When it comes to heating systems, many people stick to the conventional radiators over other forms of heating, for their homes. This could be due to lack of knowledge on other heating systems, or not wanting to spend money and keeping to what they already have.
Since the 1980s, the radiator has been the standard method of heating within homes all around the UK. Aside from this, there have been more efficient ways of warming up the rooms in your home. The most efficient and most comfortable method of radiating heat is underfloor heating.
Underfloor Heating Vs. Radiators
There are many benefits to choosing underfloor heating, over a radiator system. These reasons include:
- Heat Distribution
- Comfort and Energy Efficiency
- Cost Efficiency
Underfloor heating emits heat to a room through the process of radiant heating. Radiant heating is the effect of which you can feel warmth from a particular component which is emitting infrared radiation. A big example of radiant heating is the warmth that you feel from the sun.
Radiators, on the other hand, heat air through convection. Convection is the process of heating the air and then transferring the heat throughout a space to warm up the environment. The heat from radiators rise, and then drop back down as they cool, to then be heated again.
With radiators being located on one wall, it generally takes longer for a whole room to heat up. Because of this factor, it means that there will be cold spots and hot spots in a room and so the heat is never distributed evenly. Whereas with underfloor heating the warmth is distributed evenly under the room.
Comfort and Energy Efficiency
Underfloor heating can emit heat directly in your home and maintains the state of relative humidity that is naturally occurring in its environment. Alternatively, radiators reduce the humidity of the room which can make the room feel stuffy.
Many homes in the UK suffer with low humidity, especially during the winter-time. The problem with low humidity is that it can cause ‘dry air’, which results in a slightly suffocating atmosphere. It also can cause cracked, taught or itchy skin, as well as irritated eyes and nasal passages. It can also cause nosebleeds and increase static electricity. Low humidity can also make it easier for bacteria and viruses to be spread.
Underfloor heating distributes the heat in a room and so the temperature is generally the same throughout the room. As well as this, the heat doesn’t differ much depending on how high or low you are in a room. Radiators take a while to heat up and convection usually requires circulation of air, which means that some form of ventilation will occur. Opening windows usually allows this ventilation, although it means that a lot of energy is lost out in the environment.
Radiators are susceptible to overheating and so to cool them down you will need to open windows and doors which will mean that you will waste all the energy that you have used to generate the warmth in your house. Radiators also cause cold and hot spots because of their poor heat distribution. Because of this, people tend to turn up their heating so that the heat can reach to the other side of the room. This consequently makes one side too hot in the process and used more energy than needed.
Increasing your heating by just 1% can actually increase your monthly energy bills by 8%. Without realising, your bills will increase everyday and you will be wasting your money and energy.
Aesthetically, there are many benefits to having underfloor heating. As the heating system is under the floor, it means that it doesn’t take up any floor or wall space. Radiators are very bulky and take up a lot of wall space. They can get rather annoying when needing to decorate your home, as they get in the way of your skirting board and when painting behind the radiator. They are also very plain and not a very aesthetically pleasing. When furnishing your house, radiators can also take up space where you could potentially put furniture. This causes restrictions and your furniture could also act as a barrier, preventing the heat from being transferred into other areas of your rooms.
There are many benefits with underfloor heating and so it should be a top thought for consideration when it comes to deciding on what heating methods you should go for in your property. There are more benefits than losses and can be installed easily within any property. Why not delve deeper into the world of central heating and look at different forms of heat emitters, other than radiators.
Energy saving and eco-friendliness are hot topics right now. With the government setting up new rules and regulations (such as Boiler Plus) which promote energy conservation, many homeowners are seeking to adopt a more cost-effective and environmentally aware lifestyle*.
If you think you could do with toning down on your household’s energy usage, here’s a list of the top 5 ways we believe you could save energy at home:
- Install an A-rated boiler – Getting an A-rated combi boiler installed into your home is typically a great way of saving energy. Most modern boilers are condensing, which means that they are designed to recover and reuse as much energy as possible, potentially preventing excessive energy wastage. Some new boilers also have key features such as user-friendly controls and smart thermostat compatibility which are designed to make controlling and monitoring your central heating system quick and easy tasks. You could therefore keep a close eye on your home heating settings and ensure that it is not in use when it needn’t be.
