Category Archives: Plumbing South London

Lowering heating bills with automated energy devices and good home management

automated energy devices

Automated energy devices such as smart thermostats are becoming more popular. According to the manufacturers, they can reduce your heating bills anywhere between 12% and 25%. However, the exact amount of savings you can achieve with these remote devices varies. It does depend on how practical you are with operating the heating in your home in the first place.

What automatic energy devices do is make you more aware of your circumstances and relative settings through the use of their apps. This encourages you to be more proactive, which means you can get the most out of the technology. But only if you are okay with using apps in the first place.

If you are into using apps like this, then automated energy devices can deliver savings.

It’s possible to install these types of devices yourself if you’re comfortable with DIY – particularly plumbing and electrical DIY. If you’re not, it’s best to call in the professionals. In the South London area, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are here to help.

Automated energy devices are only part of the picture

Automated energy devices can help to save you money, but of course, you have to spend money to acquire them in the first place. If you use them to the fullest extent, you will recover your initial outlay in time. There are, however, other things you can do without splashing out any serious money. It simply entails getting the best out of what you already have.

Over the years any central heating system that uses heated water will degrade. A build-up of dirt and silt is unavoidable with time. When this happens, your system won’t operate as efficiently as it should. This will push the operating costs up.

You will also find that your hot water boiler becomes less efficient over time. Components wear out, and settings have to be changed. If these things are not attended to, they will contribute to inefficient operation, again costing you money.

Take extra care with gas appliances

If you have gas heating appliances and they are not professionally maintained, they could emit CO poisoning. It is why it is so important to have all gas appliances maintained by a Gas Safe registered plumber or fitter on an annual basis.

However you want to cut down your energy bills, CW Services can help. Whether it is with fitting automated energy devices or making the best of what you already have. We are Gas Safe registered. It means we can ensure that your gas appliances are not only working efficiently but that they are safe to use too.

If you’d like to chat with someone about automated energy devices, why not give us a call? You can reach on either 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. With the cold weather beginning to bite, now is a good time to save on your heating bills. Why not get in touch with us today?

Will a remote thermostat installation save money?

remote thermostat installation

If you would like to know whether remote a thermostat installation will save you money, the answer is yes, it could. It’s something you should explore. With the cost of living constantly on the rise and all of the current uncertainty about Brexit, rising costs are likely to accelerate.

So, if you are looking to reduce your outgoings, having a remote thermostat to control your heating may be a good way of keeping your heating bills low. It would also be good for the environment too.

Ecobee or Nest?

There are several so-called “smart thermostats” on the market here in the UK today including Ecobee and Nest. Ecobee claim that their devices can save an average of 23% as regards heating and cooling bills. Nest split their claims down saying they can save 10-12% on heating bills and 15% of cooling bills.

You do, however, need to be a little bit careful with manufacturers’ claims. Remember that they are out to sell their products in the first place. It means that the information they advertise is slanted in their favour. According to “Which,” the savings the makers profess assume you leave your heating on most of the time. This may or may not be the case.

If you are considering going for a remote thermostat installation, Ecobee and Nest are probably the two you will want to check out. There are other systems, but these two are prominent in the UK. There are however more Nest installations than Ecobee. According to the Gadgescentral.co.uk website, the Nest third generation remote thermostat is the best option.

Will a remote thermostat installation work with your heating system?

Remote thermostat installation is becoming more popular. However, as the technology is relatively new, many people are unaware of the compatibility requirements. For example, if you have an older style HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) system installed, a remote thermostat may not work.

If you want to be sure a remote thermostat installation will work with your heating system, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are based in South London and are one of the top Nest installers in the area.

We may be able to advise you over the phone, or if necessary, come to your home or place of work. We provide services to the domestic and the business sectors. We do not charge for site visits.

Other ways of reducing your heating costs

If you are searching for ways of reducing your heating bills, a remote thermostat installation is one of several options. You can have your central heating system flushed through using our Power Flush technology. You can also employ us to service and maintain your hot water boiler. The more efficient your boiler, the more economical it is to run.

If your central heating system is gas-fired, you’ll be pleased to hear that CW Services are Gas Safe registered.

Whatever your plumbing or heating needs we are here to help. Why not call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184?

Where to find a Nest installer in London

Nest installer in London

If you are wondering where to find a Nest installer in London you’ve come to the right place. That is, of course, providing we are talking thermostats rather than accommodation for birds.

First, we had Smartphones; then we had smart televisions. Things seem to be getting smarter by day, and the science of heating your home doesn’t want to get left behind. Enter, the Nest learning thermostat.

About Nest smart thermostats

The Nest thermostat is as you’ve probably already guessed from our short introduction, a smart thermostat. It was designed by a guy called a team of players. The team consisted of consisting of Ben Filson, Fred Bould and Tony Fadell. Their product was then taken through development by Nest Labs.

Consumers use nest thermostats to control the heating (or cooling) in their work or home environments. They give their owners the ability to optimise the temperature of the spaces they occupy and thus conserve energy. You might be an eco-warrior. You could just someone who thinks about the environment and conserving the planet’s limited resources. Either way, these devices are for you.

The Nest smart thermostat incorporates a learning algorithm. During the initial use period, owners regulate the thermostat. This provides the device with a set of reference data. From this data, the smart thermostat then learns the owners’ requirements. This includes things like becoming aware of their schedule, when the heating or cooling is required, and to what temperature.

Thanks to the thermostats in-built sensors, when the device decides that the home or premises is vacant, it can change into eco-mode.

