Don’t Make A Meal Out Of It: How To Plan A Kitchen Renovation

No question, renovating a kitchen is becoming an increasingly popular activity among homeowners. And, when you think about it, given how much time many of us spend in this particular room, that’s hardly surprising. Yet, redesigning your kitchen’s something not to be taken lightly; a kitchen renovation can be complicated and needs a lot of consideration and must be thoroughly planned out…

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Winter-Proofing Your Home: Tips For Getting Your Property Ready For Winter

Unfortunately, the summer always has to come to an end, to be replaced by the colder temperatures and the colour palette of autumn and – all too soon – by the tumbling temperatures and shorter days of winter. And, like it or not, winter is no friend to the upkeep of your home, outside *and* inside which means that, before it arrives, it’s all-important to make sure your property’s ready for those coldest months of the year.

 

And fundamentally, to winter-proof your home, all that’s required is to make a few, relatively simple and easy checks to ensure you’re not caught off-guard – especially when repairmen and plumbers are totally backlogged with bookings so they simply can’t get around to paying you the visit that, at that point, you may well suddenly, desperately need.

 

Additionally, though, if you’ve been putting off having that worn-out radiator in that room replaced – you know, the one that really could do with being replaced – now’s the time to do it before winter really gets a hold for the next few months. And, of course, now’s the time to give our guide to winter-proofing your home a good read…

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How To ‘Spruce’ Up Your Living Room – And Avoid A Christmas Tree Fire

Surely only grinches – and some cat owners – steer clear of putting up a Christmas tree every December? A wonderful addition to the festooning of a home in the lead up to and over the yuletide, decorated pine trees were introduced to the British (and, by extension, American) Christmas by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s German consort, in the mid-19th Century. Unfortunately, though, the potential fire risk a Christmas tree poses has been around for as long as the Christmas tree tradition itself. Now, you may think that in the 21st Century (what with homes sporting an underfloor radiator and all), any danger due to putting up a Christmas tree is a thing of the past – think again…

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It’s All In The Planning: Getting Your Home Ready For Christmas

Christmas… there’s so much to it, isn’t there? Especially if you’re hosting relatives this year. And, to that end, the organisation, complications, cooking and all manner of trimmings can become overwhelming. Where do you start?

 

Is there any way you can reduce your Christmas card list this year? Can you streamline your Christmas cooking? Are there specific things you can do to make your home as hospitable as possible? These are the sort of questions you might want to be asking yourself and addressing right now – in time to sort things out for the yuletide itself.

 

Moreover, if you’re making significant changes to your home – and looking to get them done in time for relatives visiting at Christmas – perhaps, say, having new bathroom radiators installed, a word to the wise would be definitely to try and have them installed ahead of the festive season; not right on top of it. Now’s your last chance for sure! Aside from that, here are some useful tips…

 

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REASONS WHY AN ELECTRIC RADIATOR MIGHT BE PERFECT FOR YOUR PROPERTY

The reality is that central heating radiators are usually seen as the superior and more efficient option for home radiator heating. Here at Designer Radiators Direct, your go to online and instore radiator shop, we sell both central heating and electric for a reason. The central heating radiator might be great for a home in balance, especially if you want to heat all your rooms at once, but electric radiators bring a level of flexibility and control which the central heating radiator simply can’t bring. With the blanket of warmth brought by a central heating radiator, you might find that certain areas of the house which aren’t used as often will be heated just as much as the more frequented areas of the home. Below are some of the main reasons why it might be a good idea to consider an electric radiator, and why this might benefit for your home’s efficiency.

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SHOULD YOU BUY UNDERFLOOR HEATING OR A RADIATOR?

Whether it’s a single new heating unit or your looking at a total revamp of your homes central heating, there’s a lot which goes into the choice you make. With the go to often being radiators, you’d be forgiven for overlooking the wide world of underfloor heating. With aesthetic and efficiency decisions to make, it is a very important to get your home heating right. The choice is up to you though, and knowing the difference between your coloured radiator and a UFH installation could save you a lot on your energy bills.

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YOUR RADIATOR PROBLEMS SOLVED

Radiators are often thought to be pieces of your home’s system which once installed, pretty much run themselves. You hardly notice the stellar work that a radiator does until it stops doing that work, and if you allow the radiator to go untended and unsupervised, then it can be difficult to save them from the brink without forking out a lot of money. There are some very easy radiator problems you can solve without any hassle at all, if you catch them early. Let the problem grow and you could see your heating bills soar dramatically and a begrudging trip to the radiator shop. Below are some of the common problems you could find with your radiator, and some of the ways you can solve them.

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Black Friday Sale

Roll up! Roll up! Roll up! Today’s focus on the blog is one that’s bound to interest everybody who comes across it – because it’s all about spending less when you purchase our products! Yes, that’s right; it’s that time of year again… Black Friday’s in the offing and that can only mean the return of our terrific offer:

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CENTRAL HEATING EFFICIENCY

Whatever the radiator you have in your home, there are always ways you can save on energy bills. As it becomes ever more evident that we need to be more efficient as a household and we look to become more efficient as households, it’s not only economically important to become more efficient, but ecologically and ethically as well. Whether it’s that your radiator is not working as it should or your central heating system is using more energy than usual, there are plenty of ways to boost efficiency which don’t require you to spend much, if any money. Whatever your radiator qualms, you can save money by tending to these often-underlying problems.

