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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Thermostatic Showers - A Buyers Guide

    If the time has come to update your bathroom, then it’s possible that you will want to change your shower too, so if you’re considering the switch to a thermostatic shower then stick around and we’ll tell you all you need to know so you can install with confidence.

     

    What Is A Thermostatic Shower And How Does It Work?

    The thermostatic shower is a clever bit of kit that is fed by your hot and cold water supply through a thermostatic valve that maintains the perfect temperature as set by you.  The valve allows the system to mix both hot and cold water without the worry of any hot or cold spots, so there will be no sudden change in temperature should someone use a tap or flush the toilet elsewhere in the house!         

     

    Thermostatic Shower vs Mixer Shower - What's The Difference?

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  4. How To Clean Copper Pipes

    If ever there was a trend that demands attention then its the industrial one, with exposed copper pipes taking precedence as a must-have feature.  But don’t be fooled, while copper pipework may look like it's been there for years with it’s established rustic charm, in actual fact keeping those pipes squeaky clean does require a little TLC.  

    So for copper pipework that is worthy of it’s show home status, keep reading for 5 simple steps on how to keep the tarnish at bay.

     

    What Happens When Metal Tarnishes?

    While the appearance of slightly tarnished pipework may complement your decor beautifully, it’s worth noting that an ongoing build up of residue could do more harm than good if left untreated.  When metal is exposed to oxygen and sulphur in the air, a chemical bond occurs that reacts with the met

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  5. Smart Home Heating: What You Need To Know

    Smart heating has revolutionised the way we heat our homes.  No more shivering around cold radiators until they warm up, oh no, we can now activate our heating from any one of our devices on the go, so you can walk into a cosy home at the touch of a button.  

     

    So if you’re dabbling with the idea of making the switch to smart home heating, then let us talk you through with this all you need to know guide before you make the jump.

     

    What Is Smart Home Heating? 

     

    Smart home heating is controlled by a smart thermostat that is connected to the internet enabling you to control the temperature of your home from pretty much anywhere as long as you have internet connection.  

     

    Smart thermostats are different to smart m

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  6. Radiator Maintenance & FAQs

    As the unsung hero of the home, radiators are often taken for granted and only receive any attention when things go wrong.  Therefore, to keep your home warm and cosy for years to come we’ve answered some of the most common queries we receive when it comes to radiator maintenance.  Afterall, your central heating system is one of the most expensive things you’ll ever own, so it pays to give it a little tlc once in a while.

     

    Do radiator covers block heat? 

    It goes without saying that if you place something in front of a radiator then it will likely restrict the amount of heat emitted, but the good news is that radiator covers won’t block heat entirely.  They may contribute to slower air circulation therefore it may take longer to heat the room but rest assured the radiator is still doing its job, so we advise resisting the urge to increase the tempe

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  7. Radiator Buying Guide - Helping You To Create a Warm and Comfortable Space

    As plumbing experts, we are often asked about radiator related queries, therefore, whether you are updating your decor, you are conscious of efficiency or your current radiators require more maintenance than you’d like, then we are here to help.  Upgrading your current radiators has many benefits to you and your home, primarily for your own comfort, but also your bank account, afterall, an efficient radiator is a cost effective radiator, so let us talk you through all you need to know when choosing the perfect radiators for your home with our radiator buying guide. 

     

    Let's get started with some of the most common questions . . .

     

    What is a round top radiator? 

     

    As one of the more familiar styles, the round top radiator has a traditional design whereby the convector fins are visible b

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  8. Benefits Of Underfloor Heating

    If you’re considering the switch from central heating to underfloor heating, or you’re new to the concept and you have questions that need answering, don’t worry we are here to help with this blog that is packed with a wealth of expert knowledge that will help you decide if underfloor heating really is the holy grail of heating systems.  So, let's get started by answering some of the most popular queries. . .

     

    Underfloor Heating vs Central Heating - what's the difference?

     

    Both systems can be used exclusively as the main heat source, however, when it comes to running and installation, this is where the systems differ.  Underfloor heating is available in two forms via electricity or water with either electric cables or water pipes to produce the heat. Whereas, central heating is most commonly fueled by a gas boiler to heat up water pipes around your

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  9. Christmas 2019 Closure Dates and Delivery Schedule

    MonsterPlumb will be closed for Christmas between Monday 23rd December 2019 and Wednesday 1st January 2020. We will re-open on Thursday 2nd January as normal. Our office phoneline will not be operational between these dates, please email any queries to [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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  10. Everything You Need To Know About Speedfit

    Established in 1961, the John Guest legacy began by specialising in precision engineering and tool making.  Fast forward to today and they continue to dominate the market with their cutting edge technology, while still priding themselves on being as British as the day it was born, despite their phenomenal international success.

    With an impressive timeline of achievements, John Guest have received three Queen’s awards for international sales, plus a further Queen’s award for innovation of the twist and lock plumbing fittings and pipe.  Couple this with their operations in New Zealand, USA, Italy, Germany, Spain and Australia and it’s no surprise they are the masters of technology! Renowned for their Speedfit technology, John Guest have revolutionised many industries such as plumbing and heating, automotive, drinks dispensers, air and pneumatics, water filters, telecommunications, pubs and bars, the l

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