Wed 24th Aug 2016 - 8:38am Press Trade Radiators is on Pinterest!

    Trade Radiators is on Pinterest!

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Yes that's absolutely correct, Trade Radiators are now on Pinterest featuring boards dedicated to our entire range of quality radiators and heated towel rails.

    Pinterest has actually provided us with a great opportunity to display the huge amount of photos submitted by our customers once they have installed their rads or rails.

    We literally receive hundreds of these photos and Pinterest gives us a great place to put them on show, segregated into the different types we offer on our website.

    On our website, we display all of our radiators and towel rails in their rawest form, normally with a plain background, so that you can see exactly what you are getting.

    We have to do this to ensure a sense of uniformity on our website and to make sure that everyone can clearly see the pictures and directly compare them to our competitors.

    However, it's the customer-taken photos that really bring our products to life and displays them in a real-life, relatable setting. This is absolutely vital for anyone looking to buy a radiator but not exactly sure what the radiator would look like in real life.

    These images also trigger other people's imagination to see the limitless possibilities that can be achieved when installing a new radiator.

    Some typical revelations include the realisation that radiators don't have to be white, nor do they have to be horizontal.

    These points seem obvious once they are brought up, but often it takes seeing a picture of the different options in action to really hit home.

    Our Pinterest pictures are not only useful because of the radiators and towel rails included in them. Many of our customers have incredibly stylish homes and some of the images can give inspiration to a range of interior design ideas including colour schemes,  furniture styles, layout configurations and much more.

    We encourage you to have a look through our Pinterest boards and to be inspired by what other people have done with their interiors. If you especially like a radiator or heated towel rail, you can just click on the image and be taken through to our website for more information on that product.

    Take a look and dare to dream!

    You can find us at Pinterest.com/TradRadiators1

    Article by Benjamin Clarke

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    Mon 15th Aug 2016 - 9:06am Energy and Heating How technology can help us reduce water usage in our homes

    How technology can help us reduce water usage in our homes

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Research suggests that the average person in Europe uses approximately 100 litres of water per day. However, in the UK this figure rises to a staggering 150 litres every day per person.

    This shows that there clearly needs to be greater education and knowledge instilled in the general public about water conservation which could come from government and from various areas of the construction industry and environmental agencies.

    There is also a responsibility on manufacturers to improve technology and to ensure that the best and most water-efficient products are being made for use in our homes.

    A good example is with toilets. Older and more traditional flushing systems, of which there are millions in homes all over the UK, get through a huge 13 litres of water every time the toilet is flushed.

    Modern flush systems have been designed that use only 4 to 6 litres per flush, which is infinitely better and helps to conserve a large amount of water without the homeowner doing anything to change their behaviour. Such low-water flushing systems are being implemented in new builds, but more installers should be actively encouraging their customers to upgrade to the modern toilets both for financial and moral reasons.

    Showers systems are also an area for improvement, particularly when it’s understood that many so called ‘power showers’ use more water than you would having a bath. The old myth of a water efficient shower meaning a tiny trickle of water needs to be banished to the history books. There are many shower systems now available that can be water-friendly and still provide a comfortable showering experience.

    Boiler technology has come on leaps and bounds over the last decade and there is now a huge difference in efficiency, in terms of gas and water usage, between new condensing boilers and old inefficient ‘G Rated’ ones.

    The newest boilers are operating at over 90% efficiency, whereas the older models, of which there are still millions in operation, function much lower down the efficiency scale. Again, the technology has been introduced, so installers need to make clear to customers that installing an efficient boiler will help them in the long run to have cheaper energy and water bills, as well as making clear the environmental benefits.

    Having a modern hot water circulating pump within the system is also a way to ensure energy efficiency and water conservation.

    A modern, high-efficiency pump can save the householder as much as 80% in electricity when compared to an older standard pump. Additionally, installing a variable-speed water booster drive in conjunction with a high-efficiency pump means that the days of having to run the hot tap until the hot water comes through are long gone.

    This kind of set-up means the hot water will be delivered to the tap or shower at the right pressure and the right temperature without the need for a large amount of water wastage while waiting.

    Installing modern radiators also plays a large role in using less water as advancements in technology means the newer rads require less hot water to get up to temperature than with older models.

    One of the best examples of this is with our Aluminium Eco Designer Range of Radiators which use an incredibly low amount of water and, because they are constructed of a metal that is such a high heat conductor, they get up to room temperature very quickly. Not only are they using less water, but they also require less energy to get hot, resulting in a reduction in the homeowners monthly bills.

    The technology for using less water and less gas and electricity is clearly available. The next step is showing customers how they can benefit from these new technologies so that they will save money on their monthly bills and explaining that they're doing their bit for the environment too.

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    Mon 8th Aug 2016 - 2:07pm Radiators SITEWIDE RAD & RAIL SALE UNTIL 14th AUGUST 2016!!

    SITEWIDE RAD & RAIL SALE UNTIL 14th AUGUST 2016!!

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Summer is an excellent time to sort out any outstanding DIY jobs around the house, but this is particularly true when it comes to radiators.

    During Winter, your central heating is almost constantly in use and it's a very inconvenient (and cold) time of year to switch off your heating while you install new radiators.

