Month: November 2014

10 Ways to keep your home warm without turning on the heating

With ever soaring energy bills, it’s a good idea to look at alternative ways of keeping your home warm that don’t involve turning on the heating! Here are 10 surprisingly simple but cost effective strategies from the team at Anchor Pumps to help you keep heating costs down this winter…

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1. Open up those curtains and blinds on sunny days and let the warmth of the sun into your home. The air temperature outside might be chilly but sunlight through glass is effective on even the coldest days.

However, don’t forget to close your curtains and blinds once the sun goes down. Thick and thermally lined curtains provide excellent insulation.

 2. If your home lacks double glazing, then you will be losing a large amount of heat through the glass. This can be remedied inexpensively by using transparent film that attaches to the window frame and which replicates much of the insulating effect of double glazing.

3. Keep the doors of unused rooms closed so that warm air is not lost into them and wasted, thereby confining the warmth to the rooms that are in use.

4. Many homes have fireplaces that are merely decorative. If you don’t use yours for venting gases then it doesn’t need to be open and it’s probable that you are losing heat through it – so why not brick it up? Try blocking it off by using a chimney balloon to fill the space, which can easily be removed at a later date if the flue is required again.

5. Radiators attached to external walls can lose vast amounts of heat into those walls – a top tip is to reflect that heat back into the room by using tin foil. Although you can use kitchen foil, there is available a foil that is especially made for the purpose of wall insulation from a number of DIY stores.

6. Move large items of furniture away from radiators. You want to be warming the air, not the back of the settee.

7. Be on the lookout for small draughts. These indicate that household heat is being lost, and can be getting in via the letterbox or cat flap. A letterbox with a brush inside allows access while cutting down on air flow and the cat flap can be hung with insulating material such as wool.

8. Talking of draughts, the gaps beneath doors can be filled in the simplest way by the use of a home-made draught excluder. Old tights stuffed with material work a treat!

9. Insulate your entire house, especially the loft area. There will be a small initial outlay, but it will save you pounds in the long run and you can further save money by doing this easy job yourself

10. As well as heating bills, the cost of water can also top up those winter bills. The colder winter months may make baths seem more desirable than taking showers, but you will see greater energy savings through taking short showers. Water loss can also be caused through running taps while you wait for the water to heat up – domestic heating pumps with AUTOADAPT technology can also assist with this, the unique technology monitors your home’s water consumption patterns, so water is always hot and ready to use when you and your family need it.

View more money saving tips in our great Infographic- “Saving money on heating and water bills”.

5 Home heating myths that could be costing you money!

Heating our homes is one of the biggest expenses that we face, so anything we can do to keep costs down is worthwhile. Controlling your system properly is the first step, yet despite the fact that heating controls are fairly simple, many people don’t really understand how they work or most importantly how to use them effectively.

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A recent survey by IPSOS Mori for the Energy Saving Trust reveals that there are some common myths about heating controls which could be costing you!

Turn up the heat when it’s cold outside
More than half of those surveyed turn up the thermostat when the outside temperature drops. However, if you have your thermostat set to a comfortable indoor level you shouldn’t need to adjust it whatever the weather outside, it will turn the heat on and off as required to maintain your preferred level.

Heat the house faster by turning up the thermostat
Over a third of people do this, but the thermostat doesn’t control how quickly your house heats, just the temperature it reaches. If you turn the thermostat up all it does is heat the house to a higher temperature and means you’re wasting valuable fuel.

Leave the heating low all the time
38% of people believe it’s better to leave the heating on a low setting all the time. The problem with this is that you’ll often be heating the house when there’s nobody at home, and when there are people in it may not be warm enough. Having said that, if you’re going away during the winter it is worth leaving your heating on to prevent pipes from freezing.

Leave the hot water on so you don’t run out
People with a tank-fed hot water system will often leave the water heating on all the time to make sure they don’t risk running out of hot water. This is wasteful as modern insulated cylinders will keep water hot for a long time after its heated. Even if you do find you need more hot water it’s better to turn on the heating as you require it or use the timer rather than leave it running all the time. Installing a domestic heating pump ensures hot water is readily available to use on demand.

Leave electric storage heaters on
Electric storage heaters are designed to use off-peak electricity to collect energy during the night and release it during the day. But many also have an in-built panel heater so leaving them on may end up using more expensive electricity. Storage heaters usually have input and output controls and you need to balance the output – the heat you need now – against the input – the heat you’ll need for the next day.

8 Steps to install a central heating pump

Central heating pumps are the most vital components of any building’s heating system. They are installed alongside a boiler and lie at the heart of the entire system, circulating hot water from the boiler through ducts to radiators and cooled water back to the boiler to be reheated.

Well-maintained central heating pumps can last for years, but they can and sometimes do fail.Therefore before installing a new central heating pump, it is important to take extra care when removing the old pump.

