Have you considered which Home Energy Grants might help you?

Every government is fighting to lower their carbon footprint, and in some cases, they are offering grants that will make homes more energy efficient to assist with this aim. In Ireland, the main two grants available are ones from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) and the Home Renovation Incentive (HRI). It depends on the type of work and the cost involved as to which is the most suitable for you, but whichever you opt for, you need to be awarded the grant before the work starts.

Home energy grants from SEAI

To make your home more energy efficient so it reduces your utility bills and means that your home produces less greenhouse gases, the SEAI offers grants for various things.

For instance, insulating your home can save you 20 – 30% heat loss. Attic insulation is one of the cheapest and most effective ways of saving heat, but cavity wall insulation is also effective, internal wall insulation and external wall insulation all help. Grants for insulation start from 400 euros and rise to as much as 6000 euros depending on the size and type of home and which insulation you are having installed. Your grant can be increased by a maximum of 400 euros if you have more than one type of insulation fitted to your home.

There are also SEAI home energy grants available for heat pump systems (600 to 3500 euros), heating control upgrades (7800 euros), solar water heating (1200 euros) and solar electricity (1800 to 3000 euros including 600 for battery storage).

The aim of the SEAI is to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases all across Ireland and to help achieve this they offer grants to businesses, communities, and they have a range of grants to help individuals and businesses change over to electric vehicles.

Applying for home energy grants from SEAI

As with any application, there is a procedure to be followed when you want to apply for home energy grants from SEAI.

  1. You have to decide which measures are going to help make your home more energy efficient. Insulation and heating control grants are available for homes built and occupied before 2006. Ones built since then are generally well insulated. For heat pump systems and solar water heating grants the home must have been built and occupied before 2011.
  2. If you are applying for a grant relating to a heat pump system, you will need the services of an SEAI registered Technical Advisor.
  3. You then need to choose an SEAI registered contractor to carry out the work., and have a contract showing all the work and costs involved.
  4. Then you can apply for the grant either online or by post. You have just 30 days to accept the grant offer so do not ignore it when it arrives.
  5. Once everything is agreed, you have eight months to get the work completed.
  6. You will need to obtain a BER assessment upon completion of the work.
  7. You can then submit your declaration of completed works, your BER assessment and your request for payment. If all this is in order, the grant will be paid to you without delay.

HRI home energy grants

HRI home energy grants do not come in the form of a lump sum, but in the form of tax relief against your income. It is a scheme that lets homeowners, local authority tenants and landlords claim tax relief on repairs, renovations and improvements to their property. To qualify:

  • The work must have been completed and paid for between 25th October 2013 and 31st December 2018 for homeowners, between 15th October 2014 and 31st December 2018 for landlords and between 1st January 2017 and 31st December 2018 for local authority tenants.
  • The only exception to this is if planning permission was required then the completion date must be before 31st March 2019.
  • Homeowners must be occupying the home they are applying for the grant on.
  • Landlords have to have their rental properties occupied by a tenant and be registered with the Residential Tenancies Boards within six months of the works completion.
  • Local authority tenants need written permission for the work from the local authority they rent from.
  • You must be a taxpayer.
  • You must be up to date with your local property tax.
  • The contractor used must be compliant with the HRI rules, such as being VAT registered and their affairs being up to date and in order.

Most types of repair, renovation or improvement fall within the scheme, including extensions, attic conversions, kitchens, bathrooms, new windows, rewiring, heating and decorating. If you are unsure if the work you had done qualifies, you can find more examples of qualifying works at revenue.ie.

To qualify, the work you had done must have cost at least 4404 euros before VAT and there is a maximum amount of 30,000 euros before VAT. This equates to the lowest amount of tax relief being 595 euros and the highest 4050 euros.

The amount of tax credit is 13.5% of qualifying expenditure. This means that if you spent 4600 euros, for example on painting and rewiring, you would receive 621 euros in tax credit.

Let GasSafe Engineering help with your home energy grants

At GasSafe Engineering, we are not only registered with the SEAI but also with the National Guild of Master Craftsmen and we are Registered Gas Installers. We can help you choose the right upgrades for you home to obtain home energy grants from SEAI, and then you can also have piece of mind that our engineers will only work to the highest standards. We can even help with arranging your BER assessment once the work is completed.

Why not give our friendly team a call on 01 969 5219 or email us at info@gassafe.ie.

We will be able to help with all types of heating, gas and plumbing servicing and installation, oil boiler servicing and installation, and many other services that come within the home energy grants in Ireland.

What are smart heating controls, and could they reduce your heating bills?

