Friday, 26 March 2010

Save Money Through Energy Efficient Central Heating

Energy efficiency is high on everybody's agenda today. The cost of energy bills are soaring, when this is also combined with the effects of the current economic crisis then the result can often be severe financial problems. If you are searching for ways to reduce your household's expenses then the best place to start would be with the central heating system. It is this that contributes the greatest amount to our annual utility bills.

The first tip may sound obvious but it is worth repeating. Turn your heating down! By lowering the thermostat's temperature by three or four degrees you can potentially save yourself hundreds of dollars a year. If you ensure that your home is adequately insulated then less heat will be lost through the walls and roof. Just because we have a heating system installed in our homes does not mean we should always have it set to the highest temperatures. There is nothing wrong with wearing a sweater indoors; this would not cost you any more cash!

Modern central heating systems and boilers are far more efficient than older models. Your local council may have a scheme in which they offer a grant for the cost of a new boiler and installation if you trade in your old inefficient model. The latest boiler designs can reduce energy consumption by more than fifty per cent.

Even if you are not eligible for financial assistance with the costs, trading in your old model is still an option worth exploring as in the long run there are financial savings to be had. Also, you should understand that by choosing an energy efficient system you will be reducing your carbon footprint. Why contribute to the problems of atmospheric pollution when today there are plenty of alternative green options?

If you have an old fashioned system of radiators in your rooms then these will occasionally need "bleeding". Air can enter the system which reduces the overall ability to transfer heat effectively around the home.

Modern home heating systems can make full use of the latest advances in technology to ensure that costs are kept down. For example they can be used to generate hot water at night when usually the cost of electricity is less. The digital controls allow for an ease of operation, you should have very little difficulty understand how to change the settings so that the heating will automatically switch itself on and off at specific times of the day.

When it comes to the actual energy source we have three main options: electricity, gas or oil. Which is best for your home will depend upon your location as well as the size of the space which is required to be heated.

If you want to have the most ecologically sound property in your neighborhood then how about switching a percentage of your energy requirements to an alternative source. If we continue to use fossil fuels for our energy requirements then in the future the warming of the planet will do away with the need for a heating system!

Northern Gas Heating - the UK's local supplier of new Gas Central Heating systems including Condensing boilers.

Friday, 19 March 2010

Some Basic Information About A Good Solar Hot Water System

It may come as a complete surprise to learn that investing in a solar hot water system can prove to be better than investing in the stock market. After all, it means getting to invest in something that does not carry any risks and which also provides a fifteen percent initial return on capital and that too without having to pay any taxes on these returns. Many states in the US even offer tax credits to those who invest in solar hot water systems.

It is equally interesting to note that hot water is something that is required in great quantities all through America. However, costs of the estimated one hundred and fifty million BTUs that are consumed in generating heat to produce eighty gallons of hot water for a typical American family are about three thousand six hundred dollars for the life of the hot water tank.

Given that there are no or very low costs involved in generating solar hot water, it makes sense to take a closer look at what it is and how you can make use of it. In America, typically a family would need about fifteen to thirty gallons of hot water per person per day for their normal home usage. Included in this figure is using water to bathe, wash clothes and do the dishwashing.

Depending on your needs, you will need to choose suitable solar hot water systems, and this in turn will depend on the kind of environment you have to deal with in your city or town. If there is little risk of experiencing freezing conditions, then you will not need more than an inexpensive heating system.

However, a majority of solar based hot water systems do require certain degree of protection against freezing and so you need to look for features such as drainback and also closed loop systems that have antifreeze as well as heat exchangers. These features are even more necessary if you live where the temperature does freeze up in the winter months.

The more number of features that your solar based hot water system has, the higher will be the costs and this may even result in lower efficiency. On the other hand, you do not want to risk having the system freeze up because that would lead to a disastrous situation. So, paying a little extra for protection against freezing conditions, will in the end, prove to be good for you.

You may also want to pick your solar hot water system that incorporates direct pump recirculation in which hot water is circulated through a collector. In any case, you should look for a system that incorporates the KISS factor (keep it simple, stupid). In that case, it makes sense to go with systems using batch water heaters which are very simple systems that were once called breadbox water heaters.

Since then, these systems have been improved upon and are now a much improved lot. Ultimately, when it comes to choosing an appropriate Solar Hot Water system, you have to look at whether or not the system should have freeze protection. For those who live where temperatures rarely, if ever, freeze, and then using batch heater systems is recommended. On the other hand, if you require freeze protection then you will need to look at closed loop systems that have antifreeze and also heat exchangers.

