Category: Home Improvement


Kitchen Heating Ideas


Heating your kitchen is often the last thing on your mind when it comes to choosing radiators or heated towel rails for your home.
For a start, most kitchens are warm when we’re at home because we’re using them to cook in.
With the oven on, the need for a radiator is much diminished. The residual heat from your cooker is quite enough to heat the room, particularly when you’re making a Sunday roast for example.
But, unless you’re practicing for the Great British Bake Off, you aren’t always going to be cooking or baking are you?
So when choosing a radiator for your kitchen there are a few different considerations that you’ll have to make.

 

    • The space available to you

 

    • What type of interior walls you have

 

    • The required heat output

 

    • Whether you’re a cook or a takeaway kind of person

 

Each of these things are very important.

YOU ARE NO CULINARY WHIZZ!

For example, if you have limited wall space, but don’t do much cooking, you’re going to need a large oversized vertical designer radiator.
The reason for this is that – as a person that doesn’t do much home cooking – the chances are you won’t benefit from much residual heat from your stove.
Therefore, you’ll need to make up for the shortfall with a radiator or towel rail that kicks out a fair amount of heat.
With tall, slim-line vertical radiators you can save space without having to compromise on the heat output.
There are many types of this radiator available, from flat panelled designs to more tubular installations – both of which are perfectly suited to finishing your kitchen perfectly.
When choosing a radiator such as this – one that is tall and often quite heavy – it’s also vital that you take into consideration the type of walls you have.
If you are lucky enough to have strong brick walls in your kitchen, then there is no danger of it falling off the wall when you’re making a brew. But if you have stud walls and plasterboard around your kitchen, then it may be a good idea to invest in a floor mounting kit to ensure safety of the radiator.
An example of a floor mounting kit attached to a radiator can be seen here; it simply adds an extra bit of support to the radiator and also introduces a different style dimension too.

HEAT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST CONSIDERATION

There a lot of different choices you can make when choosing a radiator, but it’s really important to remember what the primary job of a radiator actually is – to heat your space.
It’s all well and good choosing a radiator that looks awesome – and that’s quite easy to do if you check out our collection – but if it doesn’t adequately heat your room, what is the point of it being there?
Without the required heat output, all you have is a relatively expensive box of metal that gets a little warm every now and then.
What you need to do, to ensure that you have the correct heat output requirements before parting with your cash, is to make use of a BTU Calculator.
Taking into consideration what is above, below and beside the room, what type of windows you have and the overall size of the space, a BTU calculator will determine the level of heat that you require to leave your space toasty and warm.
There are loads of ways to calculate BTUs online, just google BTU calculator and you’re half way to getting your hands on a rad that’s perfect for your kitchen.

To discover more about kitchen heating, radiators and so much more, why not pay a visit to Best Heating, where you’ll find all the very latest radiator innovations?
Stay safe and happy heating!

6 Tips to Prevent Mold Growth

September 2, 2017

Home Improvement

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Mold spores are a regular part of indoor air and live on walls furniture and clothes in the humid climate of Palm Coast, Florida. Usually mold comes from outside sources, although regular household cleaning will keep levels low. regular heavy duty cleaning of shows and baths where spores accumulate is essential for a healthy home.

If your Florida home has a significant level of mold growth, however, that’s cause for concern. Spores can flourish wherever there is a leak, flood or high levels of humidity. This growth usually leads to high levels of airborne mold, which in turn triggers additional growth as spores travel to other areas inside your Florida home that also have high moisture levels.

An extensive mold infestation damages your Florida home’s interior and its furnishings. including carpets and cabinets. Over time, uncontrolled mold growth can even invade structural elements. Even though there is no practical way to eliminate all mold, keeping your home as clean and dry as possible can prevent extensive damage.

Damage to your Palm Coast, Florida, home and possessions is only one reason to keep it clean. Mold also presents potential health risks to individuals with allergies or respiratory problems.

Adverse effects of molds include allergic reactions, infections, irritations and in some cases can even be toxic. Symptoms of adverse mold reactions include wheezing, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, nasal congestion, sneezing, eye and throat irritations, fatigue and headaches.

To avoid such problems, here are some tips to help keep your Palm Coast, Florida, home from becoming a mold breeding ground.

1. Vent bathrooms, dryers and other moisture producers to the outside
2. Ensure that all air conditioning vents have unrestricted air flow
3. Use dehumidifiers for basements and crawlspaces
4. When cooking, use the kitchen exhaust fan
5. Install sufficient installation on piping, air ducts and basement walls to retard the formation of condensation
6. Use moisture sensor alarms in areas where water back-ups and overflows frequently occur to avoid leaks and similar problems.

By following these simple rules in your Palm Coast, Florida, home you’ll have a healthier residence and avoid the need for extensive mold remediation.

The Importance of a Summer/Fall HVAC Tune-Up

September 2, 2017

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With summer coming to a close and fall right on its heels, it’s hard to imagine that it’s already time for another HVAC system tune-up. However, your community based HVAC contractor recommends these for one simple reason: there is no worse time to be without heat than in the middle of the coldest day of the year.

Having fall maintenance performed on your HVAC system can often guarantee that you will not see or experience a single breakdown during those cold winter nights we all dread so much.

When it gets cold and your system breaks down or fails entirely, people are left wishing they had just signed up for that annual maintenance.

So, what can you expect from your technician during a maintenance visit? This might include, but is not limited to:

– Verifying that the thermostat is accurate, the heat anticipator is set, and advising the homeowner to change the batteries

– Checking for updates and faults

– Cleaning flame sensor or pilot assembly

– Cleaning the condensate trap

– Inspecting the heat exchanger

– Checking the venting

– Checking the rubber drain tubing for obstructions or cracking

– Checking the electrical connections

– Checking the filter(s)

– Checking and adjusting gas pressure to manufacturer’s specifications

– Checking temperature rise

– Turning the furnace off and on at thermostat to verify operation

– Setting the thermostat to the homeowner’s preference

Not only does maintenance keep your house comfortable, it can help with detecting problems early on and potentially save you hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars. An experienced HVAC technician will be able to spot areas that might cause your unit trouble and prevent a small and easy fix from turning into a costly repair down the road.

This short maintenance visit can often extend the life of your HVAC unit and will make sure you get the most out of your system.