Most people have heard of smart heating controls, but do you know what they are capable of and how they work? The easiest way to explain them is to start with the basics. They are not called smart because they look pretty. Smart stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, which is a bit of a mouthful and calling them smart heating controls is a much better option for most people. To find out more about this latest heating technology carry on reading below.

What are smart heating controls?

Boilers with thermostats and timers have been around for years and are generally a standard part of any heating system, whether it is domestic or commercial. They let you set your heating to come on early before you get out of bed and to turn it off again when you have left your home. Then you can set the timer to turn the heating again just before you get home, so you walk into a nice warm house. You can usually set the timers to turn your heating on and off as many times as you want each day. The temperature is set by lowering or upping the thermostat, which is traditionally a dial on a wall or somewhere else convenient.

Smart heating controls allow you to turn your heating on and off or adjust the temperature through your smartphone or tablet. If you’re watching TV, you won’t even need to get up to make the adjustments. It works wherever you are, even if you’re on the other side of the world. As long as you have a reasonable internet connection, smart heating controls will work wherever you are.

Thermostats you can program are common in most homes and business premises these days, but that does not mean they are smart heating controls. You would normally just program the schedule of heating you require that fits in with when you expect to be at home and want to be warm. They won’t allow for any variation, such as changing working or opening hours, for instance. If you always work set hours this may not be a problem, but if your hours vary then smart heating controls are a much better option.

How do smart heating controls work?

The simplicity of how smart heating controls work may surprise you.

  • The first thing that has to be fitted is a smart boiler connection. This plugs into your boiler and connects to the next piece of equipment.
  • The second thing you need is a control unit or thermostat that connects to the internet via your wifi. This will then control what is happening from your instructions.
  • Thirdly, you need to download an app to your mobile device. This will ‘talk’ to your control unit, which in turn will ‘talk’ to your boiler telling it what you have instructed.

These three components will give you more control over your heating than you have ever had before, in a simple and effective manner. There are other bits and pieces you can add to the system, but the above is a basic example of how smart heating controls work.

How can smart heating controls benefit you?

Maybe you are perfectly happy setting your heating to come on and go off with the traditional type of timer and thermostat, and if this is the case it’s fine. However, many people feel this way until they get to use smart heating controls and then they realise how much better it is not having to rely on the timer being set properly and being able to control the heating from wherever they are, no matter what time of day or night it is.

Having a smart heating control installed can help to save you money on your heating bills, but only if you use it properly. Research has shown that the people most likely to save the most euros include:

  • People with busy lives that always want to be able to control the heating of their home.
  • Those who have a regular routine that can be learned by the smart heating controls ensuring their home is always warm when it needs to be.
  • Anyone that wants to track exactly how much energy they are using and how much it’s costing them.
  • People who are happy to use tech, such as smartphones and computers. Users have to be comfortable with using apps.

The research also showed that if you are forgetful the more traditional timers and thermostats are probably better suited to you, and if you are planning on moving to a new house soon, wait and install the smart heating controls in your new home.

Smart heating controls do not cost a fortune to have installed and you can generally expect to recover the costs in utility bill savings within a year.

Smart heating controls are not just for domestic purposes, they can be used in commercial buildings too. It can be an ideal solution for offices or commercial premises where you might work late or come in at unusual hours.

 

Contacting experts to install your smart heating controls

Gas Safe Engineering have been offering heating and plumbing services all over Ireland for more than 10 years. Our engineers are fully qualified experts in all aspects of heating systems, including smart heating controls, and they have the experience you need.

 

If you would like to know more about whether smart heating controls would be suitable for you, why not give us a call on 01 9695219 or email us at info@gassafe.ie.

 

As well as assisting you with smart heating controls, we also specialise in boiler servicing, boiler upgrades, gas leaks, repairs, fireplaces, plumbing and heating repairs and installations, radiators, valves, cookers, water tanks, and we can issue safety certificates. In fact, if you want anything done in your home, or your business premises, and it is related to heating or plumbing, get in touch with our friendly team today.

A guide to Viessmann boilers for Dublin

Your boiler is one of the most important appliances in a modern home. We rely on it to keep our families warm and comfortable, regardless of what the weather is doing outside. Being without heat and hot water for even a short period of time would be awful. Thankfully, modern boilers are extremely reliable. However, regular servicing and the recommended maintenance will substantially reduce the likelihood of a breakdown even further.

In this post we’ll try to answer all the main questions about the installation, maintenance, and costs of choosing a Viessmann boiler in Dublin.

About Viessmann boilers

Viessmann is a long established and trusted brand. Established in 1917 and serving more than 11 countries, Viessmann is well known in most developed markets. The range of boilers they offer is designed to ensure they have a solution for any size or type of home. Each type of boiler is also available with a range of heat outputs and water flows, increasing the suitability for specific homes further. They manufacture combi-boilers, system boilers, heat-only boilers and storage combis.

