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Get more efficient heating in your home

heatingYou can do this by getting an underfloor heating system. This can either be electrical resistance elements or fluid flowing in the pipes to heat the floor; so water or electrical underfloor heating. These are easier to be fitted into new builds, rather than home being renovated, as they will cost more to be installed if the floor has to be taken up and replaced.  There are many positive things that come from underfloor heating such as helping to reduce greenhouse gases. A pro of having underfloor heating would be that you can heat a larger area faster with underfloor heating than you traditional radiator. This is because the heat from a radiator rises and leaves a room as soon as draft appears, but with underfloor heating the heat will stay instead. Electric underfloor heating is better for smaller areas, as it is cheaper to install but more expensive to run and only relies on a network of wires. Whereas, water underfloor heating is better for a larger area as it relies on a network of pipes to pump hot water around the house; this will cost more due to having to deal with the water systems.

You can install these yourself using special kits which are easy to use, making the installation quick and simple. These kits can be designed specifically for you or bought already prepared. These kits are available from www.soleheat.co.uk, they do single zone, multi zone, premium* and a bespoke kit. The single kit comes in10-18sqm and costs from £339.99 to £379.99, this kits is specifically for smaller areas like bathrooms as they will only require it for heating purposes. The multi zone kit comes in 20-120sqm and costs from £419.99 to £924.99, this kit is designed specifically for a larger area; this could be a few rooms at once or one larger zone. The premium* kit comes in 20-100sqm and costs from £499.99 to £889.99, this kit is similar to the multi zone but has additional items which are electrothermic actuators and a heatmiser wiring centre. Lastly, is the bespoke kit, this kit can be designed on an individual basis by their amazing specialists at SoleHeat. They can be tailored to fit specific requirements of the installation and they’ve said they would be happy to help design the ideal kit if you send them your building plans and the rooms included.

Feb 2017 update: We still think that underfloor heating is the way forward for heating you home. A surprising supplier of wet underfloor heating is Ebay. Have a look at these kits available form suppliers in the UK, and often with free next day shipping!

Central Heating System

central-heating-brackleyAs we all live in an all weather climate a central heating system is needed in each and every house and it is the main way how houses can be heated up. This is one of the most popular methods of heating the house compared to solar heating. There are many benefits with this method thought there are a few drawbacks.

The drawback is that the furniture and the empty space in the home will be affected. Central heating is more efficient than any other heating system. The advantage is that the electric bills that come will be reduced. There are three ways of central heating system. Firstly is steam central heating system, secondly is the air central heating system and thirdly is the water central heating system.

The water central heating system is the most effective. Water heated from the boiler passes through the two pipes system. The advantage of the two pipe system is that the water in the primary flow pipe is only used in one radiator before being returned to the primary return pipe for reheating. With a two pipe water central heating system each radiator has a return and flow path so water will flow through the radiators at the beginning of the circuit unless the system is balanced.

rad-01Basically a water central heating system consists of –

  • A direct heating system lines
  • A boiler which heats the water in the system
  • A pump to circulate the water
  • Radiators which are wall mounted panels through which the hot water passes to release heat into the rooms.
  • The circulating water uses a closed loop that sends the same water back in the reheated form.

One way to save energy through water central heating system is to retrofit them to provide separate zone control to different areas of large homes. Zone control is most effective when large areas of the home are not used often.

There are some questions that need to be answered when using a water central heating system. For example

Walterworks-Plumbing-And-Heating-Central-Heating-1Does water have to be stored? The answer is no. water does not have to be stored. Hot water on demand is that as soon as you turn on the hot tap the burner inside the boiler heats up and one gets hot water instantly.

Understanding the water central heating system:

Within a domestic property one tends to overlook the water central heating system.

  • The boiler comes in various sizes delivering various amounts of heat energy.
  • The radiators work by transferring heat to the air in the room as it passes over the radiator panel. The warm air rises and pushes the cold air back down and over the radiator surface over again.
  • Pipes for water central heating system can be either copper or plastic and for domestic use the common size is twenty two mm.
  • A boiler thermostat will have a dial on it marked in numbers or max and min. This sets the temperature of the water that will be pumped from the boiler through the radiators to het the home.