If you run your own business then you obviously have to make sure you are covered for all sorts of things. Firstly of all, you will want to make sure you are never liable for anything in the work place, which means having a very good insurance policy, but once people have this very obvious insurance policy in place, it is not uncommon for people to forget about other insurance policies which could protect their businesses.

One such policy is central heating insurance. It is an easy thing to overlook. You have a decent heating system, and that is all there is to it for most people, but remember that if it all goes wrong, it can cost you thousands of pounds to put it right. Even if you have a small problem, you can end up paying hundreds of pounds for the call out alone, and that disregards the potential cost even for small parts.

The best thing to do is to go on the internet and track down a great insurance policy for your heating system for your business. You will be best served by visiting the comparison sites online which will help you to assess a range of different quotes. By doing this you should be able to find the best priced and most comprehensive policy for your individual business. You obviously have to match quality with value, because the last thing you need in a professional set up is to be without heating for a prolonged period of time. This means finding an insurance company who is going to be able to react quickly and efficiently to any problems you might have.

Once you have this sorted out you are in a position to look at a few other things related to your electricity prices and energy bills. As a business electricity user you should be able to find some pretty good deals for your electricity, and it is again important to search for these online and use the price comparison guides. You will find some big sways in terms of the prices that are available, so make sure you know the ins and outs of your unit price for your current deal so that you can be sure to find a better deal.

Running a business is never easy, and failing to do things like insuring your boiler system is really unforgivable. It is all about protecting yourself from difficult costs further down the road. Many businesses are struggling out there these days, so it is important to consider just how debilitating it could be for your business to have to fork out thousands of pounds to replace a broken boiler and heating system. It is better to deal with the small outlay of insurance every month, safe in the knowledge that if anything does go wrong, you are covered.

Energychoices.co.uk is a great site which can help you with your business electricity prices as well as any general electricity issues. Visit the site now for more information.

Author: Jessica Modul
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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on October 3rd, 2012

One latest scientific theory is that living with the central heating system turned up full and double-glazed windows and doors is making us fat! And, if we want to lose weight, apparently its no more complicated than just opening a window!

According to a recent study, we are led to believe that the British are so used to wrapping up warm and cosy at home that they no longer feel the need to use up the same levels of energy as previous generations, to ward off cold. As a result, we tend to gain weight. This, when added to the time we now tend to spend indoors, either working from home or shopping on-line (instead of going out), can be creating a big problem. If the body is warm, it doesn’t need to produce its own energy and so may lose some of its ability to produce heat.

In fact, even when we do venture out, it usually tends to be in over-heated cars, or public transport, to heated shopping malls and office blocks, exacerbating the problem. The University College, London, research team claims that there is now an identifiable link between reduced exposure to seasonal cold and increases in obesity.

A spokesman commented, “when the body is cold, it produces brown fat, known as adipose tissue, which burns energy to produce heat. The reduction in the time our bodies spend under mild thermal stress means we’re burning less energy. This could affect our energy balance and, ultimately impact our body weight, leading to obesity”.

J R Wilson

http://www.eat-yourself-thin.co.uk

The University College London

Author: J R Wilson
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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While HVAC Contractors are traditional contracting risks, they have become the focus of growing pollution related claims over the last several years. HVAC system installation, maintenance, and repair can create pollution conditions such as poor indoor air quality and mold. Daily jobsite operations could disturb in-place asbestos, lead, or other contaminants. Materials and equipment brought to the jobsite may spill or leak while in transit or in use during contracting activities.

HVAC Contractors also have professional liability exposures which may not be obvious to the insured since contracting is the main focus. E&O claims could arise from: (1) jobsite modifications in which malfunctions may create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor, (2) supervision of subcontractors, and (3) actual design work performed, specifically when the contractor has a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects that he knows to be poorly developed.

The exposures described above are usually excluded from General Liability policies, so it is important for HVAC contractors to have comprehensive coverage that will protect them from potential claims and thus help secure the future of their businesses. Beacon Hill’s programs division, PartnerOne Environmental, has a number of products that can effectively address the coverage needs of this class of business:

Contractors Pollution Liability

Contractors Pollution Liability insurance (CPL) is coverage designed to protect from third party claims for damages caused by “Pollution Conditions” arising from the insured’s covered operations. This coverage is applicable to all types of tank contractors and is important because these pollution claims may not be covered via the General Liability form.