- Insulation – There are plenty of areas within your home that could be insulated. This includes your walls, roof, loft and floors. Insulation generally helps reduce unwanted heat loss or heat gain by providing a barrier between inside your home and the conditions outside to help keep temperatures constant. This could help you save energy as your appliances potentially won’t have to work as hard to keep your home at your desired temperature.
- Replace your lightbulbs – According to the Energy Saving Trust, lighting contributes to 15% of the average household’s electricity bill. By switching to energy-efficient lightbulbs such as Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFLs) and Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs), which typically require less wattage, you could conserve more energy and potentially save up to £35 a year on your electricity bills (Energy Saving Trust).
- Get a smart thermostat – Smart thermostats are intelligent devices which are designed to connect to your home heating system and provide a more convenient way of heating your home. Smart thermostats, such as those manufactured by brands link Nest or Netatmo, have built-in motion sensors which are designed to monitor your central heating habits to create daily heating schedules that fit your lifestyle. In addition to this, these smart gadgets are also designed to be compatible with most smartphones and tablets, so you could access and control your heating whilst on the go! You could never have to worry about leaving your heating on again!
- Turn off appliances that aren’t in use – Not only could this be one of the best ways of saving energy in your home, but it’s also generally the easiest! Ensuring that you turn off your appliances when you’re not using them is not only a quick and easy task, but it could also cost nothing to do. According to a 2014 article by the Energy Saving Trust, Britain could save £1.7 billion a year by switching their appliances off of standby, with each home apparently having the potential to save around £30 a year (Energy Saving Trust). Turning your appliances off of standby could be a quick fix for homeowners looking to reduce their household energy bills.
Reducing your energy wastage could not only benefit you and your finances, but it could also have a positive impact on the environment. Reducing your carbon footprint and lowering your energy bills are amongst the list of potential advantages that could come with trying any of our 5 tips*. Making the decision to try one (or all of them) could be the first step to you saving energy in your home and boosting your property’s energy-efficiency.
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Home renovations in general, take a lot of time, money and patience – even more so when its an important room in the house such as the bathroom. Your bathroom should be a place of serenity and relaxation, it should be a place where you want to go after all its more than likely the first room you visit on a morning and the last place you visit on a night.
If your bathroom fills you with dread and makes you want to be in and out as quickly as possible then it could be time for a remodel.
We’ve gathered our top five signs in which you should be on the lookout for, suggesting you should think about getting a new bathroom installed.
Along with the kitchen the bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house, it goes without saying your bathroom will be in need of some TLC. There does come a point where something has to be done, for example if your tile grout is flaking or mould and moisture damage is occurring it may be time to give your bathroom a refresh, along with these not making your bathroom look appealing there could be potential health hazards, making it important to get it sorted.
Fancy a Change?
One of the most popular reasons people visit Solutions plumbing and heating for remodelling a bathroom is due to a change in circumstances within the family. Young families with children tend to rework their bathrooms to accommodate the newer additions to their family, adding more storage space and usually a larger bath if they don’t already have one. Along with new families, a new bathroom maybe beneficial to an elderly homeowner with reduced mobility who may find it difficult to get in and out of the bath, they might benefit more from a walk-in bath or shower.
Is It Functional?
Although the aesthetics of your bathroom are important, functionality must always come first. These sorts of issues usually arise from the decisions of the previous owner, however your thoughts and circumstances maybe completely different to the previous owners. Instead of putting up with them why not do something about them? You would be surprised at some of the dysfunctional bathrooms that are out there, especially in smaller homes.
If your bathroom hasn’t been touched for a few years, it may just need a bit of a facelift. Styles and tastes can change at a rapid rate, sometimes a room can benefit from a little revamp. You don’t have to stand for that bright flowery wallpaper the previous owners left you with, its time to make your own mark on the room. Small changes such as little fixtures, the wallpaper or even the shower curtain can make a huge difference to your bathroom.
Is the Lighting Right?
