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Investigation planned in Australia over faulty heating systems

Fears have arisen in Australia over faults with gas heating, insulation and ventilation in homes built during the 1990s.

Following the deaths of two young boys in May 2010, a coroner has said that she wants to examine heating systems as well as ventilation in Aussie homes in order to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning related deaths in the future.

She said that she intends to examine a number of factors including the heaters, house ventilation and exhaust fans.

The two young boys that were killed by a carbon monoxide leak from a bedroom heater, may have been victims of faulty heating and a lack of ventilation.

The heater was said to be covered in soot, which raises carbon monoxide levels and the well-sealed doors and windows meant that the house was not properly ventilated. An exhaust fan also posed as a hazard for the boys, as a lack of ventilation means that the fan encouraged the carbon monoxide to spread.

The coroner fears that similar features are common across other houses built throughout the 1990s and it is suspected that a number of houses may have been built with similar difficulties in areas nearby.

The investigation of the homes is set to take place in March next year.

November 9, 2012 at 10:00 am | Gas heater |
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Fire Marshal confirms that heater caused house fire

A U.S fire marshal has confirmed that a house fire that took place last Thursday was caused by wall-mounted heater that fell on the floor.

The fire marshal spoke out about the investigation on Monday, saying that the heater, measuring around 2 by 2 and a half feet, was found detached from the wall.

The wall heater was a gas powered appliance and it is unclear as to whether it fell on the floor before or after the fire.

Fire departments received calls regarding the fire around 4am on Thursday morning.

November 7, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Gas heater |
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Mother raises awareness after her sons are killed by gas heater leak

Two Australian children who were killed by toxic, odourless carbon-monoxide fumes, which leaked from a gas heater in their home, have had their memory cherished by their mother.

The incident took place in May 2010, and the boys’ parents have since started an awareness campaign to improve gas and fossil fuel safety in Australian homes.

The mother woke up in a daze at the time of the leak. Her arm was limp and she could not wake the boys.

The leak has left her with on-going medical problems including memory loss and damage to her heat and liver.

The 31 year old named the foundation after her sons, Chase and Tyler. She is strongly passionate about raising awareness regarding carbon-monoxide poisoning caused by home appliances, such as a gas heater. She urges people to buy gas detectors, in order to save lives.

November 1, 2012 at 10:00 am | Gas heater |
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How to keep your home efficiently warm this winter!

During winter you’ll want to make sure that your home is energy efficient, as well as find a way to cut your energy costs as best as you can.

Leaking windows, poorly insulated water heaters and clogged air filters are all a potential killer for your energy costs, and with Christmas coming up you don’t want to have all your money tied up in keeping the house warm!

When you have the heating on at home make sure that you don’t let heat leak outside, you don’t want your money to be wasted nor do you want to increase your carbon footprint for no reason.

Check for window frames, door frames, outside vents to your dryer, baseboards, and spaces around window air conditioning units – this way you can be sure that you are properly insulated.

Insulation is essential for keeping out cold air, so that your home has natural warmth inside.

It’s also handy to check your air filters, to make sure they are fully clear and heating your home easily. Insulating your water heater could be another savvy way to cut your energy costs.

Water heating is usually around 14% to 25% of your heating costs, and by wrapping your water heater you could lower costs, as it will keep more heat within the appliance. This means that you’ll only pay for exactly what you should be paying for when your water bill comes through.

October 30, 2012 at 10:32 am | Water heater |
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Government funded heating system is more expensive than first thought

Heating systems in the UK that are said to be more efficient than usual have left families struggling to pay the bills.

The heating system used in the new government-funded affordable housing is said to be costing up to four times more than expected.

The heat is generated by an ‘exhaust air source heat pump’ that takes heat from waste air that leaves the house and then pumps it back in. This then provides heating and hot water.

Families are now said to have paid three to four times more than what the estimates said the new heating system would cost.

Energy Performance Certificates that accompanied the new properties estimated electricity and heating costs would be around £400 – £500 a year, but one resident’s electricity bill alone came through at £252 for just under 2 months. This led her to believe that the energy systems are not as cost efficient as the estimates suggested.

October 28, 2012 at 9:00 am | Heater costs |
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Are flueless fires safe?

Flueless fires provide heat and fire in a room that has no chimney, pipe or a duct to provide somewhere for the gases produced to be distributed.

They can be fitted in most rooms as long as they have a 100 square centimetre air vent that is one metre from the fire and as long as the room has a window that opens.

Flueless fires are gas heaters, which means they produce water vapour and carbon dioxide, as well as carbon monoxide if oxygen is in short supply.

This can be unsafe as there is no flue to direct these gases outside, which means they can leak out in the house. Water vapour causes condensation and humidity inside, carbon dioxide causes sleepiness and carbon monoxide is a serious risk to the health of anyone who is inhaling it.

