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Keeping Jack Frost at bay

As the cold weather begins to bite, it’s vital that you keep Jack Frost away for residents’ toes, says Nic Smith, managing director of Commercial Maintenance Services UK.

A care home is a place where residents can feel safe, comfortable, and cared for. But, for the facilities team, it’s also a business that needs to operate efficiently and effectively, often on a 24/7 basis. Heating, hot water, and power are essential elements in any business, but nowhere more so than in care homes where people can be frail, with complex health problems.

Nic Smith

Faults with boilers remain one of the biggest issues in care homes, and are often the result of legacy systems that are either outdated or unable to cope with growing demand. An ageing, inefficient boiler is often a source of wasted money. Heating is estimated to account for up 70 per cent of all energy bills and a new boiler can reduce those costs by an average of 15 per cent. In the long-term it will be cheaper to install a new boiler – particularly if retrofitted using existing pipework, and controlled using smart temperature controls  – than to keep replacing expensive parts on an old cast iron boiler hidden in the depths of the basement.

Other smart tips for smart heating include:

  • Intelligent heating system that highlight faults and allow adjustments to be made remotely long before a minor glitch turns into an expensive crisis.
  • Weather compensation controls, which enable the boiler to respond to changes outside by adjusting radiators to maintain a constant temperature indoors
  • Effective insulation
  • Preventative maintenance  

For more advice on winter-proofing your care home, read our latest issue ‘Care Home Management: Get Ready For Winter‘.

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