When getting ready in the morning the last thing you want is poor lighting to make things even more difficult. The lighting in a bathroom is crucial, it can be as simple as adding a couple of new fixtures or as extravagant as installing a sky light. Your bathroom should always be a bright and well-lit space, but should be dimmable allowing you to create different moods depending on the time of day and who is using the bathroom, after all your bathroom should be a relaxing place where you can unwind after a long stressful day.
I Need a New Bathroom, What Next?
If you’ve read through our top 5 considerations on a new bathroom installation, and agreed to one or more of our reasons why, it could be time to reconsider your bathroom layout. At Solutions Plumbing and Heating we give you the freedom you are looking for. We will work closely with you to ensure the finished product is everything you expected and more.
Will a New Bathroom Installation Be Expensive?
At Solutions Plumbing and Heating, we price every project based on the amount of work involved. By visiting your property and seeing first hand what you need doing, we will be able to provide you with a more accurate quote. We always recommend one of our team members to come and visit your home to assess the amount of work needing to be done, however quotes can be given through email or over the phone if we receive the layout and measurements it also helps if we have photos and if possible images of the facilities you’d like us to install.
How Long Do Bathroom Installations Take
Each bathroom installation varies on the amount of work involved, an installation can take anywhere between a couple of weeks or a few days depending on what needs to be done to complete the project. You might then be asking yourself if a new bathroom installation will cause disruptions in your home? Here at Solutions Plumbing and Heating we will try and disrupt as little as possible when installing your new bathroom, our service includes fitting dust sheets to protect your home, we are professional technicians who offer a top-quality service, we will respect your property and remove any old bathroom equipment to leave your new bathroom looking clean and brand new.
Why Choose Solutions Heating and Plumbing?
Our friendly and professional team offer a caring service that stands out, we believe that the entire project is focused on your vision of a bathroom that you will cherish. Solutions Heating and Plumbing have over 20 years’ experience, we understand what it takes to provide a bathroom installation service in which you are completely happy with.
We believe we should be your first choice when considering a new bathroom installation, here’s a few reasons why;
- Care and attention with each installation
- Excellent customer service
- Reliable installations, repairs and maintenance
- Comprehensive plumbing services
- Experience from installing a range of bathrooms and bathroom furnishings
If you believe that your bathroom is in need of a bit of a makeover, please feel free to get in touch with us here at Solutions Plumbing and Heating let us help you turn your bathroom into a special sanctuary which you actually look forward to winding down in. Give one of our friendly team members a call today on 07825 268097.
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Did you know, your boiler is one of the most intensively used household appliances? But unless your heating suddenly stops working or your water doesn’t warm up, faults can go unnoticed.
We have become so accustomed to being warm that when our boilers breakdown it feels like a complete disaster, its known fact that boilers don’t last forever, so if you are finding that your boilers becoming slightly unpredictable it could be time to ask yourself; ‘Do I need a new boiler?’
The more reliable you new boiler, the less money you will need to spend on expensive repairs, we’ve gathered together some signs that are telling you your boiler is on its way out!
Signs Your Boiler Needs Replacing
Strange Noises – Just like anything with time, parts can wear away, although these can be replaced it can be more cost effective to buy a brand-new boiler. If your boiler is making any popping or hissing sounds when its on you need to get it investigated by an engineer Alistair Thorpe Plumbing offer a fast, efficient and reliable boiler servicing in Cupar.
Regular Repairs – You should annually service your boiler by an approved plumber, servicing your boiler is essential to ensure the smooth running and prevention of breakdowns and issues. Alistair Thorpe plumbing and heating services will send out a qualified Gas Safety Engineer who are more than qualified and experienced enough to provide you with the highest standard of boiler servicing. However if your boiler is in a constant state of repair, it may be time to think about replacing it.
It’s Old – If your boiler is over 10 years old it might be worth replacing it. Even if it functions fine, the older it gets the more likely it is to breakdown, it is more than likely less efficient than a new boiler. So although getting a new one might seem like an expensive option it can save you money in the long run.
It leaks – It goes without saying any leak should be investigated immediately, not only because of water damage, but also because it can develop into a carbon monoxide leak, which can be highly dangerous.
