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UK Boiler Size: Which Size Boiler Do I Need?

UK Boiler Size: Which Size Boiler Do I Need?

Every household is different, not just in terms of layout and size, but also the needs and demands of the people living in it, which is why choosing the right boiler size is such an important, but an often difficult decision to make.

It is not always the case that the bigger the boiler is, the better it will be. In fact, if you choose a boiler that is too big for your property, it will use more energy than is actually required.

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Underfloor heating: Electric Underfloor Heating or Water Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating: Electric Underfloor Heating or Water Underfloor Heating?

Underfloor heating is a type of central heating which produces temperature control indoors using radiation, convection, and conduction. It heats a room evenly from floor to ceiling, unlike radiators which only heat the part of the room where they are located, therefore making them an efficient heat source.

Underfloor heating has many advantages, which is why more and more households are opting for it instead of traditional radiators systems.

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System Boilers: Best System Boilers for 2018

System Boilers: Best System Boilers for 2018

System boilers are a popular choice for homeowners in the UK with larger houses with more than one bathroom. System boilers have many features that might make them seem more attractive to have than conventional boilers; they have fewer external parts, they take up less space, they are faster and are usually more cost effective to run. They are a perfect solution for homes with limited loft space and just limited space in general!

People ask me ‘what is the best system boiler to go for?’ so I have decided to write a blog post dedicated to the topic.

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Combi Boilers: Best Combi Boilers for 2018

Combi Boilers: Best Combi Boilers for 2018

The combi boiler is the most common type of boiler system in the UK and the use of combination boilers keeps on increasing year after year. Having hot water on instant demand has become a necessity for many busy British households. If you’re reading this blog post you’re probably in the market trying to find the best boiler for your needs. But with so many manufacturers and boilers available on the market it can be very confusing deciding which boiler to go for.

People ask me all the time ‘what is the best combi boiler to go for?’ so to help answer this question, I have decided to list what I feel are the best combi boilers available in the UK for 2018.

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Plumbing Tips: Top Ten Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

Plumbing Tips: Top Ten Plumbing Tips Every Homeowner Needs to Know

A plumbing emergency can happen at any time without any warning and the combined repair and damage costs could get expensive. But if you’re armed with some basic plumbing knowledge and you act fast you could, potentially, limit the damage caused substantially by the plumbing emergency that you’re facing. So, whether you own or rent your home, I’ve put together my top ten tips that every homeowner needs to know.

Repairs can be quite costly so it is important for you and everyone in your home to know a few plumbing basics which can save you time and money down the road.

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Central Heating Inhibitor: Why Should I Use A Central Heating Inhibitor?

Central Heating Inhibitor: Why Should I Use A Central Heating Inhibitor?

Let me start off by briefly explaining what a central heating inhibitor actually is..

A central heating inhibitor provides protection for domestic central heating systems against limescale and corrosion formation.

Curious customers sometimes ask why we add inhibitor to their brand new central heating systems which we’ve just installed. There are no guarantees to how long your new central heating system will actually last but we always recommend playing the odds and doing everything which is likely to work in your favour. Using a good quality central heating inhibitor, along with installing a programmable room stat, a magnetic filter and a scale inhibitor, will only help to extend the life of your system.
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Electric Underfloor Heating: How Does Electric Underfloor Heating Work?

Electric Underfloor Heating: How Does Electric Underfloor Heating Work?

Electric underfloor heating has continued it’s growing trend and I’m finding more and more customers are asking me to install underfloor heating systems in their homes. I get asked all the time how it actually works and how much it costs. I wanted to use this blog post to explain how electric under floor heating systems work. I’ll explain how water underfloor heating systems work in a separate blog post.

First of all, why is it so popular? According to research by marketsandmarkets.com, the total underfloor heating market is expected to reach USD 7.90 Billion by 2020. That’s right – nearly USD 8 Billion! There has been a huge shift in the mindset of the global economy with a big emphasis placed on sustainability and efficiency. This is where electric underfloor heating wins. If installed correctly it is far more energy efficient then traditional central heating systems.

