Legionella Risk Assessment
Landlords of rental properties are required to have a legionella risk assessment carried out to ensure that the property is low risk for legionella bacteria.
The survey usually takes no more than 30 minutes and will identify any risk areas that require attention. Usually, most risks are associated with cold water tanks (non pressurised systems), but risks can still occur in combi boiler and pressurised systems.
Let our team know if we can help to organise a survey for your property.
EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report)
Electrical installation must meet regulated standards in order to ensure safety. Faults with the fuse board, switches or sockets could cause electric shock or fire, causing injury and damage to occupants.
Landlords are expected to ensure the safety of every tenant throughout their tenancy in the property. This includes making sure that electrical appliances, wires and fuse boxes are safely installed and working properly.
All rental properties require an EICR based on the latest regulations of The Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector. An EICR ensures all electrical installations and systems within the property are correctly installed, safe and well maintained. It provides a vital assessment on properties of all sizes, from a small home to an industrial facility.
Let our team know if we can help to organise an inspection for your property.
Air Tightness Testing
Air Tightness Testing is a method for measuring the amount of conditioned air that is unintentionally lost from the inside of a building as a result of unsealed gaps or cracks within the thermal envelope of the property (also known as air leakage or air infiltration). In straightforward terms, the procedure can be viewed as a way of measuring how ‘draughty’ a property is.
Normally air tightness testing is associated with new build properties, but there are more and more situations in which carrying out an air tightness test is beneficial. Poor air tightness in buildings can increase the energy demand and may also mean some heating systems do not run as efficiently as they were intended. This in turn can increase the running cost of the building. We recommend carrying out an air tightness test when looking at heat pump systems as it can drastically reduce the size of the heat pump you need, saving potentially thousands of pounds.
Let our team know if we can help to organise an air tightness test for your property.
Asbestos Management Report
A management survey is the standard survey. Its purpose is to locate, as far as reasonably practicable, the presence and extent of any suspected asbestos containing materials (ACMs) in the building which could be damaged or disturbed during normal occupancy, including foreseeable maintenance and installation, and to assess their condition. The survey will usually involve sampling and analysis to confirm the presence or absence of ACMs. Any samples are then analysed by a UKAS accredited laboratory and the results are used within the survey report together with appropriate recommendations. By law every commercial building built before 1999 must have an Asbestos Management report in place.
Let our team know if we can help to organise an asbestos management survey for your property.
A heat pump captures heat from outside (from the ground or the air) and moves it into your home. It uses electricity to do this, however the quantity of heat delivered into your home is much greater than the quantity of electricity used to power the system.
As a heat pump captures heat that is already present in the environment, the system itself does not burn any fuel and therefore emits no carbon dioxide.
Heat pumps are often a brilliant solution where mains gas isn’t available and the cost of delivered gas (LPG) and heating oils is soaring. Coupled with solar panels, the heat pump option could save you thousands and reduce your carbon emissions considerably.
Let our team know if we can help to find the right heat pump solution for your property.
High Heat Retention and Fan Assisted Storage Heaters
For many properties who are restricted in the heating systems they can install due to the absence of mains gas and/or a radiator system, storage heaters can be the ideal solution.
The old style storage heaters got a bad reputation (and quite rightly) in the past as there was little control over how much and when the heat was dispersed. As a result, many landlords took them out in favour of new style heating panels only to find these systems lowered their EPC rating. The new style fan assisted and high heat retention storage heaters are designed specifically to give you more control and to improve efficiency.
These heaters are now designed to store heat better than ever so that you can avoid losing warmth through any leaks. You still get the benefit of heating your home overnight, only now that’s accompanied by fan-assisted control that will draw out heat from the bricks in the core for an extra boost of warmth, so you feel the effects much faster. With most high heat retention storage heaters, you can also get an integrated back-up heater in case you do ever run out of heat.
Before you ditch your old storage heaters and install panel heaters, let our team know if we can help to organise a quote for new storage heaters for your property.
Solar Panels and Battery Storage
Although we don’t live in California, solar panels will still work, as it is light not heat which is needed. A well designed system can still generate electricity on gloomy days. Clearly, if you have a south facing roof you will get the most benefit, but contact us and we can model your own roof and calculate the expected generation. The generated electricity can be used to power your home and with battery storage you will be able to use the power even when the sun does not shine. In fact if you have an existing solar system, we can fit battery storage to maximise your use of the free electricity.
If you have a heat pump which runs on electricity the addition of Solar PV will help to reduce your bills and you might be able to take advantage of any RHI or grant schemes to maximise your investment.
Let our team know if we can help to organise a solar panel survey for your property.
An estimated 80 percent of electric car charging takes place at home. Using a home charger is the cheapest, most convenient and safest way to charge an Electric Vehicle (EV), which is why it’s the default choice for many electric car owners. There are two options for charging an electric car at home: using a domestic three-pin socket or a dedicated EV charge point. Charging with a domestic socket should be reserved for emergency or occasional use; fine for an overnight charge when visiting friends or relatives, but not for regular use at home. A dedicated home charge point will communicate with the electric car, making it the safest method of domestic charging. A smart home charger will also allow you to take advantage of cheaper energy tariffs, charging the EV when supply is high but demand is low.
Coupled with adding or using existing solar panels will reduce your costs and carbon footprint even further.
Let our team know if you’d like to discuss installing a charger at your property.