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What to do if your boiler breaks down…

Should there be some odd noises coming from your boiler, don’t worry, these are simply problems that can be fixed quickly and won’t require an engineer call out. If it’s more serious then you may require more expertise.
Boilers have an annoying habit of breaking down, just when you need them something happen and they break down. Then there’s always the night mare of getting an engineer round before you freeze to death, or worse a family row may be sparked.
Here’s what you should do to ensure that you recognise the signs that your boiler is about to breakdown and cost you a packet.

Is your boiler making gurgling kettle sounds

Hearing this when your boiler fires may mean that your radiators will not be heated properly, the noises may be caused by air in the system, a blockage or sediment at the bottom of the boiler may need to be flushed out by a professional.
Frozen condensate pipes may also be to blame, if a frozen pipe is the cause then this may need to be thawed by using hot water bottles and heat wraps, but only if the pipe is accessible at ground level.

What does the ignition lockout mean?

This mostly happens to older boilers but can also happen to new ones as well, boiler manufacturers will install the lockout feature which may cause a shutdown as certain features are not working which affects the safety. Not all shutdown features stem from something seriously wrong, this could just be a simple glitch like a power cut or just low pressure. Normally there’s a reset button on the front of your boiler, your instruction manual will tell you to press this to rest the boiler and stop the lockout.

Why does the heating stop when I turn the hot water on?

If the diverter valve in your boiler is faulty then this may cause the heating to switch off whenever you turn the hot water on.
The issue could cause frustration when the radiator won’t warm up, when actually it could be the heating that’s flipped off by someone taking a hot shower.
Diverter valves are used in combination boilers, this will divert the flow of plasma between the domestic hot water heat exchanger and radiator.
Resolving this issue may require a new part and an installation job, which could be provided by a plumber unless you have the expert knowledge.

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The Boiler Guide

Take a look at our handy advice guide to help answer all of your boiler questions.

Types of Boilers

People tend to have different heating requirements, based on their requirements and preferences, so if you require a new boiler in your home, take a look at Heat-Tec’s guide on the different types available to you.
Boiler types…

    • Combi Boiler
    • Regular (Conventional) Boilers
    • System Boiler

Combi boiler

Combination boilers, known as combi boilers, combine the dual functionality of heating your property and producing hot water from one boiler system.

Combi boilers are popular in homes across the UK, this is for a number of reasons, over half of domestic boilers which are installed in Britain are combi boilers. Combi boilers work as part of a closed hot water system, they heat water up as it flows past a heating component in the boiler. The water will then be distributed to your showers and taps through the mains water supply and pressure.

These boilers will provide hot water on demand and the performance levels are very efficient unless a situation where multiple outputs are used at the same time. One of the main things to look out for when buying a new combi boiler includes the central heating output, this dictates the amount of energy that the boiler generates to keep hot. Hot water flow rates depend on the level of power that the water can distribute in the home. Heating Engineers can provide advice and advise you on the necessary boiler specification you should invest in.

Unlike regular and system boilers, with combi boilers, no additional equipment is required, so there’s no need to worry about extra space being taken up. There’s also no need for a hot water cylinder or cold water cistern, the process of installing the boiler will also be a lot quicker, which will also reduce your costs. If you choose to have a combi boiler installed, then you’ll need a flue, this is to take the waste gases outside of your home. You may want to consider a set of heating controls to get your heating working how you wish.

Regular boiler

Regular boilers are known as conventional or heat only boilers, they’re known as being traditional, especially when it comes to older peoples’ properties, you’ll often find these types of boilers in their homes. They’re known for taking up space, this is due to the use of the hot water cylinder or cold water cistern.

Regular boilers generate heat from the central heating system directly, the hot water that’s produced from this will be stored in a hot water cylinder until it’s required. Stored supply of hot water is drawn through when it’s needed in the water outlets, such as your kitchen or bathrooms.

Regular boilers include a boiler, heating controls, a hot water cylinder and an expansion cistern. Heating Engineers are able to recommend the exact items you’ll need if you are replacing and upgrading your boiler system.

System boiler?

System boilers can be considered as similar to regular boilers, they provide the heat for your central heating system as well as producing hot water that’s stored in a hot water cylinder until it’s required. System boilers were designed to make boiler installations a quicker and more streamlined process. This is down to the fact that the components require efficient heating and hot water which is built into the boiler itself.