The Water Temperature Fluctuates – If your hot water takes a while to heat up or runs hot and cold when running, then you probably need to replace your boiler if repairs don’t improve the situation.
Your Boiler is Giving Off a Bad Smell – A healthy boiler will never emit any odour, if it does it needs to be investigated by a professional right away. Any faint smell could indicate a carbon monoxide leak, Although carbon monoxide itself is odourless, a smell could be created because the leak is causing the boiler to not burn properly.
Your Energy Bills are Increasing – If your energy bills are increasing faster than normal, it could be down to an insufficient boiler. The older a heating system gets the more it can cost to run.
What Types of Boilers are There?
There are many makes and models of boilers, however there are three main types of gas condensing boilers to choose from:
A combination boiler, commonly known as a combi boiler, heats water as and when you need it which in turn eliminates the need for a storage tank. This is more suited to a smaller home, with only one bathroom.
A heat only boiler, this can also be known as a conventional boiler, meaning you will have a hot water tank or cylinder where hot water can be stored for later use. This type of boiler is well suited to a larger home where more than two people are living there.
A system boiler, just like a heat only boiler, but more components are built in. This then makes system boilers easier to install then conventional ones, and as an added bonus they take up less space.
Our Gas Safety registered engineers at Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing services will be happy to advise you on which boiler is suited for you and your home.
Do I Need a Specific Size Boiler?
- When choosing the best size boiler for your home you should take into consideration:
- The heating and hot water capabilities of the boiler
- The physical size of your boiler and whether it will fit in the space you have it destined for
The correct heating size of the boiler will be something completely unique to you and your home, for example how many bathrooms does your home have? How many people live in your home? This is something one of our qualified engineers will be able to discuss and recommend the correct size boiler for your home.
Before boiler installations happens you need to find a Gas Safe registered installer. Alistair Thorpe Heating & Plumbing have a talented team of experienced and qualified Gas Safe registered engineers that can help with your plumbing and heating needs.
One of our dedicated team members will come and survey your home, whilst advising you on the costs and other factors surrounding the installation. Your engineer will check your entire heating system and asses what factors need repairing or replacing.
If the boiler installation is straightforward, and you’re having a combination boiler fitted, then the fitting should take a day, the engineer will then remove your existing boiler and fit the new one, as well as replace any other components of the heating system as outlined in the quote for the job.
Why Choose Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing?
At Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing, out experienced plumbers and heating engineers are fully qualified and provide a professional and efficient service for domestic jobs or individuals, landlords and property agents in the Cupar and North East Fife Area. Our Gas Safe registered team of plumbers and heating engineers are dedicated to providing the highest quality of workmanship. Contact one of our friendly team members today to find out how Alistair Thorpe Heating and Plumbing can help you today.
Getting the locks of your house changed might seem like a chore (or even something you “can’t afford right now”), but there are some scenarios where changing the locks of your home should be a no brainer.
Less urgent scenarios (like when your locks become old or worn out) usually make good sense. However more serious situations (such as losing a set of keys) can cause a clouded mind; especially in the midst of the understandable frustration often caused by the loss of any personal belongings. When this happens, it might not occur to you that the best thing you can do is change your locks.
Why should you change your locks at home?
There are many reasons why you should change your locks at home and we have provided you with 7 of the main reasons why we think you should have your locks changed, below.
- If you’ve lost your keys
Whether you’re running late for work or simply heading out to do your weekly shop, there is never a good time to lose your keys. A huge inconvenience in itself, the losing or misplacement of your keys can cause extreme frustration, not to mention the fact you can’t set about doing whatever it is you had planned to do.
If you have lost your keys, then it’s a wise idea to call a local locksmith to change your locks for you. On the off chance that someone finds them and knows where you lives, it’s better to be safe than sorry.
Of course, there’s always the possibility that someone stole them and fully intends to enter your home whilst you aren’t there and rob you of all your valuable possessions. Playing it safe and having your locks changed might set you back a few quid, but losing a set of keys and taking the risk to not have them changed could end up being extremely costly indeed.
- If you’re moving into a new home
It’s an intelligent move to have the locks changed when you move into any new property. If you fail to do this, you run the risk of potential burglaries by anyone that may have had a set of keys before you, such as the previous residents of your house.
