Vortex

The Vortex is a revolutionary breakthrough in energy saving technology.

The Vortex Energy Saver improves the properties of water in the heating system by removing any entrained or dissolved Oxygen to an inert level causing the water to heat up quicker using less energy.

How It Works?

The Vortex combines the physics of Henry's Law and Vortex technology to remove the dissolved Oxygen from the water in a wet central heating system down to an inert level. The Vortex changes the properties of water.

How Vortex Works

Vortex, by virtue of its design, works in a very simple way through harnessing phenomena created by the circulating pump. As the water from the heating system enters the device the action of the pump causes the water to spin into a vortex. In the middle of the vortex there is a low pressure zone which draws the entrained air and dissolved oxygen from the solution. As the water reaches the outlet, the action of the vortex increases and the bubbles of air, now out of the solution, rise upwards and are collected through a dip tube to be released from the system through an air vent.

This action is able to remove the entrained air and dissolved oxygen down to 0.2ppm. Air bubbles in the heating system are by nature lazy and lethargic and reduce the heat transfer efficiency. As a result of removing the entrained air and dissolved oxygen down to an inert level the heating system will become more efficient in terms of energy usage, hot water regeneration and higher radiator temperatures .

The Vortex also eliminates corrosion which causes the formation of magnetites. Magnetites in turn shortens the life of radiators, pumps, boilers and valves as well as making the system work inefficiently. With no moving parts the Vortex has a life expectancy of 40 years and will outlast all other components in your heating system.


Highlights of the Vortex Enregy Saver:

  • Typical energy savings 20-30%
  • 40 years+ life expectancy
  • 10 year product warranty
  • 10% Money Back guaranteed savings
  • Increase in radiator temperature of 10-12°C
  • Removes Oxygen down to an inert level
  • Prevents corrosion
  • Eliminates requirement of magnetic filters
  • Extends life expectancy of heating system
  • Reduces annual maintenance costs
  • Eliminates many common issues: for example, the uneven heating of radiators, rattling pipes, pin holing, build up of sludge
  • Suitable for any type of wet heating system for new systems or retrofit, including; condensing, non-condensing, oil, gas, combi or biomass boilers, as well as all types of heat pumps. Vortex Background No.1 solution to help combat fuel poverty

