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How to Make Your Bathroom Feel Bigger

If you're anything like the average home in the UK, then your bathroom is relatively small. For those of us who love baths, and love to relax in the bathroom, this isn't a good thing. They can make the space feel oppressive.


Nobody wants to spend time relaxing in a space that feels suffocating.


Fortunately, even the smallest of bathrooms can be made to feel larger if you know the tricks of the trade. In this article, I am going to teach you some of the things that you can do to help make your bathroom feel much bigger.


Paint it in a light colour


The first thing to do is to make sure that you choose the correct colour scheme. In general, if you want a room to feel bigger, you must paint it a light colour. White is the best paint to use as it reflects the most light around the room.  A darker paint will absorb the light and this will make the room feel darker. 


When choosing your paint colours make sure that it has a satin or eggshell, and even gloss, finish, as this will increase the amount of light that it reflects through the room. You can even buy paint with light reflective particles. This will further enhance the effects.


 Increasing the amount of light in the room will really help, so be sure to add a mirror or two to help with the effect.


Get rid of the radiator


 There's no doubt about it, definitely do need a source of heat in the bathroom. If you do not have heat, the bathroom can develop damp and mildew.


Unfortunately, this means that you have to have a radiator. At least you did...


... Until we invented and perfected underfloor heating accessories!


You can free up a lot more space in your bathroom by removing the radiator and installing underfloor heating instead. This can be problematic if you are using your radiator to dry your towels but if you don't do this, then underfloor heating are a fantastic option. 


If you buy an electric underfloor heating kit, you can install it yourself. This makes the costs much lower than with other types of heating. Furthermore, whilst underfloor electric heating can be more expensive than central heating because you are only installing it in the bathroom, it's actually not going to make that much of an impact on your energy bills.


When buying your kits, make sure that includes underfloor heating accessories too, so that you can do the entire installation yourself.


Buy a smaller suite


The final thing that you can do to help increase the space in your bathroom is to install smaller baths, toilets, and sink. You can buy Deep baths that narrow, which will take up a lot less space but will still allow you to make the most of your bath.


I hope that you have found this article useful and that you now know how to move forward with your bathroom in order to make it feel bigger.

How to Reduce Condensation in Your Home

Condensation is a common problem in UK households. This is because we live in a relatively wet and humid climate. It's also because our houses are well insulated and that traps moisture in as well as preventing it from getting inside.


Condensation in your home is problematic because it can lead to widespread damage. For example, it will make radiators rust faster. There's nothing worse than buying beautiful new vertical column radiators for your bathroom only to have it rust within a couple of months. This is a very common occurrence.


Other problems that can happen with condensation is damage to wooden structures, such as floorboards; an increase in the amount of mould and mildew in the home; and a general bad smell.


Clearly, if you're anyway house-proud, or just pretty much normal, these are problems that you want to avoid.  We're going to teach you how.


The leading corporate with condensation is a lack of ventilation. You have to make sure that there is adequate airflow throughout the house. Here are some things that you can do to help ensure the airflow is good:


1. Make sure that you have airbricks and that they are not obstructed on the outside or inside of the building. You should clean your bricks now and again using cotton buds to ensure that they are open and flowing. You can even buy airbricks that have ventilation. Electric air bricks with extraction fans that draw the air out of the property on one side and into the property on the other side. It's still really hard to manage problem condensation.


2. Make sure that all of your extraction fans work. If you have extraction fans in the bathroom and kitchen (and you should because you should generally not rely on the window only), and you need to make sure that they work and let you use them when needed. You should use extraction fans whenever you have a bath shower whenever you are cooking food.


3. Make sure that you open the windows in your property for at least 10 minutes a day: you need to air your property out regularly. This means you must open the window at least 10 minutes a day every day. Of course, if the weather is very bad, you don't have to do this, but the first available clear day, make sure those windows are open.


The next part of the equation is heated. You need to have an adequate amount of heat alongside the ventilation to draw the moisture out of the air and furniture. You need to make sure that you have good radiators in every room and that they are sufficiently hot. For example, if you buy vertical column radiators, make sure that they can provide enough heat for the room as this style of radiator tends to be the less efficient and the horizontal radiators are.


Taken together, ventilation and heat will minimise the amount of moisture in your property and this will reduce the amount of condensation that is. If you have severe condensation, though, you will have to call in the specialists to deal with it. You must do this as it can cause widespread problems in your property.