A feed and expansion cistern isn’t required with system boilers as hot water will be pumped directly from the system boiler to the radiators and hot water cylinder. It supports the process to make it more efficient and financially beneficial.

System boilers can work as part of open-vented and un-vented hot water setups, a Heating Engineer will be able to explain this and address any questions you may have.

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6 Reasons to Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually

Why should you get your boiler serviced?

Boiler servicing is something that is often forgotten about or ignored by those who think that problems won’t occur (or at least hoping they won’t). The issue with that is, if you don’t have your boiler serviced on an annual basis, you could be leaving yourself open to more problems in the future. Whatever your reasons for not having your boiler serviced recently, we’re here to tell you why you should have it serviced on an annual basis. Let’s begin!

1. Catching Problems

You might be under the impression that your boiler doesn’t get used much through the spring and summer months, but you couldn’t be more wrong. Every day, hot water in your home will be used for washing up, baths, showers and general cleaning duties, along with a whole bunch of other stuff. Although your heating might not be turned on much anymore, it’s important that you look after your boiler all year round.

Identifying any small problems before they turn into larger (costlier) issues is wise. Not only could it save you money in the long run, it will also help to keep your boiler running safely and smoothly. The longer small problems are ignored, the worse they will. We’d advise that you get your boiler serviced every year to catch any problems before they escalate!

2. Cheaper than a Boiler Replacement

A boiler service doesn’t cost a large amount of money, despite what people may think. A replacement boiler, on the other hand, can be very expensive. Having your boiler serviced certainly costs far less than having your boiler completely replaced. Referring to point one; it’s important that you identify small problems before they turn into much larger and more costly ones. Worst case scenario, your boiler isn’t fit for use anymore and you need a new one. Finding money for a new boiler when you need a replacement one might be difficult, so the smart move to make is to get your boiler serviced annually and save yourself the heartache of having to fork out for a new boiler when it could have been avoided.

3. Saving Money on Energy Bills

Having your boiler serviced could save you a lot of money in the long run. If your boiler isn’t working properly for whatever reason, it could mean that you are spending far more on your energy bills each month, without realising. Depending on what make or model your boiler is and how long you have had it, will ultimately depend on how efficient it can really be. Having your boiler checked to improve efficiency will not only mean you can save money, but will also mean that your boiler doesn’t have to work as hard and will use considerably less energy, thus reducing your carbon footprint!

4. Legal Reasons

Calling all landlords – it is a legal requirement for you to service the boilers in properties you own, as well as all other gas appliances. As a property owner, it is your responsibility to make sure these annual checks are done each year for the safety of your tenants. Gas stoves, for example, are another of the gas appliances that should be checked on an annual basis, along with the boiler.

Gas safety checks should be carried out by a Gas Safe Registered engineer, as they are legally qualified to do so. Make it part of your yearly routine to have the gas appliances serviced in properties you own, or you could fall victim to a hefty fine if you neglect your duties as a landlord.

5. Health & Safety Benefits

We have touched on safety a couple of times throughout this article, but not in any great depth. For health and safety reasons, having your boiler serviced annually could be a life saver.

Did you know? 4000 people are admitted to A&E every year with carbon monoxide poisoning, according to the Department of Health. The symptoms that usually present themselves (headaches, nausea, breathlessness, dizziness, collapsing and lack of consciousness) are often assumed to be other common illnesses or infections. For that reason, it’s vital that you get you boiler serviced so that an engineer can check if it’s running safely and smoothly.

6. Keeping your Warranty

Your boiler warranty will usually only apply if you continue to have it serviced each year. If your boiler isn’t serviced every 12 months, your warranty may be void. If it does then break down, you won’t be covered under warranty and won’t be able to claim for any repair work that may be required.

Check the terms and conditions of your boiler warranty. If it requires you to have your boiler serviced annually, this is just another of the reasons why you should mark it on your calendar every 12 months.

Has your boiler been serviced this year?

If your boiler hasn’t been serviced in the last 12 months, you should consider booking it in. If you choose to ignore the reasons we have given you then you will only be leaving yourself open to a range of problems further down the line. Don’t be a fool – book your annual boiler service when it is time to do so each year.

