Grundfos welcomes major new policy supporting efficient operation of central heating systems


Hydraulic balancing

New UK government policy recognises hydraulic balancing as ‘’Expected Practice’’

Ensuring an optimal distribution of water in a heating system has been shown by independent studies to offer savings of up to 27% of total heating costs. This is known as hydraulic balancing, and today the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recognised that as “expected practice” in connection with installation or replacement of a domestic heating system. Grundfos welcomes the new policy, but calls for firm inclusion in relevant guides and industry commissioning checklists to ensure that consumers enjoy the benefits of hydraulic balancing.

Today the UK Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) announced plans to drive up standards for domestic heating systems at point of installation or replacement from April 2018.

The Boiler Plus document includes the following on hydraulic balancing[i]:

‘’We would like to put beyond doubt that hydraulic balancing is an expected practice. Consumers should expect their installer to undertake this, and not to charge excessive fees.’’

Grundfos welcome this announcement. However, a firm inclusion in the domestic heating compliance guide is now required to ensure creation of the transparency and competition needed to drive down costs and provide consumers with all the benefits of Hydraulic Balancing.

Alongside access to a range of installed energy saving measures, installers and consumers are set to be offered advice on a crucial element of heating system performance – the flow of water across each radiator (heat emitter) within the central heating system. Replacing a boiler or heating system component represents a key opportunity to check that the entire system is working optimally.

Hydraulic balancing can be delivered through a variety of different methods which vary according to cost and labour intensiveness, however if undertaken correctly, all offer energy saving potential. The work involved can be delivered by any competent gas-safe technician at the same time as replacement of a boiler heating or other heating system component.

Grundfos UK Managing Director Peter Reynolds commented:

‘’We are happy to see that the new policy clearly recognises the potential in Hydraulic Balancing, which is up to 27% saving on total heating costs with little extra effort during installation. However, with the great potential and wide range of low cost methods available for optimising a central heating system in mind, we see no reason not to include Hydraulic Balancing in relevant guides and industr commissioning checklists today. Consumers should not wait to reap the benefits of Hydraulic Balancing, so in the coming months we will be working closely wit Government Departments and the heating industry to ensure that this expected practice is brought to the market sooner rather than later.”