Two ECOflo high efficiency condensing storage water heaters from Andrews Water Heaters have been installed in a new football pavilion in Llanbradach Park, Caerphilly. This has been constructed to replace the original building, which had stood on the site for over 100 years when it was burned down by vandals in 2008. Two arson attacks left both Caerphilly Town FC and Llanbradach Social FC without playing facilities as they were unable to provide the mandatory changing rooms for away teams and referees. However, the new pavilion offers improved facilities, with two shower blocks, a referee changing room on each floor, changing areas, toilets plus a small kitchen. In addition, there are public toilets accessed externally as well as a toilet for disabled use. In the light of past experience, for added security, roller shutters have been fitted to all the windows along with heavy-duty steel doors for access to the main areas and a security fence has been erected around the perimeter.
The building was designed and constructed by the council’s in-house workforce within Building Maintenance Services and the ECOflo water heaters were selected and installed by RD Mechanical Services Ltd. A company spokesman commented, “We selected the water heaters for their build quality and energy efficiency which is line with Caerphilly Council's carbon emissions reduction policy. In addition, we were given first class support from staff at Andrews Water Heaters.” The two ECOflo LEC 380/740, running on propane, were installed in a plant room adjoining the main block and serve the shower blocks, referee's changing facilities and wash hand basins in the changing areas, public toilet, disabled toilet and kitchen. Each has a capacity of 380 litres, an output of 43 kW and a recovery rate 740 litres/hour through a temperature rise of 50oC, with a gross thermal efficiency of 98%.
ECOflo water heaters are part of Andrews’ latest range of condensing storage water heaters, available in eight models with capacities of 230 or 380 litres, heat outputs ranging from 35kW to 111kW and recovery rates of up to 1900 litres/hour through a temperature rise of 50oC. Operating on natural gas or LPG, these high efficiency units feature a low NOx pre-mix power burner that is quiet in operation, and a gross efficiency up to 98%, keeping running costs to a minimum. The water heaters incorporate Vitraglas® silica glass lined tanks which provides protection against the corrosive effect of hot water and guarantees a longer working life. All models incorporate Correx maintenance free powered anodes as standard, which substantially reduce service time and costs and the factory fitted Hydrojet® sediment reduction system on the cold inlet connection helps to prevent sediment build-up at the base of the tank giving a longer and more efficient working life. All ECOflo models can be flued either vertically or horizontally as room sealed, balanced flue appliances, offering the ultimate in siting and installation flexibility. As with all Andrews water heaters, heat input and flow are carefully regulated to produce a closely controlled water temperature and a high temperature anti-Legionella program is incorporated as standard. Andrews Water Heaters is part of Baxi Commercial Division.