The importance of maintenance

The importance of properly maintaining your Viessmann boiler can’t be overstated. An annual check by a qualified and experienced professional, regardless of the age of your boiler, not only greatly reduces the likelihood of a breakdown, but it also helps to keep your family safe by making sure everything is working properly. Some people just have a gas safety inspection, while others will just have a service. To ensure your boiler remains efficient and safe, both are recommended. They can usually be performed at the same time, keeping the cost and inconvenience to a minimum.

There is a crossover between the requirements of a service and safety inspection, so the time saving can be considerable. The engineer will normally check your air supplies, flues, boiler, and any associated safety devices or equipment are all working as they should be.

If you have a newer boiler that is still under warranty, then sticking to the service and inspection schedule will ensure you remain covered by the manufacturer’s warranty.

A Viessman boiler in Dublin can save you money

A new Viessmann boiler in Dublin can save you money in more ways than one. As well as modern boilers being much more efficient, reducing your utility bills, they are also far less likely to generate any repair bills. The savings can be even greater if your current boiler isn’t the correct size or type for your home. If you have a boiler that is ten or more years old, then the savings can easily be in the hundreds of euros every year.

The types of boilers available

There are different types of boilers available. Viessmann boilers in Dublin can provide combi boilers, conventional boilers, or system boilers. Choosing the right type and system for your home can make a huge difference. Below we’ll list some of their main characteristics to help you better understand your choices.

Combi boilers

Combi boilers are the most popular choice in modern homes. With a combi boiler water is heated straight from the mains and delivered at pressure, removing the need for separate pumps or power showers. A combi boiler often takes up less space, as it removes the need for a hot water cylinder. The lack of a tank can also cut the cost of installation. Because the water is heated on demand it can take a few seconds before the water gets warm, and the pressure can reduce if several people are using taps in different parts of the house at the same time.

Conventional boilers

Conventional boilers can be more effective in a home with lots of bathrooms and heavy use. This type of system can be overkill for smaller homes and take up more space. They are typically found in older properties. They can send hot water to multiple rooms with no loss in pressure, and many systems also have an immersion heater as a backup, so you can still have hot water even if the boiler breaks down. A conventional boiler does require a little more planning, as water isn’t heated instantly you’ll have to program your thermostat to ensure the water is always preheated when it will be needed. If all the hot water in the tank is used before you’re finished, you’ll have to wait for more water to be heated. Most older properties have their hot water cylinder and cold-water tank in the lofts, but space can be an issue on some properties.

System boilers

A system boiler can be a great option for household that consume a lot of hot water. They work in a similar way to a combi boiler but also feature a storage cylinder. They are most commonly found in large family homes or B&Bs etc. Multiple taps can be used without any loss in pressure. The compact size makes them an ideal choice for people with space issues, and installation is often quicker and easier. However, while they are relatively compact, they are bigger than a traditional boiler because of the internal water tank.

Why use GasSafe?

When you’re investing money in your home you want to make sure you’re spending it wisely. It’s important to make the right decisions for several reasons, your family’s comfort, running costs, and resale value if you’re thinking of selling your house in the near future.

The best way to ensure you don’t waste your money is to use an experienced and qualified professional to give you advice and carry out your installation. We have years of experience providing heating and plumbing services throughout Ireland. From boiler services and safety inspections to full installations, including Viessmann boilers in Dublin. We are also a trusted partner for many property management companies and landlords, taking care of everything from safety certificates, fires, cookers, boiler upgrades, to radiators and valves.

We have a long list of satisfied customers that have benefitted from our expertise and excellent customer service.

Why you should consider new gas boilers in 2020

The modern lifestyle is completely reliant on access to energy. Whether it’s electricity, central heating, or hot water, we would be lost without them. A modern system with a new gas boiler has more advantages than you might initially think, although they make a dent in your wallet, most people believe the benefits outweigh the cost. We’ve provided some insight to the main benefits below. We hope you’ll agree the cost of a new gas boiler is more than justified by them.

Improved performance and efficiency

Whatever type of boiler you have, a new gas boiler will deal with all your needs in a quicker more efficient way. A gas boiler can account for more than 50% of a home’s energy bills throughout the year. If your boiler is old, then the difference in your utility bills could represent hundreds of euros in savings.

Modern boilers are not just considerably more efficient, they are also designed for our increasing needs. They provide higher levels of convenience that’s better suited to the modern lifestyle. They also make the most of the newest technology, from user friendly programmable thermostats to mobile phone apps.

Peace of mind comes as standard with new gas boilers

As with any system or appliance, the newer it is the more reliable it should be. An older heating system with an aging gas boiler is more likely to break down and cost you money, as well as leave you without heating and hot water. A new system will come with a full warranty and provide you with peace of mind.

