The combination boiler, also referred to as the combi boiler, is the most popular boiler type in the UK today. The combi boiler supplies hot water and heating without the need for storage tanks or a cylinder. Combi boilers can be gas, electric or oil fired.
Conserving energy in your home or business property and lowering your carbon footprint overall, are not new practices. That being said, many homeowners will admit there is still room for improvement regarding their consumption of utilities. Heat, particularly a gas furnace, is a major area of concern.
For the past five years, the UK government has provided citizens some incentives to make these commercial and residential energy upgrades, in the form of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI). In short, the RHI states that you’ll earn a fixed income for every kilowatt hour of renewable heat that you produce.
Fitting a heated towel rail will add style and functionality to your bathroom. There are a variety of designs, styles and finishes available on the market to suit your personal preference. If you possess electrical wiring and plumbing skills, you will probably fit a heated towel rail a welcome challenge.
Types of heated towel rails
You can install heated towel rails either in your bathroom or bedrooms. If mounting in the toilet, you will need to adhere to the Electrical Wiring Regulations for special installations. There are two types of heated towel rails:
- Electric towel rails.
Most homes have a hot water cylinder to help meet their hot water needs. Hot water cylinders will last a very long time and will only need replacing if they leak, or if you are upgrading to a bigger capacity.
Replacing a hot water cylinder can be a simple task to an experienced professional. However, for a DIYer what may initially seem like a simple task can quickly turn into a nightmare.
If you are comfortable with the plumbing skills needed and are making a like-for-like swap, then have a go. If on the other hand, you think more work may be necessary, you should seek the services of a competent plumber.
Some homes in the UK have an immersion heater as a backup source of hot water for the central heating system. An electric immersion heater heats the water in the storage cylinder and provides hot water when the central heating is switched off. Immersion heaters often come on during the off-peak hours to take advantage of lower electricity tariffs.
Depending on the size of the hot water cylinder you may have one, two or even three heating elements. Heating elements will last a very long time depending on use, but eventually, you may need a replacement. This article will guide you through the world of immersion heaters, what to do when one packs in and whether you should do this type of job yourself.