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Ways to reduce your heating bill

Boiler check-ups in London

Being a homeowner comes with certain responsibilities. One of the most important is paying your utility bills. With the onset of winter with its attendant cold weather, you might want to look for ways to reduce your heating bill. It is after all, probably one of the biggest bills you will be faced with. Finding a good plumber who does boiler check-ups in London will be a big help.

Fitting loft insulation and double glazing

There are several ways you can go about reducing your heating bill. If you live in a house with a loft, getting insulation fitted is one of the most significant savings you can make.

Okay, first of all, you must pay for the insulation and the fitting; unless of course, you are a competent DIYer. Once fitted, it will last for many years. During that time, you’ll recover the cost and more in terms of lower heating bills.

In the same way that loft insulation can make significant reductions to the cost of heating your home, so too can having double glazing fitted.

Organising regular gas boiler check-ups in London

Another way of making savings is organising boiler checks in London or wherever else you might live. If your boiler runs on electricity, it doesn’t need an annual service. However, if it drives the central heating in your home, you should have your thermostats checked. It will also benefit you to have your water pipes checked too.

Over the years sludge and silt builds-up within water pipes and radiators. These can affect the system efficiency, so having them cleaned or Power Flushed is well worth doing. It’s a different story if you live in London and have gas-fired central heating. Gas-fired boilers contain moving parts. These wear over time and need replacing.

Organising annual gas-fired boiler check-ups in London will not only ensure your boiler works efficiently. It will also make sure that your boiler is working safely too. With ongoing wear and tear, your boiler will not burn its fuel properly. This applies to all gas fittings. It’s not something that you would notice, but this can lead to carbon monoxide being emitted.

Beware of CO poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO gas) is colourless and odourless. This makes it undetectable to your senses. If you are in an enclosed space where these emissions are taking place, you could be killed. The gas lulls you off to sleep. If you remain asleep, you can suffer brain damage and eventually you would die.

Because of the severe nature of CO poisoning, it is recommended to have all gas appliances checked yearly. These types of boiler check-ups in London must be carried out by Gas Safe certified engineers or plumbers. Here in South London, CW Services Plumbing and Heating are appropriately qualified. Be safe and arrange an annual boiler check-up and service with us today.

Landlords take heed

If you happen to be a landlord, any gas appliances in your properties must, by law, be serviced every year. You must also provide your tenants with a copy of the safety certificate. It is something that CW Services can do for you. As well as the private sector, we also work in the commercial sector too.

If you would like to appoint us to service your gas appliances, please call us on 020 7733 6812, or 07949 095 184. Don’t take any chances with your well-being. Contact us today. As well as keeping safe, you can minimise your heating bills by ensuring your gas boiler is working efficiently.

How often should you check gas appliances?

Gas appliance installation in South London

After the completion of a gas appliance installation in South London, or anywhere else here in the UK, you should have the appliance checked over on an annual basis. It doesn’t matter what type of appliance we are talking about. It could be a gas cooker, a gas fire, or a gas hot water boiler. If it uses gas, it needs regular servicing and maintaining.

Are you a landlord?

There are two reasons that you need to have gas appliances regularly serviced. One is from a performance and lifetime point of view. The other is from the angle of health and safety. It is this second aspect (health and safety) where the law comes into play. If you are a landlord renting out a property fitted with gas appliances, you have a legal duty.

This responsibility is to safeguard the health and safety of your tenants. It is because there could be a risk of explosion or carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Carbon monoxide poisoning

Carbon monoxide is nasty stuff. It is what gas appliances emit when they do not burn their fuel efficiently. The nastiness comes from the fact that this gas has no smell or colour. In other words, it is undetectable unless you have specialist equipment.

Over the years there have been many deaths through CO poisoning. If you are in a confined space with a faulty gas appliance, the carbon monoxide will lull you off to sleep. If you are not awoken, and the emission continues unabated, you can die or suffer permanent brain damage.

Everyone should have their gas appliances checked every 12-months

It’s only landlords who are legally bound to have gas appliances regularly checked in buildings they let. However, given the serious nature of carbon monoxide emissions, all private households should have their gas appliances checked every 12-months too. It is not a legal obligation, but it makes good sense.

Only use Gas Safe registered plumbers or fitters for your gas appliance installation in London

It is essential to use only Gas Safe registered plumbers or fitters to carry out your annual gas appliance service. These men and women have been specially trained. They know what to look for and what to do to ensure appliances are running to peak efficiency.

