writes for Christian Today, says that the results aren’t that surprising. When you consider an old large Victorian building, it can be quite imposing, and the gothic deco exterior may be quite unfamiliar with youths, and this look can be related to scary films and such like.
Another reason for these upsetting results may build down to the falling numbers of the Christian community. a recent faith survey shows that between 2001 and 2011 the number of Christians born in Britain fell by over 5 million, that’s a staggering 10,000 fewer new christians per week. And the bigger picture isn’t much better wither, between the years 1930 and 2010, the number of UK church members and been cut in half, and by 2025 it is estimated to fall again by another 50%.
So what can we do about this? Well the old adage that churches are cold places is now a thing of the past, most have modern church heating systems fitted, and every week we are fitting brand new church boilers, church underfloor heating, and electrical church heating systems. If your local church doesn’t have a modern heating, system, the chances are that in the near future they will have. So as well as making a church a physically warm place to be, it must also be a warm hearted place to be. We all know how nice it feels to receive a warm welcome from a friend or loved one, so it should be the same for a church. Some people may be apprehensive or nervous to visit a church for the first time, and the only way they will get over any misconceptions they may have is to actually make the visit.
To outsiders, imposing church buildings, services and other church services may be unfamiliar, and even a little odd, so that needs to be embraced. Only by making the effort to welcome all people into the church community will those barriers be broken down. Negative media coverage often doesn’t help, but that’s the case for any religious building, to temples and mosques to more obscure religions. So we all have to double our efforts, and welcome people with open arms and open hearts.
If you want to make your church a more welcoming place and think that making the heating system more effective will help, our modern church heating solutions are available right now. Give our team a call today to see how we can help you.
St Mary’s church in Hay-on-Wyes, Hereford are raising funds for a new church boiler. Nothing new there we hear you say, but it’s the way in which they are raising the funds which has caught our attention. They have listed the help of Radoslav Kvapil - one of the world’s top Czech pianists, all the way from the The Czech Republic. This celebrity guest appearance from one of the most formidable classical musicians in the world is a huge deal, and his performance is sure to bring in a huge audience, all wanting to catch a rare glimpse of this musical celebrity.
So how did this happen? Well, it just so happens that a Mr Richard Williams resides on the church committee, and by sheer luck, his best friend is none other than Radoslav. They have been friends for over 40 years, and when Richard spoke of his plight to raise £30,000 for their church heating system, the pianist was all too eager to help.
The 160 seat capacity venue is expected to be a complete sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early. Admission will all go towards the goal, and other fundraising activities will be taking place to hopefully reach the target of the £30,000 they need for their church heating system.
The existing church boiler is outdated and in serious need of replacement, even at full whack it can only reach a measly 15 degrees C, which as we all know is no where near the comfortable level needed in a church, especially as the days are getting shorter, and the nights are getting colder. The aim is to get everything sorted in time for winter, and with December drawing ever closer, it’s imperative that the funding goal is reached.
St Mary’s is well known for its fabulous acoustic quality, so a live performance on such an intimate setting promises to be a magical occasion.
If you’re planning on raising funds for your church heating system repair, then check out our website, we have tons of ideas that can help you out.
St Marys Church in Gissing, Norfolk, are elated to announce they have managed to secure nearly £300,000 to help towards a major renovation, and of course to help with their church heating system, and it couldn’t have come at a better time. Thus church council have been fund raising and applying for grants so that they can turn the historic church into a much needed community hub. Over £200,000 of the funding came from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The team has been working tirelessly since 2013 to raise the money needed to make essential repairs to the 1000 year old building, which is a much loved local community focal point. The church sits in the heart of the village, and will help play a pivotal role in bringing together people from all over the region. The work required includes structural work to the chapels, towers and chancel, as well as a new ground drainage system.
A major part of the restoration project is to install a new electricity supply, from which a new church heating system can be installed. Amazingly the church has been used for many years with an ancient electrical system and no heating, which members of the church group admitted it was very difficult to operate throughout the winter months.
Once all of the restoration work is complete, the church will be used as a venue to host a wide variety of events, concerts, classes, groups and of course church services. The locals are keen to also promote the wonderful heritage of the church though education and history lectures. St Marys is a much loved church, and the restoration work will ensure it will be able to continue being a staple part of village life.
