Heating

Heating that you Control from your Phone

Central heating is usually controlled by a thermostat and the boiler working in conjunction with one another. It can be put onto a timer to work around your day and your needs. However, there is now another option – controlling your heating from your phone.

If you have a smart thermostat installed, you will be able to switch your heating on and off, and control the temperature, via you mobile phone. It is usually quite cheap, or even free, to have one of these thermostats installed, as energy companies want to promote them.

What are the benefits? The main one is the flexibility it gives you. This is the perfect option if you work shifts or irregular hours, so you may be at home at different times each day. They’re also good for busy people, or if different people within the same household prefer different temperatures when they are setting the heating.

Is Underfloor Heating a Good Idea?

Underfloor heating can have lots of benefits for homeowners and even for businesses. It helps to make a home more evenly heated, as there will be no cold spots in the places where radiators just don’t reach. You will also be able to install a thermostat in each room so that you have lots of control over the temperature of different zones of your home. Underfloor heating also tends to be more efficient than radiators, as the pipes use less water. This means you can save money on your energy bills when using this method to heat your property.

You do need to remember, however, that there will be significant costs to install underfloor heating in an existing building. You will probably have to take up lots of the flooring and have it all replaced. You may also need some structural amendments in order to support underfloor heating in your building.

Installing your Wood Burning Stove Correctly

Woman putting firewood into wood stove

Wood burning stoves are an excellent way to help save energy whilst also making your home look beautiful. They need to be fitted correctly though, as there is a lot that could go wrong if the proper safety measures aren’t taken. This is essential for the safety of you and your family so make sure you read our guide and take everything into full consideration.

It is possible to install a wood burning stove yourself and the internet is full of guides to show you how it is done. We would recommend only doing this is you have plenty of experience. A little bit of DIY around the house isn’t really enough to make you able to fit a stove without the help of an expert. There are flue pipes to connect, fireplaces to line… it is really quite complicated.

If you do decide to fit your stove yourself, make sure you follow the instructions incredibly carefully. If you have any doubts at all, a professional installation will be safer, easier and will give you far more peace of mind.

How to Maintain your Wood Burning Fire

A wood burning fire is an excellent way to heat your home and it is also very environmentally friendly. It will look lovely and cosy on winter nights and will be something very pleasant to come home to.

If you do decide to install a wood burning stove, there are some things you can do to keep it working safely and efficiently:

  • Install a carbon monoxide detector. This will indicate whether your stove is working efficiently and will also make sure you are safe when using it.
  • Sweep out the ash on a regular basis. You don’t want to let this build up or it could end up causing damage. It will also get out into the room and cause an unpleasant smoky atmosphere.
  • Make sure your chimney is swept on a regular basis. This will make sure it isn’t coated with soot and creosote.
  • Get your fire serviced annually to check all is running well.

Biomass: Using Renewable Energy to Heat your Home

Biomass: Using Renewable Energy to Heat your Home

Biomass energy production involves the burning of wood pellets, logs and chips to heat a room or building. This type of energy is becoming increasingly popular in the UK as it is a clean, renewable way of producing heat. It also has the potential to save your household a great deal of money over time.

A biomass heating system could involve something as simple as installing a woodburning stove. This is a popular way of heating your home as well as helping the environment by using renewable fuels. Woodburning stoves can be used to burn seasoned logs as well as chips, pellets and briquettes. These will often be the more eco-friendly option as they will produce a long-lasting fire – they can contain almost twice as much energy as regular firewood.

It’s also possible to install more complex biomass systems to heat other parts of your home. If you want to do this, install a biomass boiler. This can then be used to heat water as well as simply heating a room.

One of the main reasons people install biomass heaters is to save money. The boiler/ stove will probably not be cheap to install, however it has the potential to save you a lot of money in the long run. The Energy Saving Trust think that households could save a considerable amount each year:

Of course, some people also want to use biomass heating because of the environmental impact. It’s much better for the environment than using up fossil fuels, prompting an increasing amount of households to do their bit for our planet. And there’s no denying that having a woodburner can add a lovely ambience to your home as well!