heating systems

A little bit of boiler chat - and some tips on gas safety.

 
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Boilers are often unappreciated, but in reality they’re heating heroes…

Your boiler may just look like a box, hanging around on your wall or lurking, hidden away in a cupboard, but have you ever taken a moment to appreciate what that box does?... 

It works hard every day to bring together gas, electricity and water, heating up the water for your taps and your central heating system. It heats up, cools down, pumps and makes sure your home is warm and comfortable. And that level of dedication is not to be sniffed at.

Knowing how hard your boiler works, you really need to make sure you are looking after it. It’s really important to make sure you have an annual Boiler Service carried out. 

Not only is an annual service important from a safety perspective, it can also make all the difference in terms of reliability, efficiency and the size of your household bills. Getting your boiler serviced could also prevent unnecessary boiler repairs or replacement further down the line too.  It’s important to note that if your boiler is still under warranty or guarantee, having an annual service is actually one of the conditions you have to comply with for the guarantee to stand.

If you are a Landlord, an annual service/gas safety check is a legal requirement for all of your properties. The law also requires that all servicing and gas safety checks are made by a Gas Safe registered Engineer.

 
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A Boiler Service isn’t just a quick check under the cover…

During your boiler service,  you can expect the Engineer to do the following: 

  • Remove the boiler casing and examine the components
  • Check the gas pressure and flow is correct
  • Use a flue gas analyser to make sure the boiler is burning the right mixture
  • of gas and air, and that the exhaust gases are correct and safe
  • Check that all the electrical connections are clean and in good condition
  • Check the fans and other key components are working efficiently
  • Check that seals are intact
  • See that the electrodes are in a good condition
  • Check the safety devices 
  • Check the condensate trap and pipe is not blocked
  • Check over all the water and gas pipework
  • Check that your Boiler is working safely and efficiently overall.

Phew.

 
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There are some basic rules about boiler positioning that should be followed too…

If your boiler has been installed in a cupboard, you'll need to adhere to the manufacturer's recommended clearances so it can work safely and be accessed easily for a Boiler Service. Air vents, grilles and flues must be kept free from blockages. If you have a very old boiler and are concerned about its positioning, we can advise.

If you have concerns about your boiler performance or gas safety, it’s best to act swiftly…

If you feel your Boiler is not running correctly do not be tempted to remove the case. Only a Gas Safe registered engineer is legally qualified to remove a Boiler casing. If you think there might be a problem with your boiler, you’ll need to call a Gas Safe registered Engineer. It’s easy to forget that gas can be extremely dangerous and leaks can lead to fires, explosions and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. 

Roost Heating engineers are all Gas Safe Registered and we cover the Hampshire area, centralised around Winchester, Eastleigh, Romsey, Southampton, Bishops Waltham, Hedge End and Locks Heath. 

 
 

Summer is the perfect time to get your boiler serviced (whether it’s a regular, combi or system boiler) and Roost Heating is currently offering a whopping 30% discount on Boiler Services, which brings the price down to just £49. (Offer valid until 31st August 2018). 

£49 for an annual service is not only a great deal but it helps keep your family safe, and could prevent you having to pay out for a costly boiler repairs or replacement. Book yours now by dropping us a line, or giving us a call.

Oh - one more thing - maybe give your boiler a quick pat next time you're passing. Just so it knows you appreciate it.

Wondering about Underfloor Heating? Read our guide...

 
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Underfloor heating is well worth considering if you’re planning a new kitchen or bathroom, you’ve just moved into a new house, your current heating system is below par or you’re feeling thoroughly fed up of cold toes in the morning. 

As a home heating solution, Underfloor Heating is becoming increasingly popular and as such, more and more cost effective. At Roost Heating, we’re fully qualified installers of Underfloor Heating and can advise and design the best underfloor heating system for your home.

At Roost Heating, we recommend the 'wet' system of Underfloor Heating (Hydronic Underfloor Heating) which pumps warm water through a system of pipes under your floor. Heat rises up evenly and constantly from the underfloor heating system and then heats the room.

If you’re wondering about the benefits of opting for Underfloor Heating, we’ve come up with a handy summary list. If you read these and are interested in finding out more, or you’d like a quote, just get in touch with the Roost Heating team.

Underfloor Heating is efficient and effective

When radiators heat up, they heat just the air around them initially and it can take a while for the heat to spread. Underfloor heating heats the whole floor evenly and the heat radiates steadily throughout the room which means the optimum room temperature is reached much more quickly.

Underfloor Heating can save on heating costs

Underfloor Heating does not have to heat up to very high temperatures to keep you warm, which means that it doesn’t use as much energy as you might think.  Because your house will be heated more effectively than conventional heating, there is potential to save up to 15% on your heating bills ongoing. 

Underfloor Heating is  seriously low maintenance

Once laid correctly• by a qualified Underfloor Heating installer like Roost Heating, your underfloor heating can last a lifetime. It doesn’t need regular maintenance or ongoing checks either.

Underfloor Heating doesn’t make your rooms stuffy

Evenly heating the air (as Underfloor Heating does) means that you don’t get patches of overheated air which result in a stuffy feeling space. Radiators can sometimes gather and circulate dust (not great for allergy sufferers in particular) but this is not a problem if you choose Underfloor Heating. Whilst on the subject of allergens, dust mites hate the warm, dry conditions delivered with Underfloor Heating so that’s another common problem avoided.

Radiators can get in the way

If you’re aiming for a clutter free, minimalist home style then sometimes even the slimmest, most fashion forward radiators can get in the way. Getting a compromise between the best position for radiators and a great looking room layout can be tricky and the physical space radiators take up can reduce the overall usable space in your room too. Not a problem with Underfloor Heating - because it’s all under the floor.

Your flooring choice is still flexible

Underfloor Heating is compatible with all kinds of flooring so you don’t have to compromise on style. Wood, laminate, tiles or carpeting can be incorporated into your plan, ensuring your room is not only toasty warm- it also has a fabulous looking floor.

Underfloor Heating is great for the little ones

As well as providing a cosy play space, Underfloor Heating means you don’t have hot radiator panels, sharp metal edges or enticing buttons for the kids to fiddle with or hurt themselves on.

Underfloor Heating can save heating costs

Underfloor Heating does not have to heat up to very high temperatures to keep you warm, which means that it doesn’t use as much energy as you might think.  Because your house will be heated more effectively than conventional heating, there is potential to save up to 15% on your heating bills ongoing. 

Underfloor Heating is  seriously low maintenance

Once laid correctly by a qualified Underfloor Heating installer like Roost Heating, your underfloor heating can last a lifetime. It doesn’t need regular maintenance or ongoing checks either.

Whether your home is open plan or you have an array of different rooms with different heating requirements, Underfloor Heating can be a simple and effective route to a warm, cosy and heat efficient home.

If you’d like to arrange a time for one of the Roost Heating Team to call in and discuss your heating requirements, you’d like to ask questions about Underfloor Heating or you’d like a no-obligation quote, just get in touch.

*If you can't believe it could possibly be that simple, watch our video here.