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CAN I TURN MY GARAGE INTO LIVING SPACE?

In modern day UK, we are all rather short on living space. That’s why it’s often a good idea to use every inch we have in our home, and that mine cutting some corners when it comes to storage space. If you’re looking for a new living room, or want a new bedroom for your home, you might consider converting your garage. If all it’s used for is to store some old boxes and a car you never use, then this might be a great way to adapt your storage space into something a little more useful. Of course, this is easier said than done, which is why we thought we’d give you a few tips on how to go about adapting your garage.

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HOW TO STOP YOUR PIPES FROM FREEZING THIS WINTER

Many people across the country will undoubtedly have had their central heating systems turned to low power or even summer mode over the last three months. As heat waves washed over the country, the last thing we’ve been thinking about is how high to turn our radiators. As winter pounces on us, especially with the shock attack of chilliness in recent weeks, we may have had to reassess when our radiators are turned back on.

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Beat the curve? Why you might want to install a curved towel radiator

Now, let’s face it; towel radiators aren’t at all a new invention – and nor are their curved cousins, frankly. Yet, they’re an undeniably fashionable item that are currently experiencing a big booming revival, as the desire for homeowners to deck out their houses, flats and apartments extend to their bathrooms; enabling then as they have so many bathrooms to become not just pragmatic but gleamingly stylish havens. In which case, we’re devoting this very blog article to them; to discover just why they’re such a fine solution when it comes to ‘buy radiators moment’.

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Cold comforts: minor radiator issues – and what to do about them

No question; as we head into the colder months of the year now, the desire for a warmer, cosier home quickly becomes all-pervading – winter’s on the way; no home owner wants a cold house, flat or apartment! So then, understanding how to address minor issues with your central heating system and heating devices – whatever they may be, designer radiators, heated towel rails or cast-iron classic units – can help save you time and money. To wit, there are a few different factors that can cause your radiators to not heat up properly, so what to look out for and, if possible, put right yourself…?

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Exploding a myth: why painted radiators are just as good heat emitters

There’s a myth that’s been circling the radiator world for many years now; it goes that the colour that a radiator is painted in affects its heat performance. The thinking goes that, for instance, a black-painted model – whatever its manufacturer, whether it’s a Reina radiator, for instance, or any other make – is bound to be capable of emitting more heat and better than one painted white, presumably because black’s the best colour, in general, for absorbing heat. Is there any truth in it; frankly, no.

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It’s a matter of balance: the 8 steps to successfully balance your radiators

It’s a problem all too familiar to too many homeowners who are reliant on central heating radiators; why’s one radiator not getting hot? The answer may well reveal itself – and, happily, the solution achieved by –balancing their system’s radiators. But why? And, most importantly of all, how do you successfully balance your home’s radiators?

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Leading the home-heating pack: a focus on Reina radiators

One of the most esteemed radiator manufacturers around today, Reina has cleverly and, arguably, enviously made a reputation for itself in the 21st Century home-heating market as a brand to rely on for sleek designer models that deliver great reliable heating outputs. But just which models of theirs are particularly white-hot right now at any and every radiator shop and online vending sources like ours and what exactly is this brand that’s come to dominate sections of today’s radiator-focused world…?

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Radiator Q&As: answers to the most common questions about radiators

Radiators are wondrous devices, for sure; they keep us warm in the winter months and sit idly by in the spring/ summer waiting to be called on. Yet, owing to their smarts and terrific functionality, when you come to buy radiators, they do sometimes offer up some questions, even challenges; here are some the most commonly heard ones – and their answers and solutions…

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White vs. chrome: which is best for radiators and heated towel rails?

For many of us 21st-Century home owners making decisions on interior design, a crucial question when choosing bathroom fixtures is this; clean and classic, or sleek and shiny? That is, white or chrome? Each choice has its benefits that are heavily debated across construction-focused Internet forums, in articles to be found in interior design brochures and on DIY blogs, so just what is the answer?

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HOW MUCH WILL A TOWEL RAIL REALLY BENEFIT YOU?

With so many different radiators on the market today, it’s easy to see how you can get carried away with your purchases. Whilst radiators are some of the most diverse products on the market today, they are also an investment, and that means that you have to ensure that they are the right fit for your home. Towel rails come with a lot of accessories, and some may be useful to you whilst others are not. Below are just some of the choices you can make when deciding whether or not to invest in a towel rail.

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WHAT IS RADIATOR SLUDGE AND HOW DO YOU GET RID OF IT?

There is a plethora of problems out there when it comes to radiator heating turning awry. It could be a gentle yet aggravating tapping on your pipes or a cold spot on the panel which you hadn’t noticed before, radiators can fall foul of many ailments. Whilst radiators are well known for their usually irregular problems, one which you must look out for is the big bad radiator sludge monster. This artery clogging monster is no friend to your heating and can lead to all manner of problems and dragging your heating bills into a black hole while it’s at it. So, what is radiator sludge, and how do you get rid of it?

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