If you require a gas appliance installation in South London, call CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We are of course fully Gas Safe approved. We can handle any sort of installation, and we can also carry out a regular 12-monthly safety check.

There could be serious consequences to not using a Gas Safe registered company for any gas appliance installation in South London. Therefore, it makes good sense to follow the recommendations. This also goes for organising an annual servicing.

Take out an annual service contract with CW Services

More and more people are taking out annual service agreements following new gas appliance installations in South London. If you haven’t already done so, please contact us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating. Our contact numbers are on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184.

We work for private homeowners, business property owners, tenants and landlords. Whichever category fits your circumstances, why not call us today for an informal, chat and a free, no-obligation quote?

Commercial water heater installation quote

Commercial water heater installation in South London

Are you looking for a quote for a commercial water heater installation in South London? If you are, you’ve come to the right place. We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We can solve all your plumbing problems whether for commercial premises or a private home.

Most commercial businesses have a hot water supply in this day and age. Being able to wash your hands after using the toilet at work is more than just a luxury. It is a necessity from a hygiene point of view. Health and safety is an important issue for all businesses. Having access to hot water at work helps employers to enact their duty of care towards their employee’s well-being.

Where to start

When you are considering obtaining a quote for a commercial water heater installation in South London or anywhere else for that matter you need to know where to start. The first thing to take on board is that there is a difference between a water heater and a boiler.

A boiler is a part of what is referred to as a closed loop system. The loop facilitates hot water and steam circulating through a series of pipes. These pipes can feed radiators or other heating systems such as wet underfloor heating. The water goes around the system warming the various elements, then it returns to the boiler for reheating and recycling.

A hot water boiler heats the water to higher temperatures than water heaters. This is because it turns the water to steam. It is this steam that is circulated as it is easier to move around and it doesn’t lose as much heat as water does.

The other thing about water heaters is that some models don’t have tanks built into them. Whereas a boiler stores hot water in its shell, water heaters only heat on demand. Typically, these are ideal for occasional hand washing in staff toilets.

About storage water heaters

Storage water heaters are good for storing large quantities of hot water. If your commercial water heater installation in London needs to cater for lots of people using hot water at the same time, this may be your best option. Just bear in mind that stored water will gradually lose its warmth. This means more expense in reheating the water for continual use.

When a balanced flue commercial water heater installation in South London is best

If your business premises has a problem with contaminated air (i.e. in a dry cleaner’s premises, or a factory processing chemicals), a balanced flue system might be the best solution. This type of installation draws clean air in from outside the building. Hot water is delivered straight away to the point of use.

Advantages of fan assisted flue systems

Another type of commercial water heater installation in South London you might be interested in is a fan assisted flue system. This type of heater is an excellent choice when an extended flue run-in required. The inclusion of the fan enables hot water to be supplied immediately. If positioning is a problem due to building constraints, fan assist is ideal.

Which type of fuel?

Having decided what type of commercial water heater installation in South London it is you need, you should next consider what fuel you prefer to use. There are several options:

  • Electric
  • Mains gas
  • LPG or Propane
  • Oil
  • Solar

Given the vagaries of the British climate, solar may not be your best route. If you choose a gas installation, make sure you employ a Gas Safe registered plumber. CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully, and currently Gas Safe approved.

Getting it right

Making the right choice of commercial water heater installer in South London for your business is important. You want to make sure the system you install best suits your needs. You also want to ensure that it is the best type of system from an economic point of view.

If you would like any help or more information about the various types of installation, please call us. You can reach us on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184. Why not call us today for an informal, chat and a free, non-obligatory quote?

Using central heating after the summer

Central heating installation in South London

If you are looking for a plumber to carry out a central heating installation in South London, look no further. We are CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We’re based in Brixton and are the number one choice for new central heating installation in the area.

There can be little doubt that central heating is the best and most economic way of heating your property. This goes for both domestic or commercial premises. No other forms of heating are as efficient or as cost friendly.

Underfloor heating is probably the most popular alternative. However, it takes longer to heat up rooms (especially if they are large) and if it is a retrospective installation, it can be quite expensive.

Electricity versus gas

When you’re considering having a new central heating installation in South London, your first decision will be whether to have a gas fired or an electrically driven boiler.

