Saving Money On Heating And Hot Water

Saving Money On Heating And Hot Water

 

More than half of the money the typical UK household spends on fuel bills goes towards those that provide the property with heating and hot water. As fuel costs rise, having an efficient heating system is vital. It’s also one of the main steps to reducing your carbon dioxide emissions.
The most common form of central heating is a boiler and radiators. The boiler heats up water that is then pumped through pipes to radiators throughout the home, it also provides hot water to the kitchen and bathroom taps.
Most boilers run on mains gas or oil. These are usually the cheapest fuels, and also the lowest carbon dioxide emissions apart from wood.
Gas and oil boilers are combination boilers, heating water when it is needed. Often, the hot water is used immediately and not stored, but some boilers heat the water and store it in a hot water cylinder that feeds to the taps.

If you have a boiler system like this, then you have plenty of options for energy-saving upgrades.

•Replace the boiler – to a newer and more efficient model.

•Fit better controls – make sure your boiler only provides heat where and when you need it by getting a programmable thermostat with a 7 day timer.

•Renewable technologies – switch to lower carbon fuel technology such as solar heating for your water, or solar photovoltaic for your electricity.

•Draught-proofing improvement – thoroughly check all insulation throughout your heating system to prevent heat wastage, and maybe think about having underfloor heating installation.

•Chemical inhibitors – help maintain central heating system efficiently and save on bills.

•Storage heaters – install new and more controllable heaters.

 

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Is Central Heating Service Essential

Is Central Heating Service Essential

A central heating system in your property will keep a warm temperature throughout the interior of the building. This central heating system, when combined with other systems, controls the building climate and the whole system becomes HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning system).

By law if you have a heating system you should have it regularly serviced, especially if the property is let out for rental purposes. By servicing your heating system you benefit by ensuring that it doesn’t break down and can check you are not using a faulty boiler which can result in carbon monoxide leakage.

A leakage of carbon monoxide can lead to extreme illness and even death, saving money by avoiding getting your central heating serviced this is not advisable, it must be carried out annually.

When you service your boiler regularly, it will increase its efficiency which will save you money. It will also cut your energy bills and perhaps increase your green credentials, which is helpful to the environment.

When hiring a company for your central heating service, if the engineers don’t explain what will be done during the procedure, there are chances that they might be untrained trade engineers who might not carry out proper inspection and cleaning.

It goes without saying that you should only hire professionally trained engineers who will strip down your boiler and its major components to be cleaned and tested, this will take an hour to complete. This procedure is especially important if you have a condensate boiler.

By choosing Logical Heating & Plumbing Solutions Ltd you can have a peace of mind that you are choosing a plumbing firm which is licensed and insured so if there is any problem after the work has been done, you will be covered.

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Keeping Warm With Under Floor Heating

Keeping Warm With Under Floor Heating

In the cold winter season, when you are shivering, just home from an icy blast outside and desperate to get warm despite the rainy grey sky covering all available sunlight.  There is one way to stay warm without pushing your heating bill to its full capacity.  Under floor heating is a great for removing the clutter of huge radiators taking up living space, and you can have it installed throughout the home offering a clean decorative finish.  It’s thought to be a more efficient way of heating the room because of the way the heat is distributed (this only works well if the windows and walls are insulated).

The way under floor heating works is by pumping heat around a heat exchanger in the floor for it to be released over a period of time; it works in conjunction with the home thermostat and will only provide heat when the room temperate drops below a set level. It’s important to remember that it can take a while to heat up the room, especially if you are used to traditional heating system.

There are two types of under floor heating which are Hot Water Systems or Electric Mat Systems:

Hot Water System

This basically uses warm water from the central heating system, the water is pumped through plastic pipes laid out on the sub floor before the final surface is installed. This type of system reduces water heating costs as it uses water at a lower temperature than traditional radiators.

Electric Mat System

These are generally cheaper to install and cause less disruption to existing floor boards, however they are more expensive to run than Hot Water Systems. The Electric Mat System features cables that are attached to open-weave mesh mats that are spread out onto the floor, connected together, and then linked up to the thermostat’s main power supply.

Here are some additional benefits to installing under floor heating:

  • It can provide warm cosy tile or stone flooring (perfect when in the bathroom or kitchen).
  • It can replace bulky radiators in a room which frees up wall and floor space.
  • It’s able to cover a vast range of different flooring types with lots of flexible options.
  • There is no cold spot or windy drafts in the room, as the heat is evenly distributed.
  • The under floor covering is hidden when it is installed so there are no wires or electrical sockets.

The best time for installation is in the summer so start thinking about it before the season changes.

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The Benefit Of Solar Panels

The Benefit Of Solar Panels

Recent talks about renewable energy have focused on how we should not be so dependent on fossil fuels and how we all should be going green and looking at other ways to get our energy; solar power is one way to get this renewable energy. It’s clear to see when driving through the neighborhoods of Britain that there has been a huge rise in the installation of photovoltaic solar panels, with homeowners choosing to produce their own electricity.

The solar cells are the small sections which convert sunlight into electricity, generating a small amount of power, with several solar cells fixed together in a frame produce a solar panel – this is what you see on houses around the UK. A big benefits of a solar powered home is that it can generate between 75% to 100% of its own power, this is beneficial to the homeowners as it saves money on electricity bills.

The solar energy you don’t use immediately will be transferred to the National Grid as credit through an electricity meter. This means that during the winter or on miserable dull days, when your panels are not producing more energy than your building needs, energy may used from the Grid, and energy consumption will be offset against earlier energy production.

Photovoltaic solar panel doesn’t need a lot of maintaining and if they are tilted 15% or more then the panels will have the benefit of being cleaned by rain water.  Installation is best during the summer when the sunlight is at its peak.

It important to remember that solar power is a clean, unlimited and versatile energy source. It can be used to help to not only heat the home but to help grow food and give us light when it is dark. Our understanding of how to harness the sun’s power (in a cost effective way) has only recently begun, and with more advanced technology, solar panels will keep getting better.

Logical Heating & Plumbing Solution use MCS Approved and Accredited Installation Team who will be able to install the panel to your roof.  When installation is complete it will be tested to the latest 17th edition wiring regulations and relevant ELECSA certificate has been completed with the full knowledge that you are happy with the installation and it is working properly. We won’t be leaving you in the dark and we will check up on the panels to see if it giving you the optiminuim performance.

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