Accessing or being approved for any grant can be a tricky and long process, luckily our experts may be able to help. We have access to church heating grants that can be used to refurbish your old system, maintain your existing system or to even fund a completely new system. We have helped hundreds of churches secure funding for their church heating systems. There are a number of options to take, such as funding to install sustainable heating systems like church ground source heat pumps, or more environmentally friendly systems like church underfloor heating. Give us a call today to see how we can help you.
Well, it’s nearing that time of year again, and we have already felt the effects of cold mornings creeping in, and with temperatures set to be at record lows this year, it’s time to get your church ready for winter.
Last year we saw temperatures plummet to an unbearable -13 degrees C in some parts of the country, but that’s nothing to the coldest temperature ever recorded in the UK, a staggering -27 degrees C was recorded in Braemer in 1982. Although we aren’t expecting a polar vortex this year, we can put our bets on it being a very cold winter indeed, so it’s essential that your church heating system is fully prepared for the forthcoming cold front.
Ice can wreak havoc on any heating system, but church heating systems in particular are prone to damage because their pipes are quite often exposed to the elements. If you have any external pipework, or even piping running in a particularly cold basement, it is essential that you protect them. When the water in a pipe freezes it will expand, it usually take several contractions, but eventually the pipe may split. Once this happens, you’re in for a messy encounter. When the ice melts, you’re then left with a big gaping hope for all the water to rush out of, and before you know it you have a catastrophic leak. The first thing to do is shut off your mains water supply. Then the only way it can be fixed is to replace that pipe.
So how can we prevent this from happening? The cheapest preventative method is to fit pipe insulation along with heat tape, it’s very easy to do, and most caretakers would tackle this job, its a cast of cutting the rubber sheaths down to size, and slipping them over the pipe. Alternatively you can invest in an electronic monitoring and heating unit that keeps running water at a steady temperature as to not drop to the freezing stage.
Reliability of your boiler is another key aspect to look at, you need to make sure that it won’t suddenly pack in at the most inopportune time, like before a large mass or a winter wedding. The best way to make sure this doesn’t happen is to have you boiler serviced. A major service needs only be completed once a year, but it will ensure that it will run efficiently and reliably throughout the year. A full service won’t take too long, and includes checking every aspect of the boiler, from the pilot light to the flue, and everything in-between. Our specialist church heating engineers will perform an thermo inspection, which will show any cold spots of the system, they will change the filers and any damaged or worn parts.
It is vital to catch any potential problems before they occur, it’s much cheaper to repair a system rather than having to replace it further down the line when the damage has become irreparable.
If you would like the peace of mind from checking your church heating system is winter ready, give the experts a call today.
We’ve had halloween, Guy Fawkes night is quickly approaching, and before we know it, the most celebrated day of the year will be upon us. Christmas is our favourite time of the year, we love the festivities, and being a family run company we love nothing more than enjoying the christmas season with the children. Seeing their faces light up is something magical that is most prevalent around this time of year. It’s also the time of year that many of us attend church services, even those of us who are not regular church-goers enjoy Christigle and advent carol services, so it’s vital that your church is ready for the influx of extra people in attendance.
With a vast increase in numbers of attendee of your church over the christmas period, the most important thing is to ensure your congregation are warm and comfortable. We all remember those times where standing in a large church hall holding a candle and seeing our breath in the icy cold air was very uncomfortable. Your church heating system will be put into over drive, and it will be a test to any church. Here are our tips to ensure your church heating system is ready for Christmas.
Get a heating system service
By far the most important thing you can do for your church heating system is to get a full service and check up. A full service means the entire system is checked over, making sure it’s running efficiently and safely, checking for any leaks or areas of low pressure, as well as air trapped in the system or water contamination. If there are any problems of this nature it can usually be solved with a power flush, a chemical is pressured through all the pipe work, expelling any sludge and build up, clearing the pipes and allowing easier hot water distribution.
Mind the gaps
An easy check you can do yourself is to ensure the seals around your doors and windows is adequate. Even small gaps around window and door frames can waste a significant amount of energy.
Still the most effective way of keeping the heat inside your church is to insulate the walls and ceilings, because as we know, heat rises. Wall cavity insulation can be very cost effective and requires minimal structural disruption. Roofing insulation is also a very easy fix, it just requires rolls of insulation fibre laid out in the ceiling.
