16 April 2018
Causeway Heating Blog - Benefits of Underfloor heating
Underfloor heating has come a long way since the technology was first available. It is now more efficient than ever and has multiple options when it comes to installation depending on your current heating set up.
One of the biggest benefits of underfloor heating is that is distributes heat evenly and consistently throughout the room. Traditional radiators heat the air around them initially and takes longer to heat the air further away from them. Underfloor heating is more efficient as it heats objects as opposed to air making it quicker and producing radiant heat.
Radiators are traditional placed under or near to windows, which means that if you ever did have to open a window for fresh air whilst keeping the heating on, that hot air is instantly lost out the window. However, the nature of how underfloor heating works and heats the room means that the hot air isn’t immediately lost / pumped out the window and will instead circulate with the cool air coming through the window.
Many of us like clutter free rooms, and simplistic interior design. Underfloor heating caters to this perfectly. You have more space for furniture and don’t have to worry about loosing most of your heating into the back of your sofa!
If you have young children or even pets, underfloor heating can be a safer option for heating your home as it removes the potential of children or animals touching very hot surfaces and hurting themselves.
A final benefit of underfloor heating is that the air remains clear and light, sometimes radiators can make rooms feel stuffy and stale as they can end up over heating the room. Underfloor heating is linked to thermostats and so automatically go off when the temperature is reached to avoid over heating your room.
If you are considering installing underfloor heating we can help, find out more about our service here: https://www.causewayheating.co.uk/underfloor.html
28 March 2018
Latest MEES regulations - what does it mean?
From April 1st 2018 new regulations will be in place to ensure that landlords can no longer rent properties that don’t adhere to these new energy saving rules. Properties that are registered with F or G EPC grades will no longer be able to accept tenants and landlords will need to take measure into reducing their properties energy waste levels.
If you are a landlord this is something you need to investigate immediately, as there will be hefty fines in place (starting from £2000!) that could be issued if you do not comply with these regulations.
As a landlord it is your responsibility to be aware of all your properties’ EPC ratings, and if any are F or G, ensure you are acting on this immediately. It has also been warned that if you have a property that was previously rated E, there is a risk that could be lowered due to the new EPC surveys that are now in place.
For tenants this should be good news, as, although there may be some disruption to your home whilst your landlord installs new boilers or other services to help lower their EPC rating, once that is complete, it should reduce your energy bills as your home will be more energy efficient.
Like with most regulations, there are usually some exceptions, this could include some listed buildings, so you do need to thoroughly check if your property applies.
Landlords may be disgruntled by the new regulations as it does involve some potentially expensive work that needs to be carried out, however, it should make your property easier to rent out in the future. This is because not only will it attract more energy conscious tenants, tenants will also know that their energy bills should be more affordable with a lower EPC rated home.
Like with any regulation changes, it can feel like a big upheaval, however, if you do your research and ensure you understand the requirements and steps you need to take, it can be a simple process. It’s better to be safe than sorry and ensure you adhere to these new regulations as soon as possible to avoid any unwelcome fines.
If you need help installing new boilers or advice on installing a better graded EPC boiler, get in touch with us and we can help!