How to Make the Most of Your Victorian Hallway

The vast majority of Victorian homes in the UK have the same hallway. It is very narrow, about 2.5m long, with a large ceiling, and usually an arch at the top.  


I have one in my home so I understand completely how inconvenient (but beautiful) they are.  They are so narrow that it can be somewhat inconvenient - and let's not even get started on getting the furniture through the door!


Fortunately, there are plenty of things that you can do to maximize your Victorian hallway and turn it into a little sanctuary as you walk through the door. In this article, I am going to look at some of the things that you can do to help make the most of your hallway.


Paint It in a Bright, But Warm, White


To make the space feel bigger, paint it in a light colour, preferably white. This will make the space feel larger and more welcoming, rather than oppressive, which can happen if you paint it a darker colour.


Make sure that you choose a paint that you can wipe clean because the size of the hallway means that it's common to scuff the walls.  Having a paint that you can wipe down will help a lot.


Dealing with the Radiator


Unless you have underfloor heating, you should have a radiator in the hallway because it will help to increase the efficiency of the home heating. By having the radiator in the hallway, it minimises the cold getting in from outside. 


However, because the hallway is tiny, a radiator can feel cumbersome.  There are three ways to deal with this:


  1. Buy a single panel radiator that's sits very flat to the wall. Make sure that you buy one that is highly efficient and can produce as many BTUs as the multi-panel radiators. If you don't, you're just going to end up wasting money because you won't be able to heat the hallway properly.
  2. Buy tallradiators instead of horizontal radiators.  While they will still take up some space, they will be much less pronounced than with the horizontal radiators.  They also have the bonus of looking better than traditional radiators.
  3. Buy a radiator cover to place over your existing radiator and choose one that has additional features, such as storage space for shoes or keys. Whilst this won't make the hallway feel any bigger, it will feel more practical and as if it's being put to better use.


Install a Mirror


The Mirror has the same advantage that painting the room white has. It increases the amount of light in the area and makes it look bigger.


A great tip here is to buy tall radiators with a mirrored surface. You're killing at least three birds with one stone here because you're providing heat for the hallway, maximizing your use of space, and providing yourself with a full-length mirror as you go out the door - perfect for making sure you look the part before you step out into the wider world.


I hope that you found my text useful for Victorian hallways are beautiful if you get them right they set the tone for the entire house.

Tips and Tricks for Adding a Contemporary Twist to Any Room

Are you fed up with your interior design? Is it looking a bit dated? Do you feel as if you're somehow stuck in a time warp again as if we were in the 70s? If so, it's time to modernise.


In this article, we are going to discuss the various things that you can do to add a contemporary finish to the rooms in your home.


Take an understated approach


One of the best things about a modern style is that it is understated. This means you don't have to do that much to create a great look. Just adopt the minimalist approach to interior design, especially in your colour scheme.


What this means in practice is that you should be using neutral colours from soft palettes, such as whites and light mushrooms. These lighter colours instantly transform a room in give it a modern Twist.


Choose the right style of radiator


Upgrading your radiators can help modernize any room. If you currently stick to the traditional style of radiators - the white corrugated radiators - then you are 100% missing a trick.


A great style of radiator to create a contemporary look is column radiators. This style of radiator is sophisticated and has a timeless elegance to it. That's great because even if fashions changed, the radiator will still look good. 


This is why you will find column radiators in old properties, such as Victorian properties, where they look every inch as good and as elegant as any other style, despite being incredibly old. That's a great fashion tip there: choose classic Styles if you never want to go out of fashion.


Upgrade Appliances


Whether it's your TV that looks out of date, your hob, for your fridge freezer, swapping it for the latest model can make all the difference to space. 


People don't realise just how much appliances catch the eye and how much of an effect they have on interior design.  It is expensive to change your appliances, but it is well worth it if you're looking to create an elegant and contemporary home.


Add a pot plant


Whether it is because we have become increasingly conscious about the environment, or if it is just because we are humans and naturally come from nature, the addition of pot plants and greenery in the home can make a huge amount of difference to how the space feels.


Buying delicate flowers, such as peace lilies, will quickly help to bring a sense of freedom to your space, which will naturally feel modern.


If you want to create a contemporary home, the above advice will help you to do that. Good luck!

How to Make Your Kitchen Feel Bigger with a Few Simple Tricks

Although British homes are known throughout the world for their wonderful style and down-to-earth character, there is one area where we failed to perform: size.


