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EU Study Show Energy Saving Potential of Thermostatic Radiator Valves

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A new report from the European Building Automation Controls Association (eu.bac) shows that energy costs for millions of households across the EU (including the UK) could be reduced significantly by upgrading heating systems with basic thermostatic radiator valves (TRV).  Heating controls manufacturer, Danfoss, believes the new report provides compelling evidence for installing TRVs as an upgrade for existing heating systems as well as in new build properties.

Eu.bac prepared a detailed country-by-country analysis based on data from the European Environment Agency on energy use and heating costs in EU homes. The study estimates that about 500 million uncontrolled valves are still mounted on radiators in homes across the EU, wasting energy and money year after year.

An uncontrolled radiator valve runs non-stop, even when the room has become warm. A TRV can be set to heat a room to the required setting. Once the room temperature reaches that setting, the valve turns the radiator off. When the room temperature drops again, the TRV turns the radiator back on. “Fitting this kind of thermostatic radiator control means homes can be kept comfortably – and affordably – warm,” explains Gareth Ash, Marketing and Technical Manager at Danfoss.

The study concludes that EU citizens would save a staggering €12 billion annually and reduce CO2 emissions by about 24 million tonnes if all of the 500 million radiators with uncontrolled valves in the EU were upgraded with TRVs. The estimate is based on an average energy saving of 18 % when installing a TRV, a conservative figure that could turn out to be significantly higher.

The eu.bac study found that the typical cost of installing TRVs would be paid pack in energy savings in just two years. “And if you compare this to the 20 year minimum lifetime of a high quality Danfoss TRV, for example, the potential savings once installed are huge,” claims Gareth Ash.

Summing up, he says: ” Easy to install, TRVs are a cost-effective way to achieve better control of your home heating and energy costs. Given the proven benefits, and since the purchase price of these high efficiency valves can be similar to uncontrolled valves, it seems obvious that every radiator should be fitted with a TRV.”

Danfoss is a leading manufacturer of world-class heating products for the residential and commercial markets, with factories throughout Europe, including in the UK and Denmark. Products range from domestic heating controls such as programmers, thermostats and TRVs to balancing valves, pressure and flow controllers, heat exchangers and energy meters for district and commercial heating applications. The company’s extensive product range is supplied through a national network of stockists. A comprehensive range of customer support services is also available, including installer training courses, CPD seminars and the Danfoss Assist mobile website at www.Assistyou.Danfoss.co.uk. For more information visit www.heating.danfoss.co.uk

Why HIA is good for you and your company

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The Heating Installer Awards looks to recognise the achievement of plumbers and installers who deliver excellent customer service on a daily basis. So if this sounds like you, why wouldn’t it be a great idea to enter? Everyone deserves to be acknowledged for the great work they do within the industry.
Here are a few reasons why we believe the HIA is good for you, and your company:

1. Awareness – By taking part in the awards, your business will be recognised for its excellent work. We want to help promote those who go above and beyond for their customers every day, and help you secure more business in the process, so we use Twitter and your local press to do so! The awards will help you stand out from the crowd.

2. Acknowledgment – Everybody wants to feel acknowledged for the work they do. The HIA can help those who are nominated to feel proud of what they deliver every day. Moreover if you know an installer that deserves some praise, you can always nominate them.

Which leads us on to…

3. Recognition – Being recognised for the work you do immediately helps increase your confidence and self-belief, which is why we also encourage your customers to enter on your behalf. We want all installers who produce excellent work for their customers to be confident in the work they do, and we know you don’t always have the time to fill in entry forms. So let the customers know it’s happening, and you might just get a nice surprise!

4. Marketing – Regional winners of the award receive a tailored marketing plan that will not only help secure votes to see you crowned regional and national winner of the awards, but will help promote your business to the public too. Just another way of us helping you make more money!

5. Community – One aim of the Heating Installer Awards is to bring together the installer family, and help develop a sense of community amongst installers. Whether it be chatting on Twitter, or encouraging installers to nominate one another for the awards, we’re always there to offer a helping hand.

Last year’s winner Peter Booth said: “Throughout the course of my career, and especially since winning the competition last year, I have spent a lot of my personal time trying to unite the champions of the industry. The Heating Installer Awards is a great way to acknowledge this hard work and whilst I won’t be happy to give up my crown, other installers deserve the recognition I’ve enjoyed since last year’s competition.”

Remember, entries for this year’s awards are only open until the end of February. Get nominating!