So What’s The Main Difference Between Radiators And Electric Underfloor Heating?

Radiators only heat the cold air in their immediate vicinity using convection. This hot air rises and then cools down. This air then falls again and is heated up again and rises again, then cools down, then falls again etc.. It does the job but the heat is not distributed evenly around the room so you do get warm spots and cold spots. This is especially true if the wrong sized radiator hasn’t been installed as the BTU heat loss hasn’t been calculated properly.

With underfloor heating, the whole floor is covered with the electric heating wire system so the floor acts like one big huge radiator. The wire heats up when the system is on, heats the floor which then provides evenly distributed radiant heat.

You get different types of electric underfloor heating such as a mat or foil system or a loose wire system. You also get different sizes in terms of heat outputs and wattage so that you can ensure that your room will be heated properly. It is very important to calculate the heat loss in your room correctly otherwise there’s a big risk that the room won’t be heated properly. If you’re not sure how to do this then give us a call and we can help.

A quick tip when considering electric underfloor heating is to install insulation boards. This helps to increase the room heat up time and it makes sure that heat energy isn’t lost by heating up the sub floor!

Electric Underfloor Heating Installation South East London

Insulation boards help improve efficiency

I Have Carpet On My Floor – Can I Still Have Electric Underfloor Heating?

Yes you can. Electric underfloor heating can be used under most floor finishes including tiles, carpet, wood, laminate and vinyl. If you’re still not sure feel free to give us a call and we can help you pick the right system.

Electric Underfloor Heating Installation South East London

Warmup Electric Underfloor Heating Mat System in use

Isn’t Electric Underfloor Heating Expensive?

Surprisingly it’s relatively affordable so it’s definitely worth considering. There are many factors which contribute to the cost such as running time, room size, heat output and system type. A programmable room stat also helps as you can set times for when it comes on and turns off. Some of the stats are so advanced now that they actually suggest smarter ways to heat your home so that you save money!

Who Makes The Best Electric Underfloor Heating Systems?

Because of the size of the industry, there are lots of different manufacturers who probably all are just as good as each other. The tried and tested company who we normally always recommend are Warmup. They’re a huge global brand and their support and after sales service is amazing. We’d obviously recommend you to do your own due diligence and research before deciding on a manufacturer but Warmup is definitely worth shortlisting.

Underfloor Heating Installation Plumber in Dartford Kent

We install electric underfloor heating systems

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If you’re thinking of installing electric underfloor heating in your home and need some advice feel free to get in touch with us. We’d love to help you design your system.

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Power Flush: What Is A Power Flush And How Long Does It Take To Carry One Out?

Power Flush: What Is A Power Flush And How Long Does It Take To Carry One Out?

A lot of customers ask me how long it will take to power flush their central heating system. When I respond explaining that a typical three bedroom house with a vented system takes about 5 hours I’m often confronted with a confused/blank look. I realised that this is because most people don’t even know what a power flush is so please allow me to explain.

A power flush is also referred to as a jet flush or a hard flush. It is basically cleaning out your central heating pipes using high velocity, low pressure water mixed with chemicals. This means that the process if relatively low risk in that it will not force open any loose joints (if you hired a qualified plumber then this shouldn’t be an issue!).

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Boiler Systems: What Are The Different Types of Boiler Systems?

Boiler Systems: What Are The Different Types of Boiler Systems?

Do you need to replace your boiler? A lot of customers that I talk to confuse themselves by researching the different types of boiler systems that are available. I often get asked “how do boiler systems work?” and “which boiler system is best suited for my house?”

One of the problems with having access to so much information out there via the Internet is that, unless you know where to look, you often waste hours reading irrelevant material which is probably of no use. If you have a three bedroom semi detached house it’s unlikely that you’ll need a GRP water tank, multiple unvented cylinders and a Grundfos CME Booster pump to handle your heating and hot water needs.

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