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
To celebrate the the work that has been completed at St Swithun’s church in Worcester that they managed to achieve due to their church heating grant, they have held an open day for the congregation, visitors and the local community.
A large amount of work has been completed, including vital structural repairs, as well as a brand new church heating system. This has all been thanks to a hugely generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which provided a cash injection of £200,000. Work is now underway to conserve the church as a an arts venue.
The building is a beautiful 1700’s Georgian structure, and even has the remains of a Tudor tower, which dates back to the early 15th century. The problem with any old building is that it eventually succumbs to the elements, and if it is not meticulously maintained, there will inevitably be problems.
With the church heating grant, St Swithuns has been given a new lease of life, and with further funding of £2million, further regeneration to create a fantastic arts space can be made a reality. The open day gives visitors an opportunity to see how the building will be transformed.
There will be a whole host of sensory delights for the local community and visitors alike to enjoy, with various exhibitions from stone carving to music, crafts and workshops, with an expected turnout of over 500 people.
If you’re looking to regenerate your church, why not contact us about church heating grants, we can guide you through the process, and help you secure the money you need.
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