Guest post by: SPM Plumbing and Heating, plumbing and heating specialists based in Verwood, Dorset:


5 Reasons Plumbers are called out

At Heat-Tec 2000 Ltd, our team of professionals are always getting called out on different jobs for various problems. To help see which jobs are most used, we’ve come up with 5 common reasons why plumbers are called out.

Plumbing Problems

Over the years we have provided our plumbing services across the country and have dealt with a number of customers who’ve experienced a range of plumbing problems. From a leaking tap to a complete part replacement, Heat-Tec 2000 Ltd can assist with a number of issues.
Plumbing is a very important aspect of most households, no matter how urgent or small the issue seems, plumbers can always be on hand to help make sure that the problem is fixed and your household is back as it should be. For our most common services, Heat-Tec believe that our top 5 problems are:

  • Leaking
  • Burst pipes
  • Shower repairs
  • Boiler issues
  • Shower part replacements

Plumbing in your property is very important, especially when considering your home, there’s lots of plumbing services available out there to take care of your plumbing. From a small tap problem to a full shower replacement, emergency plumbers can be on hand to make sure that your home is safe and that your plumbing is back up and running.

A local plumber can help!

When it comes to solving these plumbing problems, choose a plumbing company who have years of experience when it comes to dealing with clients across your local area. Choosing an experienced and knowledgeable plumber to attend to your requirements guarantees that your plumbing will be back up and running smoothly.
There are also emergency plumbing services available, so whatever time of day or night it is, plumbers can be on hand to help. The team at Heat-Tec can be on hand to assist, simply give us a call and we can help come up with a solution to your plumbing problems.


Bathroom & Toilet Adaptations

There are a lot of things that are taken for granted in life; having a table to eat on, a bed to sleep in, a shower to clean ourselves and a toilet to… you know, do your business. If you stop to imagine that these things are taken away or made difficult to access for some reason and things become a lot more difficult.

For thousands of elderly and disabled people in the UK, this is a reality every day. For some of these people, just getting to the toilet can be a real struggle without the help of someone else.

Let’s stop for a second and think about the fact that, as people, we go the toilet around 8 times a day on average. Now amplify this even further by putting yourself in the scenario of someone needing to help you to the toilet 8 times a day and it’s easy to see how difficult some people have it.

But this doesn’t have to be the case. Bathroom and toilet adaptations are available to help people go to the loo without the need for assistance in and out each time.

Problems going to the loo?

Going to the toilet is a real problem for some people with disabilities or elderly people that require serious care.

Using functional rooms, such as the bathroom/going to the toilet, is the second biggest problem faced by families with a severely disabled child.

Combine this with the fact that bladder and bowl issues are the second most common reason why someone enters residential care and the problems going to the toilet faced by some people are clearer to see.

Of the 40,000 or so home adaptations undertaken under Disabled Facilities Grants on an annual basis, bathroom adaptations are indeed the most common – and that doesn’t include simple adaptations like handrails or toilet seat changes.

Would you benefit from a bathroom or toilet adaptation?

Answering a couple of simple questions straight away will help you to determine whether you would benefit from a toilet adaptation:

  • Is it difficult for you to get on and off the toilet?
  • Do you currently use a riser recliner chair?
  • Do you struggle with any other day-to-day activities, such as peeling vegetables or turning the pages of a book?
  • Have you needed help getting on and off the toilet in the past?

If you answered ‘yes’ to any or all of the above, then a toiler adaptation might be the answer for you.

What adaptations are available for toilets?

A range of options are available for toilet adaptations, including:

  • Soft seat toilets
  • Grab rails
  • Bariatric seats
  • Bariatric benches
  • Horse shoe seats
  • Wash and dry toilets

Toilet adaptations can give you the independence you need to live life more freely and effectively, without the need of ongoing support each time you need the loo.

Other home and bathroom adaptations are available to assist those who struggle with other day-to-day activities, such as getting up and down the stairs or having a shower.

Further Information

Not only can these types of adaptations help you to use the loo in a more comfortable, less-humiliating fashion, they can help you to save money on home carer fees in the long-run. More independence and dignity undoubtedly mean a better quality of life for those that would usually rely on someone else for help.

