Installing Flues In Residential Properties

Without a flue or chimney, normally brick built, your boiler would not function, but unless they are designed and installed correctly, chimneys lead to condensation. All fuels produce gases and water vapour when burnt. A chimney provides a safe means of carrying away these gases. The hot flue gases and vapour rise because they are … Read more

Economical Heating Systems

Better to be warm but undecorated and unfurnished, than look fantastic and feel cold. Central heating is expensive, disruptive and complex to install, but it is a good investment and an excellent solution to heating problems. There are many different heating systems to choose from. Basically, the categories are: a fire with or without back … Read more

Controlling Humidity And Heat Loss In The Home

After much thought you may have installed the system of central heating ideal for your type of home. All that remains is for you to sit back and enjoy its benefits. But wait! Nothing is perfect in this imperfect world. Do you now suffer from sore throats, headaches or sinus trouble? Is your woodwork warping? … Read more

Painting a Radiator

Popular colours for radiators vary from generation to generation. The first radiators installed in public buildings were generally matt black, because it was then believed that a rough black finish allowed heat to pass from the system to the surrounding air quickly. When well-breeched householders first adopted central heat- ing at the turn of the … Read more

Types of Radiator

Radiators are made of cast iron, which is cheapest; pressed steel, which is lighter than cast iron; and aluminium, which is lighter still and does not build up so many deposits inside. Like almost everything else in life designs are dictated by fashion: Column and hospital radiators. The traditional type. Take up little room because … Read more

Improving Home Insulation

The Building Research Establishment has estimated that up to 50 per cent of the total primary energy consumption of the UK is used to service buildings: for heating, lighting, providing hot water, cooking, and running appliances. Of this energy use about half is required to keep the buildings warm. It seems obvious that the reduction … Read more

The Efficiency of Different Fuels

Basic energy units The electrical and mechanical energy we use daily for heating is measured in many ways but I will ignore all those British Thermal Units, horsepower and therms, and deal instead in kilowatt-hours (kWh). To be scientifically correct all measurements of energy should be in Joules, Kilojoules, Megajoules and Gigajoules. But we are … Read more

Heating and ventilation for Conservatories

Closely allied to glazing are heating and ventilation. These pose particular problems in a garden room or conservatory that is intended to be both an extension of the living room, giving scope for relaxation and leisure activities most of the year round, and a display room for, among other plants, exotics that cannot withstand outside … Read more

Main Types Of Heating Appliances

Heating appliances fall broadly into two categories: boilers and power units that provide full or partial central heating and fixed or portable appliances, of which there is a wide variety, that can be used almost anywhere in the house either independently or to supplement the central heating. Electric heaters. Storage radiators and storage fan heaters … Read more

Different Types Of Heating Systems Explained

Full central heating involves heating the whole of the house to a required temperature and maintaining that temperature irrespective of how cold it is outside the house. Since the boiler or central heating unit and the distribution equipment must have sufficient capacity to meet extreme outdoor conditions, the running costs of full central heating are … Read more