PHPI Counter Attack – February 2020

PHPI Counter Attack – February 2020

More than 60,000 plumbers and heating engineers pick up their copy of Professional Heating & Plumbing Installer from merchant trade counters each month. From the feedback gleaned from our sister magazine, take advantage of PBM’s unique insight into the buying habits of your key customers as we look at some of the most in-demand products and latest ad campaigns from PHPI’s Jan/Feb issue.



Flue positioning

A ‘training troubleshooting’ article from Baxi Trainer Graham Collins outlined a number of common problems highlighted by installers, leading on the potentially tricky issue of flue siting. Not only can thee (incorrect) location of the flue terminal be an irritation to those living nearby, this type of installation does not adhere to standard practice and Graham says that installers should always consult BS5440 Part 1 on the minimum clearance for flue terminal siting or, if in doubt, consult the manufacturer’s guidelines.

However, if the flue cannot be re-sited, there are options available to avoid nuisance pluming becoming an issue. One example of this, he said, is the availability of plume displacement kits and plume deflectors that can be installed to divert fluming away from specific areas where it may become a nuisance.


Flexible flueing

Interestingly, and perhaps outlining how much of an issue it can be for a merchant’s installer customer base, the topic of flue positioning also formed the basis of an article from Vokèra in PHPI’s Jan/Feb edition with the company’s Technical Co-Ordinator Eric Brawley discussing solutions for non-standard flueing.

Eric explained that while most of the flueing requirements that installers encounter on a day-to-day basis will be pretty standard, it is important to be ready and able to deal with more unusual situations should they arise. The issue is addressed in the company’s training courses whilst it also offers an extensive range of flue variants for all its domestic boilers including flue accessories in both horizontal and vertical options that facilitate “some of the longest runs possible in the industry”.

The article also showcased Vokèra’s new showroom at the training centre at its London Colney base and invites any interested party — merchant and installer a like — to visit the facility.

Grant UK
Renewable Technologies Brochure 

Grant UK has recently published a new brochure which combines the company’s Renewable Technologies all in one place, from air source heat pumps through to cylinders and heat emitters along with details of its package heating solutions.

The 64-page brochure is the largest the firm has ever published and features the Aerona³ R32 air source heat pumps, hybrids, cylinders, solar thermal systems as well as all of Grant’s fan convectors, underfloor heating and aluminum radiators. Information about its G-CERT Scheme and ServicePlan offering for renewables is also included, making the brochure is a comprehensive reference for Grant’s renewable product package support.


Velis Evo & Velis Evo Wi-Fi

Ariston has added the new Velis Evo and Velis Evo Wi-Fi to its growing range of electric storage water heaters. Boasting an ultra slim twin tank design for up to 16% more hot water availability, the units are available in capacities of 45 and 80 litres.

The range features Ariston’s ‘ECO EVO’function — an electronic control with automatic learning software, which the company believes will enable users to achieve energy savings of up to 14%. The new products also achieve an ErP ‘B’ rating across the range as well as benefitting from the company’s ABS Safety Systemwhich includes ‘Anti-Overheating’, ‘Anti-Freezing’ and ‘Dry Heating Self-Diagnosis’ functions.


AQ Collection

Aqualisa has introduced a new mixer shower range exclusively for trade customers with the AQ Collection said to offer installers the promise of ‘the right product always available at the right price’. The AQ Collection extends the firm’s mixer shower offering based on its AQ bar valves, which are now accompanied by a contemporary square bar valve, either single or dual outlet, and stylish concentric valves, either single or dual control.

The choice is extended further with the dual control shower supplied as a concealed or exposed version all in one box — giving greater flexibility to installers when it comes to pipework and retrofit projects.




Electronic Room Controls

Highlighting the advantages of its 100% Boiler Plus-compliant electronic room controls, Danfoss makes an interesting pitch to the readers of PHPI by outlining the crucial fact that homeowners rely on the advice and expertise of professional installers to ensure that they have the most efficient and cost-effective heating solutions.

The tagline of ‘For the ones who are up-to-date’ is interesting too, reinforcing the point that sophisticated controls are now very much the mainstream solution.




The good old portmanteau has been with us for a long time — we’d recommend looking at Wikipedia, which references Lewis Carroll’s usage in Through the Looking-Glass in 1871 and details a huge amount of words you’d be forgiven for not knowing fit the description.

So now that we’ve had Brexit, underfloor heating specialist Nu-Heat brings us ‘Togethical’ with the company stating “It’s how we live. We believe working closely together leads to an altogether better experience” and going on to outline the support it offers from the initial design to the final build.



From boiler to point of use…

Encompassing JG Speedfit, SharkBite and Reliance Valves, RWC’s family of products promises to take installers from the boiler to the point of use by offering integrated solutions that are fast and simple to use.

With an ad that innovatively depicts the products in practice, the company says its portfolio of pipe connection technology and pressure and temperature control valves will give your customers everything they need to complete the job more efficiently.



ViStart App

Viessmann’s ViStart App is designed to help installers save time on the job by guiding them through the commissioning process in just four simple steps. Available for smartphone and tablet (iOS and Android), the app can be used to commission all new generation Vitodens 200-W and 222-F gas condensing boilers and Vitovalor PT2 fuel cells.

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