The Hydroflame® from Smith’s is the answer to landlords and procurement managers seeking to provide attractive and practical heating within a social housing context. Designed to look like and replace a gas fire, the Hydroflame® provides reassurance for landlords who would otherwise shy away from the ongoing maintenance liabilities of a gas fire. It eliminates the risk from Carbon Monoxide (CO), reduces installation time and costs and uses simple fan convector technology to connect to the existing central heating system without the need for a flue.
Smith’s Sales and Marketing Director, Jim Bennett, comments:
“We continue to shout the benefits of the Hydroflame® with our public sector clients. It’s pre-wired and simple to install and because it connects to the central heating system, it does not require its own independent gas supply. It can be used in any type of property and no minimum room size applies. The Hydroflame® can be installed anywhere, does not require a specific CO detector as no CO is produced, and it is cost-effective both in terms of initial outlay and also annual maintenance.”
From a technical perspective, the Hydroflame® works by drawing in cool air and the heat is produced from the water within the central heating system itself. This means there are no flue gases produced and so no flue is required. It also means that the fan convector doesn’t require any special ventilation and can operate as part of the ‘whole house’ central heating or to provide an extra boost of heat on cold days. It also functions as a single heat source when the entire central heating doesn’t need to be switched on.
Operationally, to use the Hydroflame® couldn’t be easier. Possessing easy action rocker switches which are clearly labelled, they are simple to use by all tenants, including the elderly or disabled. Equally useful is that although the Hydroflame® still looks like any other focal point fire, with a cosy flame-effect glow, it has no live flames or hot coals. As a low surface temperature heat emitter, this can prove advantageous in homes with young children or older people and consequently should be considered in other domestic settings, such as care homes and nurseries.
Since 1991, Smith’s has manufactured an extensive portfolio of domestic and light commercial fan convectors including the commercial range of Caspian heaters, Space Save plinth heaters and the Hydroflame® flame-effect fan convector. All are supported by a five-year parts and labour guarantee. Typical domestic applications range from new houses, surgeries, places of worship, education establishments, kitchen refurbishment, social housing and other commercial applications.