Is an Air Source Heat Pump the right energy solution for you?

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Whether through the burning of oil and gas, or through the conversion of electricity, the majority of home heating systems in Scotland work by creating their own heat. In contrast, an air source heat pump will use the heat energy found in the air outside and harness it in order to heat your home.

A heat pump will generally produce far more heat energy than the electrical energy it uses to run, making it a much cheaper option than alternative heating systems.

With Government incentives on offer to new owners, and fuel prices increasingly volatile, could this be the perfect time to install an air source heat pump in your home?

Here are all the facts you need to know to help you make your decision:

How does it work?

So, your new air source heat pump will take the heat from outside your home and put it on the inside, but how exactly is this possible?

Firstly, air from outside is blown through the heat pump over a network of tubes containing a liquid refrigerant. This heats the refrigerant, turning it into a gas.

This gas is then passed through a compressor which pressurises the gas as well as adding additional heat.

Once compressed, the gas is condensed back into a warm liquid which is then passed through your radiators to produce heating as well as being stored in a tank for hot water usage.

What are the benefits?

Besides being a cheaper alternative to electric or gas heating, installing an air source heat pump is a great way for you to help protect the environment and reduce your carbon footprint.

More than 2 million homes in Scotland currently use gas central heating, with 200,000 more using oil boilers, and home heating is responsible for a massive 15% of all carbon emissions. The Scottish Government fell well short of its target of having 11% of homes being heated by renewable sources by 2020 with the actual figure falling from 6.6% in 2019 to just 6.4%.

By opting to heat your home with an air source heat pump you will be contributing to improving this bleak picture. Air source heat pumps generate far less CO2 than conventional heating systems and if combined with a renewable tariff have the potential to be zero carbon. This means that you will be unaffected from any changes to fuel costs as a result of restrictions placed on fossil fuel use.

As well as being a responsible and environmentally conscious decision, installing a heat pump will provide you with an efficient and constant source of energy throughout the year. You could be forgiven for thinking that there was not a huge amount of hot air to harness in Scotland, however, air source heat pumps work well in temperatures as low as minus 20 degrees.

Air source heat pumps are also many times more efficient at converting electricity to heat than traditional electric heating systems, producing efficiency rates of 400% (4 units of thermal energy created per unit of electricity). In comparison, the highest efficiency rate produced by conventional electric heaters is around 100%. This means that you could use 75% less electric to heat your home simply by installing an air source heat pump.

Why you need to act fast.

In a bid to meet climate promises the UK Government is offering significant incentives to switch to renewable energy sources. One initiative available is the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) which was introduced in 2011 to encourage people to consider switching to renewable heating technology.

Any homeowner in the UK can currently claim a subsidy of as much as £13,900 when they install an air source heat pump in their home. This number is dependent on the number of kWh required to heat your home, and you must ensure that you use an installer with an MCS certified installer.

However, this scheme will not be available for much longer as in April 2022 it is set to be replaced by the Boiler Upgrade scheme which will offer homeowners a £5,000 upgrade to an air source heat pump.

This means that if you are considering switching to an air source heat pump you should do so before April 2022 in order to secure the best possible funding available to you. If you are unsure of your best course of action, contact Greener Energy Group today.

We have a team of experts who will guide you through the process, manage all the pre-installation paperwork, calculate your potential savings, and have a system designed uniquely to your property needs. They will also ensure you receive the best possible subsidy payment available to you at the time.

Why Burglars are Deterred by Security Cameras

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Both former professional/career burglars as well as amateurs consistently cite the biggest deterrent to their crimes as being the visible presence of security cameras. In this article, we’ll discuss why security cameras are such a serious (and effective) deterrent for criminals and burglars, and how best to utilise them to protect your home and property.

Why Burglars are Deterred by Security Cameras

Burglars are deterred primarily because security cameras increase their chances of being caught and prosected, even if the property is empty at the time and any police response is delayed. The fact is that a visual recording of the burglar is not only fantastic evidence for the police to use to find them and track their movements, but it is a fantastic way to guarantee they are prosecuted. If their face is recorded and passed to the police, any criminal career they are hoping to start is unlikely to take off.

Professional burglars collectively agree that a security camera is the biggest deterrent they can encounter. Co-op Insurance found in a study that professional burglars considered CCTV to be the biggest possible deterrent (not only for homes either; the presence of a CCTV camera in a street would frequently deter criminals from attempting to stealing cars as well).

Thieves are not only deterred by security cameras mounted on the exterior of the property. Knowledge of internal security cameras likewise will often deter criminals, but just as with exterior cameras, it’s vital that these be visible. Indeed, in some cases, criminals who have managed to enter homes will promptly leave upon spotting an internal camera.

These benefits cannot be understated. They can end up saving you time, money, and most importantly of all peace of mind.

Why do thieves sometimes target homes with Security Cameras

On some occasions, although rare, thieves will target homes with security cameras. This may be because of an inflated sense of ability, or more than likely, they will not have seen the camera.

Even in these cases, Security Cameras play a vital role in helping to apprehend and prosecute criminals and burglars.

