How-To

  1. How to measure a radiator

    How to measure a radiator
    There are many reasons why you might want to measure the size of your radiator. These could include buying a new radiator of the same dimensions, moving your existing one to another wall, or even purchasing a radiator cover. However, measuring a radiator correctly is slightly more detailed than you might imagine, so in this article we'll explain how to...
  2. The 5 most common questions about BTU

    The 5 most common questions about BTU
    1. What does BTU mean? BTU stands for British Thermal Units and this is the most common way energy and heat output is measured in the UK. 1 BTU = The amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 pound (0.45kg) of water by 1° Fahrenheit (0.56° Celsius). 2. Why is BTU important? British Thermal Units are important...
  3. What is smart heating and is it worth it?

    What is smart heating and is it worth it?
    If you are considering upgrading your central heating, you may have heard the term 'smart heating' being thrown around. Many consider smart heating to be the way most homes will be heated in the future and many people have already got on board and are heating their homes this way. In this article, we'll explain what smart heating is and...
  4. What heating system is best for a new home?

    What heating system is best for a new home?
    If you have a blank canvas and are deciding what sort of heating system you should install in your home, then please read on. A fully functioning heating system is integral to your family's comfort in the UK because it is in use in some capacity for much of the year. Even in summer, there are often chilly days, plus...
  5. Who should you call to fix a radiator?

    Who should you call to fix a radiator?
    If you've got a problem with your radiators or heating system then it's usually best to call in a professional plumber or heating engineer. While there are some jobs that you can do yourself, it can be difficult if you don't have any DIY experience. You don't want to accidentally make things worse, so it's safer to get someone in...
  6. Can radiators leak gas?

    Can radiators leak gas?
    Making sure that our central heating systems are functioning safely are obviously of utmost importance to all of us. Therefore, in this article we'll deal with some important points to help you keep your central heating system running smoothly and safely. Radiators don't leak carbon monoxide The dangerous, headline-grabbing gas that is associated with faulty central heating systems is carbon...
  7. What you should never put near a radiator

    What you should never put near a radiator
    If you read our recent post on where to put your radiator, you'll know that installing you rad in the right place can have an impact on how efficient your heating is. Traditionally, radiator positioning advice was to put radiators under windows to ensure that cold air seeping through inefficient single panes was heated. However, with the advent of double...
  8. Where should I be putting my radiator?

    Where should I be putting my radiator?
    Getting the right placement of radiators in your home is important because it's a decision that will dictate the heat in your home for years to come. In this article, we'll take a look at the various radiator placement options and the different types of radiators that work in different rooms in your home. What type of heating system do...
  9. Essential radiator maintenance tips for the summer

    Essential radiator maintenance tips for the summer
    There are strong comparisons between your central heating system and your car. Get them regularly serviced and they should serve you well for years to come. Neglect them and fail to take care of them and they'll let you down when you most need them (in winter or on a motorway). In this article, we'll explain why radiator maintenance is...
  10. Should heated towel rails be left on?

    Should heated towel rails be left on?
    Heated towel rails are designed to be left on all the time and there are no safety issues to consider if you decide you want to keep them running. A standard heated towel rail will typically come on and off in accordance with the main central heating system. An electric rail has an on/off switch and most contain an automatic...

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