Frequently Asked Questions

What size of pipe work can Vortex Energy Saver be fitted to?
The Vortex Energy Saver comes in standard connection size of 28mm and can be fitted to any size heating system with 28mm pipe size or smaller. The Vortex can easily be adapted to accommodate smaller pipe sizes or can fit most large heating system where the heating system has 28mm or smaller pipes within the heating system by fitting a Vortex on each zone of the system.
Is Vortex Energy Saver either complicated or expensive to install?
No,the Vortex Energy Saver has only two connections to connect to the central heating pipework and an auto air vent, which is provided. Including the drain down and re-commission installation should take no more than two hours for retrofit or 20-30mins if with a new central heating installation.
Is the Vortex Energy Saver connected to electricity?
No, the Vortex Energy Saver is completely passive with no working parts and does not require an electrical connection.
Can Vortex Energy Saver be fitted to a tank fed or gravity system?
Yes, Vortex Energy Saver was originally designed to be installed with tank or gravity fed system to great effect. In fact with an indirect hot water cylinder savings will also be achieved on heating hot water as well.
Can Vortex Energy Saver be installed in a "sealed" system?
Yes, it was at first thought that there would be little benefit from fitting a Vortex Energy Saver to a sealed system but tests have proven that the benefit to sealed systems is as great as with the older type open vent or tank fed systems.
What is the limitation to the types of heating system that Vortex Energy Saver can be installed with?
The Vortex Energy Saver can be installed with any type of heating system with 28mm pipes or smaller within the heating system.It can be installed with any type domestic gas boiler, combi boiler, condensing boiler, oil central heating, solid fuel central heating, electric central heating, oil fired boilers, open vent boiler etc.
How quickly does the Vortex Energy Saver affect the performance of a heating system?
The effect on a heating system is almost immediate as soon as the boiler comes back on. Then, over the next three to four weeksthe Vortex will continue to remove the Oxygen down to an inert level. With sealed systems the central heating pressure will drop below the required level as air is removed and the central heating pressure will require re-pressurising.
My heating system has had a corrosion inhibitor added, will Vortex Energy Saver still work?
The Vortex Energy Saver can be installed with any type of heating system with 28mm pipes or smaller within the heating system.It can be installed with any type domestic gas boiler, combi boiler, condensing boiler, oil central heating, solid fuel central heating, electric central heating, oil fired boilers, open vent boiler etc.
Can Vortex Energy Saver be installed with oil boilers?
Yes. Vortex Energy Saver improves the properties of the water in the heating system and so works with all types of oil fired central heating boilers as well as; gas, lpg, solid fuel and electric boilers.
I live in a flat with a fireback boiler and have constant problems with having to bleed radiators, will Vortex Energy Saver help me overcome the problem in my central heating system?
Yes, Vortex Energy Saver can eliminate many central heating problems. It has been designed to work with heating systems that have a very low feed and expansion tank and will be a tremendous benefit to your system. It will eliminate all the air that is sucked in to a system with a very low feed and expansion tank very quickly before it can do any harm to your system.
My system is quite old and has always been noisy. Can Vortex Energy Saver help with this problem?
Yes. The cause of the noise in this system is air that it has formed bubbles which causes a "kettling" noise. Other noises such as gurgling are also caused by air. Vortex Energy Saver eliminates dissolved and free air which will stop all the central heating problems associated noises caused by air.
I have a combination boiler. Can a Vortex Energy Saver be fitted to it?
Yes, The pump on a combination boiler is "on the return", so Vortex Energy Saver is simply fitted to the heating return pipe coming back to the boiler.
I have a "Condensing" Boiler, can a Vortex Energy Saver make improvements to this type of boiler?
Because Vortex Energy Saver is installed in the heating system, fitting it to a condensing boiler will still bring about big improvements to your system.
What kind of improvement can Vortex Energy Saver make to a Condensing Combination Boiler?
Experience has taught us that with some types of condensing combination boiler, the main primary thermostat needs to be turned down by as much as a third. On other types, where the primary temperature is displayed, the initial reduction in primary temperature is around 10°C, with further reductions necessary.
What primary temperature can a combination boiler be expected to run at with Vortex Energy Saver installed?
Because Vortex Energy Saver is installed in the heating system, fitting it to a condensing boiler will still bring about big improvements to your system.
Will the domestic hot water be affected by the fitting of Vortex Energy Saver with a Combination Boiler?
Because the DHW. temperature is limited to 50°C, there will be a slightly faster heat up, resulting in less waste water.
How does Vortex Energy Saver work with heat pumps?
Generally, the pumping velocities of all types of ground source heat pumps or air source heat pumps are much higher than with gas boilers, Vortex Energy Saver is installed on the "positive" side of the pump. The effect on heat pump is more gradual, because there is not the "sucking" effect, but the end result is a significant improvement to the performance of anair source heat pump or ground or heat pump.
I have a ground source heat pump. Will Vortex Energy Saver be any benefit to the performance of it and how?
There are two ways to improve the performance of a ground source heat pump. Vortex Energy Saver may be installed with the ground loop in isolation. This will improve the rate at which the refrigerant absorbs the low grade heat from the ground. A second Vortex Energy Saver installed in the primary circuit will improve the way the heating water conducts the heat from the plate heat exchanger. Savings of 29% have been achieved with ground source heat pumps.
I have a large, old system with some radiators that never get as warm as the rest, will a Vortex Energy Saver make a difference?
Yes. It won't be instant, but after a couple of weeks all the radiators should be heating up and at the same temperature.
Where can the Vortex Energy Saver be fitted on the system, there is no room next to the boiler, can it be fitted in the loft?
With a normal gas or oil central heating system, Vortex Energy Saver is fitted in such a position such as the airing cupboard where the pump "sucks" the water through it. If necessary, it can go in the loft or any convenient place. It doesn't have to be close to the boiler.
Boiler Management System

Boiler Management System is an energy saving and heating solution. Built with an advanced control system, Boiler Management System utilises and combines time proven techniques with modern data processing to intelligently control central heating boilers/burners.

How It Works?