We are a small island and space is at a premium. This means that our houses tend to be on the small side. 


Because we want our living spaces, e.g. our bedroom and our living rooms, to be spacious, we tend to lose space in kitchens and bathrooms to accommodate for the larger living spaces.  This means that our kitchens tend to be on the small side.


Fortunately, there are many things that you can do to help make a space feel bigger. 


In this article, we are going to look at some simple tricks that you can do to help make this space field much bigger.


Make sure that the furniture is small


One thing that can make a room feel small is if the furniture is too big for the room. When it comes to the kitchen, the furniture includes things such as the kitchen cupboards, washing machines, and kitchen radiators.


You can buy all of these things in smaller sizes but still have pretty much the same overall functionality that you have with the larger items. 


For example, a narrow dishwasher may be designed in such a way that it can accommodate as many plates as a larger dishwasher.


As well as paying attention to the fixed furniture, think about other things such as tables and stools. You don't have to buy large items here. The smaller ones will do.


Buy blinds instead of curtains


In any small room, it is always better to invest in blinds that sit flush to the window, rather than curtains that tend to set out a little bit from the window.


Curtains can make the room feel smaller because they are heavier. You can buy thin blinds for the kitchen and this will help create more space.


You might be worried about the amount of light that a thin blind will let in. With kitchens, this isn't an issue, as they don't need a lot of darkness and in fact, darkness can lead to problems such as mould and mildew.


If you do need a blackout blind in your kitchen, then they are easy enough to find. You might not be able to find them with very pretty patterns, but they are certainly out there.


Increase the number of reflective surfaces 


Speak to any DIY enthusiasts and they will tell you that one of the ways that you can create an illusion of space in a room is to ensure that it is like. For example, paint the walls in a light colour, such as white.


Another thing that you can do is increase the number of services that have reflective coatings. For example, you can buy kitchen radiators that are reflective, and you can also add mirrors in the room.


It might sound very simple, but the tricks above will help to make the most of your space.

Why Electric or Dual Fuel Radiators Are the Best Options for Bathrooms

Are you looking to buy a new radiator for your bathroom but aren't quite sure which is the correct choice for you? If so, you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to explain why you should be looking for an electric or dual fuel radiator when choosing your next bathroom radiator.


What Are Electric and Dual Fuel Radiators? 


I understand that all of you will know what an electric radiator is. It's simply are wall mounted radiators connected to the electricity supply. Usually, this has its own independent socket, which does not look, like the 3-point sockets you are used to, but which ties up to your electricity supply anyway.


However, many people are confused by the term ' dual fuel radiator'. A dual fuel radiator is simply one back can draw its energy from either your central heating or your electricity supply.  It is plumbed into the central heating and it is connected to the electricity supply. You simply press a button to switch between both types of supply.


Why Are Electric Radiators or Dual Fuel Radiators Ideal for Bathrooms?


To understand this, you have to understand that the bathroom is an unusual space in terms of its keeps requirements. Because it has a lot of moisture in the air, it requires more heat than other rooms in the house. If you do not adequately heat (and air, so ventilation is important too) the bathroom, it can develop problems with damp.


The problem is that the bathroom generally requires a heat source for much of the year. The exception may be in the height of summer when we experience heat waves in the mid-20s and higher.


With a traditional central heating radiator, to keep the radiator on all through the year (which is what you need to do in the bathroom on all but the sunniest of days), you have to switch on the entire central heating system. This is problematic because it means having hot pipes pumping through the house even when the house is warm. It also tends to increase your energy bills as you are using more energy than you need. 


You only need to use enough energy to heat the bathroom.  Yes, you can switch off each of the other radiators, but not only is this a pain, but it also means that hot water still pumped through the pipes anyway and there is still wasted energy.


Enter wall mounted electric radiators/dual fuel wall mounted radiators:  they offer the perfect solution for heating the bathroom throughout the year. You can keep them independently of every other radiator on the system. With the dual-fuel radiators, you also have the option of switching back to central heating during the winter months. Therefore, these latter type of radiators will both save you money and keep the room hot enough. It's win-win.


How to Choose the Right Radiator When Buying Online

The internet is a wonderful invention and it means that we can buy many items from the comfort of our living rooms. However, because we don't get to inspect these products in real life, we can often end up making mistakes. The same is true of any product, from radiators to wardrobes.