There is more maintenance involved with a gas boiler than an electric one. But by the same token, they are more reliable as they do not suffer from power-cut problems.

All gas appliances need to have an annual safety check. The prime reason for this is that if they are not correctly serviced, they can after a while emit CO gas. CO is the abbreviation for carbon monoxide. This is a colourless and odourless gas. It cannot be detected ordinarily, and if you are in a combined space where emissions are taking place, it can be deadly.

Only book a Gas Safe registered plumber for your central heating installation in South London

There is one very important thing to remember when you have any work done that involves gas appliances or gas pipe-work. Only ever use Gas Safe registered plumbers for fitters. You’ll be pleased to know that we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are fully Gas Safe approved.

Having a regular safety check will cost a little money. But on the plus side, you will benefit from ensuring your boiler is running at peak efficiency. This means that in the long term your running costs will be lowe. You will also extend the working life of your appliance.

Electric boilers do not really require any maintenance. However, depending on the electricity supplier you use and the tariff you are on, electric powered central heating can be more expensive than gas to operate.

The flexibility of modern central heating

The great thing about any central heating installation in South London is the flexibility it will give you. All modern radiators are thermostatically controlled. It means you can set the temperature on a room by room basis. You can also turn the radiator off altogether in any one particular room without affecting the rest of the house.

Post-summer maintenance

During the summer you will probably not need to have your central heating on. But if you include what they call a “combi-boiler” in your central heating installation in South Londo this is no problem. You can just heat hot water for washing-up, having a bath or shower etc. without having to put the heating on.

When you do begin using your central heating again after summer, it will be a good idea to do a little routine maintenance. Just visit each radiator and bleed off any air that may be locked in the system. Once every two or three years, you might also like to think about having the system drained down and cleaned. We can Powerflush your system for maximum efficiency.

Whatever type of central heating installation in South London you decide to go for, CW Services will be able to carry out the work for you safely, and competitively. This also goes for any maintenance or repair work. To find out more, please call us today on 020 7733 6812or 07949 095 184.

Do you need London gas safety certificates?

London gas safety certificates

Who needs London gas safety certificates? Does this apply to everyone? This answer is that legally it depends on your circumstances. If you own a property in London which you own and let or rent out, and it contains gas appliances, then according to British law you must have a gas safety certificate covering each gas appliance. The applies not only to London but the UK as a whole.

The underlying principle is that all gas appliances are potentially dangerous. As a homeowner, you have a responsibility to yourself and your family to promote your and their safety and well-being. But this is a moral rather than a legal requirement.

However, if you own property that you let or rent out to others, this responsibility becomes a matter of legal necessity.

Gas safety certificates are valid for 12-months. Depending on the number of fittings they cover, the costs will vary.

Only gas safety registered professionals can issue valid London gas safety certificates

Gas safety certificates are only obtainable from Gas Safe certified professionals. In order for gas fitters and plumbers to get their certificates, they have to undergo specialised training. The training and the certification covers different categories of Gas Appliances. This means if you are going to employ a Gas Safe registered plumber or fitter, you mist check what their registration covers.

Gas Safety certificates are issued on the day that the inspection is carried out. The last for 12-months only after which they must be renewed.

Gas Safety certificates for all purposes

CW Services Plumbing and Heating supply London gas safety certificates for landlords, their agents, or any premises owners who desire them. Although not a legal requirement for private homeowners who live in their properties, many like to have them for their own peace of mind.

The other reason many private homeowners like to have a current Gas Safety certificate is if they are selling their homes. It gives potential buyers confidence. It means the property and appliances they are considering buying are well looked after and properly maintained.

Other people who should have any gas appliances gas safe certified on an annual basis are business owners. The leases on business premises often carry clauses exempting property owners or their agents from the responsibility. It then becomes the business owner’s risk. They, of course, they have a duty of care to safeguard the health and safety of their employees.

What Gas Safety certification helps to prevent

Not only is there a risk of explosions due to gas leaks. The other single most dangerous risk is CO poisoning. CO stands for carbon monoxide. It is a colourless and odourless gas. It gets emitted when appliances do not burn completely burn their fuel, and because it is difficult to detect, it is very dangerous. CO poisoning can cause permanent brain damage and is potentially deadly.

It is for this reason that landlords must have London gas safe certificates covering any gas appliances in the properties they let or rent out.

If you are in need of London gas safety certificates for any property or any reason, please contact CW Services Plumbing and Heating on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.