Boiler Management systems are designed to improve the efficiency of central heating boilers by using advanced software programs monitoring flow and return temperatures as well as external temperature variations. Automatically adjusting the firing of the boiler plant to meet the varying levels of demand placed upon it and eliminating unnecessary boiler firing. Boiler Management systems function to maintain stable heating temperatures and hot water availability as required at all times. The controls can also provide, where necessary, periodic boosting of hot water temperature to prevent build-up of legionella.

Benefits of Boiler Management System:

  • Reduction in heating bills and hot water costs
  • Reduction in energy consumption of over 20%
  • Reduction in demand on the heating system and plant
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions by up to 20%
  • Reduction in carbon footprint
  • Improved efficiency of heating system
  • Increased life expectancy of equipment
  • Compliance towards CRC initiatives (Carbon Reduction Commitment)
  • Extends life expectancy of heating system
  • Protection against price hikes
  • Typical payback 2-4 years

Boiler Managenemt System Frequently Asked Questions

How much will I save?
The level of savings achieved by the Boiler Management System depends on the householder’s boiler usage pattern (e.g. thermostat setting, number of radiators operational, number of baths/showers taken, etc) so it can vary from dwelling to dwelling. However, independent trials at a wide variety of domestic comparing current and historical usage over the same range of dates during the heating season demonstrated weighted average savings of 28% after factoring in comparative degree day averages as published by the met office. So at a conservative level the Boiler Management System can comfortably achieve savings of 15 - 20% on central heating bills, in many cases substantially more.
How long will it take for the Boiler Management System to pay for itself?
In general terms payback has comfortably been 24-36 months following installation. Since payback is a function of the relationship between the cost of the Boiler Management System and the price of energy (natural gas; oil; LPG), the higher energy costs, the lower the payback period. In recent year’s energy costs have soared, bringing payback periods down to 6-12 months in many cases.
My boiler already has a thermostat. Why would I need a Boiler Management System?
A boiler thermostat simply ensures that the set temperature is achieved at specific times of the day (commonly controlled by a manual time clock or electronic programmer). However, this temperature prevails regardless of changes in ambient temperature, or variations in demand on the heating systems. The Boiler Management System intelligently responds to such changes in system demand, and automatically adjusts the flow temperature to meet the demand imposed in the most efficient manner. Significant savings in heating fuel is achieved as a result, but with no compromise to internal comfort conditions or hot water availability.
OK. But I use a room temperature stat. So my boiler fires to achieve the temperature I’ve selected. How does the Boiler Management System work with that to achieve savings?
Your room stat will call the boiler to fire if the room temperature drops below your set level. However, the frequency and duration of boiler firing always exceeds what is required to achieve the desired temperature. The Boiler Management System responds to variations to actual system water temperature from flow and return pipes. It supersedes the boiler thermostat and fires the boiler for the most efficient period to achieve the desired room temperature. Thus the savings are made by a reduced incidence and duration of boiler firing.
But if the Boiler Management System makes the boiler fire less often than at present, won’t my house become colder?
No. Boilers with no intelligent control fire needlessly frequently even when the building has achieved its desired internal temperature. Moreover, a boiler will “dry cycle”, i.e. when the heat exchanger is incapable of absorbing more heat from the burner (saturation) the boiler still fires at intervals with all the excess energy going out the flue. The Boiler Management System substantially reduces dry cycling of boilers, only asking the boilers to fire for the optimum times and durations to maintain heating and hot water as required. Extremes of heat inside the building are minimised resulting in more stable and comfortable internal conditions. When it is particularly cold however, the Boiler Management System ensures the automatic firing of the boiler to meet the extra demand being imposed, ensuring no risk of cold internal temperatures.
My boiler is old. Should it not be replaced before I install a Boiler Management System?
Obviously a boiler will need repair of faulty parts and eventual replacement over time. However, the capital cost of doing so can be substantial. A key benefit of installing and Boiler Management System is that it makes the boiler work more efficiently and therefore significantly reduces wear and tear. A typical fuel saving of say, 20% will be accompanied by reduced wear and tear of a similar order. It is therefore likely to be far cheaper to install an Boiler Management System with all its benefits in energy saving and gain some additional life from your existing boiler if it is aged.
I have a new boiler which is 95% efficient. So I don’t need a Boiler Management System do I?