In this article,  we will explain how to buy radiators online and make sure that you are buying something safe and reliable.  For the purposes of this article, we are going to assume that you are based in the UK.


Make Sure You Buy from a UK-Registered Company


The first thing  you need to ensure is that you are buying from a UK registered company. This is because online companies in the UK are regulated by the same standards as any bricks and mortar company is.


In order to make sure that your consumer rights are protected, stick with a UK based retailer.


To establish whether a retailer is based in the UK, simply look for their name or company number on Companies House. You will often find the company number on their website.


Make Sure That You Buy a Reputable Brand


Next, you should make sure that you buy a reputable brand. This way, you know that the quality of the unit that you buy is likely to be of high quality. The only exception may be if the company is starting to go downhill, but that is relatively rare.


There are several big radiator manufacturers in the UK and they are exceptionally good quality. The best brands include Reina radiators, Hudson Reed radiators, and Stelrad radiators.


By choosing one of these manufacturers, you afford yourself a certain level of security that is based on their reputation.


Make Sure That The Radiator Has a Decent Guarantee


When it comes to consumer products, the length of the guarantee almost always correlates with the quality of the radiator, with a longer guarantee being given to better quality products.


Radiators are particularly robust and so they tend to have relatively long guarantees when compared with other products, especially electronic products. A decent guarantee for a radiator starts from around 5 years. You should never buy radiators that have a shorter guarantee than 5 years. 


With the top brands, such as Hudson Reed radiators, you can get guarantees as long as 20 years.  If you have the cash to plump for one of these radiators, then I definitely suggest that you do. They will last a long time and are extremely efficient.


Make Sure The Radiators Caters To Your Needs


Finally, you need to ensure that the radiator caters for your needs. This means that you make sure that the radiator can produce enough heat for the space, has added extras, such as thermostatic radiator valves, and is efficient to run.


As long as you pay attention to the above issues when buying radiators online, you will end up with a decent radiator that will last a long time and will perform efficiently.

Does Your Radiator Need Replacing? Here's How You Know

Many homeowners bury their head in the sand when it comes to replacing radiators. This is because it is relatively expensive.


However, it is a false economy to ignore this problem because a fault with a radiator can cause significant damage to your property. 


It's not always easy knowing when to wave goodbye to your old radiators, but with the help of this article, you will be able to understand when it's time to let go.


Repair or Replace?


The first thing that you need to consider is whether a radiator needs replacing or can just be repaired.


For example, if you have a radiator leak, then look for the source of the leak. If the leak is on a valve, it could just be that the valve needs replacing.


However, if the leak is happening to the radiator itself, then it is definitely time to change your radiator. There are some repairs that you can do, but if the water is escaping from a rust patch, even a repair will not solve the issue because the radiator is likely to get a leak somewhere else.


In short, it is time to change the radiator if it is leaking.


Is the Radiator Under Warranty?


Sometimes, the problem might not be as expensive as you might imagine. If your radiator is less than 5, 10, or even 20 years old, it could still be under warranty.


Check to see if you have any supporting documents or with the manufacturer themselves. If you have supporting documents, or the manufacturer can work out how old the radiator is, then you will be able to have it replaced if it has gone rusty. 


However, if you have caused the leak yourself (e.g. through an accident), then they will not replace it under warranty.


Does the Radiator Look Out of Place?


With a wonderful choice of designer radiators UK, more and more people are choosing to buy radiators that fit with their interior design. In the past, most of us just stop with traditional radiators, but we don't have to do that anymore.


If your radiators look tired, or they simply clash with the style of your property, then consider buying new ones. You don't have to buy a new radiator for every single room around the house, but for your important rooms, such as the living room, it’s not even that expensive to buy a new radiator.


Does the Radiator Cost a Lot to Run?


Radiator technology has come a long way in recent years and if your radiators are old, they might not be as efficient as they could be.


This means that you could be wasting money on your energy bills. Changing the radiator for a newer model can help you to save money on your heating. This is a long-term investment, but it's often worth it, especially if your radiators are particularly old.  Even today's designer radiators UK are much more efficient than 20 or 30-year-old radiators are.


I hope that you now have a good understanding of one it's time to change your radiators. Changing your radiators can prove a fantastic choice for your home for many different reasons. Stop burying your head in the sand. If you need to buy a new radiator, do it today.

