Setting The Thermostat For a Happy Relationship

As winter approaches the central heating starts being used more, and the traditional argument between partners over how often to use the heating begins. After extensive research it has been determined that the best temperature to keep both men and women at a happy temperature is 22 degrees C.


Women feel changes in the temperature and feel the seasons a lot more than men, and they are 9 times more likely to suffer with cold hands and feet then men when living in a cooler house. Feeling cold is one of the main causes for arguments and relationship tension especially with a lot of men quite happy living in quite cool or cold environments.


Over 55% of couples admit to arguing over the temperatures of the home with 35% of Brits saying they never agree with their spouse or partner about when to have the heating on, 22 degrees was the temperature agreed on by the majority of both sexes that was a satisfactory temperature.


One of the easiest ways to keep your heating bill down and your partner happy is to just set the thermostat at 22 degrees Celsius and to have your boiler serviced regularly or have a more economical boiler installation in London.

Boiler Thief In Sheffield

It’s the last thing you expect a thief to steal from your home, but thats what is happening in Sheffield right now. Police are currently investigating an incident where a property in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield was broken into and raided and had it’s boiler removed. It isn’t the first instance of boiler theft in Sheffield, over the past two years hundreds of empty properties have been broken into and had their boilers stolen.


Police have set up ‘trap flats’ in an attempt to arrest the perpetrators.

Although the boilers could be stolen with the view to resale it is more likely that they are being sold for scrap metal due to the paperwork issues with boiler installation in todays housing markets.

A guide to choosing the best boiler

I’m sure there are more pressing matters in your life than making sure you have the best boiler, unless it’s the middle of winter and yours has just broken down. However when weighing up the savings for your wallet whilst being kept snugger and warmer in your home the best boiler for your home is going to be a very valuable asset and improvement in your home.

The best boiler will save you a small fortune in your heating bills, it also means you’ll avoid that nasty boiler breakdown on Christmas eve when there’s 6ft of snow outside and your house is freezing and has no hot water.


 Different types of boilers

It’s not the most exciting of topics to talk about, and boilers generally all look like the same big white box you’ll hide somewhere you can’t see. But there are three main types of boilers and by knowing a little about each type you be in a good position to make some extra savings in the long run.


 Combi boilers

Combination boilers are the most popular type of boiler with around 70% of UK households having one. It instantly provides hot water and heating to your radiators on demand straight from your gas supply..

A combi boiler combines the functions from a traditional boiler with hot water cylinder and cold water tank within one unit.

They’re compact, so a combi boiler can be installed neatly underneath the stairs or within a cupboard,so they’re brilliant boilers for smaller homes with one bathroom. A combi boiler can only run hot water from one source at a time, so if you have two bathrooms it may not be the best type of boiler for your needs.


 System boilers

Larger homes with more than one bathroom and/or en-suites will be better off with a system boiler which is sometimes called a sealed system boiler.

These boilers have a storage cylinder inside an airing cupboard so take up more space but will provide you with multiple sources of hot water in your house. There’s no water tank in the loft with a system boiler, and although you will have multiple sources of hot water you will need to wait for the cylinder to heat up so the heating wont be instant.


Open vent boilers

Open vent boilers have a storage cylinder and water tank in the loft. Open vent boilers have high water flow rate so are perfect for a quick shower, the hot water will run out and you have to wait for it to be replenished within the cylinder. Open vent boilers take up a lot of room in the loft so can be a problem for households looking to convert their lofts.


 Which is the best boiler for my house?

Its quite common to stick with the boiler that was already in the house when the new householders move in, but its important to install a newer and efficient boiler that is suitable for your home and hot water usage. A new boiler installation can save you hundreds of pounds each year just from your normal bills, even more money can be saved when weighing up potential breakdown costs.

Most householders stick with the boiler they inherit when they move into the property – but by investing in a newer, fuel-efficient boiler that’s more suitable for your home and usage, you can shave hundreds of pounds off your gas and electricity bills every year.


 Looking after your new boiler

When you have chosen your boiler, be sure to look after it and maximise its lifespan. This can be done with regular boiler servicing and servicing. Taking out boiler cover over winter should save you being left without any hot water or heating if the worst should happen.

If you need a power flush to clean the system out before installing a new boiler you could try

Help! No hot water – Combi Boiler Problems

Due to the amount of people commenting asking why they have no hot water I’ve written this article to hopefully help our readers solve their boiler problems. During the winter months one of the biggest problems with heating in your home is when you suddenly lose hot water or the heat within your radiators. The boiler itself seems to be working fine, but your water isn’t hot or your radiators aren’t heating fully.

