Underfloor Heating from a Heat Pump

One of our current projects involves installing underfloor heating to a new barn conversion.

fitting underfloor heating

Once the builders have installed the Kingspan insulation and a membrane, we lay a continuous circuit of pipework which will then be covered in concrete.

This labyrinth of pipework all  leads back to a control mainifold where the flow can be balanced throughout the house.

In this property the system will then be linked to an Air Source Heat Pump located outside. Air source heat pumps extract latent energy from the air and convert this energy into heat. An alternative would a a Ground Source Heat Pump, extracting heat from the surrounding land.

Pipework and parts are all supplied by ABparts.co.uk


Why We Accredit Our Business With OFTEC & GAS SAFE

At Ashburn Stoves & Heating we are proud to shout about our standards and qualifications

As a professional heating engineering company, we accredit ourselves against the highest standards; through OFTEC and GAS SAFE.







Quoted from the OFTEC website – www.OFTEC.org.uk

OFTEC plays a leading role in raising standards within the heating industries of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

fitting a flue cowlThe OFTEC trade association represents the interests of oil storage, appliance and supply equipment manufacturers and we develop course and assessment material for training providers. OFTEC also operate a UKAS accredited competent person registration scheme for over 8,000 technicians involved in the installation and maintenance of oil, solid fuel, and renewable heating equipment and Part P electrical work.

Finding a competent technician to install or service heating equipment used to be a challenge. That changed in 2002 when the British government removed some of the guesswork by introducing the idea of officially recognised ‘competent person schemes’, for a range of building trades, with the aim of improving standards within the building industry. Heating is one of the trades covered and OFTEC’s competent person scheme is a register of installers of oil, solid fuel and renewable heating equipment. We also offer registration for oil and solid fuel servicing and maintenance businesses.

To become OFTEC registered, all technicians must undertake an approved training course and assessment. They are also inspected regularly by OFTEC to ensure their work meets the required standard.

Regardless of whether you are looking for an installer or a servicing technician, selecting an OFTEC registered technician provides peace of mind that you are choosing a skilled and qualified technician, rather than an untrained and potentially incompetent workmen.


Gas Safe:

Quoted from the Gas Safe Register – www.gassaferegister.co.uk

Gas Safe are the official list of gas businesses who are registered to work safely and legally on boilers, cookers, fires and all other gas appliances.

By law all gas engineers must be on the Gas Safe Register. Trust the Triangle.

Gas Safe Register replaced CORGI as the gas registration body in 2009.

We aim to protect the public from unsafe gas work, and look to achieve this through:

  • a national investigations team tracking down illegal gas workers

  • regular inspections of Gas Safe registered engineers

  • educating consumers and raising awareness of gas safety

  • investigating reports of unsafe gas work

How a Heat Pump Can Heat Your Home

Energy and Home Heating

YES – it is getting more complicated and there are things you need to know ……

WHY to keep those bills down and to help lower our impact on the planet

With so much conflicting information on the news and increasing ‘hard hitting’ sales pressures on everyone, we thought we would try and bring some good information together:

1 – How Heat Pumps Work

2 – Costs & Savings

3 – Solar – Solar Thermal and Solar PV (yes … there are two types)

4 – Other Considerations

Or ………….. you can call in to our showroom and see what it is all about.


heat pumps1 – How Heat Pumps Work:

A heat pump operates like a fridge in reverse, taking the available heat from the ground or the air surrounding a property and using that to add warmth to your home.

Heat pumps use heat exchangers and compressors to take heat from the outside air or the ground and maximize the heat gain available.

For example you may have noticed that a bicycle pump, gets warm when it is used, the gasses in a heat pump experience the same temperature rise due to compression.


2- Costs and Savings

For more detail see more about the Government Renewable Heat Incentive grants:

About RHI: https://www.ofgem.gov.uk/environmental-programmes/domestic-rhi/about-domestic-rhi

The Useful RHI Calculator:  https://renewable-heat-calculator.service.gov.uk/


3- Solar Thermal & Solar PV

Solar thermal panels heat liquid, which is then passed through heat exchangers to heat a hot water tank (Called a Heat Store / Buffer Tank or Accumulator). This hot water tank can then run a heating and hot water system. Because the tank is so well insulated, hot water created during the day is also available at night.

Solar PV panels provide electricity. This has historically been sent back into the National Grid providing ‘pay-back’ at the current ‘feed-n tariff’.
However new battery technology is now allowing homes to store the electricity their panels produce for use ‘on-demand- when required. This technology will remove the dependency on connection to the National Grid and allow homes to benefit from the full value of the electricity they generate. A smart controller such as the Regulus IR12 can utilise battery storage generated from sunlight or wind, together with other potential energy sources to create managed energy independence.

4- Other Considerations

  • Controller – The controller used with modern heating systems is one of the most important decisions, now and in the future. A controller has to properly manage different potential heat sources ad multiple zones within the home. It may have to manage underfloor heating, radiators and hot water. In addition the home owner and their heating service engineers may want to manage this on-line. Controllers such as the Regulus IR12 represent this new generation of controllers.
  • Noise – Some heat pumps, especially small ones can be noisy. Noise, reliability and economy are some of the criteria we use to assess heat pumps.
  • Size – Small heat pumps need to operate at higher speeds and stretch manufacturing tolerances. We recommend heat pumps that are tried and tested to work in all conditions.
  • Air Conditioning Units – Working with similar technology, some heat pumps are derived from existing air conditioning units. We recommend Heat Pumps which are designed to be Heat Pumps, not air conditioning units.hot stuff heat bank
  • Multi Energy – without doubt homes in the future will have multi energy sources of heating, driven by a number of factors. Ashburn are specialists in multi energy systems – http://ashburnheating.co.uk/hot-stuff-multi-energy-heat-bank/