Economical Heating Systems
Heating

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…

Painting a Radiator
Radiators

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…

Types of Radiator
Radiators

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…

Solar Space Heating
Solar Energy

Solar Space Heating

With collector and tank Solar energy can be used to heat your home as well. One way is to use a large area of collector and a large hot water storage tank. The rule of thumb is to allow 50-60 litres of thermal storage per square metre of collector area, although some people might suggest…

Improving Home Insulation
Insulation

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…

Heat loss and insulation
Insulation

Heat loss and insulation

The savings and comfort benefits of good insulation, once installed, are continuous. The cost of insulating all or part of the house is soon offset by the savings in heating bills. Other benefits include reduced likelihood of condensation, improved comfort and even a cooler home in summer. In a typical home, 25 per cent of…