How does Contractors Pollution Liability coverage work?

· Generally designed to address the coverage gap created by the CGL pollution exclusions.

· Policies usually written to provide coverage for operations performed “by or on behalf” of the insured.

· Coverage is provided for the insured’s operations away from their own premises.

· Base policies can be written on either a Claims Made or an Occurrence basis.

· Mold coverage is usually offered as an endorsement to the CPL insurance policy or coverage part.

· Mold is usually on a Claims Made form.

· Mold coverage may have a sub limit of liability, as well as its own deductible.

Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O

The Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O policy provides coverage to general contractors, construction managers, and various trade contractors who could potentially have both Pollution and Professional claims; Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O provides coverage for Professional exposures for contractors. This coverage is important because these professional exposures are generally excluded from General Liability and monoline Contractors Pollution Liability policies.

Job site modifications made

HVAC contractors are often presented with installations that do not work exactly as planned. In these situations, contractors will often tweak the plan at the site to make the system work. Pollution conditions arising from these changes create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor.

Actual design work performed

Many firms provide true design services as part of their corporate profile. This can range from doing all of the design work for the project, doing some design work relative to an aspect of the HVAC system, or simply having a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects they know to be poorly thought out. The last element is the most difficult to control and manage for HVAC firms.

Supervision of subs

Proper selection and supervision of subcontractors is a professional exposure most contractors share that is generally excluded from CGL and basic CPL policies. Many HVAC contractors do not use subs at all, so this will not be an issue for them. For those that do however, the exposure can be significant

Bill Pritchard is the President of Beacon Hill Associates, Inc., an insurance broker specializing in the placement of environmental insurance and other specialty coverages such as contractors pollution liability coverage and premesis pollution liability coverage for agents nationwide. Beacon Hill Associates, Inc. can be found online at: B-H-A.com.

Author: Bill Pritchard
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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While HVAC Contractors are traditional contracting risks, they have become the focus of growing pollution related claims over the last several years. HVAC system installation, maintenance, and repair can create pollution conditions such as poor indoor air quality and mold. Daily jobsite operations could disturb in-place asbestos, lead, or other contaminants. Materials and equipment brought to the jobsite may spill or leak while in transit or in use during contracting activities.

HVAC Contractors also have professional liability exposures which may not be obvious to the insured since contracting is the main focus. E&O claims could arise from: (1) jobsite modifications in which malfunctions may create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor, (2) supervision of subcontractors, and (3) actual design work performed, specifically when the contractor has a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects that he knows to be poorly developed.

The exposures described above are usually excluded from General Liability policies, so it is important for HVAC contractors to have comprehensive coverage that will protect them from potential claims and thus help secure the future of their businesses. Beacon Hill’s programs division, PartnerOne Environmental, has a number of products that can effectively address the coverage needs of this class of business:

Contractors Pollution Liability

Contractors Pollution Liability insurance (CPL) is coverage designed to protect from third party claims for damages caused by “Pollution Conditions” arising from the insured’s covered operations. This coverage is applicable to all types of tank contractors and is important because these pollution claims may not be covered via the General Liability form.

How does Contractors Pollution Liability coverage work?

· Generally designed to address the coverage gap created by the CGL pollution exclusions.

· Policies usually written to provide coverage for operations performed “by or on behalf” of the insured.

· Coverage is provided for the insured’s operations away from their own premises.

· Base policies can be written on either a Claims Made or an Occurrence basis.

· Mold coverage is usually offered as an endorsement to the CPL insurance policy or coverage part.

· Mold is usually on a Claims Made form.

· Mold coverage may have a sub limit of liability, as well as its own deductible.

Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O

The Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O policy provides coverage to general contractors, construction managers, and various trade contractors who could potentially have both Pollution and Professional claims; Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O provides coverage for Professional exposures for contractors. This coverage is important because these professional exposures are generally excluded from General Liability and monoline Contractors Pollution Liability policies.

Job site modifications made

HVAC contractors are often presented with installations that do not work exactly as planned. In these situations, contractors will often tweak the plan at the site to make the system work. Pollution conditions arising from these changes create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor.

Actual design work performed

Many firms provide true design services as part of their corporate profile. This can range from doing all of the design work for the project, doing some design work relative to an aspect of the HVAC system, or simply having a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects they know to be poorly thought out. The last element is the most difficult to control and manage for HVAC firms.