Is your heating/cooling system Nest compatible?

You check out whether your current heating and/or cooling system and thermostat arrangements are compatible for a nest smart thermostat installation. Simply call us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating on one of the contact number shown below.

There is no pipework necessary to connect a Nest thermostat. It works via Wi-Fi, but it does need to be connected to your electricity mains supply. These devices work with both electric or gas-fired water boilers. However, because no actual plumbing work is required, it is not necessary to use a gas safe registered plumber.

But for peace of mind, the quality of work we carry out, if you employ CW Services, as your Nest installer in London is exemplary. We are Gas Safe registered anyway and we work to the highest standards regardless of the type of work we do.

CW Services Plumbing – top Nest installer in London

It is possible to install a nest learning thermostat yourself. If you are handy at DIY and you have a basic understanding of electronic devices and Wi-Fi, this helps. You can get all the information you need from the Nest website.

If however you would prefer a professional to install a Nest smart thermostat(s) for you and you live in the south London area, you won’t find a better Nest installer in London than us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. For a free no obligation quotation or to arrange a site visit to your home or work premises, please call us on either 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Where to find a South London emergency plumber

South London emergency plumber

Knowing where to find a South London emergency plumber is pretty obvious. The internet or a local phone directory will have listings. Knowing how to find a good one, however, is another question. When you’ve got a plumbing emergency, you need to call someone you can rely on, and that is where we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating come into our own.

To borrow the words of another advert, “we won’t make a drama out of a crisis.” Quite the opposite in fact. We will come straight round, address the crisis and fix it so you can return to normality.

The first choice South London emergency plumber

CW Services have been the first choice South London emergency plumber for many years. There is no plumbing situation that we cannot handle. Whether it is a domestic call-out, a business call-out or you are a landlord in need of plumbing help; we are the firm to call.

Not only do we have the necessary skills and experience to cope in any situation, but we are also Gas Safe certified. So, as well as problems with water pipes, drains, toilets, sinks, baths, wet rooms and showers, if a gas appliance is faulty, we can fix that too, and in complete safety.

No bodges with CW Services

Some plumbers will come to address your emergency and do a bodge-fix just to get you out of immediate trouble. The problem is however that temporary fixes are only that – temporary. They don’t last long. When they fail and fail they will, you are right back in an emergency situation.

Ninety-nine times out of a hundred we will be able to give you a permanent fix there and then.  Bur, if we have to do a temporary fix, we will tell you. However, the fix will suffice until we can come back to do a permanent repair or replacement.

We will tell you exactly what has happened and why. We will then explain what needs to be done to make a permanent repair. We’ll let you know how much it will cost and when the work can be completed. You’ll have all the facts, and you will be in control.

Quality work at an affordable price

Many a South London emergency plumber will play on the situation and overcharge you. Not us. We have one labour rate. That same, competitive rate applies whatever time of day or night you call us out. The same goes for bank holidays etc. Our emergency call out service is available 24/7/365. If for any reason we can’t get to you, we will recommend another plumber to try.

If ever you need a South London emergency plumber, call CW Services. You can call us on our office phone – 020 7733 6812, or on our mobile number – 07949 095 184.

Who to call if you have a burst pipe emergency in London

Burst pipe emergency in London

Do you have a burst pipe emergency in London or anywhere else for that matter? If you do, the first thing you should do is to shut off the water where it comes into the property. As soon as you do that, you can prevent any further loss of water and or minimise any possible flood danger.

Do you have any plumbing experience? If not, the next thing you should do is call a plumber to repair the damage and get your water supply back on stream. If you live in South London, the best people to call is CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We operate a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service, and you’ll find our contact numbers at the end of this article.

The leading cause of a burst pipe emergency in London

The most common cause of a burst pipe emergency in London is cold or freezing weather. Mostly when you have water pipes in cold or unheated areas. When the temperature drops down towards zero or below, any water in exposed pipes may freeze.

When water freezes, it expands. This expansion exerts significant pressure on the pipe holding it. This can result in fractures appearing around any joints, or splits in the pipe itself. Not only does the ice prevent any water flow, but as it melts, water can then flood out through any breaks.

Unfreezing a frozen pipe by yourself

It is possible to unfreeze frozen pipes yourself. If the pipes is merely bulging, and it hasn’t fractured anywhere, your water will flow once unfrozen. However, you need to beware. If the integrity of the pipe has been compromised, when water begins to flow it will leak out.

If you attempt to unfreeze the pipes yourself, after turning the water main off, you must apply any direct heat in slow strokes. Don’t concentrate the heat in one static area. This can damage the pipe causing it to rupture. A hair drier or a blowtorch can be used as a heat source. Alternatively, you can wrap a hot towel around the section of pipe.

If you do discover you have a burst pipe emergency in London, call a plumber like CW Services. We offer a 24-hour emergency call-out service. If you can turn the water main off while you are waiting for us to arrive, you should do so.

Turning off your mains water supply

You turn the water main off by closing down the stopcock. This is often to be found with other facilities where they enter the property. Once you’ve located it, turn it in a clockwise direction to close it down. It’s always wise to be prepared for an emergency. We recommend you should locate your mains stopcock when you move in.

Talking of being prepared for a burst pipe emergency in London. It’s also a good idea shortly after you’ve moved in to track down a plumber. Make a note of their phone number and keep it in a safe place.

Your emergency plumber in South London

We at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are highly recommended plumbers in the South London area. If you do need to call us in an emergency any time of day or night, our numbers are 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Call us now if you have an emergency or make a note of the numbers for later – just in case.