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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Four Clever ways to cut your energy bills

Four Clever ways to cut your energy bills

Are you worried about your energy bills skyrocketing over the winter months? Here are 4 clever ways to cut your energy bills in half and how it can be one last thing in life to worry about.

Pay your bills online

A lot of homeowners can make serious savings on their energy bills, simply by changing the way they pay them. Most energy companies now reserve their best deals for their online customers, so if you have access to the Internet, make sure you use it.

You are also likely to find that you will receive a big discount just by opting to pay by monthly direct debit through your online account. These small savings soon add up, so it’s well worth taking advantage of them.

Only heat your home when necessary

If you’re going out for the day, then you won’t really need your central heating or hot water on, as no one will be there to benefit from it. We recommend investing in a smart thermostat such as Nest so that your heating only comes on when you need it to. Make sure you also turn off the radiators in any rooms that you are not using and keep all windows and doors shut when the heating is on.

Remember to read your meter regularly

People often end up paying much more than they need to for their energy bills, as they go on the estimates given by their suppliers. If you are looking for a way to cut down your bills, we recommend reading your meter regularly, so your bills will be based on accurate readings.

Upgrade your boiler

Changing your old boiler for a newer model can dramatically cut your energy bills, with savings as much as £240.00 per year. Make sure you get quotes for a new boiler so you secure a reasonable price – the same goes for installation. Feel free to get in touch with Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions. We will be able to advise you on boiler installations croydon and provide you with a no obligation quote.

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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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National Radiator Day

Show Some Love For National Radiator Day

November 1st marks National Radiator Day, the one day of the year  on which you should be showing some love, appreciation and tenderness to your home radiator. But what on earth is National Radiator Day all about?

#LoveYourRadiator is a new campaign that has been launched by the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors – MARC. The campaign asks for consumers  to take a selfie with their radiator  and share that picture on Twitter using the hashtag – #LoveYourRadiator.
National Radiator Day takes place each year on November 1st in order to cast some much needed light onto the amazing work that your radiators and central heating do every winter in keeping you warm, dry and cosy when the weather starts to turn.

According to MARC there are 190 million radiators being used in UK households every day, and as the nation’s favourite heat emitters why on earth shouldn’t there be a day that celebrates their longevity, durability and style?

The last 40 years or so has seen a weird and wonderful transformation for radiators, so it’s fitting that they have a day to bask in their warmth-giving glory.

Isaac Occhipinti of MARC says: “The 1970’s witnessed the introduction of central heating systems with cast iron and steel radiators becoming common place in UK homes, the radiators of the 1980’s were merely a functional product that had a job to do. The 1990’s saw a boom in TV shows like ‘Changing Rooms’ that encouraged us to make over our homes and the humble radiator was more often than not regulated behind a radiator cover usually made of MDF. During the 2000’s the radiator has moved from being a simple heat emitter, to an integral part of the overall room design. It is no longer necessary to fit your furniture around your radiator the radiator can now be installed to suit the room, horizontal, vertical or even curved. Over the last few years this has led to an explosion in style and colours.”

To discover even more about the #LoveYourRadiator campaign, go and check out the Manufacturers’ Association of Radiators and Convectors, MARC homepage.

Give us at Logical heating & Plumbing Solutions a call today to learn more about how to boiler service croydon or  to schedule a time for one of our experienced professional gas engineer to come out and take a look.

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