Supervision of subs

Proper selection and supervision of subcontractors is a professional exposure most contractors share that is generally excluded from CGL and basic CPL policies. Many HVAC contractors do not use subs at all, so this will not be an issue for them. For those that do however, the exposure can be significant

Bill Pritchard is the President of Beacon Hill Associates, Inc., an insurance broker specializing in the placement of environmental insurance and other specialty coverages such as contractors pollution liability coverage and premesis pollution liability coverage for agents nationwide. Beacon Hill Associates, Inc. can be found online at: B-H-A.com.

Author: Bill Pritchard
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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on October 1st, 2012

Cooling the home with different forms of air conditioning has ancient roots going back to the Roman Empire. The term air conditioning refers to the process of removing humidity and heat from the air in a room or building, therefore making it drier and cooler. Ancient Romans had pipes full of circulating cool water in their homes to cool the air. However, the modern version of air conditioning arose from the chemical discoveries of Benjamin Franklin and Micheal Faraday.

Benjamin Franklin, along with his research partner John Hadley, discovered that quickly evaporating liquids such as alcohol could rapidly cool an object. They managed to cool the bulb of a thermometer, using just alcohol and a bellows to speed up the evaporation process, to 7 degrees Fahrenheit while the rest of the room remained at 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Micheal Faraday furthered this idea when he found that by compressing ammonia until it was a liquid, then allowing it to evaporate, it’s possible to chill air.

The first version of what we use in our homes and businesses today as an air conditioner was created by Willis Haviland Carrier while he was employed at a printing company. The presses would malfunction and print the colored inks incorrectly whenever the humidity level was too high. So Carrier invented a machine that could not only cool the air in the factory, but also remove unwanted humidity. His device used fans to move air over tubes full of cooled water, therefore cooling the air.

Cool air holds less moisture than warm air, therefore lowering humidity levels. Air conditioners today do far more than simply keep moisture levels low. They help people live in extreme climates where life might otherwise be impossible or at least unbearable. The 100+ degree temperatures that regularly occur in the South and Southwestern United States can cause heat stroke and even death, especially since temperatures can rise higher in cities that are full of blacktop and asphalt.

Air conditioning also makes larger buildings possible. Combined with air ducts, an air conditioner helps to pump fresh air into the middle of a deep building. Otherwise there would be no way of getting ventilation into the core. If this was not possible, buildings would have to be built much thinner, so all rooms could have windows for ventilation.

Although the first air conditioning units were relatively simple, modern units are technological wonders and require the knowledge of a air conditioning contractor to fix. An HVAC contractor, which stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, must undergo rigorous training to repair and install these systems. When residential air conditioning first became a regular occurrence rather than a luxury in the 1950’s, it created many jobs in air conditioning repair. Cooling air for comfort, rather than industrial uses, was first started in 1924.

These machines were first installed in a department store. However, soon they caught on and spread to movie theaters, restaurants, and anywhere that might be stuffy and uncomfortable in the summer heat. After World War 2 ended, the economic boom encouraged many homeowners to invest in the now indispensable air conditioner. Nowadays, the hum of air conditioners is one of the sounds of summer.

Nick Messe is president of Lead Frog LLC. In Gwinnett County, Lawrenceville and the greater Atlanta area at Hixon Heating and Air Conditioning we guarantee the lowest prices on all Lawrenceville heating and Dacula HVAC products. Call 770-513-3558 for a free estimate.

Author: Nick Messe
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
The economics of product pricing

While HVAC Contractors are traditional contracting risks, they have become the focus of growing pollution related claims over the last several years. HVAC system installation, maintenance, and repair can create pollution conditions such as poor indoor air quality and mold. Daily jobsite operations could disturb in-place asbestos, lead, or other contaminants. Materials and equipment brought to the jobsite may spill or leak while in transit or in use during contracting activities.

HVAC Contractors also have professional liability exposures which may not be obvious to the insured since contracting is the main focus. E&O claims could arise from: (1) jobsite modifications in which malfunctions may create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor, (2) supervision of subcontractors, and (3) actual design work performed, specifically when the contractor has a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects that he knows to be poorly developed.

