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.

What to Look for in a Plumber

Problems with your bathroom, toilet or general water system require the services of an experienced plumber. They will be able to make lots of repairs that you couldn’t yourself, using specialist equipment and training to get the job done. Of course, as a tenant or homeowner, it’s not always easy to find a good plumber.

If you have something wrong with a shower or bath, it may be worth looking for a plumber who can also carry out tiling work. This way, they will be able to refit any tiles that they need to remove or that get broken during the plumbing process.

You can find plumbers by asking for recommendations or by looking on the internet. Use websites that recommend tradespeople and look out for certifications, like NECIEC, that show plumbers will have a good reputation and have experience. Talk to them about what you need to get an idea of what they can do.

Bathroom Flooring Tiles – What are your Choices?

Bathrooms are almost always tiled, or use a type of laminate flooring that will look like tiles. Some types of laminate are particularly fashionable at the moment, as they provide some key benefits that tiles cannot. You may also decide to install a wooden flooring, though the damp environment could potentially be problematic and you may need to install a pretend wooden floor in order to stop it from warping.

Real tiles are beautiful and can give your bathroom and really high-end look. They are perfect if you are putting in a new bathroom and don’t want to compromise on aesthetics. However, they can be dangerous and can become very slippery in a damp environment. Think carefully about tiles if you have young children.

Laminates are the most cost-effective option, though quality laminates can also be very expensive. Choose laminates if you would like to have a beautiful floor covering that is not as dangerous as tiles.

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.

Why Should you Choose Rooflights?

There are lots of benefits associated with rooflights and skylights, in both homes and businesses. Bringing in more natural light is advantageous for everybody and the lighter a property is, the better. These are the top reasons why you should think about installing rooflights and skylights:

  • They let in so much more light than vertical windows. The natural light will be able to flood directly into the room below, making it so much brighter.
  • You can get lots of different varieties. Choose from modern, slimline designs or ornate and decorative sky lanterns to complement an extension or swimming pool area.
  • They can help you to save money and reduce your carbon footprint. You won’t need to use as much artificial lighting and rooflights can help to keep a room warmer because of the extra sunlight that will be coming in, meaning you won’t need to have to heating on as much either.