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Ideal Home magazine is a UK-based publication focused on interior design, home improvement, and lifestyle inspiration. It offers readers practical advice, expert tips, and creative ideas for transforming their homes into stylish and functional spaces. From decorating tips and DIY projects to product recommendations and real home tours, Ideal Home magazine caters to individuals seeking to enhance and personalise their living environments.

Here at Trade Radiators, we felt they were a perfect media outlet to team up with as so many of their values and objectives align with ours. In recent times, our heating experts Nicholas Auckland and James Auckland, have written and contributed to a number of articles featured on and we've summarised many of them below.

Radiator DIY articles

Radiators play a crucial role in maintaining comfort and warmth within the home, making it essential for homeowners to understand how to care for and optimise these heating fixtures. enlisted the expertise of Trade Radiators' specialists to demystify radiator maintenance and DIY upgrades. With their hands-on experience and technical know-how, our experts shared practical advice and step-by-step guides on a whle range of radiator troubleshooting, empowering readers to tackle radiator-related tasks with confidence.

How to bleed a radiator without a radiator key, according to heating experts  - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland 

Bleeding a radiator is one of the easiest and most impactful DIY heating jobs you can do. Nicholas, speaking to Ideal Home's Lauren Bradbury, advised that the use of a flat-head screwdriver is the most popular alternative to a radiator key. He explained that most modern radiators had a small dent where the flat-head screwdriver could be inserted into the bleed plug. Nicholas also suggested alternative tools like an Allen key or a pair of pliers for older radiators that might not have accommodated a flat-head screwdriver. The step-by-step guide provided in the article included instructions on preparing the area, identifying the type of radiator, and opening and closing the valve carefully. The also article highlighted the risks involved in using alternative tools, stressing the importance of caution to avoid damaging the radiator or causing injuries. 

Why is my radiator only hot at the top? Experts explain what it means and what you can do about it - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland 

The cause of this common radiator issue is attributed to the accumulation of dirt and sludge in the radiators, hindering the flow of hot water. Nicholas Auckland reommended the need for a power flush conducted by a professional plumber to effectively dislodge accumulated debris and maintain heating system health. He advised that signs indicating the need for radiator flushing include frequent bleeding, discoloured radiator water, delayed heating, and noisy radiators. Flushing the radiators not only resolves the uneven heating issue but also enhances energy efficiency and prolongs the lifespan of the heating system, reducing the risk of costly repairs. With the impending rise in energy prices, maintaining a sludge-free heating system becomes even more crucial for cost-effective and safe heating.

How to fix a radiator leak - 5 simple steps to find the source and fix the problem ASAP - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland 

In this article, Nicholas explained that this DIY process begins with identifying the leak's source, with suggestions ranging from radiator valves to radiator spindles. Nicholas recommended pouring a leak sealer solution into the central heating system for pinhole leaks, cautioning that severe corrosion might necessitate radiator replacement. The step-by-step guide covers turning off and draining the radiator, fixing the problem area using plumber's tape, and checking for leaks post-repair. If DIY attempts fail, he advises seeking professional assistance to assess and address the issue further, highlighting the potential risks of exacerbating the problem without expert guidance.

A plumber fixing a radiatorA plumber fixing a radiator

Improving energy efficiency articles

As the cost of energy continues to rise, finding ways to lower heating expenses while enhancing efficiency has become paramount for homeowners. recognised the expertise of Trade Radiators' specialists in heating and energy efficiency, seeking their insights to provide readers with practical tips and innovative solutions to reduce heating bills and optimise heating systems. With over a decade of experience in the industry, our experts offered invaluable advice on improving heating efficiency and maximising cost savings in the linked articles below.

How much does it cost to run central heating for one hour? - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

In this article, Nicholas offered valuable insights into reducing energy costs while maintaining warmth during the winter months. Emphasising the importance of controlling heat loss from homes, Nic highlighted strategies such as improving insulation through draft excluders and sealing draughts, as well as adding extra insulation in lofts. He stressed the significance of efficient radiator positioning and recommended maintaining radiators regularly to maximise heating efficiency. Additionally, Nicholas advised homeowners to adjust thermostats and utilise thermostatic controls on radiators to lower energy consumption. By integrating Nicholas' expertise, the article provided readers with practical tips to save money on central heating while ensuring comfort throughout the colder seasons.