Many new systems also have the ability to notify you of potential problems before they turn in to a costly and inconvenient issue. Some provide you with fault codes while others will simply tell you when you need an engineer.

Make savings for many years to come

Many new gas boilers come with 10-year warranties from the manufacturer as well as a comprehensive 5-year parts and labour warranty, so you can rest assured they are confident they will keep running for many years to come. When the savings can be as much as 25% and run into several hundreds of euros per year, a new gas boiler quickly pays for itself, and you get to enjoy all the benefits of a modern system. You will also save money on maintenance and repairs, as old gas boilers need more repairs and maintenance to keep them running.

Using less energy is also better for the environment. As an increasing number of homes are fitted with more energy efficient gas boilers and appliances the cumulative environmental benefit is huge. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) say that a gas boilers efficiency drops an average of 60% once it’s 15-years old.

Currently, a German brand called Viessmann produce some of the best gas boilers on the market. You can expect 98% efficiency and may also qualify for a grant from the SEAI to help with the upgrade to a more environmentally friendly system.

New gas boilers increase your level of control

Having an increased level of control on individual radiators fitted with Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs), room thermostats, and a main heating controller has many benefits. It increases the comfort of everyone in your home, from room to room. Many people prefer to have their bedroom slightly cooler than the living areas. TRVs allow you to set a comfortable temperature, which the radiator will them automatically regulate by setting its own temperature and turning itself on and off as needed. Your main thermostat can then control the overall heating system, only calling on your boiler when it’s needed.

In real terms, this translates to a more comfortable and happier home. When this is combined with the peace of mind a new system brings, these benefits alone make new gas boilers worth seriously considering.

Less intrusive in every way

New gas boilers are made of improved materials and with systems that have evolved since your old boiler was installed. This means they are now more compact than previous models, which can be a great help if you’re working within a smaller space. If you currently have a hot water cylinder taking up a large amount of space in your home, then a new combi boiler can remove the need for the water tank, freeing up even more space.

As well as saving you space, a new gas boiler can also be a lot less intrusive when it’s running. The evolution of the materials and technology used means they run a lot quieter than older boilers that have grown inefficient and clunky over the years.

Are you eligible for grants?

If your home was built before 2006 you may be eligible for a grant to help with the costs of upgrading. There is a 600 euro grant just for upgrading your heating controls. If you qualify for this grant you will also be entitled to a further 700 euros towards the cost of a new more efficient oil or gas boiler. These can represent a substantial saving when you’re replacing your old system for a new one.

Improve your homes Building Energy Rating (BER)

The ongoing costs of ownership are at the forefront of people’s minds. All appliances have energy efficiency ratings that must be displayed when being sold, and homes also have a similar rating to give potential buyers an idea about the likely running costs of a property. This is known as the Building Energy Rating (BER). The better your homes rating the more desirable it will be to potential buyers.

Avoid disaster by using professionals

Getting a gas boiler installation performed by unqualified or inexperienced fitters can be disastrous. Not only can it prove expensive when any mistakes need to be rectified, but at best it’s inconvenient, and at worst dangerous. An experienced and registered installer will also select the best boiler for your home, ensuring optimal efficiency for the required capacity. Don’t take any chances with such an integral part of your daily life, contact GasSafe Engineering today.

Are you the landlord of a property that needs a boiler check?

It doesn’t matter if the property you rent out is a commercial or a domestic one, you have legal responsibilities to ensure it’s safe for your tenants. It has to be free from damp, in good structural repair, have hot and cold running water, it needs adequate means of heating and ventilation and the electrics and gas need to be in a good state of repair.

The importance of a boiler check

If your rented property looks as though it has been cared for, your tenants are more likely to treat it with the respect it deserves. However, there are more important things to think about, as safety should be your number one priority.

Before anyone moves into your property you should have all the electrics checked to ensure they are in good working order and not likely to break down or cause a fire.

When it comes to the gas in your property, if this is faulty, the tenants could be made ill, or even worse, a fault could be fatal for them. It’s for this reason that all landlords have to arrange a boiler check and service each year and need a certificate to prove it has been done.

A boiler check can only be carried out by a Registered Gas Installer and it’s illegal for anyone else to carry out any required work. The possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning, which is colourless, odourless and tasteless means that only qualified engineers should be dealing with any gas in your property. Large quantities of this gas, which is often referred to as the silent killer, can accumulate if there are blockages, poor ventilation or a fault on an appliance.

Having your boiler check completed by experienced experts is vital for your peace of mind knowing that your tenants are safe.

