Top 3 Reasons To Replace Your Boiler

Home Heating Boilers constitute the heart of your domestic heating system, so it is imperative that they’re maintained and replaced if their efficiency wanes due to age or disrepair. We have isloated the three most persuasive reasons for replacing your old boiler:

1. Substantial Fuel Cost Savings.

This factor is set to become increasingly important as energy prices continue to escalate resulting in increasing fuel costs for consumers. Taking action now to replace an inefficient boiler model will markedly reduce your fuel bill moving forward. Increasing the operational efficiency of your boiler can represent an actual fuel saving of more than 25%. This throws into sharp relief the financial benefits of upgrading from an older model. By replacing your aged, inefficient model with a fresher, more efficient equivalent, you could cut your fuel bills by a quarter.

2. Improved Reliability And Safety.

 

Not only do modern boilers require less maintenance, they also give you extra peace of mind that you and your family are safe, warm and secure in your dwelling. Although one can’t put a price on peace of mind, the improved reliability of up-to-date boilers will save you money on repairs. Owing to the wear and tear inflicted on domestic boilers by our modern lifestyles, the ‘as new’ efficiency of gas or oil boilers over 15 years old is unlikely to exceed 70%. However, all hope is not lost – the range of boilers available from House2Home boast efficiencies in excess of 90%. This represents an operational improvement in efficiency of up to 20 percentage points.

3. Better Energy Homes Scheme.

 

A grant to the value of €560 is available to help cover the cost of boiler and heating control upgrades. This can help substantially with the fiscal pressures accrued by upgrading your domestic heating system and sway those who are hesitant to upgrade a boiler which they know to be in a state of disrepair.

Don’t bury your head in the sand – if your boiler is 15 years old or more it’s likely that you will be compelled to replace it on reliability grounds so replacement is a fait accompli. Why wait for this situation to arise? The sooner you upgrade, the earlier you can begin saving. Moreover, by plannin the procedure and taking action now, you will avoid the perils of losing heat during the colder months and ushering in a winter of discontent for you and your loved ones.

More detailed information on the options available to you can be found here.

Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Efficiency

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Daylight Savings Time (DST) began in Ireland on 27/3/16, heralding longer evenings and one additonal hour of sunlight per day. Although an hour’s sleep was lost as a result of the clocks going forward, the extra hour of sunlight gained has many benefits in addition to creating “a grand stretch in the evening”. Despite some people classing DST as a pyrirhic victory, we at House2Home consider the potential to harness energy efficiency yielded by DST to be worth sacrificing an hour’s shut eye!

DST was first used in Thunder Bay, Canada in 1908. Germany was the first country to introduce DST when clocks were turned ahead one hour on April 30th 1916. Although the rationale was to minimize the use of artificial lighting in order to save fuel for the war effort, many countries reverted back to standard time after WW1 and it wasn’t until war broke out again in Europe that DST made its return.

A mnemonic device commonly used to remember to wind clocks forward at the beginning and back at the end of DST is ‘Spring forward and Fall Back’, which marries the correct horological action with its seasonal partner. We suggest that, in the spirit of springing forward, you spring into action as far as solar energy is concerned. The benefits you’ll receive will deliver savings all year long. 

Now is the optimum time to make this change, in comparison to the preceding season, since the winter sun is much lower down towards the horizon, resulting in less time and distance for it to travel between horizons. Therefore, the sun rises later and sets earlier in winter compared to summer, meaning there’s less daylight in winter. It is these extra hours of daylight that are significant rather than increased temperature, a fact which bodes well for the Emerald Isle.

In fact, although temperature doesn’t affect the amount of solar energy a solar panel receives, it does influence how much power homeowners get out of them. As solar panels get hotter, they produce less power from the same amount of sunlight. Normally, electrons at rest (low energy) are excited by the sun (high energy), and the difference between their excited and rest energies is the potential difference (voltage) that you could ideally get from your solar panel. However, heat also excites electrons (when we heat something we are giving it energy), which raises the energy of the electrons at rest. (“warmer” electrons have more energy at rest than their “cold” counterparts.)

Ireland, owing to its cool, temperate oceanic climate, is actually slightly better placed to harness the power of solar rays than countries in warmer climes. Since power is produced from the difference in the states (at rest and excited by the sun), if the electrons have more energy at rest (your solar panels are hotter), the difference between the rest energy and excited energy (from the sun) is smaller. Thus solar panels will produce less energy.