In truth there are a lot of reasons why a boiler can fairl, but before you call the emergency boiler I strongly recommend lookng at the three port diverter valve. When you look at how a boiler works, it heats water and heats radiators by warming an exchange fluid which diverts the heat into a cylinder or into the radiators or both. The mechanism that creates this diversion is called the Diverter Valve or sometimes referred to as a 3 Port Valve. It will have sensors that tell the valve whether it needs to heat the hot water or the radiators, or both.

If the valve gets stuck in the radiator position it will only heat the radiators, if it gets stuck in the hot water position then your radiators will not heat up. A simple and temporary way to fix this problem is to locate the slide switch and manually pull it into the correct positions depending on what type of heating you require.

Diverter Valve

This fix will only work temporarily, you will need a gas engineer to come and repair it properly as soon as possible because this is a temporary measure and it needs to be working properly for regulation purposes. Boilers can be very dangerous household items if they are not looked after correctly so please be safe and call an regulated engineer out.

To prevent further problems with your heating you can always check the pipes and storage tanks in the loft. Make sure they are well insulated to protect them from freezing during severe cold snaps. Whilst you’re keeping busy located your stopcock and make sure that is working, at least if you have an emergency in the future you’ll know where your stopcock is and know that it’s working so you can turn the water off quickly.

Do I need To Replace My Boiler?

Over the years your boiler can become unreliable due to gradual wear. The cost of repairs and maintenance can become increasingly expensive especially as parts become discontinued and new or almost new replacements become rare. Installing a new boiler is often more economical than repairing a broken one. An old boiler is often inefficient and unreliable, the last thing you want is it to stop working right in the middle of winter when you need it the most. It’s also potentially risky which is why replacing an old boiler is really important.

Modern, maintained boilers which have been regularly serviced are proven to be more efficient and safer than older models, and the technological advancements give you more features, as well as meaning your boiler will be quieter and economical with a smaller environmental footprint. New boilers take air from outside of the house, whereas older boilers need room ventilation to draw air so it can burn the required amount of gas, this can often cause cold drafts and is counter productive.

Poor maintenance and blocked ventilations can mean the boiler is receiving inadequate oxygen levels and may cause carbon monoxide poisoning. Once the boiler eventually fatigues, the performance of all components will begin to deteriorate due to the mechanical stresses of working inefficiently. A poorly maintained boiler will have a build up of scale and sludge which is one of the main reasons for a boiler to breakdown, causing unreliable hot water, boiler overheating, noise and potentionally dangerous levels of carbon monoxide emissions.

Replacing your boiler before big problems start happening will save the owner in the long run, efficiency ratings for modern boilers are over 90% whereas older ones tend to range around 55% meaning that despite the cost of a new boiler you’ll make savings in just the first few years especially when weighing up the potential breakdown costs for those years if you hadn’t replaced your boiler.Find out more about how you can save energy and money by replacing your boiler from the energysavingtrust.

Should I Have My Boiler Serviced?

When you have your boiler serviced, or have a gas safety check carried out on a rental property you no doubt want a good price, but i’m sure you think it’s more important that it’s done right. After all you wouldn’t want the best price on your MOT only to find out that the garage didn’t even open the car door and just cashed the cheque and wrote the certificate! The MOT certificate confirms that at the time of the test, without dismantling it, the vehicle met the minimum standards required by law. It doesn’t mean that the vehicle is roadworthy for the length of time the certificate is valid.

But in a gas safety certificate you are required to dismantle, clean, inspect and test the appliance unlike an MOT, this will help your boiler to survive the coming 12 months. It doesn’t guarantee your boiler won’t require further work whilst the certificate is valid, but if you follow the Gas Engineers advice and recommendations it will stand a much better chance of giving you a hassle-free 12 months rather than leaving any problems with your Boiler to potentially get worse.

If you live in the Hendon, Barnet, Finchley or Wembley area of London there’s a very reputable Gas Engineer company called UnicUK who offer in depth Boiler Servicing information on their website

Typical Gas Safety Certificates are required by law for rental properties and include;

  • Check the appliance for gas tightness
  • Standing and working pressure of appliances will be checked
  • Full boiler service
  • Burner pressure check
  • Satisfactory ventilation check for all gas appliances
  • Test flue flow
  • Ensure satisfactory operation of all flame failure devices
  •  Physical stability check with presence & effectiveness of brackets
  • Check for gas boiler of satisfactory (CO) Carbon Monoxide reading