    Aditionally, Winter is also a time when plumbers are particularly busy, so you may have difficulty in getting someone to come round immediately to deal with any emergencies or new installations.

    If you need to install new radiators in your kitchen, or perhaps a heated towel rail in your bathroom, then summer is the time to do it. It's not essential to have your heating on, so the installation process would not cause you much inconvenience.

    Plus, your local plumber is much more likely to be available quickly and will glad of the work. They might also be able to spend  alittle more time and energy on the job than they wuld in winter when they are likely to have to rush off to yet another emergency!

    Because of this fact, we are proud to announce that every single product on our website is discounted, each coming with free delivery and long guarantees. 

    If you have been looking for the right time to upgrade your radiators (especially recommended if they're over 15 years old), then now is the best time financially, meteorologically and in terms of plumber availability!

    Simply choose your rad or rail and use code 'summer5' at checkout to avail the discount. Sale ends midnight on 14th August 2016.

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    Fri 5th Aug 2016 - 11:22am Energy and Heating The importance of checking your Carbon Monoxide Alarms

    The importance of checking your Carbon Monoxide Alarms

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    Benjamin Clarke

    Back in September ber 2015, some research was done by West Sussex Trading Standards which revealed some alarming results.

    They found that as many as 8 out of 10 Carbon Monoxide Detectors were faulty and did not meet British Standards tests.

    This was not due to batteries that had run out of life. These were more serious problems of the CO alarms supposedly working but failing to detect gas. The report said that after a few years, around 45% of CO alarms were no longer able to detect the presence of harmful levels of carbon monoxide.

    Shortly after this announcement, the Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 came into force, meaning landlords are now legally required to install a fire alarms on every floor of their property and CO detectors in every room where there is a fuel-based appliance.

    Despite these regulations, a new report funded by the EU and Product Safety Forum of Europe (PROSAFE) has found that 52% of 81 CO alarms tested posed a high or serious risk due to issues with their functionality.

    25 of the alarms were tested in a laboratory with the following results:

    - 3 working correctly
    - 4 went off too early
    - 18 not compliant with requirements

    Of the original 81 detectors tested:

    - 9 were given a ‘Serious Risk’ result in the risk assessment
    - 15 were given a ‘High Risk’ result in the risk assessment
    - 2 were ‘Medium Risk’
    - 15 were ‘Low Risk’
    - 7 were ‘No Risk’
    - 36 not available

    With so much effort going into raising awareness of the ‘silent killer’, the fact that CO alarms are proving to lack long-term durability and ceasing to perform their basic function is a very serious issue.

    With an estimated 30 million CO alarms in the UK, there is a strong possibility that a high percentage of these are faulty and wrongly giving people the impression that carbon monoxide levels are safe.

    Under the 2015 Smoke and CO Alarm regulations, not only are private sector landlords legally required to fit alarms, but they are also required to check them once a year to ensure they are fully functional. Failure to comply can lead to a fine of £5,000.
    People are also being encouraged to test CO alarms themselves which can be done via a specially created test kit which tests the battery and the sensors.

    In addition to testing your alarms, it’s also recommended that you have your gas appliances (e.g. your boiler) checked once per year by a registered Gas Safe professional to ensure that the components of your heating system are not leaking CO and are functioning correctly.

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    Tue 26th Jul 2016 - 11:32am Home Interiors Get awesome design ideas from Trade Radiators on Instagram

    Get awesome design ideas from Trade Radiators on Instagram

    Benjamin

    Benjamin Clarke

    Always keen to get our brand across to as many people and platforms as possible, we are pleased to announce we have started our own Trade Radiators Instagram account.

    We are often contacted by customers seeking advice on what sort of radiator or heated towel rail would suit their particular lifestyle or design tastes.

    We also get a lot of our customers wanting to show off their latest purchases from us by emailing pictures of their new rad or rail in situ.

    As a result we decided it would be a great idea to display some of these beautifully taken images on our Instagram account. Not only does it display the wide variety of rads and rails that we offer on our site, but it also puts them into context and shows potential customers what they look like in real life.

    Displaying these images publicly also gives people fantastic design ideas, which is particularly helpful if they are redecorating entire rooms.

    As radiators and towel rails are much more of a focal point of rooms than they used to be in years gone by, people enjoy seeing what other people have done with their own interiors and how they’ve incorporated a radiator.

    These showcased images will hopefully inspire many of you to select a bold radiator design and give you a helping hand with colours, textures and furniture to pair with them.

    We’d like to think that looking at these images will help you realise that there are many different types of radiator and you don’t simply have to stick with simple white convector radiators, though we do stock an excellent range of these.

    We hope you’ll be inspired to consider options like polished stainless steel towel rails, vertical aluminium radiators or even the old school traditional heated towel warmers, amongst many other options.

    Looking at our Instagram account should open up your mind to all of the radiator possibilities that we offer, enabling you to furnish your home with something truly spectacular.

    If you would like to send us a picture of your installed radiator or towel rail that you purchased from us, we’d be delighted to receive it at info@traderadiators.com. Feel free to include a couple of sentences about what room it’s in and what you like about it!

    Find us at instagram.com/traderadiators

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