To find out more information regarding toilet, bathroom or building adaptations, Trent Valley Plumbing & Building Ltd will be pleased to offer some guidance:

5 home heating myths that could be pushing up your winter bills

With the winter well and truly here, it can be tempting to draw the curtains, turn up the thermostat and reminisce the sunnier and warmer times. Keeping warm inside a house away from the elements may sound easy but you’ll be surprised, most people have no idea how to keep warm.

Recent surveys have shown how the majority of Britons believe that they understand their heating controls, with half misusing the energy by turning up their thermostat. People also think that turning up the heating makes it hotter quicker and that the external temperature will make a difference and that hot water needs to be on constantly, which isn’t true!

So take a look at the below points, we sort your heating fact from fiction…

You should turn the heating up when it’s cold outside
Recent reports have shown that just over half of people, have turned up the thermostat when it’s cold outside, but homes shouldn’t need this as the thermostat is there to maintain the internal temperature, whatever the weather is like.

You should turn the thermostat up to heat the room quicker
Further research has shown that people have admitted to turning their room thermostat up when they want the room to heat up quicker. This doesn’t heat up a room quicker, it just heats the home up to a warmer temperature.

You should leave the heating on low constantly
It’s common for people to think that it’s more energy efficient to leave the heating turned on at a lower temperature constantly, rather than turning it off and on. This is wrong as it only means that these homes are heated when no-one is there to benefit and then the home is too cold.

Keep your hot water on all day so you don’t run out
If your hot water tank is properly insulated, water which has been heated for half an hour in the morning should stay warm until midday. It’s much better to set your water to come on for half an hour before you get up to shower.

Keep electric storage heaters on all time
Research has shown that few people with electric storage heaters fully understand how they work, meaning households with electric heating could be paying much higher prices by not taking advantage of cheaper night rate electricity.

Heating facts

Closing your curtains does save heat
Studies have shown that drawing your curtains can reduce heat loss from 15% to 17% whilst drawing the blinds reduces it by 13% to 14%.

Old boilers drain energy
A boiler of 15 years old or more may be wasting from 30 – 40 pence of every £1 spent on heating your home and water. Updating your heating system to an A-rated condensing boiler or oil fired model could make your system up to 90% more efficient.

Bleeding your radiators does make a difference
It sounds like a hassle, but it’s essential, if your home’s radiators aren’t as powerful as you’d like, the first thing to do is to bleed them. Radiators containing trapped air are hot at the bottom but cold further up, so they’re not giving off as much heat as they should. Bleeding them is easy, simply put a radiator key or a small screwdriver into the bleed valve on the radiator and open the valve to let out the air.

The arranging of your furniture
Ever wondered why people always seem to put sofas in front radiators, it’s a bit daft isn’t it. You don’t want a radiator pumping heat into the back of a sofa, so it’s best to make sure situations like this are avoided.

Should you require any further advice regarding heating in your home, feel free to contact our professional heating engineers.

Central Heating


The winter months and the colder weather is here, the professionals at Heat-Tec have put together some advice on how to save money on your central heating. Our top tips will help you to prepare for the cold months and will also save you some money on your heating too.

As plumbing and heating experts, we frequently deal with problems on a daily basis when it comes to heating. Our heating tips can help you save you a few hours each day or week. So instead of coming in from work and turning the heating on, take a look at our useful information.

6 Things to do Before Turning the Heating On

Should you feel the cold really easily or you’re looking for ways to cut back on costs, why not start with your heating. There’s a number of ways that you can warm your house up, whether it’s little or no cost. To reduce bills and stay warm, here’s 6 things to do before turning the heating on..

    • Close the doors in your home and use draft excluders
    • Blankets, get snug and save money!
    • Wear a fleece or jumper
    • Use a hot water bottle
    • Eat warm meals and drink hot drinks
    • Leave the oven door open after baking

Keep your home warm is by taking a shower with the door open. If no one is in, or you’re comfortable to leave it half open, this is a great way to increase the heat across the house. Not only that, it will allow the steam to spread throughout your home instead of being closed off in one room.