At the same time as carrying out your boiler check, a qualified engineer will be able to let you know if any of your heating system or other appliances need replacing. This is sometimes the best thing to do, especially when you consider the older equipment gets the more costly it becomes to run.

At GasSafe Engineering we are able to complete your boiler check and assist you with all areas of your heating needs. From servicing to repairs, replacements and new installations, our engineers have the qualifications and experience to deal with them all.

Energy performance certificates

The better your Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) is the more attractive your property will be to prospective tenants. The energy assessors use government approved software to establish how energy efficient your property is. There are several things that are considered, the heating system and other appliances among them. It looks at the type of construction, if there is double glazing and the efficiency of your gas and electric. If you are arranging for your EPC it is a good idea to have a boiler check before the assessor visits.

No one should think of the certification as a comment on the condition of the property, but a good energy rating is great if you want to rent your premises to someone else.

Your other obligations as a landlord in Dublin

You will have legal duties other than arranging a boiler check and ensuring the electrics are safe. You also have to:

  • Not charge rent of more than the market value of the property
  • Provide your tenant with a rent book or a statement of rent paid
  • You must register residential properties with the Private Residential Tenancies Board (PRTB). This involves registering the details of the tenancy using a form that can be downloaded. You also have to say how many bedrooms there are, how many people will be living in the property and provide all the names and details of any agent acting for you. The form also asks the date the tenancy started, how much the rent will be and how often it has to be paid. The form has to be signed by yourself and the tenants. Failure to register can result in a fine of up to 3000 euros plus 250 euros per day if you still fail to fulfil your obligations.
  • You should try to give them 90 days’ notice of any increase in the rent, but at least a minimum of 28 days
  • Keep the structure of the property in a good state of repair
  • Maintain the interior of the property to the standard it was at the start of the tenancy
  • Repay the tenant for any bills they have to cover for repairs that should have been carried out by you
  • Give the tenant all the information they need if someone else, such as an agent, will be acting on your behalf
  • Return any deposit they paid when the leave the property unless there is unpaid rent, or they have caused damage.
  • Give them a valid notice of termination when you want them to leave

Tenants have obligations too and it is wise to ensure they are aware of them or complaints can be made to the PRTB. Residential tenants should be allowed to live in peace and commercial tenants should be allowed to run their business without interference.

Is it worth it?

All these legal duties may make you wonder if it’s worth investing in property and becoming a landlord. It’s not as daunting as it sounds, which is why there are so many private landlords in Dublin and the rest of Ireland.

Start with the safety issues such as a boiler check, and all the other things will fall into place. It takes a bit of time and effort to get it all in order, but from the point of view of your gas, we at GasSafe Engineering can take that worry from your shoulders. Just give us a call on 01 969 5219 and leave your gas safety to us. Over a short period you’ll build up reliable contacts like us that take a lot of the stress out of it for you.

Preparing Your Home for Winter with Dublin Plumbing Services

The winter months can get cold in Dublin, and you do not want to be freezing because the cost of heating your home is uncomfortably high. There are ways to prepare your home for these cold and wet months that won’t break the bank when your energy bill falls through your letterbox. Here are just a few suggestions that will help you to keep your home toastie this winter.

Service Your Central Heating System

Central heating systems that need cleaning and maintaining do not run efficiently. Running inefficiently means your system could be costing your more than it should to keep your home warm. Apart from the expense of running your heating, there is also the safety aspect to consider. A faulty boiler could leak carbon monoxide, which is a danger to the whole family. This gas can cause people to feel very ill, and at its worst can prove fatal.

If your boiler is a few years old, it could be time to replace it. All household equipment becomes less energy efficient the older it gets, a fact recognised by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), who offer grants towards the costs of upgrading your boiler.

You should use professionals who are registered to do this type of work, so you have the peace of mind you get from knowing your boiler is safe and running efficiently. A registered gas engineer will be able to provide you with a Gas Safety Certificate for the equipment they have serviced. If you have a gas fire or gas cooker in your home, it is a good idea to get them checked and certified at the same time. All your gas appliances should be serviced at least once a year, or they can become a hazard.

Prevent Water Damage with Dublin Plumbing Services

Water can cause a lot of damage to your home, and what can start as a small drip can quickly become a major leak. Dublin plumbing services can help you to prevent this from happening. Your pipes can all be checked, and you can get advice about protecting your pipes from the cold to help them avoid freezing or bursting during the winter months.

You should also ask Dublin plumbing services to check your drains to ensure they are all flowing freely.

Dublin plumbing services may find problems with your pipes and drains that you were not aware of, which could reduce the risk of you having problems with water during the winter months.