If you’ve been swayed by the case put forth above, then consider a solar energy system from House2Home. Our team will determine the package that is right for you based on data such as the number of occupants in your home. Both the environment and your pocket will thank you for semiconducting (a little solar panel humour!) your energy harvesting in a more efficient and sustainable fashion. Our solar panels have been specifically developed for the Irish climate and have a life expectancy of 25 years. Furthermore, our technicians are comprehensively trained to install solar systems neatly and effectively.

House2Home’s Energia Centre is also in a position to offer discounts and grants of up to 24% on solar systems to Energia customers. Learn more about the benefits of solar energy here.

Resurrect Your Enthusiasm For Home Renovation This Easter

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The team at House2Home have chosen to highlight some of our most innovative products and services in order to provide you with inspiring reading matierial over the long weekend. These offerings showcase the environmental and economic benefits homeowners can reap by upgrading their dwellings. We hope they resurrect your enthusiasm for renovation this Easter.

 

Renovations And Extensions

It would be remiss to compose a blog post on the theme of Renovation without drawing attention to the full design and build solution House2Home provide. Whether you’re considering constructing an entirely new building, extending an existing property or renovating your current home, our passion and expertise can help you create your ideal domestic environment.

We engage with Architects and Engineers on your behalf and liaise with you throughout the process to ensure we’re meeting all your requirements. We only employ qualified tradesmen and take pride in our low crew turnover rate. The wealth of experience our professional personnel bring to each assignment guarantees that your every need is catered for.

Domestic Energy Calculator

At House2Home, we realise that altering one’s domicile is not a decision to be taken lightly. Hence, we endeavour to consult with our customers both while work is being completed and during the purchasing process itself. In fact, we even provide a basic Domestic Energy Calculator on our website for prospective clients to use. By inputting details such as the date their property was constructed, the number of bedrooms and the main wall type, users can calculate the efficiency of their property and make an informed decision with regard to home improvements. A more detailed version of this calculator is also available upon request.

Consultancy

Energy Consulting is carried out by House2Home’s team of Technical Engineers. These industry experts have both BEng in Building Services and MSc in Energy Management qualifications in addition to more years of experience than they’d like to admit! By engaging House2Home’s services customers automatically avail of their combined industry knowledge as specialists in their field.

Thermal Imaging, Quantity Surveying and Engineering Consultancy are just some of the services our experts provide. Our in house engineering consultants assist clients to evaluate their energy efficiency potential, guide them through the type of work to be carried out to maximise energy efficiency and ensure that all works are in accordance with Technical Guidance Part L of the Building Regulations.

Full Home Energy Rating Survey

For those contemplating home improvements, House2Home’s Full Home Energy Rating Survey can provide an energy efficiency roadmap to focus the decision making process. This survey is carried out by qualified Building Services and Energy Management Engineers.

The survey can prove particularly useful to those seeking to establish exactly where they can save money in their home. The assessment completed by House2Home’s experts rates your current domestic energy performance. Once all pertinent data has been collated, a full report is delivered to the client for reference. The report also details the financial savings to be gained by carrying out recommended home improvements.

We hope the benefits outlined here provide food for thought over the Easter period and inspire you to optimise the energy efficiency of your home. The House2Home team would like to take this opportunity to wish all our customers a happy and healthy Easter break.

Green Consumerism Is Not Just For Patrick’s Day

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With St. Patrick’s Day on the horizon, Irish and non-Irish alike are contemplating how best to ‘go green’ for the day. While here at House2Home we aren’t immune to celebrating by ‘drowning the Shamrock’ or catching a parade or two, we espouse a more sustainable form of green consumerism. In fact, it is this ethos which underpins our mission statement as a Retrofit company. We would like to encourage you to make Ireland greener not just for one day, but every day by making simple changes to your home and how you use it. Such action will not only save you money but will also reduce your carbon footprint, thereby helping to maintain the Emerald Isle’s unique hue. Below are a few simple steps you can complete to make your domestic surroundings more sustainable:

1.  Home Energy Rating Survey

This provides a home energy improvement roadmap to homeowners considering carrying out energy efficient works. The survey is conducted by qualified Building Services and Energy Management Engineers employed by House2Home.

This process can prove particularly useful to those trying to isolate where exactly they can save money in their home. Assessment is conducted by evaluating your property’s current energy performances. Once all pertinent data relating to your home is gathered, a full report is compiled for you to review. This report not only helps you to make an informed decision regarding home energy improvement works, but also outlines how much money you stand to save by carrying out such work.

2.  Home Insulation

Optimizing domestic insulation is another tack homeowners looking to improve their green credentials can take. It can be quite daunting to sift through the various types of Home Insulation alone. This is where consulting an accredited  company such as House2Home can prove particualrly beneficial. Each form of domestic insulation has unique properties which add to the creation of a warmer, more energy efficient home. House2Home can help you decipher whether external wall; internal dry lining; cavity wall, attic or a combination of two or more will deliver the increased comfort, sustainability and fiscal savings you desire.