Further Advice

For further advice and information on Heat-Tec’s plumbing and heating services, simply get in touch. Should you have any problems with your heating or require professional advice, our team are more than happy to help. Being experienced heating engineers means that we’re dedicated to helping all of our clients across West Wickham and the surrounding areas. Have one less thing to worry about and choose our team for all of your heating needs. Contact our team today.

Why do I need to get my boiler serviced?

When it comes to your boiler, getting it checked regularly is vital, especially in the winter months. Having your boiler serviced by a professional heating engineer, provides peace of mind as they’ll make sure that it’s working safely and efficiently, as well as detect any possible issues or potential problems that may stop it working properly. Boiler breakdowns can’t be anticipated, but by having an annual boiler service, you can rest assured that your boiler system is in working order.

For more information, take a look at our boiler service checklist.

Boiler checklist


One of the top requirements reasons when it comes to getting your boiler serviced is to make sure that it’s safe. Having a poorly maintained or faulty boilers could bring serious health risks to you and your family as they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning, which is extremely dangerous.

Efficient system

Boiler systems will go through a series of checks which will determine if the boiler is working to its maximum efficiency. A competent boiler system will run smoothly and the more efficient it runs, the better value for money system.

Save money

A lot of customers notice a decrease in their energy bills after having their boiler serviced. Well running boilers deter hidden costs which can occur from faults and deficiencies.

When’s the best time to book a boiler service?

At Solutions Plumbing and Heating we recommend that you book your boiler service in before the winter months. Having a boiler breakdown in the colder weather isn’t ideal and can be an big inconvenience for all the family, so we encourage you book in for your service as soon as possible!

What happens during the boiler service…

    • Our engineers will inspect your boiler and the controls, making sure they are working safely
    • We’ll also check for corrosion and leaks
    • The boiler casing will be removed and the system will be checked to see if the main components are functioning
    • The gas pressure will be checked to make sure that the boiler is operating at the correct gas pressure
    • A flue test will make sure that no unsafe emissions are being released from the boiler
    • The boiler’s parts will be cleaned as required
    • The boiler will be put back together and properly sealed
    • The engineer will leave a checklist with you which will include all of the relevant information needed about the safety of your system

How long will the boiler service take?

A boiler service can take from as little as 30 minutes to well over an hour, it all depends on the type of boiler system and whether any work needs to be carried out.

How much does a boiler service cost?

Should you choose Heat-Tec to carry out your boiler service, we currently have a range of brilliant special deals and offers. To book or for more information on our boiler services, simply contact our team today who will be more than happy to help!

What if I need a replacement boiler?

Not to worry, at Heat-Tec we provide a full boiler replacement service, our team of experts can install a brand new boiler system in your home. You can call a member of our team for a free new boiler quote. Another popular option is boiler financing, you can receive a brand new boiler, but spread the cost to make it more affordable for you.

For more information on our boiler servicing, contact our team today!

9 Top Tips for Improving your Home

If you’ve been thinking about changing the way your living room or bedroom looks at home, you might be considering how you can do this. Whether you think your bedroom is too cold, you are sick of the old furniture you have or you aren’t happy with the mattress you are sleeping on, we present you with our top 9 techniques for enhancing your home in unusual and inventive ways.

1. Opt for an alternative heating system

Radiators are just there, usually in every room, and quite often taking up your beloved space that could be used in other ways. When you move into a new home you will generally have to position your furniture around the radiators of the house. They are there, as they always have been, and it doesn’t cross your mind to take them out (because we all need heat, right?). But what if there was an alternative heating system that you could use to spread warmth through your home without taking up so much space?

Well there is; and it comes in the shape of underfloor heating. It fits neatly beneath your flooring, providing heating for your home without the need for ugly radiators. A plumbing or heating engineer will be the right choice of tradesperson here as they will need to seamlessly install the heating below your carpets.

With this type of heating, the temperature is dispersed more evenly than radiators, allowing the heat to move through the whole room, rather than just filling a pocket at one end. Your boilers won’t have to work as hard to heat your house and your home will be the tropical haven you want it to be throughout the chilly winter months.

2. Consider changing the way you store clothing and personal belongings

Clunky wardrobes and chests of drawers can consume a lot of space. Sliding wardrobes, on the other hand, provide a convenient way of storing all clothes and personal belongings in one place. Your clothes can hang neatly on railings, while other storage boxes, shoes and accessories can have their own place to live behind the sliding doors.

