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How Can I Ventilate My Home?

Ventilating Your Home - A Complete Guide

Lack of ventilation can cause a huge amount of issues for homeowners, especially those with homes that have high moisture content in some rooms which can lead to mould and condensation forming. Although there are homes that are naturally well ventilated - some just cannot be ventilated properly or lack the tools to ventilate rooms and promote airflow so action needs to be taken.

Lack of ventilation can be a headache at best but a serious health risk at worst (especially if you have family members or tenants that suffer from asthma or other breathing-related / lung-related conditions. There are a number of ways in which you can take action to increase the amount of ventilation in the home as well as take action against poor air quality with the main aspect to consider is installing a home ventilation system.

We are one of the leading manufacturers of Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) systems and can provide the ideal system for your home. The profi-air system supplies the building with fresh, filtered outdoor air while removing used air around the clock. Pollen, fine dust and other pollutants are prevented from entering the home – which is not the case when airing by opening the windows. An extra benefit ensuring a pleasant atmosphere and making people with allergies happy. 

To find out more about the profi-air system or to purchase a system - get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our team now.

Causes of Condensation

Condensation is caused by air moisture as well as variations in temperature and the surface temperature of surfaces that may absorb or cause water droplets to form. You will likely see condensation form in areas such as bathrooms or garages where poor ventilation or constant variations in temperature cause condensation to form around the room. Different activities such as cooking, drying clothes and washing can cause hot air particles to travel to colder parts of the home which can manifest around the home and cause condensation.

In the winter - this can cause a wide range of issues due to the fact there is a lot of cold air around the home and dryers are likely being used to dry your clothes after a washing cycle. This can cause a large variation in air temperature which will lead to potential problems with condensation and mould if left untreated.

Identifying Condensation Issues

Some indications of condensation can be apparent but some are not as clear as others. Here are some common indicators or signs that you can look out for that tell you that you have a condensation problem and probably need to find a solution before the problem gets worse:

Spots of black mould on ceilings. This is more often than not found on the ceilings or walls of rooms such as your bathroom. This is because of the fact that the hot air from showers or running the bath will rise to the top of the room and without the correct ventilation - will cause condensation at the top of the roof.

-    Upon touching walls you can feel that they have become damp. Some walls may also appear damp with moisture on the surface or within the wall in rare cases.

-    Steamy windows or pools of water under window sills.

-    Installing a Home Heat Recovery Ventilation System

Our Heat Recovery Ventilation systems are designed to prevent mould in building structure which prevents the decrease in the resale value of your property. Our ventilation units boast a high degree of heat recovery of up to 95 %. Depending on the type of building and usage pattern, heating costs can be reduced by up to 30 to 50 %. Freshly filtered air also increases the comfort of your home and creates a comfortable climate for all. Our in-house manufactured ventilation pipes ensure impeccable hygiene along with constant air exchange and this system can increase the overall value of your home. With regular airflow - you can say goodbye to condensation and enjoy the finer things around your home!

To find out more about the profi-air system or to purchase a system - get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our team now.
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Energy Effeciency in the Winter

Energy Efficiency in the Most Important Season

Now is the perfect time to get ready for winter in terms of energy efficiency in your home. As this is the most important time of the season to be prepared for energy efficiency, there are a number of ways that you can get ready for the winter months and to save money on your energy bills.

With a large number of systems, insulation equipment/products and other items available to homeowners in the modern age - there are a lot of ways both big and small that you can act today to ensure that you can save money on energy bills, do your bit to reduce environmental impact and enjoy warmer rooms in the colder nights ahead.

At Robbens Systems, we have been designing underfloor heating systems since 1993 - which is a fantastic solution as a replacement to traditional heating systems. This article will discuss various products and systems that you can install today from a range of budgets to help you save in the winter months. To get in touch with one of our underfloor heating specialists, use an online contact form today or telephone now.

Installing a Replacement Heating System

We have more than likely than not all experienced cold pockets in rooms or rooms that do not heat up quickly with radiator based heating systems. This can be highly frustrating at best and can cause additional costs at worse as heating needs to be run for longer to heat a room and heating is inefficient when in operation. There is a wide range of heating systems that can replace traditional heating with innovative systems that perform better and more efficiently. Underfloor heating is no exception and this is why this system is becoming more and more popular.