Another potential cause of water damage is from blocked guttering. During autumn, leaves can fall and block your gutters, stopping water escaping to the drains as it should. If the water overflows it can create water damage to your walls internally and externally. Have your gutters cleaned before winter sets in. Have your roof checked for loose or missing tiles too. It doesn’t have to be a large gap in your roof for water to seep in.

Insulation

Between 25% and 35% of heat is lost through an uninsulated roof. That can amount to a lot of extra euros on your energy bills. A lot of heat can also be lost through walls that are not sufficiently insulated. With grants available, ranging from 400 euros to as much as 6000 euros, insulation might not cost you a great deal, but could help keep your home warm and lower your energy bills. The amount of the grant does depend on the type of property you live in and what is being insulated, but the whole range of grants and how to apply for them is shown on the website of the SEAI.

An insulated loft could also mean you notice a difference in the coolness of your home in the summertime. The insulation will lower the intensity of the sun’s rays that are able to seep through to your home, helping to keep the internal temperature lower when it is very hot outside.

Get Rid of Drafts

Doors and windows can be very drafty, especially if they are old and warped or if they are new and have moved slightly as they have settled. Buy some sealing tape and seal any small gaps if they are on the inside. Gaps will not only let warm air out, they will let cold air in, and drafts can be very uncomfortable. If the gaps are on the outside of the windows or doors, some mortar might be needed to fill them. If one of them has moved a lot, you may need a professional to properly put it back in place.

If your windows are single glazed, consider having them changed to double glazed units, as these will help to keep the heat in your home, as well as reduce any noise from outside. They will also add value to your home when you decide to move to a new home.

Call the Experts

If you need your central heating serviced, call GasSafe Engineering Ltd on 01 969 5219. Our friendly and experienced engineers can deal with gas and oil boiler servicing, heating installations, plumbing installations, boiler replacements, appliance servicing, power flushing, as well as fitting new water tanks and refurbishing bathrooms.

With more than 15 years’ experience helping people all over Ireland, our team of engineers includes experts in all the services we offer. We can also deal with all your commercial plumbing needs. Chat to one of our friendly support team, who will answer any of your queries and arrange a free quote for whatever work needs to be done.

If you need our domestic or commercial services and prefer to email rather than phone, the address to use is info@gassafe.ie.

Using the best Dublin plumbing services or the best gas and oil engineers will not cost you a fortune when you get in touch with GasSafe Engineering Ltd.

Here’s why an annual gas boiler service in Dublin is crucial

There are very good reasons why the Association of Plumbing and Heating Contractors Ireland (APHCI) are pushing for stricter regulation. Many homeowners don’t realise how important a regular gas boiler service in Dublin is. It’s estimated there are currently over 100’000 illegal boilers installed in homes in Ireland, which is putting homeowners and tenants at risk.

In addition to the potential lethal threat of ignoring your gas boiler service in Dublin, there are also many other advantages. Below we’ll share all the information you need to ensure you and your family stay safe, warm, and a little wealthier.

Make sure your family stays safe

Having a regular gas boiler service in Dublin helps to ensure everything is working as it should be. This dramatically reduces the chances of something going wrong, such as a gas leak or carbon monoxide poisoning. A gas boiler service also checks every component in your boiler, reducing the risk of a fire or explosion due to a lack of maintenance. Rented properties should already have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted, but it’s also a good idea for private residential homes too. Carbon monoxide has no noticeable smell, making it a quick and silent killer.

The peace of mind you gain by having a regular gas boiler service in Dublin is priceless. The potential consequences of pushing your luck to save a few euros are too great. Ignoring it has the potential to be a lethal mistake.

A gas boiler service in Dublin saves you money

While we all like to save a few euros, and it can be tempting to put things off when money is tight, it’s false economy to ignore your gas boiler service in Dublin. Regular maintenance improves the efficiency and reliability of your boiler, saving you money on your energy bills. It also means a qualified engineer will spot any potential problems early and deal with them before they evolve into bigger problems, which saves you money over the longer term.

Some boilers are still under the manufacturers warranty. Not having your gas boiler service in Dublin at the recommended intervals can invalidate your warranty, leaving you to pick up the bill. If there’s ever a problem that causes damage to other parts of your home, some insurance companies will try to avoid paying out if you haven’t maintained your boiler properly.

Create a comfortable home

As summer ends and the colder months are just around the corner, now is the perfect time to ensure your gas boiler and heating system are all in good shape before the harsher months start. The coming winter months put far more strain on your boiler as you’ll use it more frequently and at higher temperatures. The colder weather also makes winter the worst time to have any sort of breakdown.

Knowing your gas boiler will keep you and your family nice and cosy gives you added peace of mind for the coming winter months.

