How can you spot the symptoms carbon monoxide poisoning?
Carbon monoxide (CO) is produced when your supply of Liquid Petroleum gas (LPG) fails to ignite properly. Carbon monoxide leakage occurs when gas appliances are badly fitted or not maintained.
Carbon monoxide causes serious long term damage to your health or even death if you are exposed. The safest way to prevent poisoning is by installing a carbon monoxide alarm.
Remember, carbon monoxide is odourless and can go undetected for a long period of time. Many of the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning resemble that of flu, food poisoning or viruses so they can be mistaken for other problems.
You must contact the Gas Emergency Helpline on 0800 111 999 if you notice any of the following symptoms:
Loss of consciousness
Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating
What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 1: Gas Boilers
These findings from Ethical Consumer have rated the variety of heating systems available to find out which is the most energy efficient and green product to heat your home.
Energy Efficient Gas Boilers
According to UK law, all new boiler installations must be high efficiency condensing boilers. High efficiency condensing boilers can reduce your heating bill by up to 40% and CO2 emissions by 30%.
Compared to older boilers which were able to convert about 60% of the energy used into heat, a new condensing boiler will convert over 90% of fuel into heat.
Removing an Airlock from a Central Heating System
If you discover that you have an air lock within your central heating system there are a number of methods that you can try before contacting a professional plumber. If you are able to remove the air lock yourself you can save the cost of calling a plumber out to fix the problem.
How Can I tell if there is an Air Lock in my Central Heating?
An air lock occurs when air gets trapped inside your heating system resulting in no heating. The most common cause of an air lock is that your radiators were recently drained and refilled in the wrong sequence or that air has entered the system somehow.
Gas Safe Plumbing and Heating
Should I call an Emergency Plumber to help with a Gas Leak?
Not all plumbers are trained to deal with gas leaks and only an engineer who is Gas Safe registered should attend to this type of work.
There are many plumbers who are Gas Safe registered in your local area who can deal with the problem of a gas leak. If you want to be safe, be sure that you contact National Gas Emergency number on 0800 111 999 and they will arrange for a Gas Safe engineer to fix your problem.
Why should I contact a Gas Safe Engineer if I smell gas?
Leaking gas in your home can be the cause of badly fitted gas boilers, fires or cookers. The effects of leaking gas in you home can cause nausea, dizziness, carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions.
Central Heating Maintenance
Should I Ensure that I get an Annual Gas Boiler Servicing?
Following a boiler installation or old boiler servicing, you should get it serviced again within 12 months to ensure that it is working correctly. This is a required service that homeowners must complete and many customers wish to understand why they should pay the extra cost.
Most gas boiler manufacturers advise that your boiler undertakes an annual boiler servicing to ensure that it remains operating efficiently. If you fail to carry out a boiler servicing by a Gas Safe registered engineer, you may find that your manufacturer guarantee becomes void.
Getting your boiler serviced on an annual basis requires additional money spent each year but the results of not having your boiler checked and serviced could become even more costly and result in loosing your guarantee, having to pay for costly repairs or a boiler replacement.
Understanding Power Flushing
Why should I invest in a power flushing of my heating system?
A central heating system which has been treated by a power flushing engineer can save up to 15% on energy costs than a system which has not been treated. For an average heating bill of £800, you could save £120 each year.
Power flushing your central heating system will offer your home an improved circulation of heat produced, a quicker hot water warming time, improvement in efficiency and a warmer home for less energy costs.
Having a power flushing service in your home will also reduce noise from your boiler and radiators whilst reducing emissions which are harmful to the environment.
Which is the Best Boiler Brand for My Central Heating?
Upgrading your old G-rated boiler for a more fuel efficient A-rated boiler can save you up to £235 per year in energy costs. The modern eco-friendly boilers are so energy efficient that all new boilers installed in the UK must be A-rated energy efficient boilers to help reduce the impact of CO2 emissions from the nations heating requirements.
Which type of boiler is right for my home?
The most common type of new boiler installation in the home is a condensing boiler. These energy efficient boilers use a significant amount of energy produced which would have gone to waste in older boiler types.
Condensing boilers are the preferred boiler type for any homes which are connected to the mains gas supply and use this as their main energy source. Some homes still rely on oil-powered boilers however and these properties will be limited to oil only boilers.
Understanding your Heating and Hot Water Systems
If you would like to save money on your central heating and hot water bills, one of the most helpful ways to create a more efficient system is to understand your current heating system and find out if there is a better option available for your household.
Saving money on your heating bills
What are the Benefits of Air Source Heat Pumps?
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Air source heat pumps take the natural warmth from the outside air and
converts it into a source of energy to heat your hot water and heating. Air source heat pups offer an efficient and cost effective method of heating your household water and can produce heat from the outside air when the temperature is as low as -15∞ C.