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A Guide to Heating

Electric Fires and Heating

Electric heaters are usually 1, 2 or 3 kw. 3 kw equates to 13 Amps which can be used in a normal 13 Amp plug socket. These heaters have electrical elements - either electric elements on their own, or electrical elements with a fan - called a fan heater, or an oil filled radiator. In specialised applications such as a conservatory or extension, electricity can also power underfloor heating.

Gas Fires

Gas fires and appliances are always fixed and must be fitted by a Corgi registered fitter (see below). The most efficient form of gas fires are the traditional form, whereby the vertical ceramic plates are heated by the gas flames and they radiate energy into the room. Nowadays, however, people prefer "real flame" fires, which are not as efficient, losing more of the heat straight up the flue. Some real flame fires have a heat exchanger built into the top of the fire to recover some heat from the burnt gases going up the flue.

The running costs of gas fires are cheaper than the running costs of electric fires, in general.

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If you do not have a gas supply to your home, there are a number of gas fires that will run on LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas), or can be converted to run on LPG. Further information on this type of heating can be found on the Calor gas web site.

Note about the fitting of gas appliances:

It is now required in England and Wales (and soon to be introduced in Scotland) that you receive a safety certificate (a "Declaration of Safety") from your official CORGI registered fitter after your appliance has been installed. It will be necessary to keep this certificate as it will form a part of the "Home Information Pack" which was introduced in England and Wales in 2008 (Scotland already have a separate home selling scheme).

Gas Fired Central Heating

Modern gas fired central heating has two main types - unpressurised and pressurised. The unpressurised systems have a header tank, usually somewhere in the loft, and a hot water storage cylinder. The pressurised systems have neither a header tank nor a hot water cylinder, and only heat water on demand as needed. Filling a bath from this type of boiler can take considerably longer than with a system with a hot water storage cylinder.

Solid Fuel

Many people prefer solid fuel heating, especially in remote locations. Solid fuel has some advantages, including low running costs and guaranteed heat in areas where power cuts are likely. A real coal fire is an attractive feature in a living room, although it does create dust and inconvenience having to restoke the coal. However, the ventilation effect produced by heat rushing up the chimney means that pollens and allergens are reduced, which may be beneficial to hay fever and asthma sufferers.

Gas & Electric Fires and Heating at B&Q
- Over 90 gas, fires and solid fuel fires to choose from. Also central heating, fireplaces and fireside accessories, hearths, mantels and back panels, heaters, radiators and radiator cabinets.
- A huge range that includes central heating pumps and components, radiators, valves and covers, central heating pumps and controls, immersion heaters, flues and boilers.
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Hot Floors
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- A wide range of heating appliances, fireplaces and accessories, with free UK mainland delivery.
Limestone Fires
- Contemporary and traditional fire surrounds and fireplaces made from marble, granite or limestone.
Cast Iron Fires
- High quality reproduction Victorian, Edwardian and period cast iron fireplaces.