Radiators for Your Kitchen: Which Is the Best Choice?

When it comes to buying kitchen radiators, people can often feel confused. Kitchens are unique because they tend to have other heat sources, such as the oven, but also the heat from the constantly running appliances, such as the fridge and freezers. Furthermore, people don’t tend to spend a lot of time in their kitchen.


Given this, the heat requirements for a kitchen are often different to those of other rooms in the house. This makes choosing a radiator for the kitchen particularly difficult.


Fear not. In this article, we are going to explore the things that you need to consider when buying kitchen radiators. This will help to ensure that you buy the correct radiator for the room.


Is a radiator in the kitchen essential?

The first thing you need to establish is whether you need a radiator at all. In most instances, you will, but you generally require a smaller one than compared to another room of the same size.


To establish how much heat you need in your kitchen, you need to use a BTU calculator that allows you to specify that you are buying a radiator for use in the kitchen. This calculator will take into account the added heat sources of this particular room and will return you with the correct heat output needed for the space.


If in doubt, or if you're finding it difficult to source a BTU calculator, simply visit your local radiator retail shop and ask for their advice. They will be more than happy to provide you with your required heat output.


Would you like to dry your tea towels?

Most of us tend to hand our wet tea towels over the oven door. It’s a great way to quickly dry your towels, but it has one drawback: it can make the room look untidy. As well as this, if you have a nice oven, you might not want to hide it with a tea towel.


The ideal solution here is to buy a kitchen radiator that has a towel rail. This gives you an area to dry your towels without making the place look untidy.


Do you need a dual fuel radiator?

One of the problems with kitchen radiators is that you might not want them switched on when the rest of the central heating system is on. For example, during the autumn months, your house might be chilly and you might want to switch on your heating, but there's still enough residual heat for the kitchen to be relatively hot. Turning on the radiator in this room could make it too hot.


A solution here is to buy a dual fuel radiator. This allows you to switch between the central heating and the electricity supply so that you can run the radiator independently. If the kitchen requires heat when the rest of the house doesn’t, or vice versa, you have much better control.


I hope that you have found this article informative and that you now have a good understanding of the sort of things you need to consider when buying a radiator for your kitchen.

Traders Large and Small Benefit from Buying Trade Radiators

You will undoubtedly have researched buying radiators at good prices if you are in the market of changing all your radiators.


At this time of the year it is especially beneficial to have a look at Trade Radiators as prices tend to be lower in the summer months.


Although not everyone can buy radiators at trade prices, there are sites on the internet that will allow it. It’s worth a try if you order heater for your entire property.


If you are a small trader and you need to compete with the big boys, you need to buy quality radiators at sensible prices. You will be able to buy in bulk or just a few depending on the job you are currently doing.


Furthermore there is a wealth of choice to be had, whether it be mass produced and reasonably priced radiators or the high end designer models.


The most popular choice is still the panel radiator as they are reasonably priced and slim-line. This makes them ideal for new homes and apartments as they don’t take up much floor space.


 Another excellent choice is the vertical radiator. Like the panel variety they can be fitted on small wall spaces and since they can be hung high your house buyers can still place an item of furniture underneath.


Of course you will need accessories such as valves and pipework. These can all be supplied by your wholesaler. You need to understand that when you buy heaters, valves are not included in the price.


There are many different valve designs so there is a choice in keeping with the style of radiators you buy. For energy saving, you could have TRVs fitted which allows the consumer to set their required room temperature. The ability to do this will save on energy consumption and, therefore, utility costs.


Other radiators that have become popular with homeowners are bathroom towel radiators. Small bathrooms benefit from these because they keep the room warm and at the same time towels are kept dry and mould free.


Trade Radiators and accessories can be bought from https://www.designerradiatorsdirect.co.uk/trade-radiators/.

5 Things Everyone Should Know About Underfloor Heating

In this article, we are going to look at 5 things that everyone should know about underfloor heating. I buy understanding these five things, you can work out if underfloor heating is the right thing for you or not. 


Many people are put off by underfloor heating because they can see that as a luxury and therefore something expensive. However, underfloor heating cost should not put you off from buying such a system because it might not be as expensive as you imagine. In fact, prices are coming down every year, so read this article for a more objective overview.


Are There Different Systems?


There are two main systems with underfloor heating: electric systems and wet systems.


Which Systems Are Better?


