Global warming and how we can help with energy efficiency

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In many ways the summer of 2018 in Europe will be remembered as a good one. We experienced warm weather and in places such as the UK, this was a welcome break from the drab conditions often associated with a British summer.

However, the warm weather was uncharacteristic and part of the more worrying trend of global warming.

While, citizens of some countries might wish for a few degrees increase in regular temperatures such as those in Northern Europe, the consequences of such an increase are already beginning to be seen.

Cows are dying of thirst in Switzerland, glaciers are melting in many Alpine areas across Europe and forest fires are breaking out in Sweden, a country not known to frequently experience this phenomenon.

Global warming is clearly an issue that will affect so many parts of our day to day lives from farming, food and water supply, the infrastructure of our towns and more.

Energy and Global Warming

Global warming is directly linked to the process of acquiring energy. We acquire energy through two means; non renewable and renewable forms.

Most of our energy is still supplied through non renewable means i.e. coal, oil and gas. These are finite resources and will eventually run out one day.

As an added downside, the process of getting the energy from them releases CO2 into the atmosphere which contributes to the phenomenon of global warming.

Renewable energy, on the other hand harnesses the naturally occuring forms of energy this earth has blessed us with.

This can come in the form of solar power captured from solar panels, wind power captured by wind turbines and many others. These will never run out and even better, they do not contribute to global warming.

Governments and organisations are starting to adopt these measures but they are more expensive than the cheap dirty stuff.

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Energy usage

Part of the issue is not simply that we have used non renewable energy to power our homes, cars and so on. We did that for the last century and the amount of CO2 released into the atmosphere remained under dangerous levels.

The problem is that the global population exploded at an unprecedented rate since the middle of the twentieth century and all of those people need energy. We are also more wealthy as a society than ever before and that’s given us access to more products that also need energy to function.

Phones, laptops, games consoles, TVs – they all need energy.

However, it is a basic human right to have shelter – that is not a luxury. This shelter should provide protection and comfort from outside weather through the seasons.

In winter, we want to be warm. In summer, we want to be cool. In the face of the environmental crisis we face, our homes must be designed with energy efficiency at the forefront.

What can we to do about global warming?

If we can cut down on our energy usage we can make the resources we have last longer while sustainable energy is more widely adopted.

One way to cut down on energy usage is to make sure that the energy we do use gets used for the task we want it to and none of it gets wasted.

So when we want to make the house warmer in winter, the energy used is only used to carry out that task.

At Three Thermo we are committed to making sure all future energy supplied to our houses is used more efficiently.

We believe our concealed radiators are part of that solution. As well as the environmental benefits of increased energy efficiency, our radiation system generates 40-50% energy savings compared to convection solutions which means you’re also financially better off.

10 fun facts you didn’t know about heating

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So you’re probably thinking there is not much to know about heating your home, only that you need it in the winter and it is progressively getting more expensive!

However below, we have 10 facts hopefully you will bear in mind the next time you switch on your heater.

10 home heating facts you never knew

  1. Guess who created heated floors? Yes that’s right, they have done it again! The Romans would place slabs over a heated source.

  2. July 2018, was the hottest month in the UK in 2018 with temperatures averaging 30 degrees +! Ouch, remember those figures when you’re shivering in the early hours of the Great British winter. 
  3. Newer is not always better? This phrase definitely does not apply when it comes to heating! Older radiators such as those used by the Victorians, were made out of cast iron and would weigh more than 490 pounds per square foot. 
  4. Artificial heating can impact the way in which we tolerate and react to natural temperature. heating facts radiator

    For example, if we are used to having the heating on all year round including in 25 degree heat, when we do not have our heating on we may feel cold even though 25 degree heat in Britain is far from cold! Interesting! So, next time your colleagues says they are cold… believe them!

     

  5. At 140 degrees it can take 5 seconds to burn skin and therefore when setting your water heater, it should be no more than 120 degrees. Stay safe and warm this winter. 
  6. Nasa states that when the temperature reaches 35 degrees celsius, our work output decreases by 45%. Next time there is a heatwave, tell your boss! 
  7. Polar bears may have white fur however, they have black skin! This is used to help absorb heat from the sun. 
  8. Although all sentient beings are affected by heat, apparently so are objects. The tennis balls at Wimbledon are kept refrigerated at 20 degrees celsius until they are used. 
  9. 1 wind turbine can generate electricity for 1,400 homes. WOW! Who knew the wind can be help keep me warm! 
  10. Solar power doesn’t always need sun! Solar power harvested during sunlight hours can be stored using salt and used for power in the night. This is done in Spain and produces 7 hours of energy.

I hoped you enjoyed all the fun facts! Be sure to stay tuned!

