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Why Spurning Regular Duct Cleaning Can Be A Costly And Dangerous Mistake

If you have a commercial tumble dryer, failing to have its ducting cleaned regularly means running important risks, including increased downtime and danger to property, life and limb.

Here’s why. Ducting systems, also known as flue pipes, remove huge amounts of elements such as air and moisture, as the more that can be banished, the greater is dryers’ efficiency.

These systems also expel considerable lint – visible gatherings of textile fibres and other substances on materials like cotton, linen and wool, which can become detached from these fabrics over time.

But even the best ducting systems can’t stop dust and lint particles, which have passed through machines’ lint screens and filters, building-up gradually in pipework, narrowing it and reducing vital airflow.

Allowing these accumulations means businesses risk downsides, including:

  • Increased utility bills, as dryers, must use more energy than before to keep operating
  • Enhanced carbon footprints
  • Longer cycle times and reduced productivity
  • Inferior drying results
  • Complete machine failure and downtime
  • Greater fire risk, due to the higher possibility of dryers seriously overheating and causing the lint to ignite

Your best chance of avoiding these drawbacks undoubtedly lies in arranging regular duct cleaning.

Taking advantage of our duct cleaning service can also demonstrate you comply with law and regulation. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005, for example, says businesses must conduct relevant risk assessments and keep them up-to-date. That includes arranging regular inspections and analyses of ducting systems, then ensuring any work they identify as necessary to ensure safety is carried out.   

Duct cleaning can also keep your insurer happy. A rising number of cover providers are now demanding proof from policy holders that this maintenance happens regularly. You may, therefore, find insult being added to injury if you suffer a duct-originated fire, for example, through your insurer refusing to pay out.

During duct cleaning visits, expert JTM Service engineers ensure dryers continue working to manufacturers’ standards in relevant respects. Among other tasks, they:

  • Inspect dryer ducting systems thoroughly
  • Remove any lint and other foreign materials from them   
  • Clean ductwork and filters
  • Give customers comprehensive reports on the work they’ve undertaken

Our engineers are available for duct cleaning visits – even to dryers we didn’t supply – on seven days a week, so will call at a time to suit you. For a no-obligation quote, please just call now on 0800 652 5692.

Remember, cutting the cleaning could mean you’re acting in haste, only to repent at leisure.

For more insight on energy efficiency ratings or for impartial advice on the most effective way to go about improving your laundry carbon footprint, contact us on [email protected] or 0800 652 5692.


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7 Reasons Why Domestic Washing Machines Should Be A No-No For Businesses

You’d expect an organisation supplying commercial laundry machines to counsel businesses against obtaining domestic appliances instead, wouldn’t you?

And, guess what? We’re not going to surprise you.

But our advice is not just due to self-interest. There are at least seven valid reasons why choosing initially-cheaper domestic appliances usually makes no sense for businesses:

Robustness

Appliances in businesses usually have to work much harder than those in homes, where the requirement is typically for only four or five wash loads a week. So, commercial machines are more robust in all respects, including their construction and infrastructure. If you go domestic, you may well, therefore, end up seeing any saving in capital outlay eroded or even exceeded by the cost of regularly-needed repairs and spares.    

Downtime

The need for those repairs and spares can also mean frequent visits from commercial laundry operations’ number one enemy…the dreaded downtime. And who, in their right mind, would want the frustration, worry and other gifts that this unwelcome guest brings?   

Durability

The top-quality Miele commercial machines we provide are built to last around 30,000 hours – equal to operating eight hours a day for a decade – while domestic appliances are typically designed to need replacing after five years. Lifespan is, therefore, another reason why choosing a domestic machine can easily work out much more expensive over time.

Versatility

Businesses usually need to wash a wider range of items than homes, so commercial machines tend to have more functions and settings, such as wash options and cycle alternatives. These features include many unknown on domestic appliances, delivering benefits such as enhanced economy and speed.

Infection Control

In many locations, including care homes and veterinary surgeries, infection control is vital. Washing machines at these sites must, therefore, be able to reach high temperatures and hold them for prescribed periods, so germs are killed. Commercial appliances can do this, whereas domestic machines simply can’t.     

Warranties

Standard warranties for domestic machines last just two years, cover the issues that tend to arise in homes and apply only where appliances are used in residences. Faults with these machines tend to differ from problems afflicting those in commercial settings, where issues such as broken doors, knobs or switches and blockages due to inadequate maintenance are much more common. If you use a domestic machine at a commercial site, you could therefore easily find yourself without warranty cover if something goes wrong. In contrast, our own Comfort Care package provides long-term complete protection for commercial machines, including parts, labour and call-outs, 24:7.

