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Free Boilers & Boiler Grants: how to get a free boiler

Believe it or not, it is possible to get a completely free boiler. This is thanks to an environmental scheme from the government. If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can receive a boiler grant for up to 100% of … Continue reading

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What size boiler do I need and what do kW and kWh mean?

What size boiler do I need – come the colder months, lots of people will be asking themselves this question. There are also other considerations, such as what type of boiler is necessary. If you’re stumped for an answer, fear … Continue reading

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Boiler filling loop: the 2 different kinds and how to use them

The boiler filling loop is a boiler component which provides a temporary connection to the mains in order to fill and pressurise the central heating system with water. It also allows the system to be topped up where necessary, for example, … Continue reading

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Economy 7: The guide to the Economy 7 Tariff

Economy 7 is an energy tariff. It is designed to help consumers pay less for their electricity by encouraging its use at night. This is achieved by offering two different rates based on the time of the day. Economy 7 … Continue reading

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Turn off the mains fast: how-to guide

Need to know how to turn off the mains? While it’s easy to take the plumbing in your home for granted, it pays to know how to shut off the water. It’s good practice if you are leaving your home … Continue reading

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Condensing vs Non-Condensing Boilers: what’s the difference?

Condensing vs non-condensing boilers – the main difference between them is that condensing boilers are 10-25% more energy efficient. Not only can they save you several hundred pounds on your annual energy bill, they’re also better for the environment. But … Continue reading

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Boiler Types: The 3 different boiler types explained

There are three different boiler types: combi, system, and heat-only or conventional. The most common type is the combi boiler. When selecting a new appliance, the best boiler type usually depends on the size of the property, how many bathrooms it … Continue reading

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Direct & indirect hot water cylinders: what’s the difference?

Direct cylinders, indirect cylinders, unvented cylinders…the list goes on. There are many different of types of hot water cylinder available, but what is the difference between direct and indirect hot water cylinders, and what do these terms actually mean? The … Continue reading

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Electric shower stops working: why does it stop & how can it be fixed?

Does your electric shower suddenly stop working? Does it suddenly cut out and leave you with no way to rinse yourself off? This situation is perhaps more irritating than a shower which doesn’t work at all. In this article, we’ll … Continue reading

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Boiler

The boiler is the key component of a central heating system. Its main purpose is to transfer heat energy to water. The heat energy is produced by the combustion of a fuel, such as natural gas, oil, or a solid … Continue reading

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