Should you heat the whole house or just the room you're using? - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Nicholas weighed in on the debate regarding energy-efficient heating practices amidst rising energy costs and dropping temperatures. He advocated for heating only the room in use as the most economical approach, emphasising the elimination of wasted energy. However, he underscored the importance of considering various factors before making this decision. From household needs and home insulation to radiator types and duration of occupancy, Nicholas highlighted the nuanced considerations essential forincreasing heating efficiency tailored to individual circumstances. The article delved into practical insights and expert advice, providing readers with valuable guidance to navigate the heating dilemma effectively.

How much does it cost to run an air purifier? We've done the sums - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

In this helpful article, Nicholas contributed valuable insights into the operational costs and energy-saving features of air purifiers. Nicholas emphasised the significance of selecting the right-sized air purifier and highlighted key factors affecting energy consumption, such as room size, model specifications, and usage duration. He underscored the importance of energy-efficient features like built-in timers, night/sleep modes, filter change reminders, and air quality sensors to make the most of energy usage and reduce costs. The article provided practical calculations based on different wattages and usage scenarios, offering readers a clear understanding of the potential expenses associated with running an air purifier. Nicholas also outlined essential considerations for selecting an energy-efficient air purifier tailored to individual needs, ensuring maximum effectiveness and cost-effectiveness in improving indoor air quality.

How much does it cost to run an oil-filled radiator? And how to save money when using one - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

An article exploring the operational expenses and energy-saving techniques associated with oil-filled radiators. Nicholas highlighted the significance of understanding the wattage and energy consumption of these appliances, citing potential running costs ranging from approximately 15p to 73p per hour based on radiator size and specifications. The article also addressed factors influencing running expenses, such as insulation quality and room dimensions, offering practical guidance on maximising energy efficiency. Nicholas outlined crucial features to consider when purchasing an oil-filled radiator, including heating controls, portability, and design considerations, to ensure optimal performance and cost-effectiveness. The article also provided tips for reducing energy costs, such as selecting the appropriate radiator size, strategic placement, and maintaining stable indoor temperatures. Through expert insights and actionable recommendations, the article aimed to empower readers to make informed decisions and effectively manage energy expenses while staying warm during the winter months.

Oil-filled radiator vs fan heater - which one is best for staying warm on a budget this winter? - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

The decision between buying an oil -filled radiator and a fan heater is a common one for many people on a budget. Nicholas went deep into the practicality of portable heaters in heating larger spaces when conventional radiators fell short. Nicholas explained that oil-filled radiators operated by heating thermal oil, emitting heat through their fins, while fan heaters worked by blowing air over a heat source. Noting their differences in heat production and distribution, he also highlighted the superior heat retention of oil-filled radiators, which continued to radiate warmth even after being turned off. This distinction underscored the cost-effectiveness of oil-filled radiators in comparison to fan heaters, which rapidly cooled down once switched off. Nicholas's expert perspective aided readers in making informed decisions about which heating option best suited their needs, ensuring efficient warmth during the winter while managing energy expenses effectively.

Ceramic heater vs fan heater - there’s a clear winner if you want to heat your home on a budget this winter - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Similarly, ceramic heaters are a common option for many and they want to know how they stack up against fan heaters. In this comparison article, Nicholas discussed the versatility of portable heaters in efficiently heating spaces, particularly when central heating falls short. Ceramic heaters, utilising resistive heating through a conductive ceramic plate, heat rooms rapidly, albeit sometimes struggling to maintain even heating. On the other hand, fan heaters distribute warmth quickly by passing air over a heat source but lose heat rapidly once turned off. Expert testers noted the efficiency of ceramic heaters in heating small spaces effectively, despite limitations in larger rooms. Fan heaters, offered immediate warmth but faced challenges in distributing heat evenly across larger areas. Safety considerations favoured ceramic heaters due to their reduced fire risk and dust distribution compared to fan heaters. While both types are affordable in initial cost, ceramic heaters proved more cost-effective to run, making them the preferred choice for energy-efficient heating this winter.