It might also be possible that there are more sets of keys to your property out there than you don’t know about. Chances are that the locks weren’t changed the last time someone moved in, meaning there may have been several residents in the property before you with multiple sets of keys still out there. This might mean that a previous resident still has a set of keys and is waiting for the perfect opportunity to strike.
Changing the locks when you move into any new property will keep you in full control of who has keys and who can get in and out of your home.
- If you’ve recently experienced an burglary or attempted break-in
This may seem fairly obvious, but you’d be surprised of the amount of people that don’t think to change their locks after experiencing a burglary or even an attempted burglary. Changing your locks after a burglary is fairly obvious, but don’t neglect to change them when someone has attempted to get into your property for whatever reason.
With an attempted break-in, it’s pretty clear that somebody wants to be in your house. If you neglect to change your locks, it might be that they can simply walk right in with a key that they acquired during their last attempt.
Don’t take any risks. Get your locks changed if you think that someone might want to, has tried to, or has even succeeded in breaking into your home.
- If you’re having trouble with an EX partner or EX housemate
It might not spring to might at first, but disputes with someone you used to be close with can spiral out of control. Ex partners are notorious for letting themselves into their previous address and wrecking the home of the person they used to be with.
Chances are, someone you have lived with will still have a set of keys (even if you got the key back off them before they left). Their mum (or other close relative) will likely have a spare key for “just in case”, providing your ex-partner or housemate with the perfect opportunity to break-in to wreck the place or even take what they believe to be rightfully theirs.
- If you’ve ever lent someone your key
If you’ve ever let the plumber, electrician or handyman use the key to your home while you nip out or go to work, you don’t always know whether they made a spare set for themselves or not. It’s extremely rare, considering most people will use a trusted source for this type of labour (and especially when giving them free reign of the house while you leave and come back), but is it worth taking the risk?
The key you lent out might even have “gone missing” or “got lost”. When this happens, alarm bells should ring LOUDLY in your head. That key may never have gone missing at all and may have been kept for the perfect opportunity to break into your home and cause mischief.
- If your locks have become old or worn out
It’s not all doom and gloom. It’s quite alright for your locks to just get old. When this happens, when your locks start to stick or become faulty, it’s time to get them changed. A lot of locks can be repaired; however, most repairs are just temporary solutions for a worn lock that will eventually need changing further down the line.
- If you haven’t changed them in years
Your locks might not have been changed in a very long time, even before you moved into your home, so how old they are might be a mystery. It’s a wise idea to change your locks if they are old or worn out, and replace them with new, more robust locks with tighter security. This will provide you with peace of mind that your locks will continue working for many more years to come and that your house will remain secure during this time.
Depending on the situation, you should consider calling an emergency or local locksmith to change your locks for you.
Lock Solutions is one of the leading choices for locksmiths in Reading, covering Berkshire and the Thames Valley area. When your locks need changing, you can count on them to provide you with new locks that will help you sleep safe in your bed at night.
Did you know that gas engineers are the only tradespeople where it is compulsory for them to be part of a registration body in order to carry out work legally? If not, you’re not alone…
Research carried out by Gas Safe Register found that more than half (52%) of those surveyed admit that they have let a tradesperson into their home without checking if they are qualified.
The research also identified the factors that make people trust a tradesperson, which are:
- Personal presentation (44%)
- How official they look (43%)
- Body language (25%)
- Personality (22%)
- A friendly face (18%)
Trusting gas engineers without checking they are on the Gas Safe Register could leave you and your family at risk from illegal gas work and dangerous appliances. Unsafe gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Don’t cut corners with gas.
How to ensure you are using a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer
- Only employ a suitably qualified Gas Safe registered engineer when having gas work carried out in your home. Gas Safe Register is the official register for legally qualified engineers. You can find a registered engineer in your area by visiting the Gas Safe Register website at www.GasSafeRegister.co.ukor by calling on0800 408 5500.
- Always ask to see your engineer’s Gas Safe ID card. Make sure you check the back of the card, which will state which gas appliances they are qualified to work on.
