June 26th, 2011 by Jilly
June 20th, 2011 by steph
For some people the cost of going green is simply too high when it comes to domestic solar water heaters and solar pv panels. Many homeowners are reluctant to invest a lot of money into having them installed as they are unsure of whether they are a worthy investment and have many questions that need answering before making the decision.
Solar water heating systems consist of a solar collector and a storage tank. The solar collector is generally 1 square metre in size and is designed to simply look like a skylight rather than a heating device. A solar water collector may simply be a flat panel or consist of a sequence of evacuated tubes. The evacuated tubes arent visible on the rooftop so both solar water heater systems should look the same.
Many people worry that their climate isnt hot enough to use the solar water heater effectively or that it will freeze in the winter. These are both myths, solar water heaters come with a lifetime anti-freeze guarantee to give homeowners peace of mind. Solar water heaters are designed to last as long as a house does with minimal maintenance and repairs required.
Solar water systems dont compromise the water temperature of a home, even though they are less effective in cooler weather. Solar water heaters work in conjunction with the central heating system so that the central heating can be used as a backup when there is not enough heat in the solar powered heater. This ensures that the same temperature comes out of the kitchen and bathroom taps regardless of the strength of the sunlight. This is how solar water heaters help reduce families energy bills; they reduce the amount of central heating usage required to heat your water.
On an average year, homeowners can expect to save around 60% in the hotter, sunnier months of the year and around 20% in colder winter months. They could also increase boiler life due to it requiring less usage. Solar water heaters also allegedly increase the equity of a home due to self-sufficient homes being sought after for their financial and eco-friendly benefits.
There are some aspects of solar water heaters that are considered to be negative. The fact the initial cost of installation is higher than that of conventional heating methods can be unattractive to potential buyers who feel it is too much money to invest. Some solar water systems cant be used to heat radiators within the home either, which is one of the major downsides of solar water heaters.
Many people decide to get solar water heaters because of their financial benefits as well as the fact they are sustainable energy sources. Although they cant heat all hot water needed for the average home, they certainly help to reduce energy bills and climate change.
June 7th, 2011 by steph
Mould is a very common and unsightly household problem that can not only cause unpleasant sights and smells; it can also be dangerous to a persons health. A common area for mould growth is the bathroom due to the moist and humid conditions a bathroom often possesses after a shower or bath has been taken.
Mould only breeds where moisture is present. Condensation is a major trigger for mould growth. Condensation is caused when a shower or bath is taken; the steam that is produced hits a cold surface like a window pane or ceramic floor tiles and turns back into water this water is the perfect breeding ground for mould to grow.
There are 3 different types of mould that generally occur within the home: green, grey and black. Black mould is toxic and can be particularly harmful to children, the elderly and those with a history of respiratory illness and asthma. Continued exposure and inhalation of black mould spores can lead to respiratory problems, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, fungal skin infections and allergic asthma.
Preventing and ridding your home of mould can prove to be difficult, due to the fact that mould exists in small quantities everywhere and is vital to the cycle of life. If your bathroom has discoloured patches or smells musky then its time to break the mould.
In many cases mould can be removed with everyday household products such as soap and water. For worse cases a bleach solution can be used to tackle the problem. The solution should be a maximum of one cup of bleach per gallon of water. Avoid mixing bleach with any other household chemicals as this can create a toxic solution. When removing the mould ensure the bathroom is well ventilated and that all doors and windows are open.
Grouting is a common place for mould to grow. Remove mould from grouting with a bathroom cleaner and be prepared to scrub vigorously and persevere.
Its important to prevent mould developing in rooms as mould is harder to get rid of than prevent. Ensuring the humidity levels of your bathroom are kept under control can reduce the unsightly mould problems. Opening windows slightly whilst having your radiators on to ventilate excessive humidity can reduce the likelihood of mould developing. If mould reoccurs despite efforts to remove and prevent it then call a specialist as there could be an issue with damp coursing.