Reducing damp, mould and moisture articles

Mould, dampness, and moisture issues not only compromise the comfort of a home but also pose health risks to its occupants. turned to Trade Radiators' experts to shed light on effective strategies for tackling these common household problems. Leveraging their extensive knowledge in radiator installation, ventilation systems, and moisture control measures, our specialists shared their expertise to help homeowners combat mould, dampness, and moisture issues, ensuring a healthier and more pleasant living environment.

Banish condensation on your walls and ceilings with these 10 simple methods - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Speaking to Ideal Home's Sophia Venning about methods to combat condensation in homes, Nicholas provided valuable insights into managing indoor temperature and ventilation. He discussed the importance of consistent ventilation in key areas like kitchens and bathrooms to mitigate condensation caused by steam. Also, Nicholas advised against drying clothes indoors, highlighting the moisture it adds to the air. 
Stop window condensation in its tracks with these expert approved tips and tricks - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

In a similar vein, Nicholas also had a conversation with Mille Hurst of about window condensation, again stressing the importance of good ventilation. Nicholas suggested keeping every room adequately heated to prevent cold spots, which are prone to condensation. He recommended maintaining a constant temperature of around 17 degrees Celsius to minimise condensation while ensuring sufficient ventilation by periodically opening windows. These expert tips were crucial for homeowners seeking effective strategies to tackle window condensation during the winter months.
Unusual marks on your walls? Experts explain how to tell the difference between mould and condensation - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Knowing whether you've got a damp or condensation problem is important in diagnosing and treating the problem correctly and Nicholas was asked for his insights. Condensation, Nicholas explained, arises from excessive moisture accumulation within the home, manifesting as water droplets on surfaces such as windows, mirrors, and walls. Nicholas went on to underscore the necessity of enhancing ventilation and employing dehumidifiers to mitigate condensation, preventing its progression into more severe mould problems. Mould, he cautioned, thrives in damp environments and poses significant health risks, often appearing as discoloured patches, typically black, brown, grey, or green, especially in areas with poor ventilation, such as kitchens and bathrooms.

Air purifier vs dehumidifier - which should you buy for a happy and healthy home? - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

In the debate between air purifiers and dehumidifiers for a healthier home, Nicholas shed light on the distinct roles of both types of appliances. He talked about how air purifiers, equipped with filters tailored to capture pollutants like dust and germs, excel in improving indoor air quality. They're particularly beneficial for those with allergies or weakened immune systems. Meanwhile, dehumidifiers combat excess moisture, preventing mould growth and structural damage. Nicholas emphasised the importance of choosing the right appliance based on individual needs and suggests considering a dual-use unit for comprehensive air quality management.

5 ways to disguise a dehumidifier to keep your home damp (and eyesore) free - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

 If you've decided on a dehumidifier, you might want to make it a less obvious feature of your home. This article explored creative ways to conceal dehumidifiers in homes while maintaining functionality and aesthetics. Nicholas provided insights into strategic placement, drawing attention to the importance of airflow and vent accessibility. His expertise helped readers with effectively integrating dehumidifiers seamlessly into their living spaces, without compromising moisture control.
How long should you let a dehumidifier run? Experts reveal the sweet spot to combat damp in your home - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Should you leave your dehumidifier on all day or only use it at specific times? It's a common question and Nicholas was asked to contribute his thoughts by Jullia Joson at Ideal Home. He suggested that the duration of dehumidifier use depends on the severity of the humidity issue in a particular area. He advised that if the room's humidity exceeds 70%, it's crucial to keep the dehumidifier running to prevent mould growth. He also mentioned the potential energy consumption and disturbance when running a dehumidifier continuously, suggesting monitoring and limiting its operation to 6-12 hours daily.

