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Top tips on buying underfloor heating

Buying underfloor heating

If you are thinking about buying underfloor heating for your home, you will probably have many questions. How much will it cost? How long will it take to install? Is it practical for your home? What type should you go for – electric or hydronic? What sort of flooring can be laid over it? The questions seem endless, but hopefully, in this article, we can provide the answers you need.

Buying underfloor heating suits new builds

One of the biggest problems when considering underfloor heating is floor space. Once property construction is complete, the space available under the floor may be limited. If it is, then the only option may be electric powered heating because hydronic (water powered) heating requires enough room to take the pipe through which the water flows.

With new builds that are under construction, the space can be engineered at the design stage so hydronic heating will not be a problem. The alternative, electric heating, uses thin wires to conduct the heat, and the product is much thinner, so either or is an option.

Existing builds with limited underfloor space can sometimes accommodate hydronic systems, if, like some of the products on offer from people like Warmup, they use smaller (16mm) pipes.

The general rule of thumb though is that when buying underfloor heating for renovation projects, people tend to use electric rather than hydronic.

Type of floor coverings

In theory, you can use any type of floor covering over underfloor heating. However, some conduct heat more efficiently than others. The surfaces that are better at heat conduction are stone and tiles. Wooden and laminated floor coverings vary in terms of conductivity because it depends on the type of material and its thickness.

The denser and thinner the substrate, the better its conductivity. Many people like wooden flooring because it reacts sympathetically with changes in temperature. Vinyl floor coverings also work quite well as does carpeting providing its rating is no more than 2.5 tog.

The same choice of floor covering material will be suitable for either electric or hydronic heating systems.

The comparative costs of buying underfloor heating

The price for buying underfloor heating will vary dependent on the type of system, and the floor area you wish to cover. You can get an idea of the price range by using the cost calculator on the Warmup website.

When it comes to installation, electric underfloor heating is the cheapest. There are no pipes to be connected as with hydronic systems and because the profile of electric is much thinner than that of water-based systems it only increases the height of the floor by mere millimetres. Electric underfloor heating systems are made to top quality standard and are very safe.

The only downside of buying electric underfloor heating is that it is more expensive to run than water-based.

Installing hydronic underfloor heating

Installing hydronic type systems not only involves more labour, but it requires many more items. You will need to think about your boiler, a manifold, a mixing unit, actuators and thermostats as well as the piping. Also, whereas a skilled DIYer can install electric units, you will need a qualified plumber if you are buying underfloor heating that uses hydronics.

If you live in or around South London, you can employ us here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating to carry out your installation. We have extensive experience with both electric and hydronic systems. We can also offer you professional advice.

Why not call us today on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184 to arrange a free consultation?

Who to call when you need an emergency plumber in London

emergency plumber in London

Many Londoners look for an emergency plumber in London when they need a heating repair carrying out quickly. It’s not uncommon – particularly when we are in the throes of winter, as we now are.

If you live in South London, the best plumber to call is CW Services Plumbing and Heating. We will be able to help or advise whatever the nature of your heating emergency.

We repair all types of heating systems

People use many different ways of heating their home or business premises. The most common method is, of course, central heating. But even central heating comes in all sorts of varieties. It might be electric, or gas fired. Whatever power source your system uses CW Services Plumbing and Heating can help. We are Gas Safe approved.

The majority of central heating systems here in London incorporate radiators. As a top emergency plumber in London, the most common heating problems we see are caused by:

  • Blocked water pipes
  • Blocked radiators
  • Broken thermostats
  • Faulty or broken water pumps
  • Problems with hot water boilers

Anyone of the above issues can cause your heating to fail, and if it happens when the weather is particularly cold, you’ve got an emergency on your hands. So, you’ll be pleased to know that here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating operate a 24/7/365 emergency call-out service. You find our contact numbers at the end of this brief article.

Underfloor heating and biofuel systems

Another type of central heating is underfloor heating. Again, this can be driven be either gas or electricity. This type of heating is a good option where space is at a premium or you simply don’t like to sit and look at radiators, although some of the modern ones can be quite aesthetically pleasing.

An emergency plumber in London who can’t deal with underfloor heating problems is of no use to you if that is the type of heating you have installed. Luckily, it’s not a problem for CW Services.

Another popular form of heating today is via biofuels such as pellets. Some people buy stand-alone pellet burners which pump out hot air whereas other buy biofuel boilers that heat water which is then sent around a central heating system of pipes or radiators. Again, this is something that CW Services have plenty of experience with.

Use CW Services as your emergency plumber in London

We have built up an excellent reputation in South London where we mostly operate; among the residential community (private homeowners, tenants and landlords) and also in the business community. We are well known for our reliability and our cost-effective service.

We also do a lot of heater system servicing. An annual contract with us can prevent having to call out an emergency plumber in London in the first place, and it can also help to keep your fuel bulls lower as your system will run more efficiently.