Keep your heating system running at it’s optimal by having a regular maintenance service, as well as a major maintenance service before the Christmas rush. This includes changing filters and other perishables, as well as all ancillaries and gas connections.
If you need to get your church heating system in check before Christmas, call the experts today.
Bristo Baptist church in Edinburgh is the second oldest church in Scotland. Built in 1765, the church is an incredible 251 years old, but the story almost ended there. Just a couple of years ago, the church was on the brink of closure. Luckily this ill-fated church had a miraculous resurrection of it’s own, and was given a new lease of life with the appointment of a new pastor, who managed to turn this once empty and lifeless church into a thriving and busy house of worship once again.
But with the blessing came a curse. The increased visitor numbers and the increased hours of operation, the runnings costs quickly became an issue. Because the heating system was being used beyond it’s capabilities, it soon became very inefficient, costing a huge amount to operate. Also this lack of adequate heating was becoming a real problem for worshipers and church hall users, and attendance numbers began to deteriorated. Something needed to be done to save this historic church.
That’s where the church heating specialists came in. The caretaker and warden contacted us because they have heard about our excellent work and reputation had certainly preceded us. The explained that the church was in constant use, not just by worshipers but by meeting groups, dance and fitness classes and a whole host of other people, so it was vital that not only was the work completed soon, but it had to be done quickly and to cause as little disruption as possible.
The first thing to do as always was to complete a full church survey and product heat loss calculations, and we discovered a number of problems, first of all the church roof was not insulated, also there was a lot of gaps around the windows and doors. We recommended that these problems be tackled, and double glazing was fitted. This was all taken into consideration and the church are in the process of applying for grants for this work.
The next stage was to start work on the existing heating system, it was so old and useless that almost nothing could be salvaged, our church heating engineers needed to remove a lot of the tanks, ducting, piping and wiring. Another problem was the boiler room being located at the bottom of a steep him, in the underbelly of the church, and was prone to flooding, so we installed an automated water displacement system with a submerged pump, meaning flooding was never going to be a problem again. A large old oil tank was also causing a problem, this needed to be drained and carefully chopped up and removed in sections.
The final part of the process was to install a set of wall hung high efficiency modern condensing boilers. These were matched with an electronic zone valve system, and the whole system was wired up to a WiFi smart control unit, allowing the church wardens to adjust the heating with the smartphone from anywhere in the world.
Much to the delight of the pastor, church wardens and caretaker, the work was completed in just 5 days. We worked through the night so to not disturb the day to day operations of the church.
Morivian Church in Tameside, Greater Manchester, realised they had outgrown their existing church heating system, and called on the specialists for our expertise. Previously, old fashioned independent single electric radiator units were installed, and they were just not up to the job, especially by todays modern standards with electric heating that are available now.
Having performed a thorough inspection on the building and the existing electrical church heating system, our engineers discovered that the wiring in the church had degraded very badly over the years. It had reached the point where it had become dangerous, and posed as a real health and safety hazard. We recommended that the electrical system be decommissioned immediately, and a complete re-wiring was in order. Luckily our in-house electricians were able to step up to the job, and had it done in no time, much to the delight of church’s caretake, who was fully aware of the situation.
Once the building was safe and secure, it was time to move on to the heating itself. After performing our heat loss calculations, we concluded that electrical church heating was indeed the best solution for this small church. There were multiple rooms, all of which required independent control of it’s temperature, so using a combination of Farho wall mounted electrical radiators and Dimplex fan convection heaters we managed to get the best results for the very best price.
Due to budgetary limitations it wasn’t feasible to install a hot water operated church heating system. It would have required for too much work, because the church didn’t have any existing pipe work infrastructure, so everything would have to have been done from scratch, far too much work for this project.
The church now enjoys on demand heat, and is able to control the temperature of every room independently with the built in thermostats on each heating unit. Because of the highly efficient electrical heating system, it is now very affordable to maintain a constant low level heat throughout the church, and a boost of heat can be applied immediately and on-demand.
The church were very please with our work, and are feeling the heat benefits, as well as the savings they have already seen on their heating bills.
If you would like a quotation on installing electrical heating in your church, give the experts a call today, and we’ll be happy to help.
