How we support key services with hospital boilers and HVAC
Hodgkinson Bennis supports sustainable services at NHS and private hospitals by fitting and maintaining the best hospital boilers and HVAC.
In the week that COP26 draws to a close in Glasgow, everyone has sustainability on their mind. For the UK’s healthcare sector, it’s a vital consideration. Indeed, one leading London NHS foundation trust has taken the step of declaring a climate and health emergency (>> https://www.uclh.nhs.uk/news/uclh-declares-climate-and-health-emergency). One key consideration is ensuring that boiler and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) plant is future-fit and energy efficient. Temperature regulation (both heating and cooling) and hot water together account for around two-thirds of a typical UK hospital’s energy consumption. In this blog, we’re going to look at how we can help improve sustainability at UK hospitals with our hospital boiler and hospital HVAC services.
Designing and fitting energy efficient hospital boiler and HVAC systems
With the most extensive estate portfolio in Europe, the NHS provides a massive healthcare infrastructure in the UK. Ensuring that each facility has an energy efficient boiler and HVAC system is a huge undertaking. Hodgkinson Bennis are experts at fitting and commissioning new plant in NHS and other hospitals with minimum disruption. We know that hospital boiler and HVAC systems are often site- and sector-specific. For instance, dealing with clinical waste incineration requires the expertise and initiative of a company like ours.
New equipment also extends to state-of-the-art thermostats and timer switches. For instance, we could fit a compensator, which is a form of control for heating systems that automatically regulates the heating temperature based on the weather, even with the changeable UK climate. Meanwhile, for older systems we can address the issue of wasting hot water by eliminating redundancies, rationalising pipework, or installing point-of-use heaters.
Servicing and maintaining essential services at hospitals
Once hospitals have an efficient boiler or HVAC system fitted, it’s essential to keep it regularly serviced and maintained. We can help by undertaking annual gas safety checks. In addition, we will devise a servicing schedule to ensure that systems go on operating at peak efficiency. Meanwhile, steam boilers and high-pressure hot water boilers over 110 degrees centigrade must conform to the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations 2000 (PSSR). We can undertake annual PSSR inspections, which allow you to be able to ensure your steam boiler or high-pressure hot water boiler. And we’re also able to perform the more arduous Non-Destructive Test (NDT), which most boiler systems will need on a five-year timetable.
Long-term aims to create sustainable healthcare
Many older hospitals were not designed with energy efficiency in mind. And factoring in inefficiencies in water usage, hospitals have a great opportunity to save money on their utilities. There are several options to improve energy efficiency and water usage in hospitals. It may entail refitting an entire system and installing modern equipment. It may be a question of better maintenance of existing plant and pipework. Fitting solar panels on roofs and switching to sustainable energy providers are other important steps. Whatever option is best for an individual facility, Hodgkinson Bennis can promote sustainable hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
The first step to lowering utility bills will be to understand healthcare facilities’ power and water usage. Compiling an energy checklist for various times of day helps to identify potential savings. And resolving issues with water wastage can also be straightforward. We can advise on the use of self-closing taps in sinks, push-button controls in showers, and in-built flow regulators throughout your bathrooms will reduce the need for hot water. But many energy and water savings will be under the control of staff, so it’s essential to make your team aware of the benefits that sustainability will bring. Together, we can promote energy efficiency – and keep essential service at hospitals running sustainably for the long term.
To find out more about how Hodgkinson Bennis supports essential services by fitting and maintaining hospital boilers and hospital HVAC, contact one of the team today.
About Hodgkinson Bennis hospital boilers and hospital HVAC
Hodgkinson Bennis designs, installs, and maintains the most fuel-efficient commercial and industrial boilers. Headquartered in Manchester, we work across the UK, particularly in the North West, North East and throughout the Midlands. Contact us today to discuss how we can deliver advanced commercial and industrial boilers, and our range of other services. At Hodgkinson Bennis, we have worked with commercial and industrial boilers since 1872. This history gives us an enviable amount of experience as pioneers in the industry. We place an enormous emphasis on ensuring the health and safety of all team members, suppliers, contractors, and the public. We provide the most fuel-efficient boiler solutions for industrial and commercial applications.