The exposures described above are usually excluded from General Liability policies, so it is important for HVAC contractors to have comprehensive coverage that will protect them from potential claims and thus help secure the future of their businesses. Beacon Hill’s programs division, PartnerOne Environmental, has a number of products that can effectively address the coverage needs of this class of business:

Contractors Pollution Liability

Contractors Pollution Liability insurance (CPL) is coverage designed to protect from third party claims for damages caused by “Pollution Conditions” arising from the insured’s covered operations. This coverage is applicable to all types of tank contractors and is important because these pollution claims may not be covered via the General Liability form.

How does Contractors Pollution Liability coverage work?

· Generally designed to address the coverage gap created by the CGL pollution exclusions.

· Policies usually written to provide coverage for operations performed “by or on behalf” of the insured.

· Coverage is provided for the insured’s operations away from their own premises.

· Base policies can be written on either a Claims Made or an Occurrence basis.

· Mold coverage is usually offered as an endorsement to the CPL insurance policy or coverage part.

· Mold is usually on a Claims Made form.

· Mold coverage may have a sub limit of liability, as well as its own deductible.

Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O

The Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O policy provides coverage to general contractors, construction managers, and various trade contractors who could potentially have both Pollution and Professional claims; Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O provides coverage for Professional exposures for contractors. This coverage is important because these professional exposures are generally excluded from General Liability and monoline Contractors Pollution Liability policies.

Job site modifications made

HVAC contractors are often presented with installations that do not work exactly as planned. In these situations, contractors will often tweak the plan at the site to make the system work. Pollution conditions arising from these changes create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor.

Actual design work performed

Many firms provide true design services as part of their corporate profile. This can range from doing all of the design work for the project, doing some design work relative to an aspect of the HVAC system, or simply having a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects they know to be poorly thought out. The last element is the most difficult to control and manage for HVAC firms.

Supervision of subs

Proper selection and supervision of subcontractors is a professional exposure most contractors share that is generally excluded from CGL and basic CPL policies. Many HVAC contractors do not use subs at all, so this will not be an issue for them. For those that do however, the exposure can be significant

Bill Pritchard is the President of Beacon Hill Associates, Inc., an insurance broker specializing in the placement of environmental insurance and other specialty coverages such as contractors pollution liability coverage and premesis pollution liability coverage for agents nationwide. Beacon Hill Associates, Inc. can be found online at: B-H-A.com.

Author: Bill Pritchard
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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While HVAC Contractors are traditional contracting risks, they have become the focus of growing pollution related claims over the last several years. HVAC system installation, maintenance, and repair can create pollution conditions such as poor indoor air quality and mold. Daily jobsite operations could disturb in-place asbestos, lead, or other contaminants. Materials and equipment brought to the jobsite may spill or leak while in transit or in use during contracting activities.

HVAC Contractors also have professional liability exposures which may not be obvious to the insured since contracting is the main focus. E&O claims could arise from: (1) jobsite modifications in which malfunctions may create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor, (2) supervision of subcontractors, and (3) actual design work performed, specifically when the contractor has a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects that he knows to be poorly developed.

The exposures described above are usually excluded from General Liability policies, so it is important for HVAC contractors to have comprehensive coverage that will protect them from potential claims and thus help secure the future of their businesses. Beacon Hill’s programs division, PartnerOne Environmental, has a number of products that can effectively address the coverage needs of this class of business:

Contractors Pollution Liability

Contractors Pollution Liability insurance (CPL) is coverage designed to protect from third party claims for damages caused by “Pollution Conditions” arising from the insured’s covered operations. This coverage is applicable to all types of tank contractors and is important because these pollution claims may not be covered via the General Liability form.

How does Contractors Pollution Liability coverage work?

· Generally designed to address the coverage gap created by the CGL pollution exclusions.

· Policies usually written to provide coverage for operations performed “by or on behalf” of the insured.

· Coverage is provided for the insured’s operations away from their own premises.

· Base policies can be written on either a Claims Made or an Occurrence basis.

· Mold coverage is usually offered as an endorsement to the CPL insurance policy or coverage part.

· Mold is usually on a Claims Made form.

· Mold coverage may have a sub limit of liability, as well as its own deductible.

Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O

The Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O policy provides coverage to general contractors, construction managers, and various trade contractors who could potentially have both Pollution and Professional claims; Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O provides coverage for Professional exposures for contractors. This coverage is important because these professional exposures are generally excluded from General Liability and monoline Contractors Pollution Liability policies.

