I read an interesting article online this week. It was in Housing Association Magazine and the technical editor was talking about the growing popularity of electric boilers for tower blocks.
He was saying that most of the UK’s ageing tower blocks tend to pose technical challenges for anyone aiming to bring them up to date. Void spaces or risers behind precast panels and concrete sections are never going to be easy to access which means pipework replacement will be incredibly complex.
It’s therefore the case that most local authority flats above two storeys high will have been fitted with night storage heaters. Residents won’t be enjoying it, what with having to guess whether the heating is needed the next day and covering the cost of boosting it up should it get too cold.
Electric Central Heating Welcomed
The article suggested landlords switching to individual wet central heating systems will have welcomed the change, especially where an electric boiler was installed.
It went on to talk about how tower blocks pose logistical problems when it comes to retrofitting new mains and also how flues present further issues. By contrast, it says, an electric boiler, such as those made by Heatrae Sadia, only needs cabling similar to what’s required for an immersion heater.
The article carries on listing a whole host of benefits of electric boilers, many of which we often talk about on this blog. So it’s good to see what we say backed up!
You can read the article here. If you’re a social housing landlord or work in property refurbishment or development and would like to talk to us about electric boiler installation on whatever scale you need, please get in touch.