Understandably, sliding wardrobes aren’t suitable for every home. You need to check first to see if the doors will fit, finding out if you have the space in your bedroom to introduce them. There are several quick steps you can take to find whether sliding doors can be installed in your bedroom.

Sliding wardrobes can change the dynamic of a bedroom. By removing other storage solutions and utilising sliding wardrobe doors, you can free up a lot of space to decorate your bedroom in new and exciting ways.

3. Try reclaimed furniture as an alternative

For those of you that aren’t sure what reclaimed furniture is, it is furniture made strictly from recycled woods and other materials that have been rescued. Reclaimed wood can come from a number of unusual places where the timber is no longer required. Roof beams, floor boards, joists, roof trusses, railway tracks, whiskey barrels, old boats and malt kilns are just a few of the places where reclaimed wood can come from, helping companies specialising in this type of furniture to get their hands on the parts they need to build.

At this point you might be wondering how reclaimed furniture will improve your bedroom. Not only is reclaimed wood great for the environment (through the recycling of natural materials), it can often be stronger and more stable. Lots of people prefer furniture made from wood that has been reclaimed because they feel it adds character and charm to their homes. Wouldn’t it be great if you could add furniture to your home that has been made from recycled materials, has a story behind it and looks amazing? Well you can, and Heyl Interiors is just one of the many great places where you can purchase such eco-friendly items.

4. Pay attention to your staircase

Staircase neglect is a real thing and homeowners need to wise up to the fact that stair parts don’t last forever. If you have lived in the same house for several decades then chances are your stair parts will look a bit worse for wear – especially households with children!

Your stair spindles may be worn and your handrails will undoubtedly be scratched in one place or another. The wood will probably look a lot different in comparison to how it did when you first moved in and your newel caps might have succumbed to a range of knocks and scrapes from staircase users over the years. In short, the older your stair parts, the more likely it is that they will need replacing.

Replacing your stair parts is a fantastic way to revitalise your staircase, adding a fresh new look to the hallway and landing in your home. UK Stair Parts is one of the leading choices for stair handrails, spindles and baserails, offering a wide range of oak, hemlock and chrome staircase parts to suit a diverse range of homes.

5. Invest in a more comfortable mattress

If you’ve had the same mattress for many years, it might be that you have become so used to it that you don’t want to try something new – this can be a problem though. You might not realise this, but your naïve mattress attachment might actually be holding you back from getting a better, more comfortable night’s sleep in which you wake to feel more rested and revitalised.

Todays mattresses have undergone some serious development and technological changes. Memory foam is just one of the modern-day advancements that has proved to be extremely popular among people that love getting a good night’s sleep. Since then, however, mattresses have jumped even further still, with industry leaders ‘Dormeo’ taking things to the next level with their Octaspring mattresses.

Octaspring mattresses are, essentially, memory foam and springs rolled into one, specifically developed to support your body better and help you get a better nights rest. So if you have found yourself searching for different ways to improve your bedroom, why not invest in a new mattress that will help you to feel better about going to bed at night and waking up in the morning… and we all know how difficult the latter can be!

6. Think about how a rug could make the flooring feel

Quite often, large bedrooms with lots of floor space can feel empty and cold. Even by making the switch from hard flooring to carpets, a large bedroom can be hard to fill. Of course, most of your furniture will be positioned around the room, next to a wall, neatly in a convenient place. But what on earth do you put in the middle of a large bedroom to fill the void and make it feel more homely?

Of course, you could invest in a rodeo bull if have some serious space to work with, but for most of us not living in a mansion, a rug will certainly do the job.

Whether you reside in a modern or traditional home, there are plenty of rug options out there to suit your tastes. Selectarug can help you to find the perfect rug to fill your empty floor space, improving the way your bedroom floor looks and feels.

7. Add a bit of glamour to the bedroom

There are plenty of ways you can add sparkle to your bedroom to make it a bit more glamourous. Replacing your lightshades, introducing new curtains (see below) and purchasing new bedding are just a few of the conventional ways you can add glamour to your room, without spending too much money.