- If you suspect that someone is an illegal fitter or are worried about gas work carried out in your home, please contact Gas Safe Register.
Follow Gas Safe Register’s top tips to keep you and your family gas safe:
- Know the symptoms of CO poisoning; headaches, nausea, breathlessness, collapse, dizziness and loss of consciousness.
- If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24-hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
- Never attempt to work on a gas appliance yourself, always seek the help of a qualified Gas Safe registered engineer who can work on your gas cooker, boiler or fire in a safe way.
- Be aware of the signs of unsafe gas appliances; if the flames on the gas hob are yellow or orange and lazy, rather than being a crisp blue flame; dark staining on/around appliances; pilot lights that frequently blow out; increased condensation inside windows.
If you are not ready to take on any big projects, small improvements and updates can make the world of difference to the look and feel of your property like painting exterior woodwork such as doors, window frames and fencing.
Roof tiles, gutters, foundations, windows and doors are all exposed to the weather. Throughout the harsh winter winds, snow and torrential downpours can cause damage. Check all exteriors, seals and brickwork and if you spot something that needs mending and cannot be fixed by your own hands, then call a tradesperson to come and make any required repairs.
Painting the exterior of a house is no mean feat. It requires time, care and the right equipment so you might decide it’s one for a professional. An expert will be able to provide the scaffolding needed to reach each level of the house and ensure the job is done safely and to a high standard. It is a job that needs to be done every few years so it is well worth looking and seeing if that time is now! You can search here for Checkatrade.com approved members.
Official advice is to check your smoke alarm at least once a month, whilst you’re busy on your spring clean take the time to do an additional check. It’s quick and easy to do, just remember to tell everyone at home that you are doing it before the alarm goes off.
Before you test, vacuum it gently using the soft brush attachment to remove dust from the sensors. Press the test button and the alarm should make an audible alarm for a brief period of time. If it doesn’t it’s worth replacing the batteries and retesting. If the alarm is over 10 years old, you should consider replacing the whole unit. Your local hardware shop should have a range of products for you to select from.
As we are now entering a period of better weather, we can start to look forward to spending more time outside, spring is a great time to start all your preparations.
it is time to make sure your mower makes the cut. Give the machine a thorough clean, replace oil/petrol where necessary, inspect the electrics, lubricate all moving parts and if needed, sharpen the cutting blade. Take extra care when handling the blade. You might look to get it professionally serviced. You can search here for Checkatrade.com approved garden machinery repair expert’s local to you.
Take all the garden furniture and play equipment you’ve stored away over winter, check it over for any damage and natural deterioration and make repairs if needed. If you have wooden furniture, once general repairs have been made, it is always worth re-staining/oiling to protect it from all weather conditions. Your local hardware store should have a selection of products available to suit your needs.
No doubt you will be looking forward to spending summer days in the garden, cooking up a storm on the BBQ and soaking up the sun. Although not the cheapest project to undertake, getting a professional landscaper in will help you create the garden of your dreams, no matter the size of your outdoor space. Why not search our listings of landscapers in your area here.
Conservatories or converted outbuildings get used much more in the spring/summer months as they become a relaxing place to enjoy the sun. Give these spaces a revamp before the summer season begins. You could do this by introducing pastel colours to the furnishings, lighten the walls with a lick of white paint, and bring the outdoors in, by welcoming some plants into the space. This is an easy and effective way of transforming a space this spring/summer.
If you have green fingers now is the perfect time to start planting seeds for summer bedding plants. It is also a good time to plant fruit trees.
Do you want to be able to make more of your garden in the lighter evenings? Outdoor lighting is a relatively easy way to do this, depending on your budget you can get solar powered lights on spikes or you could get a professional in to install mains wired lighting. you can search for Checkatrade.com approved electrician here. There are lots of different way to add some outdoor heating too, from gas powered heaters to fire pits, you can take barbeques into the late evenings.
Forget man caves, it’s all about she sheds these days, a trend that looks like its here to stay! She sheds can be anything you want them to be, creative spaces, somewhere to relax or space for all your planting needs. They can be small or large, the only limitations are space, imagination and budget.