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.
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