Month: May 2019

How to Stay Cool this Summer

With a heat wave set to engulf the UK this weekend, it got us all thinking – how do we stay cool when the mercury soars and why would an electric radiator be of any use to us? To help us all stay fresh this summer, we have put together some of our top tips from our experts at Electric Heating Expert to keep us all cool, calm and collected.

Cotton Fresh

Tossing and turning during those balmy evenings needn’t be the case, simply switch your bed sheets for lightweight cotton and switch over to a lighter Summer duvet, the lower tog rating will help to keep you cooler.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water when we are out and about is usually second nature for most of us, but when it comes to bedtime perhaps not. By ensuring that you stay well hydrated you can avoid dehydration following a sweaty night’s sleep. Caffeine and alcohol should also be avoided when it is particularly hot and humid.

Cold Showers

Perhaps not for everyone granted, but a cold shower can do wonders for lowering your core body temperature and make getting into bed that bit more bearable.

Fan Assisted

We haven’t lost the plot don’t worry, we are of course actually referring to an actual fan, you know the ones that keep the air moving and therefore make you feel cooler? By closing your windows during the day time and keeping curtains shut you can keep sunlight out and help to create a cooler atmosphere with the use of some strategically placed fans. Want to maximise the cool factor? Place some ice in front of the fan in a bowl and the air will automatically feel cooler as the ice slowly melts.

Switch Off

Switching off lights and turning off your cooker and dishwasher can all help to reduce the amount of heat that is retained within your household, but don’t forget to also switch the settings on your radiators if you don’t already have one from our fantastic range.

Eat Your Way Cool

Eat smaller meals to help reduce your metabolic heat. You eat curry to help your body sweat and thus reduce your core body temperature. And, of course, don’t forget the trusty ice-cream or ice lollies for a temporary fix.

Keep Your Pets Cool Too

Of course, we couldn’t forget one of the most important members of your family, if you have a dog or cat then a cooling mat is a great way to help keep them cool. Just like us, they also need plenty of water to keep hydrated. Remember to avoid walking pets during the midday sun, when the roads are extremely hot, and can cause blisters on their paws.

Invest in one of Our Electric Radiators

Our range of electric radiators have a whole host of built in benefits which will help to lower your household energy consumption and heating output during those hotter periods:
• They automatically shut down when windows or doors open thanks to a built-in sensor.
• They use in conjunction with a smart hub WIFI gateway, so you can control the temperature of your electric heating with the use of your smartphone, even when you are away from home.
• 24/7 programming means that you have full flexibility over controlling the temperature on your device.
• Holiday mode also means you can take control of your heating when you are away for longer periods.

Are you interested in how our electric heating experts can help you to stay cool this summer?

Give us a quick call on 01252 560770 or alternatively speak to one of our experts

First Time Buyers – A Checklist for New Homeowners

Getting married, having a child and, of course, buying your first home are all major chapters in our lives and are renowned for also being some of the most enjoyable but stressful periods. At Electric Heating Expert, we appreciate that when it comes to the electrical side of things, you may not necessarily know what the pitfalls are. To help make the home buying process that little bit less stressful, we have put together a checklist for you below:

What are the Monthly Costs?

When viewing your dream home, it is a good idea to enquire about the average monthly costs for gas and electricity bills, as these will need to be factored into your future outgoings.

Home Inspection

Getting a home inspection carried out before signing on the dotted line is always advised, as superficial touches such as granite worktops, built in ovens, freshly painted walls and new tiles can hide a multitude of dangerous defects. Defects, from issues with electrical cabling, fuse boxes, electric heating circuits, and mains earthing, to water and gas supply and much more.

Once a qualified electrician has conducted a thorough survey of the property, they will then be able to sit down with you and discuss the results of the survey and identify any potential areas for concern.

However, it is advisable that you request a formal investigation or EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) as this will cover all areas such as fixtures, fittings and the safety of any electrical installations. In addition, to the above the EICR will also look at:

• Fire detectors and hard-wired smoke alarms.
• Consumer units and fuse boards.
• Boilers.
• Panel and storage heaters.

Who is Qualified to Carry Out a Property Survey?

When requesting a property survey, it is a good idea to double check that your surveyor is a member of one of the following organisations: the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) or the Residential Property Surveyors Association (RPSA) both of whom offer different levels of surveys, which will of course be reflected in the price. It is important to note that the type of survey you will require will all depend on the type of property and its age.

House Viewing

Of course, when you go to visit your dream house or flat, there are things you can do whilst you are there to ensure that the property meets your requirements. We have listed below a few suggestions to help you feel more confident when it comes to putting an offer in and perhaps even reconsidering whether or not you are happy to pay the full asking price:

• Do the light switches work in each room?
• Are there any signs of damp/mould or condensation?
• Are there any exposed wires?
• How many power sockets are there and are they placed in convenient locations?
• What is the service history like for the boiler and is it noisy?
• How old is the fuse box and when was it last checked?
• What is the property’s rating for energy performance (EPC)? This will determine how much energy you use and have an impact on your monthly running costs, as mentioned earlier.
• Does the property benefit from a conservatory? Is heating already provided or will you require one of our electric radiators?
• Is gas central heating available or will you require electric radiators?
• Is the property well insulated? The better the insulation the lower your energy bills will be.

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