It’s not just money you’re saving

While a regular gas boiler service in Dublin will help ensure your boiler runs efficiently, saving you money on your utility bills, the more efficiently it works the less fuel it will use, and subsequently, the smaller your carbon footprint will be. This means a regular gas boiler service in Dublin isn’t just good for your bank balance, but for the planet as well.

Do you need a new gas boiler?

There comes a point, of course, where even the best maintained boilers become less efficient to a point where it’s worth considering a replacement. You can find a guide to help you make a decision on the Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI) website. As a rough guide, they suggest you should start to consider swapping most standard household boilers once they are over about fifteen years old.

This fifteen-year mark is the tipping point where most boilers become so inefficient it becomes cost effective to have a new one installed. Even if you’re old boiler is working well, the newer technology that’s developed over this period can save you approximately twenty five percent on your heating bill. The fact it will also be more reliable and safer is an added bonus.

TOP TIPS

Use accredited professionals for your gas boiler service

You want to have confidence in the work carried out. Ensuring the company you use to perform your gas boiler service in Dublin is properly trained and accredited will guarantee you have peace of mind. Accreditation means you know their workmanship is to a minimum level of competency. It’s also illegal for someone who isn’t registered as a gas installer to service or repair your boiler.

Make a note of the due date

It can be easy for things to slip our minds when everything is working as it should. It can be a good idea to set a reminder in your phone or mark the date on your calendar to help you remember. It can also be a good idea to book your gas boiler service in Dublin well in advance to avoid getting caught out at busier times of year.

Choose professionals that put your safety first

All the engineers at Gas Safe Engineering are trained and experienced professionals. We work to very high standards, ensuring your family’s safety and the quality of the work. Using us guarantees complete peace of mind for all plumbing and heating work. You’ll know there are competent professionals providing the best possible service.

Our customer support team are a friendly bunch and always happy to help. They’ll deal with any enquiry you have efficiently. Gas Safe Engineering are also members of several trade organisations, including the Register of Gas Installers of Ireland. If you need a gas boiler service, or simply have a query you’d like help with, then don’t hesitate to call us on 01 969 5219, or e-mail us on info@gassafe.ie and we’ll be happy to help.

The Benefits of Kamco Power Flushing

“Power Flushing”, “Jet Flushing” & “Hard Flushing” are all expressions used in the heating trade to describe the process by which heating systems are forcibly cleansed using water at high velocity but low pressure – so that no physical damage is caused to the system.

A large amount of boilers break down due to dirty water and sludge within the boiler system. If dirty water and sludge have built up in your central heating system the efficiency of your boiler and heating will lessen greatly.

Having a central heating power flush done is an effective way of getting everything back up and running.

What is Power Flushing?

Power flushing is a cleansing process that removes sludge from your central heating system. A build up of rust or debris in pipes can cause serious problems for the efficiency of your heating.

It is a fact that over time unwanted dirt builds up in pipes, radiators and boilers. This build up leads to less heat being emitted. In serious cases they can even cause breakdowns.

A power flush uses powerful chemicals and water at high velocity to remove these deposits and eliminate any associated issues.  Once this is done it will be like your radiators and boilers are as good as new.

What Are Signs You Need A Power Flush?

Below are some of the most common reasons why you might need a power flush for your central heating system. It is always wise to get a second opinion from a gas safe registered engineer before you get any work done.

  • Noise is coming from your boiler or radiators
  • Your radiator keeps leaking
  • Cold patches or radiators that don’t heat up fully
  • Your boiler cuts out regularly or needs to be restarted
  • Excessive noise is coming from your boiler or heating system pump
  • It takes longer for your central heating system to warm up
  • Cloudy tap water
  • Discoloured water when bleeding radiators
  • Certain radiators aren’t heating up even when the heating is on
  • Sludge in feed and expansion tank

It is recommended to have a power flush on your whole central heating system when you plan on having a new boiler replacement installed. This is due to the fact any existing contaminants in the heating system can damage the framework of a new boiler.

A power flush to your central heating system is recommended every 5-6 years. If you think your home heating system is in need of a power flush then give Gas Safe Engineering Ltd a call on 01 969 5219. Alternatively you can email them through info@gassafe.ie.

Extend The Life Of Your Hot Water Cylinder With These Top Tips

The hot water cylinder is the core of your home central heating system. The hot water cylinder heats up your entire home and ensures everything is nice and toasty. A factor by which you should do everything in your power to extend the life span of your hot water tank.

Many people simply buy a hot water tank and then forget about it until it needs a replacement. Don’t be one of many, lead by example. Follow these top tips from our gas engineering experts today to prolong the life of your hot water cylinder.

Flush The Tank Annually

It is our recommendation to flush your hot water cylinder on an annual basis to prolong its life span. Why is this needed? Over time sediments build up in the base of the hot water tank. These mineral deposits can decrease the efficiency of your tank.