It’s vital any security cameras you have are used as effectively as they can be.

Ensuring Cameras are effective

If you want to make sure your CCTV system is effective at deterring any potential criminals, there’s a few steps you can take. These are some expert approved tips.

Visibility

If the burglars are going to be deterred by the cameras, they are going to have to see them. A key part of ensuring criminals is put off attempting to break into your property is by ensuring the cameras are visible. If the cameras are obscured or covered up, then the cameras might become an ineffective deterrent – even if they’re able to spot burglars. The priority of the cameras should be to prevent crime.

Signs

Another part of visibility is the use of signs advertising the presence of cameras. Even if the cameras themselves aren’t visible to burglars or intruders, the knowledge a camera system is present is often enough to deter them from attempting a crime.

The best camera features for guaranteeing successful deterrence

Lighting

A fantastic feature of many modern cameras is that they can come equipped with lighting. This shines a literal spotlight upon anyone detected, and the visibility of these kind of lighting systems will deter even expert criminals, since there is then little which they can do to remain unnoticed if they have a literal spotlight shining on them.

Sirens and Audio Warnings

One of the best features that come with modern CCTV camera are audio warnings, such as sirens. These can be set to activate when a camera detects an intruder, resulting in a pre-recorded message playing warning the intruder they are breaking the law and the police are to be alerted. This will often prevent the crime before it even begins and will give any intruder an incredible fright.

Night Vision

Most burglaries occur during at night, therefore it’s imperative you get up to date cameras which carry night vision features, to ensure that even in dark conditions you have a clear idea of what’s going on. Even if the camera can’t provide colour dark vision, infrared LED sensors are also highly effective and a fantastic option.

Maximising Efficiency of your Cameras

The best approach to maximising your cameras effectiveness is by combining them with other systems, such as burglar alarms Glasgow. The creation of a comprehensive security system, and a visible one at that, will do a huge amount to stop any criminal in their tracks. Of course, it is always vital to get the support of professionals when installing any of this – given the wealth of expert advise they can offer.

Carpet Cleaning Health Benefits

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Carpet Cleaning has a range of health benefits many people simply aren’t aware of. While many people focus on the serious aesthetic benefits of cleaning, health is often seriously impacted overtime by the spread of dust and bacteria through carpets.

In this article we’ll detail some of the serious benefits that Acorn carpet cleaning can offer your carpet and your health. Acorn Carpet Cleaning has been providing professional services for years, and knows the best way to help you get the most out of your carpet.

Carpets – A major source of Pollutants and Debris

Various studies have found that failing to maintain your carpet can produce a huge build-up of dust and other harmful debris within your carpet. Overtime, these will release into the air of you home, and you’ll inhale them, which can end up being harmful. Young children and the elderly are especially at risk; carpets are often a source of colds and other illnesses which impact them.

A lot can hide in your carpet, building up a range of gasses and particles that’ll pass into the airflow of your home. This includes,

  • Dirt
  • Dust (Carpets hold a huge amount of dust)
  • Bacteria
  • Mould spores
  • Cockroach and Dust Mite allergens
  • Pesticides and other chemical debris tracked in on your shoes

The best way to prevent these kinds of pollutants and debris entering the air of your home is via regular cleaning – but often this isn’t enough. While norming hoovering is good, it cannot remove all the dirt, dust, and grime in your carpet. Furthermore, it will rapidly build up again soon. In the worst cases, some commercially available vacuums can push this debris into the air. The result is that the problem is made much worse.

Acorn Carpet Cleaning offers the best choice for ensuring your home is kept free of these problems and that your carpet is kept truly fresh. Our team at Acorn makes use of a huge range of professional grade equipment to ensure your carpet is kept properly clean. This equipment includes professional vacuums, whose high-suction vacuum and filtration unit guarantees none of the debris escape into the air. Our appliance of a biodegradable molecular spray and hot water extraction technique furthermore ensures no debris or chemicals are left.

Air Quality and Clean Carpets

Carpets will release much of the dirt, dust, and grime they pick up into the air overtime. There’s not much we can do about this – but what we can do is cut down on what can enter the air. Traditional hoovering can only stop so much; it can certainly cut down on dust, but bacteria and other grime is harder to remove.

Acorn’s techniques will ensure your carpets are cleaned down to the fine fibres,

Dust Mites

Dust mites are tiny, microscopic creatures which feed on skin cells and thrive in carpets. Dust mites are an allergen, and can cause problems like sneezing, congestion, and coughing. There are some studies which indicate Dust mites may even worsen asthma, resulting in a difficulty breathing and chest pains.

Dust mites are tough to remove; normal hoovering will struggle to remove them and will rarely cut down a population to have any noticeable effect on health. In some cases, hoovering can cause the Mites to spread to other parts of your home.

Acorn Carpet Cleaning’s use of powerful cleaning technology and methods will ensure any Dust mite population in your home is cut down to size. Our use of powerful vacuums and hot water extraction will ensure any dust mite population is eradicated.