Compliance

All commercial laundry machines connected directly to water supplies must comply with relevant regulations or bylaws. This ensures, among other things, that they don’t push wastewater back into general supplies, risking contamination. The most notable of these measures in England and Wales is the Water Supply (Water Fittings) Regulations 1999 and the regulator can impose heavy fines for non-compliance with them. Although this isn’t a legal requirement, the easiest and most reliable way for manufacturers to demonstrate compliance is by obtaining approval for their appliances from the Water Regulations Advisory Scheme (WRAS), an accreditation body, whose members include all the UK’s water suppliers. Most commercial laundry machines are therefore WRAS-approved, while domestic appliances usually aren’t.

For more insight on energy efficiency ratings or for impartial advice on the most effective way to go about improving your laundry carbon footprint, contact us on [email protected] or 0800 652 5692.


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Commercial washing machine efficiency ratings – explained

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Just as properties are judged on their energy performance with Energy Performance Certificates, commercial washing machines are rated for how energy efficient they are.

According to the Carbon Trust, the UK industrial laundries sector processes around 743,651 tonnes of laundry each year. This is mainly hotel linen and towels, work wear and linen/garments for the health sector across 134 sites. 1,254 GWh is required to make this happen, which is equivalent to emissions of approximately 281,500 tonnes of CO2 per year.

All washing machines now have EU energy efficiency labels on them. But unless you work within the commercial washing machine industry, or have taken the time to scrutinise the ratings, then you may not necessarily know what they mean.

Fortunately for you, we’ve been specialising in the world of commercial washing machines for more than 30 years and are more than familiar with washing machine EU energy efficiency ratings. Let’s talk you through them:

The current EU energy label for washing machines ranges from A+++ (most efficient) to D (least efficient). Any new machine now coming on to the market needs to be rated A+ or above.

One of the most effective ways of sourcing an energy efficient washing machine (other than asking a professional like us) is to look out for the Energy Saving Trust’s Energy Saving Recommended logo.

You’ll find this on the energy label, alongside other key details, including:

  • Annual water consumption
  • Noise emissions
  • Capacity
  • Spin drying efficiency

Calculating energy ratings

Washing machine ratings are based on how many kilowatt hours are used annually for full and partial 60°C cotton loads and 40°C partial cotton loads.

Interestingly, the EU energy ratings don’t cover water usage, only electricity levels. The water consumption does also feature on energy labels, but doesn’t influence the overall energy efficiency rating.

Staying energy efficient

There are plenty of ways organisations can reduce their laundry carbon footprint other than investing in commercial washing machines that carry the EU energy efficiency label. For instance, the Carbon Trust recommends that you should:

  • Avoid under or over-loading your machine
  • Correctly sort and classify your laundry items
  • Use the correct wash programmes, according to the load
  • Implement a switch-off policy
  • Measure wash performance with a view to reducing re-wash cycles

Making sure you have the right commercial washing machine for the job also plays a huge part in ticking the energy efficiency box. For guidance on selecting the right appliance, check out our blog, ‘5 features to focus on when buying commercial washing machines.’

In the meantime, for more insight on energy efficiency ratings or for impartial advice on the most effective way to go about improving your laundry carbon footprint, contact us on [email protected] or 0800 652 5692.


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Breakdowns and emergency repairs - nobody panic!

Whether you run a care home or a café, a hotel or a hostel, a commercial dishwasher or washing machine breakdown is enough to send even the coolest customer into a spin.

Relax. We’ve got you covered with our emergency repair service which is comprehensive enough to solve your commercial laundry or warewashing emergency, no matter what.

Our dedicated 24/7 helpline is the only number you need to hand in the event of an emergency call out and with a team of highly trained emergency engineers, an eight hour response time and 350,000 spare parts in stock, there’s no wonder we have a 96.4% first-time fix rate.

Our emergency service is active 365 days of the year and contains a variety of benefits which we firmly believe are unrivalled throughout the UK.

So whether you’re having a commercial washing machine emergency or need an emergency dishwasher repair, there really is no need to worry so long as you have a JTM care plan in place – plus your first call out it completely free!

To find out more about which plan suits your business, and to start your cover today, call our knowledgeable team on 0800 652 5692.