Global Marketing Director at Fernox, Francine Wickham, explores the importance of chemical water treatment to help make our homes more energy efficient.
Tough economic times combined with the increasing cost of living has had one positive consequence, which is that the issue of how homes use energy has been pushed further up the agenda for those facing rising fuel bills. As such, we’re seeing more consumers making changes and more access to information about improving energy efficiency.
Although upgrading insulation gains a lot of media attention and is viewed as an easier ‘sell’ to consumers, it should be positioned as just one of many simple and cost effective options to save energy.
We have campaigned for many years about the benefits of chemical water treatment when it comes to keeping central heating systems clean and efficient. Dirty, sludged systems result in boilers having to work harder than necessary to heat rooms to the required temperature. This means carbon emissions are increasing at the same time as a homeowners' energy bills.
The benefits of chemical water treatment, however, are a much harder premise to get across.
‘Out of sight, out of mind’ is the main issue, and homeowners often simply have no idea of what’s going on inside their radiators and pipes. They may think that if they’ve got a relatively new boiler and their radiators continue to heat up, then the system is as efficient as it can be. This is simply not the case.
With an existing property, the best possible course of action is to have a plumber service the central heating system. If the system is dirty and sluggish, the most effective solution is to have it powerflushed, cleaned and treated with chemical water treatments. This process can clear away the majority of all sludge and debris. The use of the high quality chemicals – Cleaner F3 and Protector F1 – can result in an approximate gas saving of 15 per cent every time the room is heated up, depending on the condition of your pipes in the first place.
The majority of homeowners maybe surprised at the extent of the results: a clean central heating system that heats the rooms quickly and energy bills that are significantly reduced.
Chemical water treatment isn’t the easiest concept to explain – but it is quite possibly one of the easiest steps in making a home more energy efficient.
What we need is to make sense of the growing level of information being thrown at consumers to provide some clear direction. A summary and checklist of the most cost effective and convenient ways for a homeowner to make their home more energy efficient should be sent to every home in the UK – and chemical water treatment should absolutely feature in it.