Vineyard Life Church in Richmond, London had been struggling with an unreliable church heating system for many many years, it would break down all the time, causing them no end of stress and worry, not to mention the extremely high maintenance bills. But this was just the start of the problems, because the system was running inefficiently, the energy bills were very costly. If things continued in this fashion, the church would have been forced to turn their heating off all together, as it was not sustainable. Something needed to be done to make the heating system more economically sustainable, it was time for the experts to come in.
The church caretake Ray told us that the system would take several hour before it would reach temperature, and the most heat that it could produce was a measly fifteen degrees C, which as well all know, is simply not warm enough, especially for a large open plan church hall. The source of problems like these is usually down to the boiler, and sure enough, when we inspected the units we could see straight away they were way under powered. They simply did not have the capacity to meet the demands of the rest of the system. 2 very old floor standing boilers were stretched beyond their limit to try and heat 3 large areas of the church, as well as a high demanding hot water supply.
The next thing our church heating engineers did was to perform a thermal imaging scan of the complete building to see where the problem lies, and it was quite clear straight away that there were several major blockages in the piping system. This build up of dirty water and sludge had accumulated over many years, maybe even decades, and was causing major circulation problems.
The entire system was power flushed, removing all of this horrible gunk, and breathing new life into the old system. Some of the older pipe work and components needed to be replaced, but the majority of the old system was salvageable. The old inefficient boilers were replaced with a pair of top of the range his efficiency wall hung condensing boilers, these worked in tandem to meet the high heating demands from the many church users, and will come in especially handy during the colder winter months.
The old and clunky victorian style radiators were also replaced for much more effective and energy efficient modern fan assisted heaters, which distribute the heat throughout the room much better than any iron radiator could possible achieve, and able to run at a much lower temperature too - putting less strain on the boilers.
To finish the system off a new filtration system was installed, meaning the gloopy build up wouldn’t happen again in the future, and a new, simple digital control unit was added, to make it much easier to manage the church heating.
The church is now seeing a significant cost reduction in their heating bills thanks to our specialist church heating engineers. To see how we can help yours church, give our experts a call today.
St Luke’s church in London had unfortunately been let down by a previous contractor, and had called for the experts to rescue them from a multitude of problems. They had spent a lot of money from their hard earned fundraising proceeds on what had turned out to be somewhat of a disastrous job, completed by less than competent contractors. Where we differ is that we are not a general commercial heating company, we are a dedicated church heating specialist. Church heating requires a specific skill set and understanding, they don’t function or operate like a typical commercial building.
Having spent a lot of time inspecting the existing heating system and surveying the church, as well as ascertaining their heating requirements as well as performing heat loss calculations, we came to the conclusion that the job was deemed as an un-safe installation. It required immediate attention, not only because it wasn’t energy efficient, but also because it could be potentially dangerous.
There was a whole host of problems discovered by our engineers, including faulty and unsuitable equipment, and even poor fittings and a leak in the church underfloor heating system. The most significant problem which was also potentially lethal was the boiler flue configuration, which was incorrectly aligned, and if left unresolved, could have caused an explosion. These issues gave us no option other than to turn the heating system off immediately, and begin work on putting everything right.
In order to save the church money we wanted to re-use as much of the existing equipment as possible. There were some components however that we could not recycle, and one room even had to be completely stripped down and started again from scratch. There were radiators in the main church hall that hadn’t worked for years, even before the faulty system was installed. Our engineers managed to get them up and running too, much to the delight of the church warden Pat.
Pat was extremely satisfied with the work we did to rescue the church. Her main concern was cos, and understandably so. They had already spend a significant amount of their budget on the previous system, and thought that they would have to shell out the same again, if not even more. But we didn’t want that to be the case, and through proper planning and re-use of existing system components we were able to keep the costs down.
If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of having sub-standard low-quality work performed on your church heating system by a local contractor, then give our experts a call today and we can right the wrongs and restore your faith in legitimate and experienced church heating engineers in London like ourselves.