You are confusing a boiler manufacturers boiler efficiency rating (expressed as a percentage conversion of the fuel burnt to heat out put achieved if the boiler ran 100% of the time) with heating efficiency, i.e. how often the boiler needs to fire to deliver required internal temperatures and hot water.

Put another way, even if there was a boiler that was 100% efficient, i.e. you converted all the gas or oil burnt by the boiler into heat with no loss - but the boiler had no intelligent control systems fitted - the boiler of itself would have know way of responding to changes in demand imposed on it, e.g. changes in ambient feed water temperature; changes to the number of radiators switched on and off; variations in running hot water demand.

Fitting an Boiler Management System ensures that all these variables are monitored and the boiler firing managed to respond in the most efficient manner, with no compromise to comfort conditions and hot water availability. So whilst it is patently better to have a high energy efficiency rated boiler rather than a low one, the Boiler Management System will still deliver significant extra energy savings whatever the boiler efficiency rating.

I have Thermostatic Radiator Valves – will they affect Boiler Management System or vice versa?
The Boiler Management System works harmoniously with TRV’s. Because the Boiler Management System operates by automatically responding to variations to flow and return temperatures to and from the boiler, they take into account any such changes brought about by TRV’s cutting in and out. For example, TRV’s operating in different rooms will result in changing cumulative return temperatures which the Boiler Management System will automatically compute and adjust for on an ongoing basis.
I have a Combi-condensing Boiler. Will the Boiler Management System work with it?

Combi-Condensing boilers provide instant running hot water in addition to the central heating water; therefore do not require a hot water storage tank. The Boiler Management System is perfectly compatible as it operates on the central heating function independently of the hot water.

The Boiler Management System’s optional external temperature compensation function enables condensing combi boilers to utilize their condensing mode more frequently, therefore maximising their efficiency. As condensing boilers are designed to run at lower temperatures than conventional boilers, when weather gets warm the Boiler Management System’s weather compensation function automatically reduces the flow temperature to suit, maximising the boilers period in condensing mode.

This is an extremely valuable feature because during a cold snap people often need to turn up the heat and a condensing boiler may then not be able run in condensing mode. This can often occur because the radiators dating from the old boiler’s installation are not designed to operate with a low temperature boiler (unlike new radiators fitted alongside the condensing boiler). Householders often delay (or forget altogether) turning the temperature setting back down of the thermostat when the cold snap ends. The Boiler Management System’s weather compensation option does this automatically, thus maximising energy efficiency.

It all sounds complicated. Will I have to continually adjust the Boiler Management System?
On the contrary, the Boiler Management System is a fully automated control. Once installed, calibrated and commissioned the Boiler Management System is self sufficient, automatically reacting to heating demand within the time clocks set periods, required flow temperatures and on/off times, without user input. You don’t have to have somebody making continual adjustments – the Boiler Management System makes them for you.
Will the Boiler Management System help reduce emissions?
Yes. CO2 is major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. The Boiler Management System will typically achieve fuel savings of 15% - 20% and similar reductions in CO2. So by having and Boiler Management System installed you are reducing your premises’ Carbon Footprint.
What if the Boiler Management System develops a fault? Will I be left with no heating or hot water?

No. The Boiler Management System has a bypass switch. In the unlikely event of a fault, switching the Boiler Management System into bypass mode isolates it from any control of the boiler, i.e. the boiler will operate as it did prior to the Boiler Management System installation. Consequently no boiler need be out of commission due to a fault with the Boiler Management System, preventing householders from suffering in any way.

The bypass facility is also a useful diagnostic tool. If a problem occurs, i.e. lack of heat or hot water, putting the Boiler Management System into bypass enables you to tell whether the fault lies with the boiler or the Boiler Management System itself: If in bypass the problem remains, because the Boiler Management System is not imposing control on the boiler it is by definition a fault relating to either the boiler itself, the pump, or the radiator plant. If when the Boiler Management System is in bypass the fault goes way, it is a problem with the Boiler Management System which may need adjustment.

I can’t afford it!
In recent years energy prices have risen dramatically and are forecast to rise significantly higher. Long terms forecasts predict further hardening of oil and gas prices now the UK is a net energy importer. The only way to help mitigate this is to use less energy. So it is reasonable to counter the question with; “Can you afford not to?”

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