Gone like the wind – the new way to power energy in the UK

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It has been announced that by 2030, parts of the UK could possibly be powered by offshore wind power.

As strange as it sounds, this form of energy is clean, affordable and has been used worldwide. For approximately the first 3 months of 2018, wind power has provided 44% extra energy to the national grid, which works out to be around 5 million homes.

Although, this occurred in Scotland, it does not mean to say this method cannot be replicated across the UK.

Climate change means energy change

Climate change has presented itself as a real threat, and therefore discovering new economic, effective and sustainable ways to power our homes and societies in general has never been so important.

Raising awareness about more eco friendly ways of generating energy is an issues many politicians and world climate experts has been discussing for several years.

In order to reach a conclusion there are a few pros and cons about wind energy that will need to be considered.

Bearing in mind what it costs to provide nuclear energy, wind powered energy has low operating costs and can produce far more energy than what the whole population would require.

This averages to about 20 x times more than the typical usage is in the home.

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Wind turbines providing efficient energy

Additionally, wind turbines do not occupy a lot of space and are a source of renewable energy, which comes from the sun, so it will never run out.

As a result of these reasons, this means that energy produced by wind turbines are on the increase and is growing by 25% a year as quoted by a US study.

However, after analysing communities who have been using wind turbines for a substantial period of time, there are some associated disadvantages.

The initial cost of installing a wind turbine can be costly as well as the time it can take for a turbine to become a net electricity producer.

Such factors can be off-putting especially when being compared to fossil and coal fuels.

What are the downsides of wind turbines?

Wind turbines have often been criticised as being unpredictable. For example, during summer it will not be possible to power anywhere near 5 million homes with turbine energy, simply because there is not enough wind.

Home would need to be powered conjunctively with other forces of energy. Although, if a cost effective mechanism of saving wind was invented, then this would be a possibility.

With much of the conversation regarding turbines being noted as green, there are negative aspects also associated with this very nature.

Due to the size, turbines are often located on farms or in the countryside, as a result much of the flying local wildlife are gravely affected and struggle to survive.

Furthermore, the sound of the turbines are known to cause noise pollution for residents and wildlife, although this issues has said to be reducing as the newer forms of the turbine that use offshore energy are not as loud.

To summarise, wind turbines are a real competitor within the energy sector and should be considered by governments as a more substantial method of eco energy usage.

With the increase of awareness about renewable energy sources and the devastating impact of fossil fuels on the environment, turbine energy continues to be the fastest growing energy with the least negative social impact.

How to Ensure Clean Air For Your Home

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Air surrounds us everyday. It follows us wherever we go, both indoors and outdoors. But what we can control is whether the air in our home is clean or dirty.

Most of us spend much of the day inside. We are a society that has evolved to spend more time indoors than out, especially in urban areas.

The average Brit spends just 8 per cent of their time outside during weekdays. We travel from our homes to work or school back home.

The time we spend outside has cut down significantly since the days of the hunter gatherer.

Outside air is largely out of our control. The quality of that air is determined by other people’s actions.

Fumes from car exhausts and the burning of fossil fuels from factory plants all contribute to making it a little harder to breathe outside.

In major urban cities there is a growing problem of air pollution. In the UK, children growing up in polluted, urban cities like London develop stunted lung capacity that is 8 to 10 per cent smaller.

The good news – we can control air quality inside but what happens when we don’t look after it properly.

Mould forms in the air

Mould is a microscopic organism that occurs naturally. We need mould as it helps to break down organisms in a natural way, composting would not be possible without it.

A little mould is not a bad thing for the human body – we can eat blue cheese after all! However, we do not want it growing inside our homes and buildings.

How does it form?

You come in from a from freezing cold walk home and jump straight into the shower. You might have a slightly longer shower than normal. As you look around, water droplets have formed on all the surfaces.

That’s condensation. Excess moisture caused like this is is just one way mould can form over time. Other ways excess moisture can enter a building is through leaking pipes, damage to the roof or windows.

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How is mould harmful to us?

As a healthy person with a strong immune system, the effects of mould may not be immediately felt. However, if left to fester, mould can cause allergens, irritants and in extreme circumstances, toxic substances.

People with respiratory or immune problems will feel the effects greater if exposed to them. They might experience symptoms such as itching, sneezing and sore throats, much like any allergic reaction.

The best course of action is prevention as opposed to treatment. To make sure mould doesn’t build up in the first place you need to make sure your home or work place is properly ventilated. Too much moisture in the air is the main cause of your mould problems.

You can:
  • Open windows for a few minutes each day.
  • Invest in better insulation.
  • While cooking or showering, open windows, turn the fan on and close the door to the room.

Or:

Get yourself a 3thermo concealed radiator.