Northern Gas Heating - the UK's local supplier of new Central Heating Systems offer Solar Hot Water Systems and Boiler Installation.

Monday, 8 March 2010

How to build your own extension

Getting in touch with an Architect is your first job. Once the plans have been drawn up, the next step is to get planning permission. This sometimes can take a while, and often adjustments have to be made.

Once you have planning permission, then sign up for a building course, making sure it includes brick-laying, plastering and the full understanding of insulation. Having completed the course, then sign on for a heating and plumbing course. After that sign up for an electrical course. Years later when you have completed all the necessary courses, you will be ready to begin. If you are in full time employment, then expect it to take quite a while to build . (It is not always sunny and dry at the weekends!)

That is the hard way! The simplest thing to do, is contact a reputable Builder. A Builder who has his own Architects, A Builder who liaises regularly with the planning dept. and knows all the pitfalls, and can often speed things up for you. He will have his own team of brick-layers and plasterers. If drains pose a problem, then he will be in a position to rectify it.

His Heating and Plumbing Engineers will be fully qualified (to Corgi standards) as will his Electricians.

He will advise you on the best materials to use, and if you want to be eco-friendly, he will happily comply. He will advise you on insulation, and will ensure that the extension is in keeping with the rest of the house, matching roofing tiles, windows etc.

They will keep to the quote, and there will be no hidden extras, unless you specifically request it. The work would be done in minimum time, with little inconvenience to yourself.

For a first class job, it always pays to call in the experts. People who have had years of experience behind them and know exactly what they are doing. Even if you complete all the necessary courses, you will have no practical experience, and any snags met, will seem enormous, while to an experienced Builder, solving it would just be second nature.

There are many excellent Builders, but it makes sense to contact one within fifty or sixty miles from your home. A good Builder will have a fully comprehensive web site, and will not be afraid to put his telephone number or e-mail address on it.

So, there are two ways to build your own extension - the hard way, or the easy way!

For Home Extensions Derbyshire and Architectural Services Derby contact Building Solutions (Midlands) Ltd.

Friday, 5 March 2010

Combi Boilers

Combi boilers are able to offer heating and also hot water directly from a boiler. These combination (combi) boilers are quite ingenious and they are also devices that help to save space, and this is why they are being widely used everywhere. In Britain alone, such boilers make up more than half of all domestic boilers being installed in homes.

Combi boilers are highly efficient in heating water and they also serve as central heating boilers and as the name imply, are a combination that offers twin functions in a single compact device. This ensures that there will be no need to have separate hot water cylinders, which in turn helps to create a space saving unit.

Other benefits that you will get from using such boilers include cost savings and you can also get hot water in your taps or even in your showers at high enough pressure. This means that you get to bath or shower in comfort and without needing to spend money to install a pump.

In addition, these boilers also can be installed quickly and without needing to spend any significant amount of money and this is on account of the fact that there is no need to install a tank on the roof and so there is less need for pipes and installation can be affected in very little time.

In order to find out which combi boilers are best suited for your needs you will need to first of all decide on fuel type which can be gas, LPG (liquid petroleum gas) or oil. And, then you will need to look at the number of bathrooms in your home that require hot water.

Once you have decided on which type of combination boiler you need it is then necessary to install it. Remember, that without proper insulation, these boilers will not be able to provide suitable service. Condensing combination boilers do not even require having hot water storage cylinders or even a feed or expansion tank. Therefore, these combi boilers are easier to install and the installation can be done as a DIY project.

If you want to do the installation on your own then you must start by locating the boiler in a place from where the exhaust gases can easily be expelled out of the boiler and into the air. Also, be sure that the terminal is free and not obstructed by materials that can easily burn and there should also not be any low ceilings near the terminal.

Next, you have to position radiators underneath a couple of windows and the radiator needs to be at least hundred millimetres above the floor and one hundred and fifty millimetres below the windowsills.

Once this is done you will then need pipes of a suitable size and also position the pipes far from the doorways as well as any other obstruction. Install the routes and pipes and make use of the proper seal with which to do the sealing of threads. Lastly, you can add the gas supply and get a professional fitter to start running the gas to your boiler. That’s all there is to installing condensing combi boilers.