Elim Pentecostal Church in London first contacted The Church Heating Specialists when they needed a complete heating system replacement, but it wasn’t quite as simple as that. The church Pastor Nick wanted to be able to remotely operate the heating system, from a remote location. When our church heating engineers arrived at the building, they were greeted with a very old and outdated system. We performed a complete site survey, as well as a cost reduction analysis as well as a full inspection of the existing heating system. The conclusion was that the best course of action would be to completely overhaul the entire system. Taking everything out and replacing it with brand new components was not a small job, but the church knew it needed to be done.
One of the church pastors main concerns was how long the work would take, because no one want’s to close their church for a prolonged period of time. So we knew time was of the essence, so it was vital that this job was completed quickly and efficiently. The first thing we did to save time and money was to introduce a scrap metal company in to help extract the old boilers, piping and radiators. This was a great help for the schedule and budget.
Now our church heating engineers had a blank canvas to work with. They were not limited by any factors like pipe work configurations or boiler restrictions, they had carte blanche to construct a system as they saw fit based on the requirements of the church. The first thing to do was install a brand new, state of the art condensing boiler, this was wall hung to save valuable floor space. All of the connecting pipework was then fed throughout the church building, leading the hot water to all of the different zones including the main church hall, the offices and bathrooms. New radiators were then connected to the piping, as well as fan assisted heating units.
The final stage was to connect the mains gas supply, which was all carried out by our fully qualified and certified Gas Safe engineers. The most important component was then set up - the wireless control unit. In order for Pastor Nick to manage the heating system from remote locations, a smart WiFi powered system was installed. This allowed Nick to access the heating system via his smartphone with a special app downloaded.
Overall the complete project took just 6 days, meaning that they church was able to open for it’s Sunday service without disruption. Pastor Nick and the other staff are extremely happy with the work, and the worshipers and visitors have loved the new warm welcome they receive when they walk in from the cold.
If you have a church heating project that you would like a free quotation on, give the church heating experts a call today.
A great story came across our news desk today, and it involves a little community church in a small village in Essex.
St. Saviour’s church in Faversham, Essex, has been put up for sale by it’s current owner, it’s in a idyllic location, is a local tourist attraction and has been granted Grade II status by the council, but there’s a couple of catches. There’s no central heating, hot water, and because of the tin fabrication, it is impossible to secure a mortgage on it.
There is a also a wealth of other work that needs to be completed to make the church more habitable, and anyone looking to make the leap shouldn’t of the faint of heart. Owner Nick Kenny originally bought the building off a joinery company in 2004, and has since lovingly restored it into it’s current state, which is habitable, but only just.
The tin church was first erected in the early 1800’s, and was part of a number of prefabricated churches that were popping up all over the UK, and was deconsecrated in the 1950’s.
When Nick first moved in to the green tin church it was little more than a cold, empty space, and he initially just camped inside the confines of the walls. But over the years he has slowly but surely transformed it, with bespoke furniture and quirky but interesting artefacts that he has collected throughout his travels around charity shops and car boot sales. Nick was a carpenter by trade, and his skills really came in to play when it comes to his fully bespoke kitchen. Each cabinet has been hand crafted to fit perfectly in the available space.
But the time has come to sell the beloved church, and it still requires a great deal of restoration. It needs some structural work, and essentials like insulation needs addressing. There’s also the small matter of the church heating system, which in this case, is non-existent. We just hope it goes to the right person who will be as passionate as Nick in restoring and preserving this gem of a church. It’s currently listed at £325,000.
You’d be forgiven for not knowing what Biomass fuel is, especially in church heating applications, but it’s becoming an increasingly popular way of providing a much needed cheap alternative energy source for churches throughout the UK.
So what is Biomass fuel? In it’s basic form, it’s just wood! But it’s the form in which it comes in that is the key differentiator between Biomass fuel and logs you used to put on your wood burner at home. In this case, the wood comes in pellet forms, and is produced from reconstituted waste wood - so it’s recycled, which of course has environmental benefits in it’s self. This form of wood also burns much more efficiently.
The fuel is of course useless with out the heater, and this comes in the special form of a Biomass furnace. A large heating systems that burns the wood pellets and transfers that heat energy in to a number of different forms - hot water, hot air, etc.
By using a Biomass system to heat your church will save not only money, but will also contribute to the sustainability of our environment by reducing your church’s carbon footprint. The Biomass fuel is considerably cheaper that it’s fossil fuel alternatives, with many seeing savings of over 50% on their heating bills over the year.
