What is a Miniature Circuit Breaker?

Are you considering a DIY project or looking at the wiring in your home? One term that is frequently used is miniature circuit breaker, or MCB. The MCB is commonly used inside of a low voltage electrical network rather than a fuse. Find out more about the MCB and why it is increasingly chosen over a fuse. MCB v Fuse The miniature circuit breaker acts automatically and turns off the circuit when it is under abnormal conditions. These abnormal conditions include overload as well as a fault. In general, Read more [...]

What To Do If Your Home Has Asbestos

What To Do If Your Home Has Asbestos Asbestos is a frightening substance that, when inhaled in high amounts and/or over long periods of time, can lead to respiratory illnesses, including mesothelioma, which is a type of cancer, and death. Therefore, steps need to always be taken to ensure that every property you own doesn't contain asbestos (or that, if there is asbestos in the building, that it's properly maintained in order to be safe). Photo by Alpha If you found out that your home has asbestos Read more [...]

How to keep your house in top shape

Even if you’re planning on handing your house keys over to a new set of owners in the not-too-distant future, it’s still important to keep your house in tip top condition. Nothing scares potential buyers away from perfectly acceptable properties like dysfunctional rooms, unnecessary clutter or squalid conditions, so a well presented home – both inside and out – is vital for a speedy and profitable sale. Focus areas Certain areas attract the attention of potential buyers more than others. Read more [...]

Maintaining a Clean Aquarium

When first set up, your aquarium will look beautiful, and make a stylish addition to your home. However it will need regular cleaning and water changes to keep it not only looking good, but also to ensure that fish and plants remain in perfect health. Swell UK have a range of maintenance equipment from algae scrapers to gravel cleaners to help you keep your tank in perfect condition. Over time fish waste and plant debris can not only look unsightly, it can also cause a build-up of toxins such as Read more [...]

Learning the Basics about Composite Doors

If you’ve decided that it’s time to replace your front door with a more energy-efficient model, be sure to do your research and educate yourself on the styles and models available before you make a final decision on a purchase. Composite doors are stronger than other types of doors, provide you and your loved ones with safety and security, and can help to save a great deal of money on your energy bills. Let’s take a look at some of the questions you might want to ask as you learn the basics Read more [...]

Now you can benefit from ‘free’ heating

With the changes made to government legislation here in the UK in 2006, you can now tap into a ‘free’ source of heat for your home. All you need is an air source heat pump (ASHP) and 75% of all your heating requirements can be obtained from a renewable source. What is this free source of heat energy? The latent heat energy which is stored in the ambient environment can be converted at low cost to heat interior spaces, such as offices, homes and industrial spaces. Any environment which is above Read more [...]

Energy Efficiency through Double Glazing

The environmental lobby while strong has no political representation in the UK Parliament. That is not to say that the political parties are ignoring the need for ‘green targets’. The Energy Minister, Ed Davey, has recently focused on the need to improve energy efficiency, perhaps by as much as 30% by the end of the next decade. The Government is keen on legislation to enforce a cut in carbon use and it will be interesting to see what is passed. There are many things that will help. They include Read more [...]

How to Sell the Benefits of UPVC Windows to your Clients

No matter how many years you have in the business, it always helps to brush up on your selling strategy and keep in mind factors that will influence customers into spending money on your products. After all, the market is competitive and it is not a good idea to rest on your laurels and think that you know it all. Here’s how to position uPVC windows at the forefront of your customers’ minds – and make them more likely to buy uPVC windows and doors from you. 1. Promote the Long History of Read more [...]

Adding Modern Finishes To Home Design

Putting the final touches to a newly built home is sometimes the hardest part for some people. With the abundance of options to consider, finding the right finishing material is quite confusing. Contemporary homes have been inclined to use materials such as glass to offer that unique and vibrant look for home designs. Another option is the use of decorative concrete coatings. Concrete has become increasingly popular as a decorative material over the last two decades. To give you an idea of other Read more [...]