Get a new combi boiler or central heating system installed or serviced by our Gas Safe Registered engineers at Northern Gas.

Heating Efficiency

By far, the most popular form of heating is gas, and it has been for years, Natural gas is piped into your home, so there is no need to store fuel, or panic if your stocks are low and the weather is bitter cold.

Its popularity is due to the fact that you have immediate hot water, and the heating is completely controllable. In addition, according to some estimates, you can save up to £250 a year on your fuel bill. It is recognised as the most efficient and reliable form of heating.

Since the change in the 2005 Building Regulations, all new and replacement boiler should be of the condenser type. Condenser boilers simply employ a heat exchanger, which makes use of the extra heat generated when exhaust gas turns to liquid. Most convert 90% of the fuel to heat, while conventional boilers struggle to convert 78%. Boilers are responsible for about 60% of the total carbon emissions from our home. Fitting a new efficient condensing boiler with heating controls is essential for cutting emissions of CO2, and will save you money every year.

There are many well known makes of boilers, and most manufacturers recognise the most popular is the combi gas condensing boiler. They are very neat to look at and usually wall-mounted. Whatever make you choose, it will come with a summary to help you understand clearly its functioning.

If you have a back boiler that needs replacing, once again it has to be replaced with a condensing back boiler. It is not a big job to replace it, as the existing pipes can be used. It will have a fully sealed one-piece flue, which allows for easy installation, so there will be no joints within the chimney. It will also have a very attractive fire front, which is usually electric, and will allow easy access to the boiler controls with LED illumination technology. The fire effect mode will only cost £6 per annum.

New boilers are very fairly priced, they are ultra reliable and efficient and the money they save you over the years, will more than pay for itself. We are all getting very environmentally-minded, and by replacing your old boiler, you will be doing the planet a big favour.

Northern Gas offer installation of combi boilers and many other types of boilers including servicing by our Gas Safe Registered engineers .

Thursday, 4 March 2010

Vibratory Screens & Sieves

Vibratory screens & sieves are used in many industries for classifying and sorting. They are also needed for other applications to separate moisture from solid particles or to provide uniformity grading. Various designs make these manufacturing and industrial items specific for the industry in which they are used. By reclaiming previously discarded materials such as machine oil, screens help to capture and recycle products that helps to save energy and avoid wasting scarce resources.

The vibratory nature of movement for the materials placed upon or into the sieves and screens means that the substance to be sorted or separated, whether wet or dry, is divided into two. One portion of the materials is retained within the confines of the sieve or screen and the second goes through the holes or divisions in the screen to be either captured or carried away.

Screens that are mainly used for the separation of liquids from solids are often called sieve bend or DSM screens. They are used in industries such as coal mining & quarrying, sugar processing, processing of minerals, cement plants, industrial effluent treatment and Urban waste treatment. In the latter, the screens are used as a pre-filter in order to cut down the load on the clarifier.

Screens and sieves come in many different shapes. They may be flat bed, curved, cylindrical or any variation of the above. They might be inclined in order to improve their effectiveness. The size will vary greatly, according to the needs of the particular industry.

The devices created for some industries can be flat metal plate. They might also be inclined, with up to four components to further separate or clarify the material being processed. Those used in the mining industry are particularly heavy duty, thanks to the weight of the ore being processed. Notice must be taken of the equipment that feeds into the screen or sieve. Various feeder devices help to get the job efficiently.

In some industries, sieves and screens are portable, so that preliminary sorting can be done where it is most needed. Once the need is higher in another location, the equipment is picked up and moved to the new location. This means that minimal connections are used on-site, usually just a power source. In the case where water is present during the operation, a source of water is needed for operation.

Vibrating screens are often made of looped wire. This type of construction is often lighter in weight and may be easier to clean than flat or inclined metal beds. Chrome can be used in industries where resistance to wear is important. Some ceramic screens and sieves are produced to allow for specific industry needs.

Vibratory screens & sieves can be very important in environmental clean up operations. They are also used when recycling efforts are an ongoing part of a company's operations. For example, used machine oil is processed through narrow gauge holes in order to separate the liquid oil from filings and metal chip waste. This metal waste can be resold at a higher price because it is drip free. The cleaned oil or coolant can be reclaimed, thus saving expense to the company doing the recycling.

For more information on Vibratory Sieves and Classifying Screens contact Gough Engineering & Co Ltd.