The other main benefit if that you can actually earn money from your Biomass church heating system. Through a scheme called The Renewable Heat Incentive you could generate a revenue stream back to your church. More information on the scheme can be found on the official website.
The wooden pellets can be supplied from a number of different merchants throughout the country, and the prices are considerably lower that other alternatives. The only downside is of course the equipment and installation costs, which can vary dependent on the size of your church.
Before committing to the idea, it is essential that we assess your church’s suitability for a Biomass system. There are many factors which need to be considered, and one of our church heating engineers can provide a free site survey to establish your church’s suitability. They will offer the very best impartial advice, and make recommendations based on your requirements and which will be the most beneficial solution to you.
Thousands of churches throughout the UK have already made the change, but are you ready to ditch the fossil fuels and move over to renewable energy to power your church heating system?
Over three and a half thousand churches have opted for green energy sources for their heating already according to data released earlier this week. But this is just a drop in the ocean really, there is an estimated fifty thousand churches in the UK, so we look into why more churches aren’t investing in renewable energy.
The main reason is of course the upfront cost. You obviously offset this cost against the savings you can make, but those returns could take many years to realise. There are many different types of renewable energy devices, these include solar panels, air source heat pump, wind turbines and ground source heating. There is also the option for churches to purchase their electricity from green suppliers.
The City of Salford, which neighbours our home town of Manchester, are one of the diocese that have taken up the opportunity to take advantage of green energy. This was in a direct response to the threat from climate change. The Pope’s Encyclical last year highlighted the concerns of global warming, and what the churches can do to reduce their carbon footprint and help the poorest people in our communities.
The Christian Aid and Tearfund charities are lending a helping hand to any church looking for help and advice with their renewable energy options, and of course our fully qualified expert heating engineers are well versed in the solutions available, so if you’re considering renewable heating solutions for your church, give us a call today.
Caster church in the idilic Lincolnshire town has been graced with the tremendous news that they have been awarded a substantial grant to help with their church heating system upgrade.
Almost a quarter of a million pounds has been awarded to help towards a major restoration project which will see a complete overhaul of the church building and of course it heating system.
The expected cost for the project totals over £330,000. Part of this cost has been provided by the parochial church council, with the rest coming from the local Lottery Heritage Fund.
Reverend Canon Ian Robinson has been the vicar of the East England church for over twenty years, and has been overwhelmed by the grant, and the support of the local council. He is delighted with the funding, and is excited at the prospect of preserving the church for many more centuries.
But things haven’t been easy, a lot of hard work has gone into securing the grant. It can be a long process, but thanks to the efforts of everyone involved the application has been a success. The real work begins now though, and with a large itinerary of work, it’s not going to be a quick job.
There is a lot of structural work that needs to be performed in order to preserve the building. Things like the roof and timber supports requires urgent attention. The rotting one hundred year old wood is far beyond un-safe, and needs to be addressed immediately.
The part we’re interested in however is the Victorian heating system, which was last addressed in the 1950’s. The system is obviously very old and needs a complete overhaul. Due to the size of the church we would recommend a series of high efficiency floor standing boilers with hot water radiators place at key positions throughout the building. Paired with a WiFi powered control unit and zoned areas, this system would provide cost effective heat and can be controlled from a smartphone remotely.
The full schedule of work for the building restoration is expected to take two years to complete, and a heating system of this nature would take no more than a couple of weeks with our fully qualified specialist church heating engineers.
Moravian Church in Tameside, Greater Manchester, needed help with their expensive and inefficient church heating system, so they called the best in the business.
The Church Heating Specialist always love when a job comes up in their home city of Manchester, and even though they are fully nationwide now, Manchester is where it all fist started all those years ago.
The Manchester church’s existing heating system was letting them down, it consisted of old, dated and inefficient storage electrical wall mounted heaters. These heaters weren’t the only problem, after a thorough inspection it was discovered that the entire electrical system in the church was dangerously out dated, and required a complete re-wiring throughout the entire building.
The new fan convected Dimplex electric heaters new provide a consistent low level warm temperature at all times in the main worship area. This used to be the coldest part of the church, now it is at a constant comfortable heat, and can be boosted at times when required.
