Reducing your costs and your carbon footprint with Britannia Plumbing

According to the government-funded Energy Saving trust, the average British household produces 6 tonnes of CO2 and spends nearly £900 on electricity and fuel every year.

Replacing a conventional boiler with a condensing boiler could immediately save your household 30% or more a figure that can increase to 40% when combined with upgraded heating controls.

Older boiler types tend to waste a lot of valuable energy, with many converting as little as 60% of your expensive gas into useful heat. By comparison, a condensing boiler can increase energy efficiency to produce a conversion rate of up to 97%.

Even replacing a 15 year old boiler with a new high-efficiency, fan-assisted equivalent will save up to 20% on fuel costs.

Since 2005, most new boilers installed in England must now, by law, be of the high-efficiency condensing type. And not only will a condensing boiler save you money on heating bills, it will also slightly reduce your carbon footprint.

Radiators and Towel Warmers

We can supply radiators that are excellent value with every style and size you can possibly imagine.

Heat your home in style with our range of flat panel radiators or ensure your home keeps to a classic theme with our range of traditional radiators.

Keep the kids safe with ourlow surface temperature radiators or make a focal point with a designer radiator, and to compliment your new radiators we have a range of thermostatic radiator valves.

Whether you would like to replace an old radiator or have a full heating system changed we are more than happy to assist in the transformation of your heating system.

All the radiators that we supply are branded and of the best quality possible.

Underfloor Heating

Underfloor Heating is not new – in Europe it is the system of choice and in some countries accounts for 70% of new heating installations.

A radiator system transfers energy into the room largely by convection. This convection results in the floor being the coolest part of the room and leaves a mass of warm air at ceiling level. It also picks up fine dust from the floor and distributes it into the air and over the furnishings.

This can mean that much of the energy which had been put into the room is wasted and not in the area you want it to be.

An under floor heating system heats mainly by radiation. This is the most natural and comfortable form of heating – just like the sun.

Radiant energy emitted by the floor is partly reflected by each surface and partly absorbed. Where it is absorbed, that surface becomes a secondary emitter.

After a while, all surfaces become secondary emitters. Furnishings themselves radiate energy and the room becomes evenly and uniformly warmed. The energy reaches into every corner of the room – no cold spot, no hot ceilings and no cold feet.

An under floor heating system means that the heat is concentrated where it is most needed for human comfort and energy efficiency. The system reduces energy consumption and the loss of heat from the building surface is reduced.

Power flushing

Power flushing is the process by which heating systems are forcibly cleansed using water at high velocity but low pressure, so that no physical damage is caused to the system. The process can be made even more effective with the addition of powerful cleansing and mobilising agents.

It is prudent to power flush a heating system immediately before fitting a new boiler to an existing system to prevent possible future problems. Many systems are found to contain corrosion and sludge, even if no flow problems have yet shown themselves.

Existing debris is often mobilised by alterations to the system or piping and the increased efficiency of the new boiler, and may then accumulate in the boiler heat exchanger, causing noisy operation, reduced efficiency and, in extreme circumstances, failure of the boiler. The high efficiency and compactness of modern boilers, developed to minimise fuel costs and pollution, means that they are more susceptible to problems caused by debris in the system water.

If your central heating exhibits any of the following problems,then a power flush may be required:

  • Radiators are cold at the bottom
  • Radiators are cold all over
  • No hot water
  • Boiler cutting in and out
  • Noisy Boiler
  • Frequent venting