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  1. @newhome thanks that's interesting regarding privet Griselinia seems to be a popular choice, although more expensive than the typical conifer types you mention. We may have to bite the bullet and try conifers and hope we dont get any wind burn! @Ferdinand Cotoneaster is interesting, seem to be recommended for the scottish climate although they are only semi evergreen unfortunately. And Holm Oak and Myrtle dont like Scotland apparently!
  2. Thanks for the replies - It sounds like the Oleaster or Eleagnus x ebbingei as @Mr Punter (which is the same i think?) mentioned is something to look into. @SteamyTea Gorse is certainly an option and is everywhere in our area, however its so common in our parts it would be great to have something different, although it must grow here for a reason! No experience on privet hedging?
  3. Hi Folks, One the better 'issues' to have, picking a hedge! We are close (within half a mile) of the coast and can get some quite bad wind gusts/rains etc - all that comes with being coastal! I wanted to ask what hedging would be recommended living in a coastal location? Has anyone had experience with this? Our main reason for hedging is to create a privacy barrier down one side of our property, approximately 100 metres of hedging. The initial thoughts were the usual leylandii however upon further research we have been told this can suffer from severe wind burn and even die off - this would be a disaster given the length (and cost) of the hedge! We have been considering privet hedging? Has anyone used this? We are mainly looking for a quick growing hedge that can grow rather tall (6 feet plus?) but be able to withstand winds - also evergreen is an added bonus. I dont pretend to have green fingers so I know nothing about this kind of thing, any help would be great!
  4. Thanks @Ultima357. I can confirm we are running oversized radiators with a 50 litre buffer tank. I have attached a picture of our UFH manifold setup. The thing that confuses me is if the ASHP is set at 50 degrees for heating will lowering this thermostat contradict the ASHP and cause issues? Where will the 'extra' heat go if we were to set the thermostat to say 45 degrees?
  5. Building in the Aberdeenshire area also - from the size of the house I don't see how it would cost 300k (excluding land). PM me if you want any advice from my experience!
  6. I have noticed by reducing our heat setting lower overnight does indeed save us money, all be it small but it is a saving! Can anyone shed any light on the query regarding the UFH temperature? I would like to know what determines the correct thermostat setting at the UFH manifold if our ASHP output is 50 degrees for heating - therefore should the UFH heating be set at 50 degrees also?
  7. I believe the output temperature on our ASHP for space heating is set at 50 degrees with the hot water set at 55 degrees if this helps
  8. Thanks @SteamyTea Is there anything which can assist me in calculating the heat loss? On another note I understand there is a thermostat connected to the UFH manifold which is set at 45 degrees - how can I determine if this is an adequate temperature? I assume if this is set too low the ASHP will struggle to heat the rooms to the set temperatures and never be off. On the other hand what are the consequences if this is set too high?
  9. Hello @SteamyTea Yes we have a 50 litre buffer tank fitted. Sorry can you explain in simple terms what a room/room heat analysis consists of? My thinking was to try out different scenarios and keep an eye on the meter which reads the ASHP only, although this is not very accurate as there are a lot of other factors at play
  10. hi @ProDave thanks. We looked into having UFh heating throughout however the costs involved were quite pricey! Sorry I should have mentioned we do have programmable thermostats, these can be set at different times. My main query was how low can you go for an 'unused' room and is it wise to set the thermostats really low overnight (or off if possible?).
  11. Hi Folks, This is probably a controversial subject and there is (before anyone points it out! 😁 ) lots of information out there regarding how to calculate the most efficient methods of running ASHP's. However for a simple minded person like myself I would like to understand the system better to allow me to make a judgement on how I should be running our ASHP. We have an ASHP which feeds UFH downstairs and radiators upstairs. Heatmeisser stats are in every room downstairs to control the temperature of each room or UFH heating loop for that room as I understand. And one stat upstairs on the landing to control the radiators on the top floor for every room - each radiator has its own thermostat also. Obviously the main goal here is to reduce running costs. We have several rooms downstairs which I feel do not need any heat as they will never be used (spare bedrooms). From a running cost perspective what is the consequences of setting the temperature very low in these rooms? Lets say 10 degrees (with the rest of the house at 19) - would this be detrimental to the overall running costs of the house? Is there a point where it can be too low? I understand the cost involved to bring these rooms up to temperature when required would be quite pricey however if your not using the room what's the point in heating it?! Going even further is it beneficial at all to turn the heating off completely for these rooms? This part confuses me as I have been told its good practise to keep the flow running around each UFH loop - now if it was turned off this is going to stop correct? In regards to 'turning off' the heating this begs the question how is this possible with thermostats in every room. These are set to keep a constant temperature, so if I wanted to turn off the heating for say between 10pm - 6am do I simply set the thermostat to 0 degrees between these hours, then at 6am set the temperature back to the normal temperature of 19 degrees? And hope the temperature does not drop considerably over night... Obviously there are other variables like weather, drafts, insulation etc however lets assume these are all constant - I just want to get an understanding of how to reduce the ASHP output before it gets to the stage where its doing more harm than good. Thanks
  12. To anyone interested down the line it was actually the cap that was leaking, it was changed out for a different style and this has fixed the issue! Yay on to the next issues!
  13. I will have to investigate later on, looks very suspect! Thanks
  14. Sorry I have just realised I have no close up photos of the external flue!