While the majority of homes in the UK are kept warm by gas central heating, a vast number still rely on electric heaters instead, but what are the pros and cons and how can a Rointe electric heating system make your home more energy efficient?
Why choose an electric heating system?
Electric heating systems have a reputation for being expensive to run and in some cases – for example, with storage heaters – difficult to regulate. But (as with most things) there’s another side and there are numerous benefits to installing electric heating, such as:
Typically, cheaper and less disruptive to install than gas central heating which requires pipes and a […]
Stay warm and safe this winter with these electric blanket tips
As the weather gets colder, many of us will be turning to our electric blankets for extra warmth. But, like all electrical items, they should be handled with care. Around 5,000 fires in the UK every year are caused by electric blankets but taking a few simple precautions can help prevent damage and injury – here’s what to consider.
Look for the safety mark
When it comes to electrical items, don’t let thrift get in the way of safety. The advice from the charity Electrical Safety First is to never buy a second-hand electric blanket.
Moving home is both exciting and stressful, from organising surveys, packing and sorting out essentials like insurance and utilities, it’s all too easy to overlook things like the electrics. But having wiring checked during the conveyancing process could save you time and money in the long run.
Data from charity, Electrical Safety First shows that homeowners spend an average of £1,704 sorting out electrical problems when they move into a new property – money that could be easily saved by a simple assessment called an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Despite this, the charity says that just 37% […]
Christmas shopping and the hunt for new year deals can sometimes lead to throwing caution to the wind – after all, everyone loves a bargain. But when it comes to buying electrical goods, it
should always be safety first. So, if something seems a bit too good to be true, it very often is.
Despite this, figures from charity Electrical Safety First show that one in three UK buyers has unwittingly bought a fake electrical item online – running the risk of fire or electric shock. To make sure you and your loved ones stay safe this Christmas and […]
If we run out of sockets, most of us wouldn’t think twice about plugging in an extension lead – after all, that’s what they’re for. But before you load up another extender, double check that it’s safe to do so because overloading a socket comes with some very real risks which could pose a hazard in your home.
Know your socket’s limit
Sockets come with limits – in the UK they can take a maximum of 3000 watts or 13 amps (13A). In practise, this means you should plug no more than this into any one socket.
Plugging too many appliances into one extender or socket can overload it, […]
Research from house builder David Wilson Homes reveals that more than 50% of UK householders have carried out somesort of DIY project in the last 12 months. And for many of us, doing it ourselves is a great way to improve our homes at a fraction of the cost. But there’s one area that really is best left to the experts – and that’s the electrics.
Who is NICEIC?
Electricity can be fatal so it’s always best to call in the professionals – just to be on the safe side. But in the UK, there are no formal, statutory qualifications to become an electrician – although ‘industry recognised’ credentials […]