Heating

The importance of energy efficient heating in care homes

 heating in care homes

Operators of care homes face a constant struggle. They are forced to juggle the health, safety and well-being of their residents against increasing financial pressure. If opportunities arise to improve residents’ health and the standard of living whilst also saving money, they shouldn’t be ignored.

One of the most prominent – and unpredictable – issues is heating. Because care homes are effectively 24/7 operations, energy usage is one of their greatest expenditures. However there are heating options available that can help exceed residents’ expectations of their living environment whilst freeing up greater financial resources for the operators.

Money saved is money that can be reallocated towards improving the overall quality of care.

Space saving, safe surface temperature radiators specified for Cumbrian care home

radiators for Cumbrian care home

Super slim profile, natural heat convection radiators from Autron have been specified and recently installed at the Elmhurst care home, in Cumbria. Elmhurst is a purpose built residential care home catering for elderly physically and mentally frail people, particularly those suffering from dementia.

An extensive refurbishment has been undertaken, part of which included the replacement of LST (Low Surface Temperature) radiators installed in the home’s corridors, communal areas and bathrooms.

 

Space saving safe surface temperature radiators from Autron

With a wall to front face depth of only 75mm, Autron’s Slenderline is one of the slimmest LST radiators on the UK market. This makes them ideal for environments including care home corridors where space is at a premium, but safe and effective heating is a must.

All standard Autron radiators use innovative heat emitters that contain far less water than typical conventional flat panel radiators, producing the same heat output. This means they can heat up and transfer heat more quickly, and in a more controllable manner than both panel radiators and underfloor heating systems. As Autron LSTs heat up faster, the heating can be turned on later saving on energy costs, whilst maintaining a comfortable environment – an important consideration in care homes.

Biomass technology keeps elderly warm at green care home

John Mallinson manager of Rose Hill, Aglionby, Carlisle and Ben Tansey of re:heat. A team of biomass experts have installed a wood pellet heating system into a Cumbrian care home to keep its residents warm and comfortable. re:heat worked for 18 months with the owners of the Rosehill residential home at Aglionby, near Carlisle, to design a purpose-built, sustainable heating system to replace inefficient oil-fired boilers.