Preventing Mould Growth

Spills and moisture can cause mould to form in your carpet. In other cases, mould spores can be tracked to the carpet by accident. If they’re allowed to remain undisturbed, it will result in the spread of mould. If your home is subject to changes in humidity, this can result in a serious moisture build-up and in turn the emergence of mould. Mould causes some serious allergic reactions – indeed mould is a very common allergen that impacts many people. Worse, the effects of mould are often not easily seen – it weakens the immune system, and so its effects will often be felt in other illnesses and such.

Long term exposure to mould has the potential of causing a range of health issues. These include,

  • Asthma
  • Respiratory ailments

It’s difficult to remove mould spores via traditional cleaning, while removing mould is even harder. The best means to prevent it is through professional cleaning. Acorn uses powerful cleaning methods to ensure that your carpet will be kept clean of any mould. Whereas traditional methods won’t be able to pull out or remove the mould spores entangled in the fibres of your carpet, Acorn Carpet Cleaning will guarantee your carpet is kept truly clean.

Prime Secure AI CCTV Towers

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Prime Secure’s been leading the market for 20 years in construction site surveillance technology. But we don’t just try to lead the market – we look to innovate and improve it. One product that’s helped us do this has been our AI Security Towers.

Eco Security Towers are sturdy steel built all in one security options. They are,

  • Resistant to vandalism and sabotage, ensuring protection against both vandals and professional criminals
  • Not reliant on wires, cabling or a generator – making them easy to set up and deploy in many kinds of construction environment
  • Carry a 360-degree camera with a 200-metre range, mounted on a 7ft poll ensuring excellent coverage
  • Backed by powerful, modern artificial intelligence, eliminating the potential for human error and bring in advanced machine learning detection technology

Prime Secure’s AI CCTV Towers have helped secure us a respected place in the market. They’re suitable for a wide range of clients and environment’, and we’ve provided CCTV towers to construction sites, home associations and builders.

Prime Secure’s AI Towers are excellent if you’re looking for CCTV which isn’t reliant on consistent maintenance, isn’t in need of pre-existing infrastructure and can provide immediate service from set-up.

CCTV Tower Features

So, what features do our towers offer? As a modern CCTV security system, Prime Secure has ensured our CCTVs are fully equipped to provide your property with the systems they need to guarantee the protection of your property.

  • Quick to Deploy: Whereas traditional CCTV systems require extensive cable and wiring systems to be set up – Prime Secure’s CCTV Tower is quick to set up and requires minimum preparation and infrastructure which makes it perfect for a construction site environment.
  • Remote Access App: Want to check in on your property? Prime Secure’s CCTV Tower can be remotely accessed through a dedicated app. You can check on your employees as they work while also inspecting the security of the site directly.
  • Powerful AI Systems: Prime Secure’s CCTV Systems feature modern AI technology that ensures a quick response to any intrusion. Not only does AI decrease the potential for human error such as false alarms (or worse, missed signs of intruders), but AI has faster response time as well. Furthermore, with our excellent AI you can establish digital tripwires and protection zones – providing your property with even sharper, more powerful protection.
  • 360 Auto-Tracking Camera: Mounted on a sturdy 7ft poll, our towers mount a camera which can move 360 degrees and can track potential intruders and suspicious behaviour. This excellent field of view and capacity to keep sight of intruders or incidents (while recording them) ensures you’re able to get the evidence necessary to protect your property and prosecute criminals.
  • Warning and Audio Systems: Prime Secure’s CCTV Towers are equipped with audio warning systems. When an intruder is detected, recorded messages can be played which will alert the intruder that the authorities have been alerted. This will do a great deal to scare off vandals, intruders, and other criminals.
  • 4K 60FPS Low Light Camera: Our CCTV Cameras record at a crisp 4K, 60 FPS. This means that you will have a clear image of your property and get the best evidence for the police and any kind of legal proceedings. Furthermore, the Camera is lowlight and perfect for operating in dark conditions, meaning you’re protected at all times of the day. With a massive 4TB of storage, there’s no need to worry about a loss of space either.
  • Sturdy Construction: Prime Secure’s CCTV Towers are built to be sturdy, heavy, and resistant to tampering and vandalism. This means in the face of even professional criminals, you’ll be protected – as will your new security system. 
  • Limited Maintenance: Prime Secure has worked to ensure our CCTV Towers require minimal maintenance and don’t require consistent call outs or inspection to continue running. This is a serious benefit over standard security systems, which often necessitate consistent inspections.

CCTV Eco Tower

Alongside our standard CCTV Tower, Prime Secure also offers an advanced Eco-Powered CCTV Tower. It comes with the same features as our standard CCTV Tower, but also comes with other major benefits.

  • Eco Friendly: As its name suggests, Prime Secure’s Eco CCTV Tower is intended to benefit the environment. It uses solar panels to produce its energy, which means it is not reliant on a generator or other fuel source. This can help you to significantly cut down on your carbon output and footprint.
  • Makes Deployment and Use Easier: Because there’s no need for a generator or external power source an Eco CCTV is incredibly easy to set up. This can significantly save time, space and money.
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