Heat, Light & Electric

How To Safely Wire Outdoor Appliances

How To Safely Wire Outdoor Appliances … When doing work outdoors from putting lighting in your summer house, to a pump in your pond, first things first: you must comply with building regulations. Secondly you have to ensure that you have correctly installed a residual current device (RCD) and that it works. You can purchase plug in RCDs or you can replace your current socket with one that has an RCD built in. If you use electrical appliances in your garden regularly it makes sense to install an outdoor socket, rather than trail leads out of windows all the time. Fitting one is easy, just add a spur onto an existing internal circuit and connect a weather-proof socket. If you don’t want to lay endless reams of cable in your house, find an internal socket on an outside wall, and positio...

Simple Ways to Make Your Home Warm and Cosy This Winter

Simple Ways to Make Your Home Warm and Cosy This Winter … The most obvious solution when it comes to keeping the home warm and cosy throughout the winter is to have the heating on full-blast night and day. The only problem being that this also means the inevitability of astronomical heating bills, plus the knowledge that you’re wasting an extraordinary amount of energy that need not be wasted. Instead therefore, it makes sense to be proactive about home heating and energy use during the winter. So if you’d prefer to stay warm and cosy without having to pay through the nose, here’s a quick rundown of alternative methods for making it happen:   Keep It Closed First of all, it’s important to get into the habit of preserving heat in the rooms you spend the most time in by keeping do...

How Water Heaters Have Changed Our Lives

How Water Heaters Have Changed Our Lives … Water has always been essential for all living things, and for many centuries, man had to make do with cold water for bathing, and the good old fire was the only way to heat the home. In the 19 th century, people began using coal fired boilers to heat water for domestic purposes, and for many years, it was the only way to obtain a regular supply of hot water.   Along came gas Gas hot water systems have been used for many years, and the systems consist of a boiler, and a pump which sends the hot water around the house through a series of pipes, and this heats the home. Gas is very flammable, so the system should be installed and maintained by qualified technicians. If one has a gas powered water heater, and lives in Western Australia, Pe...

What To Do If Your Furnace Fails

Your furnace is one of the most important components of any home. Without it, you will be without heat, and possibly hot water. While furnaces do not break down often, when they do, it can cause you a lot of problems. To help you handle it, here are the things that you should do when your furnace fails.   Make Sure You Are Safe First, you will want to make sure that it is safe to be in your home with the broken furnace. Be sure that there are no dangerous gases leaking from it, and that there is no risk to it catching fire. We recommend contacting a local heating and air conditioning company to come and take a look at it, and that you remain away from your home until that time. It is better to be safe than sorry, after all.   Find A Place To Stay While your furnace is being inspe...

4 Ways to Optimize Your Home’s HVAC System

Winter or summer, you trust your house’s heating and air conditioning systems to keep your home at a comfortable temperature regardless of the weather outside. Your HVAC system works hard most of the year, and it’s important to take steps to keep it functioning efficiently. Routine maintenance on your HVAC system is a vital part of ensuring your home stays comfortable year-round. Here are four ways to help your HVAC system perform effectively while keeping your utility bills low.   Schedule a Tune Up For both your furnace and air conditioner, constant operation is hard on the units. Scheduling a tune up with a professional HVAC technician is a smart way to make sure your system is in good working order. This minimizes the risk of your system breaking down and needing emerg...

How to Silence Your Noisy Water Heater

Does your water heater make humming, buzzing, screeching or popping sounds? Maybe you’ve become immune to the noises, but you shouldn’t just ignore them. These sounds could be a sign of a more serious problem with your water heater. Get to the bottom of the issue by investigating it yourself first. The solution could be something you could do on your own.   An Overload of Sediments Could Cause Sounds in Water Heaters If you hear popping noises when the water heater is in use, it could be due to mineral deposits that have formed on the bottom of the water heater tank. It’s normal for every water heater to collect sediment (mineral deposits) over time. Flushing the water heater at least once a year should keep the build-up of sediment at bay. However, when you don’t flush the water out ...

The Ins And Outs Of A Combi-Boiler

As the most popular type of boiler in the UK, a combi-boiler is proving to be the go-to choice for households throughout the UK due to their economical behaviour of only heating the water you use and saving space in the home. By the nature of their compact design, they can provide a household with instant hot water – whether it’s for your sink or shower – as well as immediate warmth for the central heating in the home. Below, AEL Heating have given a brief overview of the ins and outs of a combi-boiler and the many perks of having one installed in your home:   Central Heating The beauty of central heating is that if the temperature of a room or building dips below your pre-set thermostat level, a signal will be sent to the boiler to send hot water to all the radiators connected to the...

The Final Word on Home Boilers

Winter is upon us, and it’s chilly out there, so it’s a good idea to make sure your home is warm and cozy. There are two ways to heat your home – assuming you don’t live in a longhouse with a central fire pit! – and they both have their advantages and disadvantages. One very common form of heating in North America is the forced-air furnace, popular because of its inexpensive nature and ease of installation. The other is the hydronic heating system, which consists of a boiler that doubles as heating your household hot water but that also sends water to radiators in every room. Both do the job, but when you get right down to it, the boiler edges the furnace out. Let’s look at why.   Furnace Problems The way is forced air furnace system works is like this. The heating system heats up the...

10 Home heating myths that could be costing you money!

Energy is expensive, so the more we can do to reduce our day-to-day consumption the better. With many people not understanding how they’re using energy in excess, the team at Anchor Pumps take a look at some of the most common myths that could be costing you money.

Home Heating Systems: Today’s Top 3 Heat Source Options

You probably don’t give much thought to the types of heat sources in the basement, but this is what heats your home. What happens if you ever need to replace them? Here’s what you need to know about the three most popular options.

Landscaping 101: A Short Guide to Pathway Lighting

Any gardening aficionado knows: pathway lighting is one of the most important landscape lightings to install. Beyond creating a scenic walkway or path towards your home, it also increases home security and wayfinding, allowing for easy and safe walking at night.

A Guide to Insulation – Basics and Precautions Everyone Should Know about

Learn about the basics and precautions of installing home insulation.

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