This supports the argument that flueless fires may not be the safest option for standard home living. They are similar to gas cookers that have no ventilation above them, which are regularly used in many homes. However, flueless fires a likely to be used for longer periods of time than a gas cooker, which means a larger amount of unsafe gases will be distributed into the home.

If a fire with a flue can be fitted into the home, it is often a safer choice to go with as you can enjoy your cosy fire without having to worry about being poisoned at any period of time!

October 26, 2012 at 11:00 am | Gas heater |
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Gas heater explosion left six people injured at campsite

Last Saturday night a gas heater caught fire and exploded in a family’s tent at a campsite in Oxfordshire.

The tent, located on Hardwick Park near Witney, set fire after the gas heater was left on during the evening to keep the tent warm.

Four family members, who were in the tent at the time, were subject to minor burns and smoke inhalation. Two staff members were also injured after rushing to help when they overheard the bang.

Fire and rescue crews arrived at the campsite and all six people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

The family members who were injured were also camping with a further two people who avoided injury as they were not in the tent at the time of the explosion.

Station manager, Simon Belcher said he’d never recommend gas heaters in tents due to overheating and potential carbon monoxide poisoning.

October 16, 2012 at 11:00 am | Gas heater |
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Water heaters and the carbon footprint

Water heaters could make up more of your individual carbon footprint than you first thought.

If you’re a driver, your motor vehicle may seem at the top of the list of your daily energy consumption, but we reckon hot water usage in the home gives your car a run for its money!

Traditional water heaters have more of an impact on energy usage than most think. Water heaters (gas, electric and tankless) produce a lot of Co2, which tends to be more than your average automobile.

They also use nearly 6,400 kilowatt hours of electricity per year and produce eight ton of carbon dioxide annually, which is double the amount of a standard automobile every year.

However, the only obvious solution is installing a solar water heater. If you can’t get your hands on one of those, maybe cold showers in the summer are the answer to this one!

Oops! Do hot water heaters use too much energy?

 

October 10, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Water heater |
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Our Outdoor Heater Hire range increases 60% as we pledge timely deliveries for any order quantity to ANY UK address

With a large range of heaters available for domestic and commercial use we are able to supply electric and gas heaters to commercial fan heaters and along with space and diesel heaters, warehouse and construction site heaters for hire.

For the first time this year, this morning feels like the first real spring day of 2012 and perhaps heater hire may not be top of everyone’s agenda today. However, as the summer months start to draw closer our domestic and business customers begin considering their summer heater hire requirements!

It is around this time of year our outdoor heaters becomes popular commodities!

Our phones are beginning to get busy with people enquiring about costs and lead times for outdoor heater hire including marquee heater hire, portable gas heaters and garden heaters. Generally enquiries start to rise from March onwards as more of you out there start to consider your summer bbqs and planned outdoor parties and events.

Restaurants, hotels, clubs, bars and pubs not to mention cafes along with many other service industry businesses begin turning their attention to accommodating their al fresco customers for the up and coming summer months.

Outdoor heater hire is particularly popular for those slightly chillier summer evenings.

On a commercial level we are able to provide heater hire to any addresses in any part of the UK and we can supply any required quantities of heaters for hire.

So, no matter how small or large your heater hire requirement at Top Heater Hire we are able to accommodate ALL our domestic and commercial customers quickly and cost-effectively for virtually any type of heater hire required no matter what location or quantity.

Across all the heater hire team it is our regular business customers including hotels, restaurants and bars that have kept us busy this week and advance bookings have already been taken for outdoor heater hire.

The most popular type of outdoor heater hire at the moment is our marquee heater hire followed by our outdoor patio heater hire, garden heater hire and portable gas heater hire.

So, let’s say a ‘big hurray for summer 2012’ and I look forward to speaking to you about your outdoor heater requirements very soon whether you are planning a BBQ party or a large outdoor event my heater hire team are here to help and we are only a phone call away.

Those large and/or specialised heater hire requirements may well need my personal touch so don’t hesitate to speak to me directly whenever you need too – there’s nothing I don’t know about heater hire!

Dan – call me on 0844 504 0498
If you’re on your mobile, or if you are out of the country give me a call on +44 161 482 6252.

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Don’t forget we really do provide the best heater hire service and advice and as we claim on our website
our customer pledge to you is:

We always give you the best, independent advice!
We are always on time
We ALWAYS provide you with great value heater hire
All the heater hire team are friendly and approachable

We can even supply internationally!

March 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Uncategorized |
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Heater Hire – Choosing the Right Type of Heater

When searching for Heater Hire, you need to consider a few things but most important is probably the size of the room and power supply available.

 

The size of the room will help us to calculate the area and size of the heater needed to heat the room to a level that is suitable to yourself.

The power available, we of course can provide gas/diesel powered heaters which give you the most heat but may no suit your requirements.

Electric heaters only tend to have a lower heat output that work on standard 240v outlet.

 

 

 

February 24, 2012 at 5:45 am | heater hire, outdoor heaters |
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