Quick Guides

Quick Guide: Air source heat pumps

An air source heat pump is a low-carbon way of heating a home which absorbs heat from a cooler place and uses it to increase the temperature inside the home.

This Quick Guide covers the following:

  • What is an air source heat pump?
  • How does an air source heat pump work?
  • Air source heat pump installation
  • Using an air source heat pump at home
  • Are there any maintenance requirements for air source heat pumps?
  • What does air pump heat source servicing entail?
  • Are air source heat pumps efficient?
  • Air source heat pumps – advantages and disadvantages
  • Different types of air source heat pumps

Quick Guide: Central heating powerflushing

A power flush can improve the efficiency and lifespan of a boiler and central heating system, but what’s involved?

This Quick Guide answers the following questions:

  • What’s a power flush?
  • What happens during a power flush and how long does it take?
  • When does my central heating system need a power flush?
  • Who should perform a power flush?
  • Is powerflushing always the solution to central-heating problems?
  • Will powerflushing remove all the sludge in my central-heating system?

Quick Guide: Electrical minor works

The following information has been extracted from the document ‘Guidance Note 3: Inspection and Testing’ issued by the Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET).

When an addition to an electrical installation does not extend to the installation of a new circuit, the Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate (MEIWC) may be used.

This one-page certificate is intended for such work as the addition of a socket-outlet or lighting point to an existing circuit, or for a repair or modification to each circuit worked on. Consequently, where three circuits are worked on, for example, then three MEIWC would have to be issued or all of the work could be detailed on an Electrical Installation certificate.

A Minor Electrical Installation Works Certificate (MEIWC) may NOT be used for the replacement of a consumer unit.

Quick Guide: Electrical FAQs

EICR is the abbreviation for Electrical Installation Condition Report (formerly known as a Periodic Inspection Report or PIR).

This Quick Guide covers the following:

  • What is an EICR?
  • Do I need an EICR for a rented property in Scotland?
  • Can electricians validate their own EICR?
  • How long is considered acceptable to rectify Category 2 (C2) faults identified in an EICR??
  • Do I have to do anything if I have a C3 code on an EICR?
  • Does an EICR need to be updated after remedial work has been carried out?
  • If an EICR is ‘satisfactory’ despite me not having RCD protection, do I need to replace the consumer unit?

Quick Guide: Electrical Safety First – Guidance for Social Landlords in Scotland

Social landlords in Scotland must arrange for electrical safety inspections to be carried out every five years

Social landlords in Scotland must arrange for electrical safety inspections to be carried out every five years.

This includes an inspection of the electrical installation and portable appliance testing (PAT) of any appliances which have been provided as part of the tenancy. Further details about these requirements can be found in the guidance for the Scottish Housing Quality Standard.

Quick Guide: Homeworking

Employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of all employees, including homeworkers

This Quick Guide covers the following:

  • Assessing the risks
  • Legal duties
  • Common hazards associated with homeworking
  • Working from home in exceptional circumstances
  • Employer responsibilities
  • DSE

Quick Guide: Hybrid working

Hybrid working, or as it’s sometimes referred to ‘blended working’, is used to describe a form of flexible working that permits employees to split their working week between the office and another venue, usually the employee’s home.

This Quick Guide answers the following questions:

  • What is hybrid working?
  • What are the benefits of having a hybrid working policy?
  • What should employers include in a hybrid working policy?
  • What are the key issues to include in a hybrid working policy?

Quick Guide: Tree inspection

Sometimes known as a tree risk survey, the aim of a tree inspection is to identify any problems with the tree which can put it, you or your property at risk.

This Quick Guide covers the following:

  • What is a tree inspection?
  • The types of tree surveys available and what’s included
  • Who is responsible for arranging tree inspections?
  • Who should carry then out?