1. The first step is to switch off the electric power source to the pump and shut down all valves leading to it. The valves can be closed by simply turning them clockwise, and the main water supply to the house should also be turned off before any attempt of removing the pump.

2. The next step is to drain the system. Frist, place a small bucket underneath the pump to catch water bleeding from the system. You need to open a screw that is located at the end of the pump to allow the water to leak out.

3. Ensure to test that the electrical connections are switched off properly and if so, remove them and make sure that you are familiar with the locations of the earth, neutral and live connection points. If you are not confident about switching off the electrical connections or are not knowledgeable about the power points, call a qualified electrician to do the job.

4. Once the above tasks are complete, you will be able to unwind all of the nuts connecting the pump to the pipework and remove the pump from its location – making sure all the time that any old seals are also removed from valves.

5. Now you can start to install the new pump in place of the old one. It’s important to ensure that the new pump’s seals are located correctly and connected tightly to the valves so there is no possibility of water leakage.
6. Reconnect the building’s main water supply, open up the valves and re-fill the heating system. This should show up any leaks. Examine all valves and connection points and tighten any valve or connections that show signs of leakage.

7. Once you are satisfied that the system is running without leakage, reattach all of the electrical connections. Make sure that you are installing earth, live and neutral to the correct points – and if you are unsure on this aspect of the re-fit, contact a qualified electrician.

8. Switch on the main electricity supply to the pump, and if you have followed the steps correctly, the pump should be operating correctly with no loud noises or rattling.

For more tips when installing, watch the following video from the team at Plumber Parts

Shop the full range of central heating pumps online today at Anchor Pumps or call our expert team for advice when it comes to purchasing & fitting your new pump!

Q&A: KSB Pumps Sales Engineer, Jon Stanley

The Anchor Pumps team take great pride in building long lasting relationships with our manufacturers, and KSB Pumps is no exception!

With over 130 years’ experience within the pump industry, KSB provide only the highest quality products which are extremely popular with Anchor Pumps customers.

We spoke with our KSB Pumps sales representative Jon Stanley to find out the secret behind this longstanding manufacturers success, the brands future developments and strong business values that have been in place since the company was founded during Victorian era.

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1. How long have you worked for KSB Pumps?
I have worked at KSB Pumps for a total of 3 years.

2. What do you think makes KSB Pumps such valued a manufacturer?
The KSB brand stands for excellent quality, expert consulting and maximum reliability. We have long-lasting products using innovative technology to meet the very highest requirements in a wide range of applications. We provide technical support to customers, supplying application-specific products and services. This all helps us to build reliable relationships with customers, suppliers and employees.KSB are also committed to the principles of the United Nations Global Compact corporate initiative and foster ecological, fair and sustainable business policies and practices.

3. How has the range of KSB Pumps changed / improved since you joined the team?
As Energy efficiency is becoming more important around the world, our Eta family of pumps have undergone a major overhaul to become amongst the most efficient pumps currently available. With the Eta family, we now offer our customers high-efficiency pumps suitable for a wide variety of applications.

The Etanorm, Etaline and Etabloc series already meet international directives and regulations on reducing energy consumption due to be adopted from 2015 to implement the provisions of the Kyoto Protocol.

In 2012, KSB acquired Danish pump manufacturer Smedegaard with the aim of securing KSB building services/ project business in the areas of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning. Distributed through KSB’s sales organisation, these products are now reaching a broader customer base.

4. What is the main focus for KSB pumps in the next 12 months?
KSB’s new class leading IE4 efficiency SuPremE®  motor. This is already so energy-efficient that it meets the 2017 ErP regulations on lowering energy consumption today.

5. How would you describe the KSB brand in 3 words?
I would have to say quality, expertise and reliability !

Shop the full range of KSB Pumps available at Anchor Pumps today.

8 Hilarious DIY bathroom fails

In a world of DIY enthusiasts, how do you separate the makers from the breakers?

With the humility of knowing that we have all made a DIY blunder at some stage, we should (try) to be tolerant of others’ mistakes. Who hasn’t laid a few crooked tiles, cut the skirting just an inch too short or stood back and guessed the angle of the shelf? We all have, right?

But when it comes to these EPIC DIY bathroom mistakes, when does a fail become a disaster and when does a disaster become…seriously… what were they thinking?! The team at Anchor Pumps take a closer look at some of the best DIY Bathroom blunders!

8. Joined at the hip…this is a little up close and personal for us! 

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7. Attack of the loo role! 

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6. If you want something badly enough…you will find a way

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5. Austerity cuts leave people feeling exposed

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4. Spatial awareness – why and how to improve it…

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3. The ultimate love-seat… synchronised flushing brings you closer

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2. If this was designed for washing your feet – they’ve done a great job! (Thumbs up)

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1. Just wash ‘n go…multi-tasking at its best!

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 Which do you think is the worst DIY disaster? Do you have any photos of comedy DIY jobs?

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