Get Ready for Winter campaign

Keeping yourself and your home warm and safe

The Met Office this week have launched the Get Ready for Winter campaign. Here are a few tips on keeping yourself and your home warm and safe.

Why can cold weather be bad for your health?

The cold thickens blood and increases blood pressure, and breathing in cold air can increase the risk of chest infections. So it’s all the more important to ensure your home and the homes of people you look out for are the right temperature.

What temperature should rooms be in winter?  

You should heat your home to the temperature of at least 18 °C. This is particularly important if you have reduced mobility, are 65 or over, or have a health condition, such as heart or lung disease. Having room temperatures slightly over 18 °C could be good for your health. Age UK recommends that your living room temperature should be 21 °C (70 °F).

If you are under the age of 65, active and wearing appropriate clothing, you may wish to keep your home at a comfortable temperature even if it is slightly lower than 18°C.

Overnight, people who are 65 and over or who have pre-existing health conditions may find bedroom temperatures of at least 18 °C are good for their health; this may be less important if you are a healthy adult under 65 and have appropriate clothing and bedding.

It is important to keep your bedroom window closed at night when the weather is cold.

Heating and insulating your home

Keeping the heat in

  • Insulating your home not only keeps you warm but will also help to keep your energy costs down.
  • Fit draught proofing to seal any gaps around windows and doors.
  • Make sure that your loft has at least 10-11 inches (270 mm) of insulation. Any home with 4 inches (100 mm) or less should have it topped up.
  • If you have wall cavities, make sure that they are insulated too.
  • Insulate your hot water cylinder and pipes.
  • Draw your curtains at dusk to help keep the heat generated inside your rooms.
  • Make sure that your radiators are not obstructed by curtains or furniture.

Carbon monoxide kills

When burning fuel, carbon monoxide poisoning can be a health risk. Carbon monoxide is produced when fuel does not burn properly, and every year around 30 people die following accidental exposure to high levels of the gas, which is difficult to detect because you can’t see, smell or taste it.

To minimize risks, a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm, which meets European Standards EN 5029, should be fitted in any room that contains a gas fuel burning appliance, like a boiler and gas fire, and a solid fuel burning appliance, and tested regularly to ensure that it is working, as effectively as possible. The rooms should be adequately ventilated.

More information can be found at the Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions, a boiler repair croydon company.

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Do I need to bleed my radiators this winter?

A lot of properties within the UK have gas central heating installed, which uses water filled radiators to heat up certain areas. This makes radiator maintenance an essential part of your home upkeep, so you might find yourself asking, Do I need to bleed my radiators?

It is important to recognize the early signs that you may do need to bleed your radiators. With modern water-filled radiators there is a chance that air bubbles can get into the system, which stops the hot water from being pumped around effectively, thus your central heating won’t be heating your home as well and the radiators will need bleeding to release the air.

What suppose to happen is that each radiators should heat all the way to the top, but if air gets into the radiator the system may not heat up at all or only be hot at the bottom. This is because the air is preventing the radiators from completely filling with hot water.

Another sign that you may have air trapped in your radiator system is if you notice any patches of damp or condensation, which can be an indication that the radiators isn’t heating up properly.

How often should I bleed my radiators?

The process of bleeding your radiators is a fairly straightforward process, as the air can be released from the radiators with a special radiator key that can be bought from most DIY shops. This key is used to open the air valve at the top of the radiator to expel the air from within, so the water fills right to the top.

However, this isn’t a process that should need to be done very often and should only be carried out if you have identified a cold spot in a radiator. The radiator system is designed to be airtight, thus air shouldn’t be able to get in easily. However, it doesn’t do any harm to check your radiators every few months to ensure you spot any air pockets early.

If you suspect you have an issue with your radiator and want some friendly and professional advice, then contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions a boiler repair bromley today. We’ll be happy to advise you on any aspect of your central heating system.

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Signs your central heating system is on its way out

Despite it being the middle of autumn, soon enough you will be in the middle of even cooler weather with winter. Also soon enough before you know it without any warning, your central heating system will break down and it’s beyond repair.

Thus leaving your home without any heat in the middle of winter is never a nice thought. Also having your central heating system breakdown is not only an inconvenient but can also be a big unexpected expense which you haven’t budgeted it for.