Introducing a new fancy mirror is another increasingly-popular, glitzy way to improve the way your bedroom looks. Hair, make-up and beauty enthusiasts have turned to Hollywood mirrors with lights to brighten up their lives and add glamour to their bedrooms. The lighting isn’t just for show though. Professional use this type of mirror to ensure even the finest details aren’t missed.

If you’re happy with your current mattress or if you already have a beautiful rug, a Hollywood mirror might be exactly what your bedroom is missing. Turn to Reflections of me when you need some more glamour in your life.

8. Replace your curtains

Generally speaking, your curtains will occupy a fair amount of wall/window space throughout each room. When they are open, they will sit delicately either side of your window. Whilst they are drawn, they will protect you from the light outside, enhance your privacy and add colour to your room.

Depending on the theme of your home your curtains can either make or break the mood. They can complement your windows and help you to coordinate with other soft furnishings throughout your home. They can also blend into the walls and go unnoticed for many years if left to do so. If a considerable amount of time has gone by since you last updated your curtains, why not consider a change to brighten up the room or enhance the theme you have going on? Blackout curtains are a popular choice among people that like to sleep in total darkness, while fitted blinds can help to improve your privacy without blocking out all the light completely.

Dolly’s Interiors are one of the leading choices for made to measure fitted curtains, offering a range of solutions to help you find what you are looking for.

9. The exterior of your property

When it comes to your home, the exterior can be just as important as the interior. A way to improve and add value to your home includes upgrading your patio or driveway. Investing in a new driveway has a number of benefits, especially when it comes to adding value to your property. Having a new driveway at the front of your home will give a great first impression, especially when considering people’s first look at your property. Should you undergo the correct maintenance for your driveway, this will also help as it will keep it renewed.  Whilst installing a new patio can be expensive, the benefits you’ll get from it will outweigh the initial price you paid. It will breakup your garden area and add character to the back of your home, making your outdoor space even better and a place where you will want to spend a lot of time. Overall this will help to add value to the worth of your home, especially if you look after your patio so it stays in tip top condition.

So there you have it, 9 inventive ways to improve your home and give it a new lease of life. Whether you are looking for extra heat in the winter, space saving solutions or alternative décor, we hope we have helped to point you in the right direction. If you still aren’t happy with the way your home looks, you could always move house

Do Gas Engineers need to be Gas Safe Registered?

When it comes to gas services in the UK, it’s now extended beyond just fixing gas kitchen appliances. In addition to gas kitchen appliance repair work, some gas engineers today may undertake central heating installation and repair. Central heating work is highest specialised and gas engineers must have a Gas Safe Registration. Gas Safe Registration is an official stamp for gas safety. By law a gas engineer must be on the Gas Safe Register to carry out any work on gas appliances and gas installation across the United Kingdom. This was introduced in April 2009 regarding supplant CORGI registration. CORGI registration is no longer valid, so you can’t legally work without Gas Safe Registration in situations today.

It is designed to protect property owners from unsafe work situation which may occur. To become Gas Safe Registered, an engineer needs to approve capability in gas related assignments in the UK’s recognised assessment centres. The aim of the registration is to maintain records of experienced gas engineers, as many gas heating professionals in the UK offer gas heating services, so it’s important that they should be Gas Safe certified. Only Gas Safe certified engineers are permitted to undertake gas work.

Before hiring a gas engineer for your gas work, you must check what work they are qualified for, you can do this by asking them questions about their qualifications. This can also be verified by a registration, they’ll have been given an ID number, all authentic Gas Safe Registered engineers will carry ID cards. The main points of an authentic Gas Safe car include…

  • Security hologram
  • Full contact details
  • Issue and expiry date
  • The services provided
  • Updated qualifications
  • Areas of work that they are qualified in

The point of this certification is all about your safety, if an unprofessional Gas Safe registered engineer does your gas job, you could be risking the safety of you and your property. Gas leakage can cause irreparable damage to property and lives. If by any chance a gas leakage occurs in a building, only Gas Safe registered engineers can fix the problem. So before hiring an engineer, make sure that they are on the Gas Safe Register. Even when it comes to regular servicing of your central heating radiators, a Gas Safe Engineer can save you money on energy bills.

For more info, simply call the team at Heat-Tec today.