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  1. What Is an Inline Fan & How Do They Work?

    What is an Inline Fan

    What Are Inline Fans Used For and How Do They Work?

    Inline fans offer a powerful, discreet solution to ventilating high moisture areas such as bathrooms to help prevent condensation and mold growth.

    Inline fans are installed in the roof or loft space above the bathroom with ducting running from a discreet grille in the bathroom ceiling to the fan's extract spigot and then from the exhaust spigot of the fan to the external grille which is generally situated discreetly under the eaves. It is also possible to combine lighting with the internal grille with kits such as National Ventilation UMDTKLED and

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  2. Hand Dryers Vs Paper Towels

    When making the choice to install paper towel dispensers or electric hand dryers there a several factors to consider such as hygiene, waste, efficiency and cost. In this blog we break down the most important considerations to help you to decide on the best option for your requirements.

    Which is More Hygienic, Paper Towels or Electric Hand Dryers?

    There is a lot of conflicting information around how hygienic the two drying methods are. However, clinical trials by The Mayo Clinic and the

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  3. Why Are Ionisation Smoke Detectors Banned?

    Ionisation vs Modern Smoke Alarms

    What is wrong with Aico EI141RC Ionisation Detectors?

    Ionisation detectors contain a very small amount of a radioactive element called Americium 241 (so small it is not harmful to humans), the element causes air molecules to form a small electric current inside the chamber of the detector. During a fast flaming fire smoke particles very quickly enter the chamber and disrupt the electrical current causing the trigger to sound the alarm. Although excellent at detecting fires quickly these detectors are also unfortunately prone to causing false alarms from regular domestic activities including burnt toast. The radioactive element although not harmful to humans in the small doses used in the individual alarms causes problems during mass manufacture and disposal.

    Have Ionisation Detectors Been Banned and Where Can I Buy Them?

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  4. How Much Does it Cost to Run an Air Source Heat Pump?

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    What Does the COP Rating of a Heat Pump Mean?

    The Coefficient of Performance (COP) indicates the efficiency of a heat pump. For example an heat pump operating at a COP of 3 would provide 3kWh of heat for every 1kWh of electricity consumed. Higher COPs indicate higher energy efficiency levels.

    How Much Electricity Does a Heat Pump Use?

    The average home requires around 12,000 kilowatt hours (Kwh) of heat per year. In order to achieve this, a heat pump boiler with a COP of 3 would use 4,000kWh of electricity annually (12/3=4). This figure will depend on the size of your home, how well insulated it is and how much hot water you use. It will also depend on the efficiency of your heat pump. 

    How Much Does an Air Source Heat Pump Cost to Run?

    A simple calculation can provide you with a rough

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  5. Which is better a PIR or Microwave Sensor?

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    Take control of your security with motion sensors. Microwave Sensors and PIR's are two of the leading technologies on the motion sensor market. They can help provide you with increased autonomy and security throughout your home, garden or office, whilst helping to reduce your energy bill at the same time!

    With the ever increasing popularity of motion detection technology an influx of new products have hit the market, all boasting unique and exciting capabilities. We thought that we would give you an insight into the motion sensor market detailing the different situational strength of a range of sensors to help you choose the right sensor for your installation. We're really excited about motion sensor products

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  6. Where Can I Buy Nobo Panel Heaters?

    Unfortuntely Nobo electric panel heaters have now been discontinued by Dimplex who were the sole UK distributor for the popular Norwegian heating range. The Dimplex PLXE panel heater is our best selling panel heater and is the closest alternative product to the Nobo panel heaters (NTL4N and NFK4N ranges).

    Dimplex PLXE Panel Heaters the Best Nobo Alternative

    Dimplex PLXE heaters benefit from many of the same features as the Nobo NTL4N and NFK4N heaters and come available in all the same output options so it's easy to find a direct alternative.

    We've created the table below comparing the Nobo and PLXE equivalent

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  7. Why buy a Pod Point EV charger?

    In this blog we aim to answer the main questions associated with Pod Point EV chargers including why buy a Pod Point, what is a Pod Point and how much does it cost to charge an electric vehicle with a Pod Point at home.

    What is a Pod Point? 

    Pod Point EV chargers are safe, dedicated chargepoints which are installed on electrical circuits specifically designed for the purpose of handling car charging loads. Pod Point chargers charge electric vehicles much quicker and more safely and conveniently than a 3-pin plug. Available in a range of outputs, Pod Points are suitable for domestic, workplace or public installation.

    Why Buy A Pod Point?

    As one of the UK's leading providers of EV charging

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  8. What is the Difference Between Type 1 and Type 2 EV Chargers

    With so many options on the market it can be confusing to work out which EV charging cable you need for your electric vehicle, so we've made this guide to take the confusion out of choosing the right EV cable.

    Just as there are different types of fuel for fossil-fuel cars, there are different types of chargers for electric vehicles. Most EV cars in Europe are now Type 2, but some, especially those from Asian manufacturers are still Type 1. It is important to ensure you know which type your car is before you begin looking to buy a charging cable. You can check this in your manufacturer's guide, by contacting the manufacturer itself or by checking this handy guide on the Pod point website.

    Let's look at the difference between Type

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  9. Changes to the Government OLEV EVHS Grant

    Changes to the EVHS are due to come into effect in April 2022.

    The Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme currently provides a 75% contribution (or up to £350 inc.vat) towards the purchase and installation of Electric Vehicle chargers at their home. Currently requirements inlcude that the customer owns, leases, or has ordered a qualifying vehicle and has dedicated off-street parking at their property. The customer must also use an EVHS installer who will check the customer's eligibility for the scheme and make an application on their behalf.

    However, from April 2022, the EVHS will no longer be open to homeowners(including people with mortgages) who live in single-unit properties. This includes bungalows and detached, semi-detached or terraced houses.

    Installations in single-unit properties must be completed by 31 March 2022 and claims submitted to the Driver

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  10. Which Dimplex Heaters are WIFI Compatible? Everything You Need to Know About Dimplex Control

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    Exciting future ahead for electric heating

    The need for smart electric heating and water heating is becoming ever more present. To meet this demand, Dimplex have future proofed their heater range by releasing the ‘Dimplex Control’ App. For a number of years Dimplex Control has been rolled out to the flagship ranges, including Quantum RF storage heaters, Edel RF Water Cylinders

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