A modern and stylish living room featuring a vertical radiatorA modern and stylish living room featuring a vertical radiator

Home living hacks articles

In today's fast-paced world, homeowners are constantly seeking smart and efficient solutions to simplify their daily lives and enhance their home environments. Recognising Trade Radiators' team as authorities in home improvement and innovation, tapped into their wealth of knowledge to uncover ingenious home living hacks. From space-saving storage solutions to clever decor ideas, our experts provided invaluable tips and tricks to help readers elevate their living spaces and make the most of every square inch.

How to defrost a freezer quickly - a foolproof way to defrost a freezer in under an hour - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Branching out into freezer efficiency, Nicholas advocated a time-saving method for defrosting freezers while they remained powered on, harnessing heat and steam for efficiency. His approach involved strategically placing bowls filled with boiling water inside the freezer, accelerating the ice-melting process without the need for turning off the appliance. With a focus on safety precautions, including using protective gloves and avoiding direct contact between boiling water and ice, Nicholas' method aimed to reduce downtime and inconvenience associated with traditional defrosting techniques. Using towels and microfibre cloths for containment and cleanup, this approach promised defrosting completion within an hour, ensuring minimal disruption to frozen food storage and energy efficiency.

How to defrost a freezer without turning it off - and it's a game-changer - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

In a similar vein, Nicholas was asked by Ideal Home's Ellis Cochrane about defrosting tips. In this article, Nicholas highlighted an alternative method for defrosting freezers without shutting off their power. Acknowledging the potential 24-hour duration of the traditional defrosting process, Nicholas suggested a technique that allowed the freezer to remain plugged in. This method involved strategic placement of bowls filled with boiling water inside the freezer, harnessing heat to expedite the ice-melting process. While cautioning about the necessity of patience, especially for heavily iced-up freezers, the approach promised time savings, particularly beneficial for those rushed for time. To ensure safety, Nicholas stressed the importance of careful handling during the process, particularly for keeping down energy waste with ice build-up.

Drying your clothes indoors can pose a danger to your home and health – this is how to stay safe - Contributer: James Auckland

Drying clothes indoors is the only option for many and Sara Hesikova from Ideal Home spoke to james about it. He really psuhed the importance of ventilation and energy efficiency when drying clothes indoors. James advised homeowners to use extractor fans, open windows, and invest in energy-efficient dehumidifiers to combat issues such as mould growth, respiratory problems, and high energy consumption. He also highlighted the significance of maintaining proper air circulation to prevent condensation buildup, thereby safeguarding homes from water damage and promoting a healthier indoor environment.

Experts warn against 9 design mistakes making your living room feel cold – but they're quick to fix - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

In this contribution, Nicholas talked about the importance of colour choices and furniture layout in creating a warm and inviting living room. He warned against using cold, light colours like blue and light gray excessively, as they can contribute to a chilly atmosphere. Instead, he suggested going for warmer tones to evoke a cosy ambiance. Nicholas also highlighted the significance of furniture arrangement, advising against pushing furniture against walls or spacing it too far apart, which can create a disconnected and cold vibe. By incorporating these design considerations, homeowners can transform their living spaces into comfortable retreats all year round.

How to keep a bedroom cool - 25 ways to cool down in the boudoir this summer - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Idea Home's Tamara Kelly got in touch to ask Trade Radiators to contribute to an article about bedroom temperature. Among the contributors, Nicholas used his experience to push the importance of choosing light-coloured bedding to reflect heat and suggested using silk sheets for their breathability. In addition, he recommended giving feet a cold water bath before bed to lower body temperature and improve sleep quality. These insights from Nicholas underscored the significance of fabric choice and personal cooling rituals in maintaining a comfortable sleep environment during warmer months.

Spray painting bathroom taps is a quick decorating hack, but will it last long term? We have the answer - Contributer: Nicholas Auckland

Do you really want to spray paint your taps?  Nicholas advised caution when considering spray painting bathroom taps. While he acknowledged that it might be a viable option for older, deteriorating taps, he cautioned against it for newer ones. He highlighted the potential risks of moisture trapping and accelerated corrosion due to the porous nature of some metals. Despite the allure of cost-saving DIY projects, experts like Nicholas stress the importance of considering the long-term implications and potential drawbacks before embarking on a task like this.

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