We only design hydronic or water-based underfloor heating systems as there are a number of disadvantages with electric underfloor heating systems. Electric underfloor heating systems offer lower installation costs but electric is much more expensive to run for example. This is not beneficial in terms of reducing energy costs as you will find that running costs may be much higher than a traditional heating system. Electric underfloor heating also cannot support heavy objects on the surface of the floor as this may damage the elements of the heating system.

Our underfloor heating systems heat rooms evenly and run at lower temperatures than traditional systems - saving you money and making your home more energy-efficient. Get in touch to find out more about our innovative underfloor heating systems.

Installing a Heat Recovery Ventilation System

The main purpose of a heat recovery ventilation system or HRV is to ensure that healthy ventilation of the building with fresh air. Heat recovery ventilation is ideally suited for those who are looking to increase air quality but also save money on energy bills! Our ventilation units, for example, boast a high degree of heat recovery - up to 95%. Depending on your type of home, heating costs can be reduced by up to 30-50%. During the winter months, it’s particularly important to consider the way in which your home is ventilated as you can experience a wide range of issues.

Due to the fact that that hot air will travel around your home and you are unable to dry clothes outside - you will be washing and drying clothes inside. Activities such as this will cause hot air to travel to the colder areas of your home which can cause condensation and mould - which can cause health issues and make your home unattractive to buyers/reduce the overall value of your home. If condensation is not dealt with over time - it can cause structural damage to areas that are constructed out of materials such as timber. 

Why Is Ventilation System Recommended?

Ventilation systems are highly recommended to ensure healthy airflow around your home which is vital for promoting the health of residents and helping those with allergies or asthma if they are prone to issues at home. When opening windows to ensure proper ventilation, allergens can enter the home such as pollen, fine dust and other pollutants. In the winter - it’s unlikely that you will be opening windows when it is cold and the use of heating will inevitably cause potentially stuffy rooms with stale airflow if the correct ventilation is maintained.

With the even airflow and heating that is offered by hydronic underfloor heating - this is a perfect partnership that can enhance the efficiency of your home even further. 

Investing in Insulation Around the Home

Insulation is another great way that you can act now and prepare for energy saving in the winter. Loft insulation or wall insulation are key areas which may have not been installed in historic properties or not included in a new build installation. If you do not have the appropriate insulation then you may want to consider insulating your walls or loft as this can save a substantial amount depending on heating usage.

A jacket for your boiler is another insulation product that can be used to reduce heat waste. As it is harder for heat to escape - this can prevent heat loss and ensure that your boiler is running more effectively and has a better fuel economy. 

Investing in the Future of Your Home

Investing in your home now can pay dividends in years to come - not only in terms of saving money on bills. Having the relevant heating system and insulation installed in your home - this can be a huge selling point when it’s time to sell up and move to a different property or when looking to exchange properties.

We are more than happy to discuss all of your requirements relating to underfloor heating systems. We are also able to advise you on the other systems that we have to offer, such as our home ventilation systems - that can be also used to enhance the way that you can use your home and invest in the future.

To get in touch with one of our underfloor heating specialists or home ventilation specialists, use an online contact form today or telephone now.

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How to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Save Money at Home - Save Money on Your Energy Bills

Although homeowners are likely looking to save money and this is why cutting energy bills is appealing - many others also want to do their bit to protect the environment and reduce their environmental impact. This is the dual benefit of making active changes in your home to cutting energy emissions or the wasting of energy and you’ve probably heard about some of the methods or products that can be used to reduce energy bills.

We have created this article to discuss various ways in which you can save money on your energy bills. From changing your traditional heating system to installing ventilation systems and double or triple glazing - there are various ways that you can reduce energy costs all year round. All of the ventilation systems and underfloor heating systems that we have available are designed to provide you with a range of benefits - as well as allowing you to cut energy usage. 

