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  1. Should You Turn Your Boiler Off During The Summer?

    Light nights are creeping in and summer is on the horizon. Despite the unpredictability of British weather, temperatures do generally tend to rise - allowing for less dependence on household heating. Open up your curtains and bask in the sun, whilst saving money on your heating bills at the same time. Win-win! 

    This leads to thinking, what benefits could come from turning your boiler off completely for the season? Or is that unnecessary? Read on for information on how to implement efficient heating habits into your home this summer. 

     

    Should You Switch Your Boiler off Over the Summer?

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  2. Which Smart Home Heating Should You Choose?

    Not all smart heating control systems are suited for every lifestyle and home, with some more and less beneficial than others. SMART stands for ‘Self-Monitoring Analysis & Reporting Technology’, and differs from standard heating controls by allowing you to control every aspect of your heating schedule from either a phone or tablet. Although room thermostats and timers allow you to control each room instead of your whole home, as long as you have internet access, smart home heating devices let you control your heating from your phone, no matter where you are in the world.

    Today, we’re running through 7 of the best smart heating thermostats and systems, comparing features, benef

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  3. Installing A Bathroom In A Loft

    The past few months have led to many of us spending more time in our homes than ever before, which may have got you thinking about how much room you need. If you’re in need of extra space in your home, you may be considering a house move, although you may not want to leave your current property. Perhaps an extension is on the cards. But this requires planning permission and a hell of a lot of building work. 

     

    Another option is to utilise your loft space. This area isn’t just somewhere to store your Christmas decorations and stuff you no longer use. A loft can be used for so many things. 

     

    One way in which many are using their loft, is to create a bathroom. Whether you want a second bathroom or make more space on the first floor for a bigger bedroom, this is a great use of space that you already have. 

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  4. The Importance Of Home Security At Christmas

    Christmas: a time for family, friends, good cheer and unfortunately, burglaries. 

     

    There are sadly many reasons why Christmas time encourages burglaries and break-ins, from storing presents beneath the Christmas tree to empty homes during Christmas shopping trips, the little things we love at Christmas can make us more vulnerable to crime than we think. 

     

    Over the festive period alone, home burglaries increase by an average of 20%, with a usual spike of 25% after the clocks go back in October. 

     

    With such an increase, Christmas is the most important time of the year for home security.

     

    Today, the team at Monster Plumb are sharing our favourite Christmas home security tips to help you keep your family

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  5. Reducing Heat Loss In The Home

    Heating of the home is essential during the colder months of the year and is easily delivered through central heating and radiators. But heat loss in the winter is a problem that many of us face here in the UK. It’s an issue that not only affects your wallet but our environment too. So how can you prevent heat loss in the home during those chilly days of winter? 

    How Much Heat Is Lost?

    Depending on your property, heat loss can differ per household. But according to The Green Age, up to 25% of heat can be lost through your roof, whilst 35% can escape through gaps in walls, windows and doors*.

    Where Does It Escape? 

    As mentioned above, the most common places for heat to escape from the home are roofs, windows, doors, walls and even through your floors too. 

    What Causes Heat Loss?

    There are several things which can lead to heat loss. Lack of insulation in walls and the loft, i

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  6. Improving Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

    Improving your home’s energy efficiency is vital when it comes to protecting both the planet and your wallet. From reducing heat loss in the home to installing energy-efficient appliances, there are a lot of different ways to make energy-saving home improvements that make a big difference to your energy bills. Here are our top 10 ways you can help improve energy efficiency in your home.

    Install a smart home heating system

    Smart home heating systems allow you to have full, accurate control over the heating in your home, ensuring no unnecessary energy is wasted.

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  7. How To Care For Pipes and Boilers - Keeping You Warm This Winter

    One thing we’ve learned over the years is that it’s never too early to prepare for winter when it comes to pipes and boilers. Every year we are inundated with horror stories of homes being left without water and central heating due to freezing temperatures.  So, with winter just around the corner (sorry guys) this blog will advise on how to keep pipes from freezing, what to look out for and how to protect them.

     

    What happens to pipes when they freeze?

     

    If you’ve had the misfortune of frozen pipes, you’ll know it's always impeccably timed . . . during the morning rush, just before a night out or right as you’re due to have people over!  So what is it that causes pipes to freeze?  Well, as water freezes, it expands, which causes a build up of pressure which can ultimately lead to cracked, or worse, burst pipes.  

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  8. The Big Debate: Plastic Pipes vs Copper Pipes

    If ever there was a topic to ruffle plumbers feathers, it’s the age old debate of copper pipes vs plastic pipes.  Some swear by copper and its ability to stand the test of time, whereas others prefer the speed and ease of using plastic piping.  But which are best for your home?  Well, our team of experts are here to thrash it out.

     

     

    Benefits of Plastic Piping?

     

    Plastic piping is fast becoming the go to choice of modern plumbing and it’s not hard to see why with a range of benefits including:

     

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  9. LST (Low Surface Temperature) Radiators - A Buyers Guide

    While low surface temperature radiators (we’ll call them LST radiators for short) are nothing new to the heating industry. LST radiators have long served a purpose in protecting young, vulnerable and elderly adults from accidental burns for a number of years now, and have been a stipulation within many buildings such as hospitals, schools and care homes.  An outer casing provides a barrier between the person and the heating element, which maintains a much lower temperature of no more than 43°C, which is a considerable drop when compared against a standard radiator where the surface can reach a staggering 75°C.

     

    So How Do LST Radiators Work? 

     

    Much the same as conventional radiators, LST radiators use a convection heating system whereby air is pulled in through the bottom grill, it then travels up as it's hea

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  10. How To Improve Home Security With Smart Security Devices

    What if I told you that smart technology could secure your home with a few simple devices?  No clunky boxes, no mass of controls, just state of the art technology controlled by you, from virtually anywhere in the world, pretty impressive right?!  

     

    Gone are the days of panic stricken thoughts as you jet off on holiday wondering if you’ve left the light, heating or washer on. With smart technology you can log in to any device that's connected to check, switch off or amend, giving you peace of mind wherever you are.  

     

    So What Are Smart Devices And How Do They Work?

     

    In today's fast paced society, convenience is everything, so it’s no surprise that connected technology is gathering momentum.  Your smart phone, your heating, your music, slowly but surely smart technology is

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