Archive for March, 2013

Be Safe, Not Sorry

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For many of us gas is integral to our daily lives; we rely on it for the most mundane but essential tasks, from heating our homes to cooking our food, it is this reliance that makes it imperative that we both feel and remain safe. If gas appliances are inexpertly installed and/or maintained the damage can be lethal, from gas leaks and fires to carbon monoxide poisoning and explosions, so be aware of the danger signals and take the right steps to maintain your security.

 

Spot the Signs

Be vigilant; if you spot any of the following signs it’s time to get safety checked:

• Increased room condensation • Black, sooty marks appearing around appliances • Weak yellow flames that should be blue • Frequently extinguishing pilot light

 

Don’t Be Too Trusting

It is illegal for anyone not on the Gas Safety Register to work on gas appliances in the UK, when an engineer comes to your home always ask to check their I.D taking extra care to check their photo and the expiry date.

 

Invest in Alarms

Carbon monoxide is an invisible killer; it is colourless, odourless and tasteless. It is formed when the combustion of fossil fuels is incomplete, so in the home it occurs when appliances like boilers don’t burn fuels properly, and the right quantity is lethal to humans. Many ‘alarm’ systems involve colour changing strips to alert you to heightened levels of the gas, but as you are most susceptible when you sleep these are often of little use in an emergency; an audible alarm is the safest option.

If you develop any of the following symptoms get to fresh air immediately and seek medical help:

• Dizziness

• Nausea

• Breathlessness

• Collapsing/loss of consciousness

• Vomiting

• Chest and stomach pains

Limit your risk: make sure there is plenty of air available to better ensure gas combusts completely and safely and that outside flumes and ventilation bricks are not blocked so poisonous gases can’t build up.

 

At Unitary Engineering Services all of our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and can carry out inspections on all appliances and fittings; we make your safety our number one concern, for more information or to arrange an inspection contact us online or call us now on 0117 955 ­8364, remember: be safe, not sorry.

Environmentally Friendly Energy Sources

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We are all becoming more and more aware of environmental issues, and many homeowners have started to look for alternative ways to create warmth and electricity in a sustainable way.

 

Not only does renewable energy help to protect the environment, but it can also reduce your household bills, so that it quickly pays for itself.

 

Here’s an overview of the three main providers of domestic renewable energy:

 

Solar Panels

Solar panels work by converting the light of the sun into energy for your home. Because this system doesn’t rely on heat to function, solar panels work right through the winter months. Many households find that they produce so much energy through this method that they are able to sell some of the excess back to the national grid, which further increases the financial benefits of the investment.

 

Ground Source Heat Pumps
This system uses pipes buried underneath the ground in your garden to draw heat from the earth, which is then pumped through to your central heating and hot water systems. Known as ‘fit and forget’ technology, a ground source heat pump requires very little on-going maintenance.

 

Air Source Heat Pumps
This type of heat pump takes heat from the air, which means that the results are more heavily influenced by the changing seasons. However, air source heat pumps are much more compact than their underground cousin, and provide a more practical solution to homes that lack sufficient garden space for an extensive pipe network.

 

Here at Unitary Engineering Services we offer a full range of heating and plumbing services in the Bristol area and are pleased to offer you free, no obligation advice on the best type of renewable energy to suit your property and budget.

 

To find out more about how we can help you, call us today on 0117 955 8364 or fill in our online contact form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.