3.  Solar Energy

Solar energy is a genuine alternative to fossil fuels and is one the easiest steps you can take towards becoming more sustainable. Furthermore, generating energy from solar panels will significantly reduce your hot water heating bill. House2Home can help you to assess how best to reap the financial and environmental rewards offered by solar energy. Our experts can determine the right package for you based on factors such as the number of occupants of your home. Once this data has been collected, bigger decisions such as choosing between Flat Plate and Evacuated Tube collectors for solar water heating can be tackled.

4. Windows And Doors

House2Home offer replacement windows and doors as part of our Home Energy Upgrade package, but you should consider replacing them as a separate project even if you are not availing of our package. Studies show that 25% of heat loss can be attributed to windows and doors alone so it behoves you to install the most efficient varieties available. Inefficienct windows and doors in a standard three bedroom house result in a whopping €662.50 worth of heat loss. House2Home install ‘A’ rated windows exclusively and our UPVC range also reduces the need for continuous maintenance over time. We use a combination of manufacturers to provide you with an unparalleled service that is tailored to your specific needs.

We hope these suggestions inspire you to direct your green consumerist leanings in a sustainable fashion. If you’d like to see our products in 3D please visit our showroom on the Killeen Road in Dublin. We’d like to seize this opportunity to thank our valued customers for their continued support and wish you all a happy St. Patrick’s Day.

Turn Your Resolutions Into Renovations

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Now that we’re a week into 2016 people are beginning to struggle with their New Year’s resolutions. Whether that diet has gone on hiatus or the yoga class is overbooked, there’s invariably a reason (or several) for faltering. This is a perennial feature in the first weeks of January, which is why we at House2Home advocate turning your resolutions into renovations in 2016. Those funds that you have earmarked for pottery classes could be redirected to your construction budget. Results obtained from construction projects standat a better chance of longevity than attempts to learn Mandarin & dance the tango! Continue reading

Save up to €1290 off your boiler & heating controls

Did you know that SEAI offer up to €700  towards the cost of replacing your Gas/Oil boiler & heating controls ? In addition Energia and House2Home can offer you a further €590 off the cost of installation!

Who should have their heating system upgraded?

*Are your heating bills too high?

* Is your heating faulty?

* Is your house over 10 years old?

* Is your boiler due to be changed?

* would you like to receive €1290 towards the cost of replacing your boiler and upgrading to a high efficiency boiler & heating controls?

If you answer yes to any of the above then you should contact our team on 1800282282 and arrange a free house energy survey

Standard 10 year old boiler runs between 55-70% efficiency which means that 30-40% of your heating are not actually being converted into heat.

Our gas boilers & heating controls ensure you receive at least 91% of the fuel that you pay for. We install top brand boilers such as Ideal and Viessmann. Some Key Benefits of these boilers include:

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*Over 91% efficient

*Installations usually done in 1 day

* Our 5/10 year warranty includes a next day service  

*All our installers are RGII registered installers

* All our instillations are done to the highest standards 

Heating controls      

Did you know that by separating your space heating from hot water heating you can ensure energy is only used where it is needed? Our systems allow you to independently control your hot water and space heating requirements, we also install room and hot water thermostats which ensure that you will never waste energy. By installing motorised valves and connecting them to a programmable timeclock you can automatically set specific areas of the house to heat at designated times, thus reducing the demand for expensive gas/oil. You can also direct the heating to Hot Water requirements only, which will save you money during the summer months!

Our High Efficiency Boilers & Heating Controls give you full control of your heating.     

How to find out if you are eligible for these savings?

Simply contact a member of our team by emailing info@house2home.ie or call 1800282282 and we will arrange a Free Home Energy Survey and a No Obligation Quote for your Boiler and Heating Controls upgrade.

Seasons Greetings From House2Home

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All of the team here at House2Home would like to wish our valued customers a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2016. Since we opened our doors back in 2013 our company has grown substantially from strength-to-strength. Of course this wouldn’t of been possible without your continued support & custom.

As we enter our third year in business we will strive to offer the same consistent quality & service to both our new & existing customers. We would also like to express our gratitude to you all for sticking with us this far and long may our journey together continue.

Whether you are considering a full retrofit or home extensions as part of your New Year’s resolutions, we will always be there to offer the best possible advice & solutions to your needs.

We hope you & your loved ones have a wonderful Xmas and may all of your dreams & resolutions ring true in the New Year. Beannachtaí an tSéasúir