Category Archives: Heating

The Ultimate Guide to Heating Problems and Heating Repairs

The Ultimate Guide to Heating Problems and Heating Repairs

The Ultimate Guide to Heating Problems and Heating Repairs

Part 1: Preventing Common Heating Problems

Part 2: Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Part 3: Do You Need to Replace Your Boiler?

Part 4: Reducing your Heating Bills

Part 5:Do you Require a Power Flushing?


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Top Plumbing Tips for Saving Energy and Money on Heating Bills

Top Plumbing Tips for Saving Energy and Money on Heating Bills

What are the best ways to save energy without any extra costs?

The following methods can be applied to any household to help reduce the amount of money that you spend on your central heating bills. Many of these ideas involve breaking old habits and learning to adapt to a more energy efficient lifestyle.

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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 4: Ground Source Heat Pumps

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 4: ground source heat pumps

Ethical Consumer has been the leading organisation in the UK offering assessments of the environmental and green credentials of companies. Following research into ground source heat pumps, Ethical Consumer has produced a guide to the most efficient models including their companies overall impact on the environment.

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Essential Tips for Avoiding Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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:

  • Breathlessness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Collapse
  • Dizziness
  • Loss of consciousness

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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 3: Solar Water Heating

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 3: Solar Water Heating

Solar thermal systems are designed as a renewable source of water heat to help reduce the energy used to fuel your immersion heater. The panels are installed on a sun facing roof or wall to collect solar heat that will provide the majority of hot water requirements during the summer months and still make a significant contribution throughout winter.

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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 2: Biomass Boilers

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Energy Efficient and Renewable Heating

What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 2: biomass boilers

If you are considering installing a biomass boiler for your home or business, Ethical Consumer has compiled a guide to the most environmentally friendly biomass companies in the UK.

How much can you save by installing a Biomass Boiler?

Replacing your existing heating system with a Biomass boiler is most cost effective if you are replacing electric or a solid fuel heating. The savings that you could see would be between £170 and £390 per year.

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What is the Greenest way to heat your home? Part 1: Gas Boilers

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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.

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What is the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

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Installing Renewable Heating in your Home

What is the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive

The UK government introduced the Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive (Domestic RHI) as an incentive to encourage homeowners to switch to installing renewable heating systems. The scheme is designed to promote the use of naturally replenishable energy and reduce the total carbon emissions produced by UK households.

The Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive rewards properties which follow the guidelines set out for renewable heating installations by offering payments to homeowners for seven years on a quarterly basis for the amount of green energy that they produce.

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Removing an Airlock from a Central Heating System

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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.

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Should I call an Emergency Plumber to help with a Gas Leak?

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.

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