Looking after the elderly and vulnerable means taking care of their environment. All residential care homes need a heating system that primarily ensures the well-being of its residents whilst also helping to keep running costs to a minimum.
We can help you achieve just that. By designing a tailored heating and hot water solution for your care home, and supplying and installing every working part, you can find a low-energy solution that meets the needs of your care home.
We provide a wide range of efficient heating solutions suitable for all kinds of care homes, nursing homes, and other residential housing units for elderly and vulnerable people. Contact OKEL today to discuss your heating needs or to arrange a free consultation with one of our experts.
We understand the importance of a safe environment. When the health of elderly and vulnerable residents is at risk, you know you can count on OKEL. No care home resident should have to deal with outage of heating and/or hot water and we know that you will want total confidence in our heating engineers, that’s why our team is fully trained and qualified for the job and have years of experience installing heating solutions in the care home sector.
By assigning your project to our team you’ll be assured that all our lead commercial heating engineers are fully registered with GasSafe and bring a minimum of 25 years’ experience to every job.
In addition, our engineers have a wealth of experience in heating care homes and will carefully plan the installation to ensure any loss of heat or hot water is minimal, carried out during agreed times to ensure no impact on planned activities.
Every care home has its own unique heating and hot water requirements, which is why we offer a design and installation solution carefully tailored to meet those needs.
Our process begins with an on-site consultation to discuss what you need regarding heating, hot water and temperature control. We’ll perform a survey of the care home to ensure that all your residents’ needs are taken into consideration. From there, we’re able to design the ideal low-energy solution to provide optimal comfort levels in a cost-efficient manner.
We know how challenging and expensive heating a care home can be, and with the rising cost of energy, it’s essential to consider running costs in our overall designs.
We create heating designs that include the highest efficiency commercial boilers, from leading manufacturers such as ATAG Commercial, Alpha Innovation and Rinnai UK. Not to mention, all of our systems are Hydrogen Ready. Meaning they’re designed and capable of blending up to 20% Hydrogen with natural gas for when this greener hybrid fuel type becomes readily available throughout the UK’s gas distribution networks.
Introducing a new commercial boiler system can drastically improve energy efficiency across the board. With an old boiler system, you risk losing anything in the range of 30–40% of the heat it generates due to natural aged, related wear and tear. You can reduce the loss to single digits by replacing it with a new model.
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With challenging targets being set by the government to steer the UK to net zero by 2050, it’s essential that as businesses we all do our part to achieve the stringent targets set out.
When planning our bespoke designs, we always have “Energy Saving” at the front of our mind which reassures you that your system is of the highest efficiency. This can play a key role in helping you showcase the steps you’re taking as a business to successfully achieve green accreditations and targets.
It’s well known that older people tend to feel the cold more. Having an efficient heating system in place ensures that their rooms and communal areas are kept at a comfortable temperature. This can do much for their physical and mental well-being, resulting in a more pleasurable living experience in your care home.
When we complete your initial consultation, our team will come up with a variety of solutions, allowing you to choose the one that suits the business best. Different nursing home owners prefer different ways of heating their property, but these are some of the most popular appliances:
We use only the best quality components for your new heating system, with everything from the boiler to the supporting plant room pumps and equipment all being built to last. If treated with care and regular servicing and maintenance from an approved heating engineer, you can expect a newly-fitted heating system to last at least 10 to 15 years at a minimum.
Without a thorough inspection of the care home, there is no way to answer this question with any kind of accuracy. Care homes differ wildly in both their size and layout, which makes a generic answer all but impossible.
We understand that nursing homes are businesses and that you need an affordable heating system, so we do all we can to deliver a solution that offers real savings and a good return on your investment.
Our heating engineers will be able to provide you with an estimate for your new system following your initial consultation. Once the planning phase is complete, you will get an accurate and cost quote for our work, with no obligation to proceed any further. Alternatively, you can spread the cost with Green Funding Lease Plans.
If your energy bills are going through the roof, it could be because your existing heating system is dated and inefficient and therefore in need of replacement or upgrading. It’s a provable fact that most heating solutions deteriorate over time, and if yours has been in place for a decade or more, it will only become more prone to breakdowns and higher than necessary energy bills.
If your residents and their families are complaining about the temperature throughout the care home, that is another sure sign that you should act. Failure to do so runs the risk of affecting residents well-being and Care Quality Commission scoring.
If you’re not sure whether a new heating system is the answer, arrange a free consultation with OKEL today. We can take a thorough look at your property and propose several alternative options for you.
If you are planning to install a new heating solution into a commercial premises that involves a gas-fired boiler system then you will need to instruct a GasSafe-registered engineer who is certified to work on commercial properties.
Although a domestic engineer has experience in the installation of boiler systems, they do not have the required experience, qualifications or gas safe ticket that is necessary for commercial applications and would therefore not be able to provide you and your insurance provider with a commissioning certificate to prove that the new system has been fitted to current safety and gas safe regulations.
It’s difficult to place an accurate timescale on any new heating project for nursing homes, as there are so many variables to consider, however we realise that any outage of heating or hot water must be kept to an absolute minimum so not to upset or inconvenience your residents.
During your initial consultation, our engineers will discuss your particular needs and, during the planning phase, will be able to put forward a realistic and practical timetable that works for everybody and with any outage being agreed in advance with your care homes management team at a time to suit you.You can rest assured that we will do all we can to complete the project in a timely manner.