Nov 4, 2016

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Check Regular For Carbon Monoxide Leaks

THE SILENT KILLEROften called ‘the silent killer’, carbon monoxide poisoning is a household danger which various campaigns have sought to bring to consumer attention – but just why is it important to frequently check for leaks? I sought the answers from  M Bell Plumbing & Heating, a Wallsend Plumber approved by Check a Trade and the Gas Safe Register for the answer:

The hazards

To comprehend why carbon monoxide poisoning is so hazardous, you must first know what it is. Carbon monoxide is a virtually undetectable gas which is odourless, tasteless and colourless. It’s produced by the incomplete combustion of fuels that contain carbon (specifically gas, oil, wood and coal).
Once inhaled, carbon monoxide impairs the transportation of oxygen around the body and long periods of exposure is often fatal. The most significant threat is the fact that it is very difficult to detect – leaving homeowners vulnerable and blind to the risk they might be in.


are your appliances safeThe solution

Carbon monoxide alarms operate in a very similar way to smoke detectors but they are just one way to protect you from the dangerous gas. Regular servicing of your boiler is one other crucial step in the ongoing battle against carbon monoxide poisoning and according to the NHS the most common sources of carbon monoxide leaks are defective or incorrectly installed boilers and gas appliances.

To legally work on gas appliances, individuals have to be Gas Safe registered so always look for this when hiring somebody to service your boiler. The service needs to look at all parts of your home heating – from the boiler to chimneys, flues and appliances – and be performed at least once annually.


When To Undertake a Boiler Service

Prime times to experience boiler issues are when your dependency or usage of it changes – most notably when the seasons change. Boilers are put under a bigger degree of stress throughout the winter season when cold weather prompt us to turn up the thermostat. Having your boiler serviced in advance of this is highly recommended and the period from February to October is normally the ideal time to have your boiler checked if you’d like peace of mind.
To keep an eye on the situation in-between services, carbon monoxide sensors installed throughout your house is a good idea.

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Oct 29, 2016

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System Boilers Pros and Cons

I installed many a boiler in my time refurbishing homes and properties throughout the UK. Not exactly my area of expertise in terms of advice and selection but I worked with an industry leader to offer the best service to my clients. AR Johnson is a gas safe registered plumber in Chorley installing upwards of 1000 boilers annually throughout the North of England. Anthony is one of the most trusted engineers around and the quality of their work is unrivalled but he also happily fields questions from consumers all over the UK who just need a little help and advice when considering a new boiler installation. Every single installation job I took on myself was with the help of Anthony and his team and the article below has been provided by Anthony himself explaining the pros and cons of a system boiler for your home.

So how exactly does a system boiler perform?

A system boiler, (often called a ‘sealed system’) works on the process of stored hot water. However is different slightly as many of the systems associated with a conventional system are self contained within the one housing.

This means that hot water is pumped from the system boiler through the home heating system to the radiators and hot water cylinder, this results in a fast response time and more economical operating costs.

A system boiler is preferred for large homes with multiple bathrooms or en-suites.

Benefits of using a system boiler

System boilers have a variety of benefits these include:

  • Near instant, unrestricted domestic hot water
  • These types of boiler have no tank(s) within your loft area – which is good if you either have no loft area or confined loft space
  • More than one hot tap / shower can readily function at same time


As with all boilers there are some downsides. examples include:


  • Hot water is not instant but is still fairly fast
  • When the water in the storage cylinder runs out you must wait for it to reheat.
  • You’ll have to find space for the cylinder (normally an airing cupboard)

system boiler diagramThe Baxi Megaflo System HE, Baxi EcoBlue System, Baxi Megaflo System Compact GA and Baxi Avanta System Plus are extremely efficient, with a SEDBUK 2005 >90% efficiency. This means lower fuel bills and a decline in your carbon footprint when updating an old, standard efficiency type.

If you’d like to future-proof your home heating system, use free direct sunlight and lower the total amount it costs to heat your water, system boilers are compatible with solar thermal domestic hot water systems, like Baxi Solarflo and the Megaflo eco solar cylinder.



If you are considering a system boiler installation in your property you’ll find the video below from British gas useful:

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