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Technology: Twyford Bathrooms, Flushwise

Flushwise, first used by Twyford Bathrooms, offers dual flush 4/2.6 litre technology for toilets. This technology has become widely used across the bathroom industry, in the recent years.

The Flushwise dual flush system is currently available on 7 out 12 of Twyford’s ranges covering all areas from entry level to top end with a choice of designs. These ranges are 3D, Galerie Plan, Galerie, Grace, Refresh, Moda and Alcona. The Flushwise technology is also available on the Rimfree™ toilet in the Moda range.

This technology offers two options for flushing the toilet, with a lighter 2.6 litre flush and a stronger 4 litre flush. Both of these option ensure effective flushing of waste, with the benefit of water saving. Flushwise delivers a 60% saving on water compared with a standard toilet. The 2.6 litre flush uses less than half the water of most toilets currently in use in the UK.

This technology is perfect for households that are on a water meter as it reduces water consumption and cost, however it will also appeal to consumers mindful of their environmental impact.

Under Floor Heating: Advantages & Disadvantages

Many people are now having under floor heating installed in their bathrooms, which is brilliant. However, what do you actually know about under floor heating? Does it really save you money? Do I need radiators as well as under floor heating?

Here is a simple list of the advantages and disadvantages of under floor heating to hopefully answer your questions.

Advantages

  • Clears rooms of radiators
  • Saves from 15% to 50% on heating bills
  • Carries virtually no maintenance costs
  • Prevents dust gathering behind radiators and circulating around the room
    (ideal for sufferers of asthma or other respiratory issues)
  • Eliminates dust mites from carpets
  • Underfloor heating provides 70% radiating heat, offering a more comfortable climate than radiators
  • Provides warmth for longer after switching off than would traditional radiators
  • Evaporates dangerous water spillages quickly from bathroom tiles
  • Underfloor heating runs quietly
  • Can be used with almost any flooring type including stone, laminate, hardwood, lino, and carpet
    (below 1.5 Tog)

 

Disadvantages

  • Underfloor heating can take longer to heat up than traditional radiators
  • Care must be taken with certain furniture with underfloor heating
  • Retro-fitting underfloor heating can be expensive and impractical
  • Underfloor heating must be well designed, it is difficult to change or adapt the system once installed.

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Boiler Maintenance: For Homeowners and Rental Properties

Whether you’re a homeowner or a landlord it is important to ensure that your boiler is working correctly, for everyone’s safety. Here are a few things that you can do, and what is required of landlords in terms of boiler maintenance.

Keeping your Boiler Healthy

You should always employ a professional engineer to service your gas boiler. However there are a few things that you can do to ensure that your boiler stays at top working condition.

Regular Boiler Services

Even though your boiler may appear to be working fine, there could be an underlying problem that could cause greater problems in the future. Due to this it is important to get an annual boiler service, which might be included in your boiler cover.

Check your Heating Throughout the Year

Although running your central heating regularly, even during spring and summer, may seem like a strange idea, it can help keep your boiler in good condition. Even if you only turn your heating on for 10 or 15 minutes every once in a while, it will keep all the parts moving and could reduce the risk of your boiler breaking down.

Call the Professionals

If you ever have any problems with your boiler, you shouldn’t try to fix it yourself, it is always best to call an engineer. If you are concerned that you may have a gas leak, or are worried about the possibility, please read our article “Carbon Monoxide and Your Boiler“.

Boiler Maintenance in Rental Properties

If you’re a tenant or a landlord, you may be confused about what your responsibilities are regarding the maintenance of your boiler. We have given a brief explanation below, which will hopefully help answer your question.

If you’re a Tenant

Although you are the person living in the house, it isn’t your responsibility to maintain your boiler, or any other gas appliances that are provided to you by the landlord. By law, your landlord must schedule for boiler maintenance to ensure that it is in working condition.

If you’re a Landlord

All landlords have a responsibility by law to maintain any of the gas appliances that you provide to your tenants. There are services available to you that allow you to arrange for a gas safety inspection specifically for rental properties.

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Carbon Monoxide and Your Boiler

Carbon Monoxide is one of the main reasons as to why it is so important to keep your boiler healthy. To find out about carbon monoxide and how to take measures to detect if your boiler starts to produce carbon monoxide.

What is Carbon Monoxide?

Carbon monoxide is produced when gas boilers don’t completely burn their fuel. It can be tricky to spot as it is a tasteless, odourless, invisible poisonous gas so you probably won’t know if you’re  at risk, especially as some of the symptoms can be the same as those of flu.

Buy a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

A way to protect yourself against carbon monoxide poisoning is to install an audible carbon monoxide alarm in you home. These alarms will cost approximately £15 – £30 and are able to be found at most DIY stores. Once this alarm has been installed, if it detects carbon monoxide you will be alerted straight away.

Installing a Carbon Monoxide Alarm

You should install your carbon monoxide alarm at least one metre away from your boiler, ideally this should be within the same room. If your boiler starts to produce carbon monoxide you will be alerted, but remember to test your alarm at regular intervals.

Suspect a Gas Leak?

If there is a gas leak in your home, contact the National Gas Service immediately on 0800 111 999.

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Radiator Maintenance: How to Bleed a Radiator

There are simple tips and tricks that you can do around your home by keeping your radiators well-maintained to help you save energy which will make your radiators function more efficiently.

In a previous article we talked about the benefits of thermostatic radiator valves, but there is another way that you can make your central heating more efficient which is to bleed your radiators. This is important as it will release trapped air so that your radiator can heat up evenly.

Bleeding Radiators

All radiators are fitted with a bleed valve on either the top-right or top-left side (a square shaft that is situated inside a threaded plug), which is used to allow air trapped within the radiator to be released. This will allow the radiator to heat up evenly, thus making it more efficient.

This quick guide will take you through how to bleed a radiator.

1. Turn off your heating and use a radiator key, or flat-head screwdriver, to turn the valve anti-clockwise a quarter or half turn to open the valve. Do not unscrew the valve by more than one complete turn.

2. The trapped air will be released, and make a hissing noise as it leaves the radiator.

3. You must hold a cloth under the valve to catch any water, and as soon as a trickle of water appears, you must close the valve.

If you find that you are bleeding your radiators frequently, it is advised that you have a heating or plumbing engineer check your heating system because there may be a fault within your central heating system.

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