There is no need to despair as there could be some small signs that you can spot with your central heating system before it completely breaks down. Having the knowledge of what to look out for could possibly save you money in the long run and also would save you being without heating this winter.
Your central heating boiler is older than 15 years

Your home boiler is usually designed to last approximately up to 15 years if they have been properly serviced every year since installation. If your boiler been in the home longer than that time, this could be a clear sign that you might need a new boiler as it getting old and less efficient. It’s a known fact that an old central heating boiler is renowned for being less efficient, so it would be expensive for you to hang onto that old boiler. That is why it’s recommended you replace the boiler with a modern upgrade.
It takes a long time to heat up

However, many older central heating boilers will take a little bit longer to get to full temperature, which ultimately does costs you, more money. With a new efficient boiler, it will heat up immediately, making them more energy efficient. If you’ve found that your boiler is taking a long time to heat up, this is a sign that it could breakdown in the near future.
Frequent Repairs

A clear indication that your boiler could be on the brink of breaking down is if you constantly having to repair it. It doesn’t matter if these are small, inexpensive repairs, it all adds up to time and money that could be better spent elsewhere and is likely to lead to more serious problems further down the line.

For friendly and professional advice on replacing an old boiler contact Logical Heating & Plumber Solutions a boiler repair croydon company today.

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Is it Worth Replacing My Water Heater?

Water Heater are built to last in the home, but even they have their end date. There comes a point when, no matter how careful you’ve been with repairs and maintenance, it’s time to replace the system with a new one.

If your water heater looks to be on its last legs, it’s best to replace the system now rather than to wait for it to die on you and deprive you of hot water all of a sudden. Let’s take a look at some of the signs that you need a new water heater.

Output Drops

If you’re taking a very long shower, don’t be surprised if your water heater can’t keep up with the demand. As a water heater gets older, though, it will slowly start to lose it efficiency. If your water heater is unable to provide enough hot water for everyday things like short showers or washing dishes, you may need to have a new one installed.

Repairs

Old systems of every range have more wear and tear on them, and thus while is more prone to having parts break down. That means that the older your water heater gets, the more you’re going to need to schedule professional repairs for it. If your water heater is so worn out that you need to have it professionally repaired every few months, that when you really do need to replace it.

Age

Water heaters tend to last around 15 years, after which point they often become just too expensive to keep up and running. If your water heater is older than that, even if it hasn’t started manifesting symptoms like those listed above, you may want to talk to a professional about whether or not you should replace it.

Give us at Logical heating & Plumbing Solutions a central heating installer croydon a call today to learn more about how to replacing the water heater around you home or schedule a time for one of our experienced professional plumber to come out and take a look.

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4 things that a good gas safety heating engineer should do

A gas safety heating engineer are highly specialised professionals that have the knowledge to keep your boiler working the way it should all year round.

Knowing what to expect from your gas safety heating engineers can help you keep your home warm during the colder months.

Always willing to give you honest advice.
What’s might work for one home may not work for another, so it’s important to be asking your heating engineer what is best for you and your needs. The heating engineer will listen to your needs and get an understanding of what is best for you, not what is best for them.
This means that you will be frank about the amount of work that needs to be undertaking and why it needs to take place. Any heating engineers that seems to be unwilling to answer any questions may not be the kind of person that you want installing or maintaining your boiler for the home.

Being polite and punctual.
Professional heating engineer should have a clear precise time schedule so that you know exactly what time they will be working and how long the job should take. Most of the time, this isn’t an issue but it’s always a good idea to speak to your engineer before any work takes place, just so everything is clear and precise. A professional heating engineer will not mind this.
However sometimes, things happen that can’t be foreseen, but a good heating engineer will take the time to explain why that is the case and will also phone ahead if he going to be late.
A good heating engineer will also treat your home with respect. While most heating engineer will make sure the area that they are working on is clean and clear, a good heating engineer will extend that care to everything that they do while working in your home.
Give you a clear quote breakdown.
Nobody likes hidden unexpected fees or paying double on work that was quoted on. A good heating engineer will be able to provide you with a professional looking quote that gives you a clear breakdown of all the costs that go into a job.
Coming to your home and seeing the situation allows the engineer the ability to accurately weigh up exactly what is needed for the job. This also helps with reducing additions to the price once the job has been completed.

Have a good line of communication.
Being able to contact your gas safety heating engineer croydon is very important both before and after the job. A good heating engineer  will give you multiple ways to reach them, whether that’s by phone and email or other means. A homeowner should never feel like you do not know what is going on, and if you do, and then you should feel comfortable to talk to your engineer and get the answers you need.
If you need advice about what boiler is right for you, feel free to contact Logical Heating & Plumbing solutions. We are gas safety heating engineer company that have years of experience in helping homeowners keep their homes warm!

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