Firstly, if you are going away for a substantial period it is worth getting your boiler checked and serviced a month or so before you leave. This will ensure that any potential issues are picked up and that there is enough time to deal with them before you go. Ideally your boiler should be serviced annually in any case, so just adjust the timing based on when you will be away. Read More
Balancing your radiators involves adjusting the radiator valves so that all of the radiators heat up at the same speed. Radiators that are too cool need more hot water flowing through them while those that are too hot need the flow restricted. Read More
Christmas is a time when we let ourselves break free from the restraints we usually put on ourselves, spending more, eating more and drinking more than the rest of the year and enjoying every minute of it. Unfortunately though the guilt of all the excess waste generated during the festive season can take the shine off our celebrations, so here’s our guide to help you reduce your waste this Christmas. Read More
It’s hard to believe that we are already well into the month of October, but the temperatures outside are now starting to remind us that winter is fast approaching. In the UK most of us are lucky enough to have central heating to get us through the colder months, but we need to take care of it in order to make sure it doesn’t let us down just when we need it most. Read More
There are a few good reasons to save water in your garden, which include saving money if you’re on a water meter as well as being better for the environment. It is especially important to save water in the summer months as when water is in peak demand suppliers can be forced to use groundwater and water from streams, which can result in environmental damage as well as causing a rise in the cost of water. Here are some of our top tips for saving water in the garden this summer.
Whether you’re thinking about your household water bills or about the wider environment, reducing water consumption in your home is a smart, sensible and altruistic goal to have. With the cost of living arguably as high as it’s ever been and the weather increasingly unpredictable, the following are six simple ways to save more water over the summer. Read More
At the most basic level, the job of a radiator is to replace the heat which is lost from a property and to keep that property warm regardless of the exterior temperature. Radiators are, therefore, a necessity which any premises that needs to be lived in or used all year round cannot do without.
Radiators were, as a result, long treated as such.That meant that they were viewed as a kind of necessary evil that had to feature in a property and which needed to be worked around where interior design was concerned. More recently, however, there has been something of a sea change of opinion that sees the face of radiators changing, perhaps forever. Read More
When the winter hits and the cold begins to bite, we’re surely all grateful that we live in an age when central heating is the norm. Centred around and driven by a boiler, central heating systems are arguably the most important and beneficial parts of any home.
What’s surprising, therefore, is just how little most of us actually know about the boilers that do form the heart of those systems. Could you, for instance, explain what type of boiler your home has and how it works? Never fear if the answer is no, as below you will find a comprehensive guide to the three main types of boiler available, explaining how they work and what the main pros and cons are of each. Read More
As the winter weather really begins to bite it can be very tempting to crank the heating right up and make your home toasty warm. That is at least until your next heating bill arrives and reminds you that things are never quite that simple. Fortunately, however, there are some clever and easy ways in which you can cut that pesky heating bill without forcing yourself and your family to shiver away all winter long.
In our previous blog we explained how a central heating system works and how to remedy a cold radiator. Recapping a Central heating system is a very simple structure. A boiler (fuelled by gas or oil) is the most important part of a central heating system. Imagine a boiler as a big fire with a continued supply of fuel. When a boiler is switched on the gas or oil enters a sealed combustion chamber and via an electric ignition system the fuel is set alight. A heater exchanger connected to a cold water pipe is then infused with fine jets of heat (around 60°C/140°F) which in effect heats the water. This heated water is then moved along the pipework system (usually hidden in newer homes) by an electrical pump. Within your home when your heating system is on there is a continuous flow of hot water within pipework.