If you do require an emergency visit to deal with a heating problem in London, call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. You won’t get better service so if you have a need, why not call us today?

Low-cost Nest London thermostat installation

Nest London thermostat installation

In London, thermostat installation is easy enough to organise. A lot of people actually install their own, themselves. But if you want to take advantage of the latest thermostat technology, you should think about having a Nest thermostat installed, and you’ll get the best results in London by using a professional plumber such CW Services Plumbing and Heating.

One of the most economical ways of having a Nest London thermostat installation carried out professionally is to buy the unit yourself. If you buy it through some plumbers, they may stick a hefty mark-up on top of the cost of the unit making it more expensive. We here at CW Services are quite happy to install a thermostat provided by the client.

You can buy a Nest thermostat from several outlets, but one of the cheapest is Screwfix. Don’t worry; you don’t have to be a plumbing professional to take advantage of their trade prices.

One of the highest rated products on the market

Why may you ask yourself should you opt for a Nest thermostat rather than something else? There are many varieties of thermostat available, including smart ones like the Nest the Thermostat E have the highest rating of 4.5 stars and in our estimation, for pound for pound value and ease of use, we thoroughly recommend them.

The other thing that makes Nest a first choice for many who are contemplating a London thermostat installation is the fact that their 3rd generation smart units can also be linked to carbon monoxide and smoke alarms.

The advantages of smart London Thermostat installation

Why go for a smart London thermostat installation? There are many advantages that a Nest self-learning thermostat offers. These include:

  • Boost hot water or change heating schedule from your mobile
  • Auto-away feature for when the property is empty for a length of time
  • Works with a wide range of compatible boilers
  • Enables boilers to calculate exact volume of gas to be burnt to attain desired temperature
  • Can help you to reduce your heating bills

The other thing that many people find pleasing about Nest smart thermostats is their looks. They have a circular, colour display. They come in four different colours and because of their great visibility, you won’t have to bother about using a separate mobile app to alter settings.

You can either have your Nest thermostat fitted to the wall, or if you prefer, you can have it mounted in a handsome, sophisticated looking stand.

Top London Nest smart thermostat installation provider

Whatever smart London thermostat installation you decide to go for, if you would like it fitted rather then doing it yourself, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating would be only too pleased to help.

Why not call us today for a free, no obligation quotation, or to ask us to come around and give some professional, impartial advice. It won’t cost anything apart from a small amount of our time. Call us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184.

Doing a DIY frozen pipe repair

defrost frozen pipe

Did you know that you can carry out a DIY frozen pipe repair using materials and tools that most households possess?

With temperatures having been already recorded in double figures below zero, we here in the UK are well and truly into our winter season. If you’ve already suffered from frozen and burst water pipes you will be only too painfully aware of the inconvenience that it causes.

If on the other hand you haven’t yet been troubled by problems with your water supply caused by the low temperature, given the fact that we are only halfway through winter you could still fall foul of this problem.

It doesn’t necessarily follow that your water pipes will burst if they are frozen. You can prevent this from happening by learning how to defrost frozen pipes safely and carefully.

The pipes most likely to need defrosting

The water pipes that are most exposed to the vagaries of the weather are the ones that are most likely to be in danger of freezing. It therefore stands to reason that any outdoor pipes are the ones most likely to be affected.

However, pipes in un-heated areas of a property could also need a frozen pipe repair if it gets particularly cold. You should therefore keep a careful eye on pipes in unheated basements or sellers, or those situated in unheated crawl spaces.

Best methods for carrying out a DIY frozen pipe repair

The best methods to utilise when carrying out a DIY frozen pipe repair in your home are those that do not use a naked flame. So, in other words, if you have a blowtorch at home you should refrain from using it to defrost your pipes.

If you do however decide to give your blowtorch try, it is important to keep the flame moving along the length of the pipe because this will avoid a sudden concentration of heat in any one specific area.

The tool that most households possess and that is therefore the most common to try out is a hairdryer. But even though the heat from a hairdryer is less intense than that of a blowtorch it is nonetheless recommended that you should still move the hairdryer back and forth to spread the heat slowly.

If you do not have a hairdryer to hand, the other way of attempting to carry out a frozen pipe repair is with hot towels. This method will probably take slightly longer than any other method because it will entail reheating and reapplying the towels until the ice inside the pipe is melted. It is however probably the safest DIY method.

If you need professional help

If you are unsuccessful in your attempts to carry out a DIY frozen pipe repair, we here at CW Services Plumbing and Heating are on hand to help. No job is too small. Similarly, if you have attempted to defrost a water pipe and have inadvertently caused it to burst, you can rely on us to carry out a rapid, cost efficient repair.

If you do need our services for any plumbing emergency you’ll be pleased to know that we operate a 24/7/365 emergency callout service. Whether it’s an emergency or not, you can reach us on 020 7733 6812 or 07949 095 184. 

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?