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Monthly Archives: September 2018

  • When should you turn on the central heating?

    Autumn arrived last weekend and, alongside cooler temperatures, the season hasgrundfos central heating pump brought with it a debate. Plummeting temperatures have seen homeowners across the UK reaching for their thermostats; but given just how early in the year it is, most have been second guessing their response. And so, the annual debate over the correct time to put the heating on has reared its head once again. In an attempt to: explain the phenomenon of homeowners putting their heating on early, settle the recurring debate and to offer advice on how to make your heating more efficient, we have put together this informative post.

    Faux winter

    The tinder that has sparked this debate has been what experts are tentatively calling ‘faux winter.’ After the consistently warm temperatures of summer, the steep drop that has accompanied the arrival of autumn has incited in homeowners a premature reaction to turn their central heating on. The stark contrast created by the two temperatures, rather than the advent of authentically low temperatures, generates this response.

    When do most people turn their heating on?

    Capable of dividing households and workplaces alike, the central heating debate evokes vociferous responses from both sides. Those in favour of delay quite reasonably cite the money and energy sapping qualities of central heating. Equally understandable however, is the thrust of the other side’s argument, which is rooted in comfort. Why not part with some cash to alleviate the debilitating effect of cold? And all without donning jumpers and blankets!

    The intensity of argument on both sides is strong, making it difficult to decipher exactly where the country as a whole stands on the issue. Data from gas and electricity supplier, Npower, provides some clarity: the last weekend in October is when the vast majority of households take the plunge.

    How to more efficiently heat your home

    Irrespective of your stance on the matter, all have to concede that it is only a matter of time before we turn to our thermostats. It’s a foregone conclusion. The passage of time brings with it declining temperatures that eventually become unbearable, no matter how many blankets you wrap up in. With this in mind, we have put together some of our best tips for conserving energy and money whilst heating your home. This advice centres on two areas: new and improved equipment and better insulation.

    New and improved equipment

    Grundfos central heating pumps more efficiently circulate hot water around your home. With our manufacturers’ reputation for innovation more than well-established, you can rest assured that any circulating pump acquired from our website is one of the best currently available. Not only do hot water pumps improve the efficiency of your heating system - by saving on the constant heating and re-heating that occurs with older systems - they also provide your home’s taps with an instant supply of hot water. With an efficiency advantage - as well as an experiential one - incorporating a central heating pump into your home is a no-brainer.

    Better insulation

    The only way to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system further is to make some practical, DIY changes. By wrapping the pipes that transport hot water around your home in lagging, they are better insulated and less heat is los as it travels around your home. While the benefit is marginal, it is nevertheless a tangible one, making it a move well worth considering.

    A conclusion to the debate?

    Not likely - the debate over the best time to switch on your central heating is one that is set to rage on for the foreseeable future. Your biological make-up - your fitness, your age and any medical conditions you have - all account for your ability to withstand the cold. There is then, a scientific basis for determining the ideal time to switch on your central heating. This varies from person to person, and when you add this biological consideration to the financial and environmental ones, it becomes no surprise that this issue is so divisive.

  • Manufacturer spotlight: Wilo Pumps

    wilo central heating pump

    We pride ourselves on stocking products from only the most highly respected and well-renowned pumps manufacturers in the world. Our process for picking manufacturers from which to stock products is extremely rigorous, meaning that by the time potential customers are browsing our website, they have only the best possible products to choose from. This gives us supreme confidence in the quality and reliability of our products and gives us peace of mind that our customers really benefit from our exacting selection process. Wilo is a stellar example of a quality manufacturer. To introduce you to some of their history, their values, as well as their products, we have put together this informative post that covers everything you need to know about the German manufacturer.


    Wilo’s history has been characterised by intense growth and development. What started as a local specialist in 1828 - a copper and brassware factory in Dortmund, Germany - has over the course of almost two centuries morphed into a global player in the pumps industry.  Their reputation as an innovator is more than well-established and evidence of their prowess isn’t hard to come by. In 1928, Wilo developed the world’s first heating pump; in 2001, the first high efficiency pump; and in 2009, the first decentralised pump system.


    The principles driving a company’s growth and development are just as important as a company’s past, if not more so. When deciding whether or not to make a purchase, it can often be a deciding influence. With an understanding of a company’s guiding principles, you can better understand what motivates their business decisions and the processes that go into the creation of their products. In a field like water management, where efficiency is of the utmost importance, understanding and being aware of the principles that drive a company is especially important.

    In keeping with their history, Wilo’s principal focus is on developing innovative product solutions. Their primary goal is to make the lives of their customers easier. And being amongst the first to develop new pumping solutions certainly makes achieving that goal easier. ‘Pioneering for you’ is the driver affording the company such unstoppable forward momentum and helps explain their prodigious growth over their 190 year history.

