Boilers have a flair for the dramatic. For the most part, they quietly do their job. But the moment something goes wrong, they take centre stage. If you’ve ever experienced a proper boiler ‘meltdown’, you know how much it can disrupt your operations.
Alongside boiler issues, gas leaks or faulty appliances can also be nightmarish for your business, so ahead of Gas Safety Week 2019, we spoke to some industry professionals to compile seven safety steps you should take to help keep your business drama-free.:
1. Service early
Most boilers are turned off or used sparingly throughout the spring and the summer. This means that latent faults can remain unnoticed until boilers are turned back on in the autumn.
That’s why we suggest scheduling your maintenance before late September. This way, you can get ahead of any unexpected events.
2. Notice the signs
Boilers can continue to function despite having broken parts. So how can you tell if trouble is brewing?
Clanging noises and leaks are the most common giveaways. Uneven heating, inaccurate thermostats, and a drop in pressure are unmistakable indicators too.
It’s worth keeping in mind that boilers have a life expectancy of 15-20 years. So, as your boiler begins to age, regular check-ups will be vital.
3. Know the rules
Dozens of laws govern the operation and maintenance of business gas appliances.
The long and short of it is that you need to arrange for the annual gas safety check of every gas appliance and flue in your business.
4. Incentives helps
In the short run, efficiency upgrades can seem expensive. Luckily, multiple government schemes can support your business.
The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) scheme can help you write off the entire cost of an eligible energy-saving appliance from your taxable profits in the year of purchase. ECA-eligible boilers also offer long-term savings by using up to 16% less fuel than average boilers .
The Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) can help you upgrade to low-carbon heating. Under the scheme, you could receive quarterly payments for 20 years based on the amount of heat you generate.
4. Regular maintenance
Regular maintenance is essential for compliance. Plus, it can add to your bottom line. Just consider how regular servicing can save you as much as 10% on your annual heating costs .
BusinessCare service and maintenance plans are a great way to keep on top of the maintenance of your heating system.
6. Upgrade old boilers
Upgrading to renewable heating could help you save costs and reduce emissions. A wood-fuelled biomass boiler, for instance, produces 80-94% less emissions than an equivalent oil-fired system .
You can find energy services deals which combine the Renewable Heat Incentive, financing options, and expert engineering. Contact our energy experts to find out if renewable heating could really pay for your business.
7. Trusted partners
Working with a trusted partner can provide real advantages. As the saying goes, you’ll go faster alone, but you’ll go further together.
You’ll need to ensure that the engineers you work with are gas safe registered so make sure you conduct some due diligence beforehand and pick a partner who makes safety their number one priority.