The fully electric church heating system is controlled by a simple to use consumer unit with timer control. It allows for easy and instant temperature adjustment, and multi day timer means it can automatically turn on and off at designated times throughout the days and weeks.
Vineyard Life Church in Richmond, London, contact The Church Heating Specialist in desperate need of help. Their existing church heating system was costing a fortune to run, and the results weren’t worth the astronomical costs.
Taking over seven hours to get up to temperature, the existing main church boiler was running extremely inefficiently, and even then wasn’t providing enough heat. The church also had floor standing boilers that were struggling to heat a further three area of the church and the hot water supply. The system simply couldn’t cope with the demands, and was costing a fortune to operate.
After completing a thermal imaging inspection of the system it was clear to see that all the pipework was blocked by years (possibly decades) of a build up of sludge and dirty water. Many of the internal pipes were so badly damaged they were beyond repair.
Two brand new energy efficient boilers were installed along with smaller pipework and high powered water circulation pumps, meaning smaller volumes of water needed to be heated, and was moved to where it was require much quicker. Smaller fan assisted heating units replaced the existing clunky Victorian radiators, providing evenly distributed heat throughout the church hall.
A digital control system finished the install off, providing a much easier interface. The work was completed in just ten days, the church were delighted with the work. An annual saving of 50% on the heating bill has been projected.
To see how our church heating installation experts can save you money on your energy bills give us a call today.
An independent audit of church heating customers throughout the UK has named us as the number one church heating company in the UK. We are extremely proud of all of our team of engineers, management and office staff. It show’s a true coming together of talent, expertise and customer service, and we would like to thank everyone for their hard work.
Becoming the best church heating company in the UK hasn’t been an easy journey. Starting life 15 years ago, brothers Damien and Daniel set up the company with one goal in mind - to set up the very best specialist church heating company. Most other organisations are primarily a commercial heating company who will also take on church heating work, but this wasn’t good enough for these two.
The pair have grown their company exponentially, from humble beginnings based in Manchester, The Church Heating Specialist now operates throughout the entire country, and they’ve completed jobs from the very top of Scotland to the furthest southern reaches, and everywhere in-between. This growth started because of a great reputation that was quickly gained in the local church community. Word of mouth is always the very best marketing you could ask for, but investment has also been placed on their digital presence, with a state of the art website and online marketing campaign that has helped the business reach out to a much wider audience.
The focus has always been providing the very best level of service at the best prices, but we also pride ourselves highly on our unrivalled level of customer service. The customer’s needs are our number one priority. The driving force behind our customer relations is Laura, partner to owner Damien, and without her dedication and hard work we don’t know what we’d do.
Another part to the company’s success is the training and development of our talented church heating engineers. They take on enthusiastic apprentices who have bags of potential, take them under their wing and train them up to be a fully qualified and talented church heating engineer. Even after they have qualified, continuous training and development is provided, ensuring they are always at the top of their game.
But all of this wouldn’t have been possible without the loyal customers who believed in the company and gave them the opportunity to demonstrate their skills and professionalism.
We hear far too many stories of carbon monoxide poisoning and even gas explosions, and these are unfortunately as a result of poorly installed church heating systems or a lack of proper maintenance. It is imperative that any work undertaken on your church heating system be carried out by a qualified professional who is Gas Safe Registered. It is also vital that regular service checks and maintenance is carried out. In addition to that you can also keep an eye on your heating system for any tell tale signs of any potential problems.
Install a carbon monoxide detector
This simple and cheap piece of kit could save lives. It constantly monitors the air content in the room and alerts you if the balance of carbon monoxide reaches above a certain level. If the alarm goes off, you should open all the windows, evacuate the building and call us. One of our engineers will isolate your gas supply and resolve the problem.
Turn off all gas powered devices when not in use
It may seem obvious, but the vast majority of accidents occur when gas powered devices such as heaters and ovens are left on when they are not required. Make it part of your habit to check everything is turned off.
Keep your nose peeled
Gas has a very distinct smell, and it alerts you to a leak. Gas leaks are very dangerous and if undetected can lead to a devastation explosion. If you smell gas you should open all windows and get out of the building. Give one of our engineers a call immediately and we can advise you what to do.
Inspect and maintain
We offer an inspection and church heating maintenance service, where one of our fully qualified expect engineers provide regular check ups. Call us now to book this service
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