They each have their own advantages and disadvantages. Wet systems cost less to run long term, but more expensive to install. Electric systems are cheaper to install, but cost more to run long term.


The one that is right for you really depends on your circumstances. For example, if you only want to install underfloor heating in a single room and you don't want to pay a lot for installation, then electric underfloor heating can be the best option. However, if you're thinking of kitting out more than one room,  then the wet systems may actually be the best option. 


It all depends on your specific circumstances and so you need to do some research to make sure that you make the correct choice for your property.


Can You Install It On Any Floor Type?


The majority of floors are suitable for underfloor heating. However, there are some types of floors that are unsuitable. These floors are too thick and have too much insulation. This means that the heat cannot escape into the room as easily as if there were less insulation. 


In these circumstances, you need either to change the floor or remove the insulation if you can.   The underfloor heating manufacturers provide guidelines about suitable floors for their products. Before you decide to buy underfloor heating, be sure to check the guidelines to make sure that your floor is suitable. 


If you're unsure, you can always have a floor survey done by a specialist who will advise you of the suitability of your floor for underfloor heating.


How Much Does It Cost To Install?


Installation costs vary depending on whether you are installing an electric system or a wet system. Electric systems are much easier to install and sew underfloor heating cost is cheaper. In fact, it is something that you can do yourself.


Wet underfloor systems are more expensive to install, and will set you back around £75 per square metre. In an average room, that can equate to around £900. It's fairly expensive.


How Much Does It Cost To Run?


Running costs also vary between the two types of underfloor heating. The wet systems are cheaper to run than the electric systems are. To work out how much you have to pay, you will have to use a special calculator that allows you to provide the dimensions of the room, the thickness of the floor, and the type of underfloor heating. This will give you an accurate view of how much it will cost to heat the room you can compare this to your existing costs. 


I hope that you have found these questions useful and that you now have a better idea about whether or not you should be buying underfloor heating.

Underfloor Heating: Your Questions Answered

When it comes to underfloor heating, people have many different questions. It is a relatively new technology and so people are naturally curious to understand why it has become so popular. In this article, we are going to explore some of the most commonly asked questions. We hope that by the time you reach the end of this article, your questions about underfloor heating will have been answered.


Is Underfloor Heating Expensive?


The answer to this question depends. First, if you already have central heating radiators in place or electric radiators, you will have to pay to have your underfloor heating installed. This can be expensive. However, compared to the cost of installing a brand new central heating system, it works out roughly the same, perhaps even a little cheaper. It even works out a lot cheaper if you choose to install an electric underfloor heating system, rather than one of the web systems.


The next issue is the running costs. When you compare central heating radiators to wet underfloor heating, the underfloor heating is cheaper to run than the central heating system. However, when comparing electric underfloor heating with central heating radiators, the central heating radiators are cheaper to run. 


Therefore, a wet system is more expensive to install than an electric system, but it is cheaper to run so the savings workout in the long-term.


Which Is Better Wet Underfloor Heating or Electric Underfloor Heating?


All things being equal, the wet systems are better than the electric systems. However, would the electric systems, they are much easier to install, so they do have a bonus. It's just that the running costs for an electric system are more expensive than for a wet system. 


The issues are identical to those between central heating and electric radiators.  Central heating is generally better than electric heating, but in some circumstances, electric heating is the best choice.


Is Underfloor Heating Suitable for Every Room?


Unfortunately, you have to have the right type of floor to be able to install underfloor heating so that it works properly. If your floor is too thick, it will be too well insulated and this will make the underfloor heating system highly inefficient, as it has to get through a thick layer of insulation before getting into the room. That means that you end up using a lot more energy than you would need to.


Before you decide to buy an underfloor heating system, you need to make sure that you have the correct floor. The underfloor heating manufacturers published guidelines to help you work out whether your floor is suitable or not. You can always ask a heating specialist to come in and check for you too, just to be on the safe side.


What Does Underfloor Heating Feel Like? 


Honestly? Underfloor heating feels amazing. If you get the chance to try it before you buy it, I definitely recommend that you do because it will push you over the edge and make you realise that it was the perfect choice for your home.


I hope that you have found this article useful and informative underfloor heating is a fantastic option and more people should consider having it installed in their property.

Why Stainless Steel Is the Best Choice of Radiator

Have you ever wondered why stainless steel is the most popular choice of radiator? Perhaps you're thinking of buying a new radiator and you're considering stainless steel? If so, you have come to the right place. In this article, we are going to explore the many benefits of using stainless steel in radiators.


