Are you schooled in boiler efficiency?

If you’re responsible for a school’s heating and hot water, you’ll be only too aware of the shift in the way major works at your school are managed.

Whereas local councils may have funded and managed projects such as boiler replacements in the past, budgetary cuts mean that chances are, your school is now under increased pressure to do this itself. Granted, it may be that you can pay the council a management fee to take care of things, but there’s still every chance your school will be asked to match funding after a bidding process against others for a percentage of the council’s allocation.

So what does this mean for your school’s heating and hot water?

Fierce competition for funding means many schools just like yours could be at risk of being unable to finance boiler replacements in the event of an unexpected breakdown. Now, more than ever, it is vital that your school has a proactive boiler replacement planned into your maintenance programme so it always has a system it can rely on.

The harsh reality is, a school without heating or hot water has to close. After all, an unreliable heating system can cause a huge amount of disruption to pupils, parents and staff. Schools needing to upgrade or replace an unreliable heating system, should consider shifting to a condensing boiler system, which has a number of benefits over the older cast iron boilers we see in many older plant rooms.

Investing in a boiler replacement might not be at the top of your school’s list of priorities but it could offer huge benefits in the long-term. Why not take advantage of a free site survey to assess potential energy savings, the payback period of a system, and how comfort levels can be improved?

Shaun Mansbridge, Business Development Director at Bosch Commercial and Industrial.