Draining the hot water tank through the drain valve at the bottom of the heater is necessary to clean out impurities in the water. Always remember though that you are dealing with very hot water so be careful!

To flush out a hot water cylinder follow these steps:

  1. Turn off the water tank’s heat source
  2. Switch the water valve to off
  3. Attach a hose to the water tank’s drain valve and run it to where you’ll drain the water
  4. Open a hot water faucet
  5. Open the water heater drain valve and allow water to flow for 5-10 minutes
  6. Close the valve and allow the tank to refill

Check the Anode Rod

Inside the hot water cylinder exists a long narrow bar called the Anode Rod. The rod is made up of either zinc, magnesium or aluminium, material that corrode over time.

The Anode Rod extends the life of your hot water cylinder by reducing the corroding of metal inside the tank. Without it the hot water tank would corrode rapidly from the inside. The Anode Rod eventually will dissolve so checking it’s ok regularly is essential.

The Pressure Relief Valve

Particularly important for mains cylinders, the pressure relief valve protects the hot water cylinder from excess pressures. You can generally find this located at the top or to the side of the cylinder.

It is recommended to release the valve every six months, remembering to raise and lower the lever very slowly. If the water does not flow when the valve is released it may be faulty or there is a problem with the system. In this case you should call a registered professional to have it checked.

Hot Water Cylinder Replacement

Sadly, hot water cylinders are not built to last forever. There will come a time when no matter how much maintenance you do you will need a replacement.

Gas Safe Engineering Ltd are fully registered and equipped to install a new hot water cylinder into your home. If you suspect there is something wrong with your water tank call us immediately on 01 969 5219. Our speedy and efficient team will be out to you in a jiffy.

Our Top 5 Blogs On Boiler Servicing In Dublin

We cannot stress enough the importance of boiler servicing for your Dublin homes. A boiler that is regularly maintained ensures the safety of all and cuts back on hefty maintenance costs and replacements.

In this article we are going to have a throwback to our top 5 blogs on boiler servicing in Dublin. We will provide useful learning material on each to help you get the most benefit. Without further ado, let’s begin.

The Importance Of A Gas Boiler Service

In “The Importance Of A Gas Boiler Service” we learned of the advantages and disadvantages when considering getting work done on your boiler.

The key pointers from here was timing, safety and cutting back on costs. The period before the cold months start is the best time to have your boiler serviced to prevent a breakdown in the midst of winter and save yourself the inconvenience of being freezing within your own home.

Boiler servicing saves you money in the long run by spotting problems early on and improving the efficiency and reliability of your boiler. Safety is also vital here for you and your family. Regual boiler servicing by a professional greatly reduces the risk of gas leaks, silent carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.

Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service?

In “Do Your Business Premises Need A Gas Service” we learned how important it is to follow health and safety regulations as drawn out by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) 2007.

All business owners must abide by a certain set of regulations to ensure their safety and the safety of their staff. Did you know that during winter months office should at least reach a minimum temperature of 17.5 degrees Celsius within an hour of employees starting work?

You can find out about this fact any more when it comes to boiler servicing and business premises.

Why You Need A Gas Boiler Service

“Why You Need A Gas Boiler Service” shows us how regular boiler servicing makes your boiler last longer, thus saving you money. The average cost of getting a boiler replaced in Dublin can be anywhere between €1,500 to €2,000. This is not an ideal option when you have it in your power to increase its life span.

Investing In Our Oil Boiler Service

Investing In Our Oil Boiler Service” points out how we should be getting our boilers serviced annually and this is according to experts such as the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). By doing so your boiler will be much more likely of lasting for the standard amount of time of 15 years.

An oil boiler service includes some of the following; checks for water leaks in and around your oil boiler, checking for carbon monoxide alarms positioned correctly and a full flue gas analysis.

Signs You Need A Boiler Replacement

Some of the warning signs you need a boiler replacement are highlighted in our last of the top 5 boiler servicing blogs for Dublin homeowners.

In particular, the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning is more probable in old boilers which should not be kept any later than between 10-15 years.

Regular boiler servicing is necessary but there comes a time when a boiler replacement has to happen. If you are experiencing gurgling or banging noises coming from your boiler it’s more than likely time to invest in a new boiler. The same can be said if your boiler keeps breaking down or shutting off.

Boiler Servicing In Dublin

We hope this information has been useful to you and you are up to date with how boiler servicing should work.

At Gas Safe Limited we offer regular boiler servicing for all. We are equipped to handle just about anything to do with boilers so don’t be shy.

All of our work is strictly carried out by registered gas installers so you know you are in safe hands. To contact us simply pick up the phone and call 01 969 5219 or email info@gassafe.ie.

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