Stainless Steel Is Highly Rust Resistant


As far as I know, all metals will eventually rust or show signs of corrosion. The faster this happens, the more damaging it is to the object. In terms of your radiator, rust can lead to all sorts of problems, most notably cracks and leaks. 


Given that radiators contain a lot of water, and water leads to oxidative stress, it stands to reason that they require a material that is highly rust resistant, especially when that radiator is located in a moist room, such as a bathroom or utility room.


Stainless steel radiators are a perfect choice because stainless steel is incredibly rust resistant. It will resist rust for many years and this is why you'll also find that this style of radiator often comes with a much longer guarantee than other types of radiator do. The manufacturers know that these radiators last a long time and they are willing to back up his claims with long guarantees.


Stainless Steel Is A Great Conductor


It is important that a radiator is able to conduct fairly quickly. Conduction is the movement of energy through a material. In terms of radiators, this energy is heat. You want the energy from the water inside your radiator to transfer quickly to the metal so that your home heats up fast and that no energy is lost in the process of transference.


Its high conductivity means that stainless steel is both incredibly energy efficient and excellent at distributing its heat. Heat distribution is important in ensuring that the room is heated in an even manner.  Rooms that have stainless steel radiators tend to have fewer cold patches than rooms that do not. The only exception is with underfloor heating, which is the best heat distributor of all the home heating setups (as long as you place it under a suitable floor)


Stainless Steel Looks Great


Stainless steel is a high-quality metal and as such it has a particularly attractive appeal. It tends to be used in designer radiators because it is exceptionally pleasing to the eye. 


If you're looking for a radiator that has style and class, then stainless steel is definitely up to the job. Cast iron radiators are also great in this respect too, but tend to suit an older property.  If you're looking for the executive look, then you can't go wrong with stainless steel.


We hope that you have a good understanding now about why stainless steel is the most popular choice of radiator material. It has many benefits and whilst it might be more expensive in the short-term, long-term the added costs are well worth it.

What are the benefits of electric radiators in the bathroom?

When it comes to radiators, electric ones tend to have a bad reputation. They are considered expensive and ugly. But this reputation is now ill-deserved. Yes, in the past, it used to be true that electric radiators were more expensive than central heating radiators, but as we move to renewable energy, this will become outdated. 


And because electric radiators are becoming more common, more manufacturers make them and they are experimenting with different designs, so they are no longer ugly.


In fact, in certain circumstances, electric radiators are the best choice. One such circumstance is in the bathroom. In this article, we are going to explore the benefits of electric bathroom radiators.


By the end of this article, you'll understand why this style of radiators becoming increasingly popular for use in the bathroom.


You Can Use Them Throughout the Year


The biggest advantage in having an electric radiator in your bathroom is that you can switch it on the entire year without having to switch on the rest of your radiators and central heating system.


With central heating radiators, you can switch them on whenever you want, but during the summer, you will have to switch on your entire central heating system. You can switch off each individual radiator, but hot water will still be pumped through the pipes and this will make your house feel warm. Given that global warming has made the UK hotter than ever, added warmth is not what you want in the summer.


By using an electric radiator in your bathroom, you can keep it on throughout the year without making the rest of the house hot. Some people like to keep their radiators on in the bathroom so that they can dry their towels every day.


They Are Easier To Programme


You can program an electric radiator individually. With central heating, you can only program the entire system. With the bathroom radiator, it's unlikely that you require heat throughout the day. You will just want to heat the room in the morning or whenever it is that you shower/bath.  Or you will want to dry your towels, which only takes a few hours to do.


That means that you only need heat in your bathroom for a very limited period throughout the year.  You can buy electric bathroom radiators that are programmable so you can set the time for whatever time is convenient. For example, you can set it to come on between 9 and 12 in the morning and then 9 and 12 in the evening.


This is much more efficient than central heating programs and it will help to save you money on your energy bills long-term.


They Are Easy to Install


The final reason to go for electric radiators in your bathroom is that they are easy to install. You just need to hook them up to the electricity supply, which runs throughout the house, and you're good to go. With central heating, you have to make sure that you have the pipework present, and if you don't, it can be expensive to have it installed.


I hope that you now understand the benefits of this style of radiator for your bathroom. They really are a fantastic choice.

