Unvented hot water cylinder installation in Edinburgh
Installation - service - repair
Do you need a new hot water cylinder?
We are fully qualified and insured to carry out inspection, installation, commissioning and servicing of unvented hot water systems.
Whether you are looking to replace your cylinder like for like or upgrade your gravity vented hot water cylinder to unvented mains pressure, we have the experience and qualifications to get the job done safely.
Hot water cylinders explained
There are two main types of hot water cylinders: vented and unvented. Vented cylinders are connected to a cold-water storage tank, usually located in the loft or attic of a building. The cold water flows into the cylinder through a feed and expansion pipe, while hot water is drawn from the top of the cylinder. Vented cylinders rely on gravity to distribute hot water throughout the building.
On the other hand, unvented cylinders are directly connected to the mains water supply. They have an internal expansion vessel that accommodates the increased volume of water when it is heated. Unvented cylinders provide high-pressure hot water and do not require a separate cold-water storage tank. They are becoming increasingly popular in Edinburgh due to their efficiency and space-saving design.
Hot water cylinders can also be classified based on their heating methods. Traditional cylinders are heated by a boiler using gas, oil, or electricity. These systems have been widely used for many years and are still prevalent in older buildings. However, with advancements in technology, more energy-efficient options have emerged.
One such option is a solar thermal hot water cylinder. These cylinders are connected to solar panels that harness energy from the sun to heat the water. Solar thermal systems are environmentally friendly and can significantly reduce energy costs. They are particularly effective in sunny climates.
Another alternative is an electric hot water cylinder. These cylinders have built-in electric heating elements that heat the water directly. Electric cylinders are easy to install and can be controlled independently, allowing for greater flexibility in water temperature settings. However, they tend to be more expensive to run compared to other heating methods.
In recent years, heat pump hot water cylinders have gained popularity in and around Edinburgh. Heat pumps extract heat from the surrounding air or ground and use it to heat the water inside the cylinder. They are highly efficient and can provide significant energy savings. Heat pump systems can be used in conjunction with other heating methods, such as solar panels or boilers, for optimal performance.