Job site modifications made

HVAC contractors are often presented with installations that do not work exactly as planned. In these situations, contractors will often tweak the plan at the site to make the system work. Pollution conditions arising from these changes create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor.

Actual design work performed

Many firms provide true design services as part of their corporate profile. This can range from doing all of the design work for the project, doing some design work relative to an aspect of the HVAC system, or simply having a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects they know to be poorly thought out. The last element is the most difficult to control and manage for HVAC firms.

Supervision of subs

Proper selection and supervision of subcontractors is a professional exposure most contractors share that is generally excluded from CGL and basic CPL policies. Many HVAC contractors do not use subs at all, so this will not be an issue for them. For those that do however, the exposure can be significant

Bill Pritchard is the President of Beacon Hill Associates, Inc., an insurance broker specializing in the placement of environmental insurance and other specialty coverages such as contractors pollution liability coverage and premesis pollution liability coverage for agents nationwide. Beacon Hill Associates, Inc. can be found online at: B-H-A.com.

Author: Bill Pritchard
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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While HVAC Contractors are traditional contracting risks, they have become the focus of growing pollution related claims over the last several years. HVAC system installation, maintenance, and repair can create pollution conditions such as poor indoor air quality and mold. Daily jobsite operations could disturb in-place asbestos, lead, or other contaminants. Materials and equipment brought to the jobsite may spill or leak while in transit or in use during contracting activities.

HVAC Contractors also have professional liability exposures which may not be obvious to the insured since contracting is the main focus. E&O claims could arise from: (1) jobsite modifications in which malfunctions may create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor, (2) supervision of subcontractors, and (3) actual design work performed, specifically when the contractor has a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects that he knows to be poorly developed.

The exposures described above are usually excluded from General Liability policies, so it is important for HVAC contractors to have comprehensive coverage that will protect them from potential claims and thus help secure the future of their businesses. Beacon Hill’s programs division, PartnerOne Environmental, has a number of products that can effectively address the coverage needs of this class of business:

Contractors Pollution Liability

Contractors Pollution Liability insurance (CPL) is coverage designed to protect from third party claims for damages caused by “Pollution Conditions” arising from the insured’s covered operations. This coverage is applicable to all types of tank contractors and is important because these pollution claims may not be covered via the General Liability form.

How does Contractors Pollution Liability coverage work?

· Generally designed to address the coverage gap created by the CGL pollution exclusions.

· Policies usually written to provide coverage for operations performed “by or on behalf” of the insured.

· Coverage is provided for the insured’s operations away from their own premises.

· Base policies can be written on either a Claims Made or an Occurrence basis.

· Mold coverage is usually offered as an endorsement to the CPL insurance policy or coverage part.

· Mold is usually on a Claims Made form.

· Mold coverage may have a sub limit of liability, as well as its own deductible.

Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O

The Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O policy provides coverage to general contractors, construction managers, and various trade contractors who could potentially have both Pollution and Professional claims; Contractors Pollution Liability/E&O provides coverage for Professional exposures for contractors. This coverage is important because these professional exposures are generally excluded from General Liability and monoline Contractors Pollution Liability policies.

Job site modifications made

HVAC contractors are often presented with installations that do not work exactly as planned. In these situations, contractors will often tweak the plan at the site to make the system work. Pollution conditions arising from these changes create a direct professional responsibility for the contractor.

Actual design work performed

Many firms provide true design services as part of their corporate profile. This can range from doing all of the design work for the project, doing some design work relative to an aspect of the HVAC system, or simply having a perceived responsibility to comment on design aspects they know to be poorly thought out. The last element is the most difficult to control and manage for HVAC firms.

Supervision of subs

Proper selection and supervision of subcontractors is a professional exposure most contractors share that is generally excluded from CGL and basic CPL policies. Many HVAC contractors do not use subs at all, so this will not be an issue for them. For those that do however, the exposure can be significant

Bill Pritchard is the President of Beacon Hill Associates, Inc., an insurance broker specializing in the placement of environmental insurance and other specialty coverages such as contractors pollution liability coverage and premesis pollution liability coverage for agents nationwide. Beacon Hill Associates, Inc. can be found online at: B-H-A.com.

Author: Bill Pritchard
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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If you need an air conditioning system installing, then perhaps you know what you need, what to look for, and which company will install it for you. Alternatively, you might not know where to start.