Interior Design Rules That You Need to Know

There is nothing better than coming home after a hard day's work to a tranquil, peaceful, space that you love. Of course, if the kids are home, that's not always easy, but as long as it looks good, it will help buff the stress out of the day.


Unfortunately, we can't all be great at interior design and many of us make mistakes. It's not our job, after all, and so it's easy to get it wrong.


If that sounds familiar, then you will benefit from this article. Below, you will find some top rules to follow when redecorating your home.


Rule 1: Always Use Warm Colours in the Home


Home is supposed to be like a nest. It is a human nest at the end of the day. For this reason, it needs to feel welcoming. There might be some of you out there that are very cold-hearted, but I doubt any of them are reading this article.


No, if you're anything like the average person, you want your home to feel cosy and welcoming. This means buying paint or wallpaper in a warm colour. Different colours have warm or cold hues. For example, you can find cold greens and warm greens, cold whites and warm whites.


When buying new paint, don't make the mistake of accidentally buying a cold colour. The paint manufacturer should have details about the warmth of their different colour paints, so make sure that you consult this before settling on a colour.


Rule 2: Light Will Warm Up a Room


The more light that you can get into a room, the warmer it will feel. So try to maximize those things that bring in light, such as using mirrors and buying reflective radiators.


There are also some specialist paints that you can buy that will increase the amount of light in the room, or at least make it feel as if there's more light in the room.


Rule 3: Getting Rid of Clutter Will Make a Space Feel Bigger and More Relaxing


The human brain tends to dislike clutter. This means that if you adopt a minimalist approach to your interior design, it will tend to feel more wholesome.


There are some ingenious ways of doing this. For example, you can choose to undertake underfloor heating installation and do away with your radiators completely. This will free up an entire wall but you can dedicate to other things or just leave as it is. It's actually a great place to hang on of those mirrors.


Rule 4: Use Different Materials and Textures to Make a Room Pop


If you feel like your decor is boring, and you don't understand why, then take a look around the room and see if there are enough materials and textures or if everything's uniform.


When a room is too uniform, it can come across as boring. So you should use different materials and textures to really make that room pop. For example, if you have undertaken underfloor heating installation, where the radiator was, you could hang a mirror or a rug that will bring texture and colour to the room at the same time.


These are some of the rules that interior designers use when creating a new space. By incorporating them in your interior design, you can create a space that is at once welcoming and warm, but also that looks great.

4 Tips That Will Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

The world seems to have finally woken up to the damage that we have been doing to the environment. It's about time that all of us paid attention to the impact that we're having on the world and its ecosystems. If we fail to pay attention, the consequences will be dire.


We have written this article to help you understand how you can make your home that little bit more eco-friendly and try to reduce your impact on the environment.


Tip 1: Don't Waste Water


 We get clean water literally on tap, but it doesn't come cheap. It takes the water companies a lot of energy to clean our water and if you want to reduce our impact on the environment, we need to reduce how much water we use.


This means doing all of the usual things that you probably already know about, such as taking showers rather than baths and fixing leaks.


But there are some more unusual things that you can do too. For example, you can buy central heating radiators that have very low water content. This means not only do you use less water, but you also use less energy to run them too. This is a win-win.


You can also do things like collecting rainwater to feed your plants, rather than using a hosepipe.


Tip 2: Use Natural Cleaning Products


You probably have bleach in your bathroom and if you go and look at bottle now, you'll see that it has a warning label indicating that it's hazardous to marine life. This means that every time you put bleach down the toilet, you're hurting animals.


Instead of using these harsh chemicals, try using some of the natural cleaning products. You can buy them in the shops or you can make them yourself, Kim and Aggie have a good blog about these products.


Tip 3: Install Smart Metres


Installing smart metres for your gas and electricity used really help us understand where you're using too much energy. By tracking this over time, you'll be able to see what things you might be wasting energy on and addressing these problems.


Tip 4: Make Sure the Home Is Well Insulated


A well-insulated house means that you use less energy to heat your home in winter and less energy to cool your home in summer. Your central heating radiators will work much better and more efficiently in a house that is well insulated.


Not only will it save you money, but it will also help protect the environment. Some local councils and governments even have subsidies to help you pay for insulation.


I hope that you have found this article useful and informative. Taking care of our environment is the most pressing cause of our generation and if you want to leave a planet that is fit and healthy for our descendants, we need to act now. All of us.