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  • 5 ways to cut the cost of heating in your home

    The average family living in a three-bedroom house spends around £1,044 per year on gas and electricity, according to the energy regulator Ofgem. With energy prices having risen by more than 50% in the past five years, finding ways to cut your fuel bills is essential for any family that wants to make the most of their money. From reducing waste to updating your central heating pump, check out the following tips to see if you're saving as much as possible.

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    1. Switch Energy Suppliers

    According to a study carried out by the University of East Anglia, 47 per cent of households have never switched their energy supplier. Despite this, switching suppliers is one of the most effective ways to cut your heating bills, with typical savings of up to £100 per year. Thanks to a variety of comparison sites, switching is quick and easy and does not cause any disruption to your energy supply. The best tariffs are usually reserved for those customers choosing to pay by direct debit, so be sure you are using this option.


    2. Minimise Wastage

    If you're replacing domestic appliances, try to buy the most energy-efficient models you can. It's also important to use your appliances in the most efficient manner: always choose the lowest-temperature wash possible, and if the washing machine or dishwasher is not full, be sure to use the half-load or economy setting. Avoid leading televisions, computers and other items on standby, and when light bulbs blow, replace them with energy-saving models. Check doors and windows for draughts, and use sealant foam - widely available at your local DIY store - to save another £20 per year.


    3. Upgrade Your Central Heating Pump

    If your boiler is more than a decade old, the chances are high that it's nowhere near as energy-efficient as a more modern unit. However, with the cost of a boiler replacement running to many thousands of pounds, the potential savings, even over a lifetime, simply don't make financial sense. However, having your boiler serviced on an annual basis will ensure it is always working as efficiently as possible, and upgrading key parts, such as your central heating pump, could lead to even greater savings. Here at Pump Sales Direct you'll find a variety of models to suit a wide range of central heating systems.


    4. Think About Thermostats

    Modern thermostats are more accurate at measuring the temperature of a room and will therefore only keep your heating on for as long as necessary. Programmable models will automatically adjust the temperature according to the time of day and day of the week so that your heating only comes on when the house is occupied. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a new thermostat could cut your annual heating bill by as much as £150. Make sure your thermostat is placed in the room you use most regularly and that it is positioned away from radiators, televisions or other heat sources that could reduce its accuracy. Reducing the setting of your thermostat by a single degree can shave as much as £55 per year from your heating bills. Turning off radiators or setting a lower temperature in rooms that are not being used on a regular basis is another way to save.


    5. Shower Smarter

    If you get out of the shower one minute earlier than usual, you'll save £10 per year per person. If you have a water meter fitted, you'll save a further £15 in water costs. For a family of four, the savings equal £100 per year. If your shower and bath are fed directly from the hot water tank, you can also cut down your bills with just a small reduction in the water temperature setting.

  • How to install a central heating pump

    Changing a central heating pump may sound like a major task. However, it’s not as difficult as you think and is a task that can easily be undertaken by a competent DIYer. We’ve created a step-by-step guide to show how to install a central heating pump.

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     1. What You’ll Need

    Before you start, you’ll need to have the following: an electrician’s screwdriver; a pipe wrench or adjustable spanner; a bowl and towels or paper towels to catch any drips; and of course a new pump.


    2. What to Check

    Today’s central heating pumps are a standard size, so the new pump should fit into the gap left by the old one. However, older pumps may differ, so when you go to buy a new pump make sure you have the measurements of the old one along with the type and diameter of the connections. If it’s different, you can get adaptors to fill the gaps. Also make a note of the type of pump and the setting of its output regulator.


    3. Turn Off the Power

    Turn off the power, or at least the power to the central heating circuit, at the consumer unit. Disconnect the electrical connections to the pump, and make a note of which wires go to which terminals.


    4. Isolate the Pump

    There should be isolating valves at the side of the pump. They will have a spindle or a wheel handle that can be turned with a spanner. Turn these off, and the pump can be removed without needing to drain the whole system.


    5. Disconnect the Pump

    Now place your bowl under the pump to catch any water that’s released when it’s disconnected. Hold on to the pump, and using your wrench unscrew the union nuts either side of the pump. Once the old pump is loose, you can lift it out.


    6. Fit the New Pump

    Put the new pump into place. Use fresh sealing washers to prevent leaks, and tighten the union nuts to fix the new pump in place. Open the isolation valves to allow water into the pump, and check that the connections are watertight.


    7. Reconnect the Electrics

    Reconnect the electrical cables - using your note of how they fit from earlier - and turn the power back on. You can now turn on the heating and check that it’s working properly.


    8. Checks

    In a system with an expansion tank, check that water isn’t being discharged through the safety vent into the tank when the pump starts. Consult a plumber if it does. Finally, check your radiators for airlocks and bleed as required.

    Shop the full range of Central Heating Pumps today here at Pump Sales Direct!

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