    Products - central heating pumps and submersible pumps

    The zeal with which Wilo pursues innovation translates into their range of products too. Whether it’s their Yonos Maxo central heating pumps or their Stratos ones, their products are always right at the forefront of the latest developments in pumping technology. At Pump Sales Direct, we stock a range of Wilo central heating pumps. With such a range of pumps available - in an array of different prices, speeds and sizes - you are sure to find one that is perfectly suited to your needs. If you have any uncertainties at all about selecting a pump, please don’t hesitate to contact a member of our team for help.


  • Make the most of your home’s heating this winter

    central heating pumpsWith the arrival of the winter months impending, it is time to brace ourselves for colder temperatures and worsening weather. First priority, as always with adverse weather conditions, should be to prepare our homes to be able to deal with the challenges posed by winter. Money and energy are both precious commodities and every effort should be made to conserve them wherever possible. With this guide to making the most of your home’s heating in the winter, you will be more than well equipped to prepare your home for winter while expending as few resources as possible.

    Central heating pumps

    The installation of a central heating pump (or circulating pump) improves the efficiency of your home’s heating. By carefully recirculating hot water and moving it towards the necessary outlet as and when you need it, central heating pumps reduce the amount of energy and time your home expends heating water. Our circulating pumps’ efficiency is attested to by the European Energy Using Products Directive, which has certified our circulating pumps with an A rating in energy efficiency.

    Insulating hot water heater and pipes

    Outside of outfitting your home with newer, better developed and more efficient equipment, there are a number of more DIY-style efforts you can make to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating. When temperatures drop, the cold makes its presence known by affecting the pipes that transport hot water throughout your home. Without insulation, the cold takes a toll on your heating system, limiting its ability to maintain the temperature of hot water as it is transported through your home. To remedy this issue, you have to bolster the defences of these exposed pipes by installing insulation. Lagging can be fitted to these pipes to prevent this loss of heat and stave off the threat of pipes freezing over and bursting.

    Programmable thermostat

    Sometimes the simplest changes are the most effective. Turning down your thermostat by as little as a single degree can have a measurable impact on your heating bills and energy use. The longer the period of time you commit to this essentially imperceptible change, the greater the benefit to both your bank balance and the environment.

    Reduce the temperature of your hot water

    Typically, the temperature of hot water in our homes hovers around the 60°C mark. By lowering this to around 50°C, you can save a sizeable amount of both money and energy, resources that would otherwise be wasted sustaining an unnecessarily high temperature.

    By incorporating even a few of these tips into your winter preparation routine, you can better ready your home to face the trials and tribulations that come with the winter weather. Some demand investment into new equipment, while others require little more than some straightforward DIY changes.

  • Water features: how to pick the right garden water pump

    garden water pump Blagdon Force-Hybrid garden water pump

    From the elaborate fountains of the Gardens of Versailles to the pools, streams and babbling brooks of the gold medal-winning show gardens of the Chelsea Flower Show, no luxury garden is complete without the presence of water. Bunny Guinness, an award winning landscape and garden designer, aptly summarised water’s singular appeal when she likened it to the ‘son et lumière’ of the garden. Fulfilling both the sound and light requirements of this depiction requires some work: a run-of-the-mill pond will bring light to your garden but not sound. To add both sound and light, you need a fully-fledged, fully-functioning water feature. Different water features have different requirements though, and you need to understand these differences to team your water feature up with the right accompanying garden water pump.

    Pond pumps

    If you don’t want your pond to slowly evolve into a murky swamp over time, you need to take steps to maintain it. Despite what you may have thought, ponds aren’t especially high maintenance - especially when you can delegate responsibility to a pond pump. With the precise regularity of a metronome, a pond pump will autonomously circulate water around your pond. By keeping the water of your pond in a constant state of flux, harmful bacteria are denied the opportunity to proliferate. The water doesn’t have the time to stagnate and the health of the water is sustained.

    Submersible pumps

    Submersible pumps are a prerequisite for any pond inhabited by fish. Fully waterproof, they sit submerged in the pond itself, providing a safe environment for all of its wildlife to not only survive, but flourish. Submersible pond pumps operate constantly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. And when a piece of equipment is saddled with this level of responsibility (keeping a whole pond’s worth of wildlife alive constantly) it needs to be steadfastly durable. We only stock the highest quality submersible pond pumps here, so you can be certain of their longevity.

    Waterfall pumps

    Waterfall pumps are capable of doing the heavy lifting required to sustain more elaborate water features - those that involve running water. When you have water flowing in tandem with the force of gravity, you need a force powerful enough to fight against it and resupply the top of the stream with water. A waterfall pump is more than capable of doing this, keeping your water feature running smoothly in the process.

    Water features are a signifier of luxury. And with any luxurious and ostentatious display, there is a huge amount of work, just below the surface, that goes into propping it up. Every water feature needs an accompanying pump propping it up. Without the pump, the water feature can’t function properly. Hopefully you’ve come away from this post with a better understanding of the requirements for installing a working water feature in your garden.

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