Here’s what you should consider

1. You’ll need to work out your requirements. A small shop will have different requirements to a hotel or office block. Will you need to add to your air con system? Will you have server rooms to consider? What about your restaurant and kitchen? Remember that you’ll also need to budget for an air conditioning maintenance schedule too, so that your system is covered for any eventuality. You won’t want to have to wait weeks for an engineer.

2. You’ll want plenty of help and assistance so that you get the right system for your needs. You can’t be expected to know all about heating and ventilation, and you don’t want to be sold the wrong system. Is there an air conditioning design service available?

3. You’ll want your air con installation company to work with your construction team if it’s a new build. Working within the requirements of the relevant building specifications, and with architects and builders and other tradespeople, will mean that your air conditioning system will be installed properly, and as part of the building, rather than an afterthought.

4. It’s essential that your air con company understands your business requirements. You’ll want to be treated like an individual, and no two businesses are exactly the same. Not all shops will have the same requirements and not all hotels, offices or restaurants will need the same things.

5. Your installation company should be qualified in the systems that they sell. You’ll feel reassured that they do actually know what they are doing, and can improve your heating and ventilation.

6. The air con company should have plenty of experience, and ideally in your industry, or in similar sectors, so that they are able to suggest the right sort of air conditioning systems for you. You don’t want to discover that you are their first customer in your industry.

7. With a substantial portfolio of satisfied clients across various sectors, you can be sure that you’ll get the professional installation that you want, and the air con that you need.

8. It’s important that you have plenty of brands and models to choose from. you won’t want to have to make do with a system that’s not really right, because it’s the only system the air conditioning installation company offers. By having different brands and models, you won’t have to compromise.

9. When you’re having your heating and ventilation system installed, you’ll want to make surer that there are minimal disruptions. Perhaps you can ask the air conditioning installation company to work out of hours, such as at the weekend or when your shop is closed, so that you don’t have to shut down your busy company for a period of time.

10. No matter which air conditioning installation company you choose, or system you need, it’s important that you’re getting value for money. There’s no point in choosing a system that isn’t right for you, and won’t meet your needs.

Now you know what to look for, you’ll be able to choose the most suitable air conditioning installation company.

If you’re looking for an Air Conditioning Installation company, then why not see how AirtechUK can help? With a wide range of heating and venitaltion systems, and many years of Air Conditioning Design and planning experience, and comprehensive maintenance schedules, you’ll be able to get the air con system you need. Why not find out more, at AirtechUK.com today?

Author: M James
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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When you move into a new home, even in balmy mid-summer, its worth checking over the boiler and central heating system. The last thing you want is your move spoiled by not having any hot water or the heating won’t fire up. Below are some handy hints on how to make sure all is OK. In general our advice is to get a boiler service and a gas safety check.

  • Hire a local Gas Safe registered local plumber to come and do your boiler servicing. Inform them that you want them to service your boiler every year and for the local plumber to be your first call in any plumbing emergency. Ask your local plumber or heating engineer to give you a summary of the health of your boiler, and to inform you of any future problems that might occur. And here is our top tip, ask the engineer to explain to you how to operate the boiler, the programmer, the wall thermostats etc. And if you are not sure – make Notes! – write it down.
  • Make a note of the instructions, the plumber or heating engineers contact details, the model and make of the boiler and keep all somewhere safe and handy. So you your family and possibly your future guests can cope with and heating or hot water related problems.
  • Schedule your next service into your diary.
  • Get the plumber to check whether you system conforms to modern building regulations, and ask them to check all the gas appliances. Perhaps some are old and unused and could be safely removed.
  • Ask the plumber to tell you where the main water tap for the house is, in case of a burst pipe or other catastrophe
  • For your own peace of mind you may wish to commission a gas safety check of the whole house. This will cost about £70 but is probably well worth it.

If your boiler is a modern combination boiler, or “combi”, you may be required to top off the water pressure in the system from time to time. Ask your local plumber to show you how to operate the filling loop valves and read the water pressure gauge. Again its probably best to makes some notes and keep them somewhere handy.

Stay safe! Always ensure your local plumber is Gas Safe registered. Remember to get your appliances and boiler serviced regularly.

Simon Hildebrand – for plumbing advice. Find out more about boiler servicing, safe plumbing installation and how to solve plumbing problems safely and cheaply at http://bristolplumbernow.co.uk

Author: Simon Hildebrand
Article Source: EzineArticles.com
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