Have your gas appliances checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer annually.
Do not accept a logo on a van or a shirt. A gas Safe registered engineer will have an ID card with his picture and registration number on it. A qualified gas engineer will not be offended if you ask to see it. If in doubt call Gas safe to verify the credentials of an engineer. Your life as well as that of your family, friends and neighbours could depend on it
It is illegal for unqualified individuals to carry out gas work.
Fit a CO2 monitor. If an appliance is not burning fuel efficiently it gives off Carbon Monoxide Gas. This is an odourless, colourless, tasteless, gas. Symptoms can present as a flu like cold.
Be safe, be smart, don’t cut corners with gas.
FIT A CO2 ALARM
CO2 is the silent killer of around 50 people each year. The symptoms are similar to a heavy cold or flu.
Any appliance that burns fossil fuel can produce CO2 if the fuel is not being burnt efficiently.
Don’t risk it fit an alarm.
Have your gas appliances regularly checked by a qualified and registered engineer.
Our engineer has many years of experience and is a registered member of Gas Safe.
Gas safe registers campaign
Qualified Gas Engineers are a highly trained and heavily monitored group of people. They regularly undertake retraining and refresher courses to keep abreast of all the new regulations and innovations.
It is illegal for a none registered engineer to work on Gas installations and prosecutions are brought against those who flout the law.
Be sure your gas appliances are being properly installed and maintained. Check that the engineer in who’s hands you are placing the lives of your family as well as your neighbours is qualified and registered.
Don’t Cut Corners With Gas.
In recent months several rogue gas installers have received prison sentences of twelve months or more.
The Health and Safety Executive have brought prosecutions against these rogue installers for dangerous works.
Home owners were put at risk by these individuals, from fire, explosion, and carbon monoxide poisoning.
They were convicted for leaving an installation in a dangerous manner as well as falsifying documents and making false claims about being gas safe registered.
DO NOT BE TAKEN IN BY A LOGO ON A SHIRT OR A VAN.
Every gas safe registered engineer has an identification card with his picture and registration number on it.
A genuine gas safe registered engineer will not be offended if you ask to see his registration card.
If you are in any doubt at all you can go to the Gas Safe web site and check if your engineer is listed.
Or you can call Gas Safe on 0800 408 5500.
Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards come into effect 1st April 2018
This means that all domestic properties in the UK will not be eligible for letting if they are below an E rating.
Properties with a rating of F and G cannot have a new lease started, nor can a lease be renewed after this date.
The introduction of these measures are intended to enable the government to achieve in some measure the targets for reducing CO2 emissions.
These regulations will apply to commercial properties by 1 April 2023.
New, more eco-friendly heating systems and boilers can make all the difference to your energy ratings as well as your energy bills.
Low Carbon Installations Ltd are a company dedicated to helping Landlords and home owners to achieve a lower carbon footprint.
Do you have a gas fire that is vented into an old chimney?
Do you have adequate protection against birds dropping twigs etc. down the chimney?
Old fashioned chimney pots may be in keeping with your homes design but a fire that burns fossil fuel and is vented through an old fashioned chimney is a risk if it is not covered by a bird proof grill.
Chimney fires are on the rise and can cause considerable worry and concern as well as damage to your property and that of neighbours. Chimneys should be swept at least once a year, more often if you are burning wood. A bird proof cowl or grill should cover the chimney terminal.
The biggest concern of all is CO2 leaking back into your room. This is an odourless, colourless, tasteless killer. The symptoms present like a heavy cold or flu and as such the cause some times goes unnoticed.
CO2 is a killer.
Do not take the risk.
Have a professional fit your appliances
Have your chimney swept at least once a year
Protect the terminal with bird proof grills
Have gas appliances serviced once a year
Fit a CO2 alarm
Low Carbon Installations Ltd will tailor a quote to the requirements of your installation.
Solar Thermal panels are especially vulnerable to damage from freezing conditions. Glycol which is the liquid that transfers heat from your panels to your home contains an antifreeze. This liquid deteriorates over time and should it become too weak to cope with outside temperatures it could cause serious and expensive damage to your panels.
Solar Photovoltaic panels should be checked for damage to connections and the panels should be cleaned to maximise the benefits of clear, frosty, if shorter days.
Did you sort out a boiler service during the warmer weather, or did you, like so many others, bask in our glorious summer sunshine and forget all about it.
Now the weather is on the change, the nights are drawing in and all you want to do is feel warm and cosy. So if you’re about to turn on your heating take a moment to do some simple checks. If your gas appliance has a lazy yellow flame instead of a crisp blue flame, or there is soot or staining on or around the appliance, or if there is excess condensation in the room there could be a danger of CO2 gasses escaping into the room.
All gas appliances should be serviced once a year, and every home in which fossil fuel is burned to heat or cook etc. should have a CO2 alarm fitted.
Do not allow anyone who isn’t gas safe registered to service your appliances. The gas safe register was created to ensure that those who are members have undertaken regular and stringent training and Gas Safe engineers have to pass examinations every five years to maintain their qualification.
Insist on seeing the engineers Gas Safe Card which displays his photo. Do not accept a sticker on a van as proof.
Now is a good time to book a service for your boiler before the cold weather turns up, because there is never a good time for your boiler to break down or for you to have to take time off work at short notice to await an engineer turning up. It makes more sense to arrange a service at a time convenient to you.
Our engineers are highly trained and efficient. If they find a problem they will discuss this with you and give you an estimated cost before proceeding. If you have any problems with your heating system such as radiators not getting warm or anything that is of concern our engineers will be happy to advise you.
For your own peace of mind and safety have your boiler and any fossil fuel burning installations regularly serviced and fit a CO2 alarm in the room.
Many neglected installations have proven to be the source of a large number of CO2 poisonings, and due to the symptoms being very flu like, there could be far more cases than are documented.
We as members of MCS (Microgeneration Certificate Scheme) have been made aware of a scam concerning Solar PV.
Some companies have been contacting Solar PV owners claiming to be working in conjunction with MCS and offering free health checks on their installations.
These have been mainly cold callers and use pressure techniques and scare tactics claiming that, among other things, inverters should be replaced as the fire brigade will not attend any fire that may occur. This is absolutely false. Replacing the systems inverter is neither an automatic or mandatory requirement and the fire brigade does not pick and choose which fires they attend. Do not let these scam artists pressure you into making a purchase that is not required.
If you have any concerns about your system there are MCS members who, like ourselves, have always offered an inspection and maintenance service for Solar PV as well as Solar Thermal.
Low Carbon Installations Ltd offers an inspection service for solar arrays as well as a maintenance service. Should anything require attention our engineer will always discuss this as well as the cost with the owner. Only with their agreement will we carry out any repairs that may be needed. All our work is carried out by trained and experienced engineers using quality proven parts. An annual inspection is recommended by responsible installers of all renewable energy but this decision remains firmly with the customer