Our technology guarantees appropriate moisture (40-60%) and clean air without any additional air humidifiers or mechanical filters.

Learn more or get in touch with us – office@3thermo.com

Innovative houses of the future with the 3THERMO heating system

Near Poznań, just by the beach on Lake Kierskie in the Chyby Tarnowo Podgórne municipality), a complex of 10 prestigious residences is being built – On the Lake Chyby Housing Estate. We are glad that 3THERMO can participate in this pro-ecological project of the EM4 developer and contribute a bit to the construction of houses of the future. The residences in Chyby are made of solid timber insulated with wood wool, and they achieve the parameters of a passive house.

In the houses of the future, a range of innovative pro-ecological solutions has been used, including, amongst other things, their own photovoltaic power stations, 3THERMO heating systems and heat pumps. According to the investor, the inhabitants of the On the Lake Chyby Housing Estate will be almost completely independent of external power supplies, and top-quality equipment will influence the comfort of living, e.g. three-pane windows and an intelligent house management system.

3THERMO in Poznan’s ZOO

ZOO in Poznan has finished the installation of 3THERMO heating system in the monkey enclosure.

Heating using conventional radiators was harmful for the animals and had a negative effect on their health.

The new heating system based on 3THERMO radiators has been approved by a General Veterinary Inspectorate as it is able to simulate a natural environment. It provides an optimal air humidity and heat distribution across the enclosure.

More info:  www.fakt.pl

Revitalisation of old tenement houses with 3THERMO

One can frequently encounter a situation when a neglected and damp tenement house protected by the Monuments Conservator, excluding the possibility of thermal insulation, needs to be revitalised. The only method of improving energy efficiency in the building is to replace windows, perform thermal modernisation of the roof and install a new, energy-saving source of heat.

3THERMO, producer of concealed radiators, was invited for co-operation on a revitalisation project of an old tenement house in the centre of Poznań. A solution was sought that would not disturb the structure of the building, at the same time greatly limiting heat losses. There are circumstances where wall heating is the only right choice to be made, and so was the case.

The investor wished to ensure that the original hardwood floor is preserved and for that that reason floor heating was out of question. At the same time, the new solution was supposed to be energy-saving and comfortable. 3THERMO radiators were chosen for reasons of hygiene (natural regulation of humidity, lack of dust circulation), and ability to dry the walls (elimination and fungi and moulds).

Wall heating offers a range of new possibilities hard to reach with other forms of heat redistribution. They can be achieved due to the placement of the system inside the building envelope, where the greatest heat losses occur. In addition, 3THERMO system needs no further maintenance, no venting or cleaning, and the radiators do not attract dust and do not emit noise.

The system finds its ideal application in such places as tenement houses where limiting heat losses, clean air and prevention of the wall dampness are the target.

BEFORE REVITALISATION

DURING REVITALISATION

AFTER REVITALISATION

A unique heating system in a unique place

In a picturesque Wielkopolska scenery of Kierskie lake a new housing estate was built, which would make Leonardo DiCaprio, famous for years for his support of nature protection projects, nod in approval. The housing estate named “Chyby nad Jeziorem” was designed within a city village concept.

The investor took all efforts to exclusively apply construction solutions that will be beneficial to the health of its future inhabitants and the environment.

Each of 10 environmentally friendly residencies was built in a German MHM (Massive Holtz Mauer) technology, the only one in the market that enables a house construction with a passive house characteristics, including heat-accumulating walls, capable of independently regulating humidity level in standard residential conditions. The system uses unimpregnated solid wooden timber for constructing walls, which allows to significantly decrease the amount of chemicals typically used for erecting walls or ceilings and floors.

The environmentally friendly concept of Chyby housing estate was also supported by 3THERMO. Innovative concealed radiators distribute heat in the house in winter and absorb excessive heat in summer months, transporting it outside the house.

Although the housing estate is still under construction and it is time for the finishing touches, the effects of many months’ work can already be seen. They feature 3THERMO radiators, now connected to the heat pump.

Grand Designs Show 2018

Grand Designs Live exhibition is one of the most important events dedicated to the contemporary design and technology for the home and garden. The show at London’s Excel attracts up to 100 000 visitors during 9 days in May. This year the exhibition takes place from 5th to 13th of May.
The show offers opportunity to see a past, present and future of the home renovations and build.3THERMO concealed hybrid radiators are cutting edge technology in heating offering a healthy, innovative and cost effective heating system.
The team at 3THERMO UK have prepared an exclusive offer for the visitors. Those who place an order during the show and pay a deposit fee will receive free manifold/piping/accessories.
Please come and see us at stand number B389 for live demonstrations and take advantage of the special show offer!