If you require further information on home ventilation systems or underfloor heating systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone now on: 01424 851111

Changing Your Traditional Heating System - The Wonders of Underfloor Heating

Making the change from a traditional heating system to an underfloor heating system can save you money and is better for the environment. This is because of the fact that your underfloor heating system heats water to much lower temperatures than a traditional system and radiates heat evenly throughout a room. With wet underfloor heating systems installed in liquid screed floors - the system will heat to around 45°C temperatures. Central heating, on the other hand, varies from around 75-85°C at high temperatures to 35-55°C at low temperatures. The other issue with these systems (specifically with radiator based systems) is that you can find pockets of cold air in rooms whereas underfloor heating will evenly heat up a room.

There is a lot of information and debate online and offline about which system to choose between electric and hydronic underfloor heating. Although some claim that electric underfloor heating is cheaper than hydronic (wet) underfloor heating - this is not true and is true at face value. Many are tempted by the cheaper installation costs of electric underfloor heating and comment that hydronic underfloor heating is laborious to install and requires regular maintenance. However - electric underfloor heating costs more to run & if hydronic systems are installed correctly - they require little to no maintenance.

Replacing or Insulating Your Boiler

Should you decide to switch to an underfloor heating system or have yet to make the move - you will still likely be using a boiler. (Although research is being developed to allow for renewable energy sources to be used with underfloor heating & ground source pumps can be used) you are likely using a boiler. If you don’t want to invest in a brand new boiler - why not consider a boiler jacket? This can insulate your boiler and save you money every year. A well-maintained boiler should last for around 15 years but if your boiler is showing problems or is an old unit - you can also save money purchasing a brand-new boiler.

Cut Down on Energy Wastage With Ventilation Systems

We’ve all been there - rooms in your home are too warm and you need to open a window or you need to open a window to ensure that a room is ventilated. Although this can seem like a great idea for stuffy rooms no matter what time of year - this can cause energy loss, especially in the winter when the heating is on. Ventilation systems solve this issue - circulating fresh air to rooms that require ventilation or cooling when a room is uncomfortable. Our home ventilation systems are also highly energy-efficient, ensuring that you can enjoy ventilated rooms at reduced energy costs.

Installing Double or Triple Glazing as Well as Loft Insulation

Double and triple glazing can be installed in windows and windows that are placed internally in a door can be replaced with double or triple glazing to increase their thermal efficiency. You may find that some historic properties may even have single glazed or pane windows which can seriously lack thermal efficiency. You may find that other forms of insulation such as loft insulation or wall insulation can also help save you money on energy bills. It’s a great consideration to think about if these types of insulation are not present in your home.

If you require further information on home ventilation systems or underfloor heating systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone now on: 01424 851111

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Home Ventilation

What are the Benefits of Home Ventilation Systems?

Proper ventilation systems in homes are ideally suited to promote the health of your family as well as to ensure that there is regular airflow. Reducing the amount of moisture in your home is one of the most important jobs that ventilation systems do and can be a fantastic way to combat mould and other issues relating to condensation. You can also utilise ventilation systems to remove odours and air pollutants which can be harmful to your family.

We have a wide range of ventilation systems available that are perfect for your home and can provide a wide range of benefits. With the various systems that are available - we can suggest the perfect home ventilation system to suit your needs as well as advise you on the various ventilation systems that we have available. To find out more about our home ventilation systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our expert team now.

Remove Condensation & Remove Damage to Your Home

Condensation can cause havoc to some homes and cause all sorts of issues around the home. You have more than likely experienced the damage that can be caused to bathrooms or enclosed rooms that do not have the appropriate ventilation. This can cause issues such as mould or damaged wallpaper which can be a headache for homeowners.

Home ventilation systems promote the health of your family and mould can be a huge issue for families - especially if members of your family have respiratory conditions such as asthma. Although mould often forms in areas where water is heated and cooled rapidly (such as the bathroom) any area that experiences damp patches or condensation can be particularly susceptible to mould so home ventilation systems can help to regularly regulate air and gently ventilates the home from a central position - ensuring a flow of healthy, clean air around the property.

Improve the Quality of Air Around the Home

As well as eliminating condensation in the air and in rooms around the home, you can vastly improve the quality of air around the home using a ventilation system. We have a range of ventilation systems available that allow for demand-controlled supply for fresh air and all of our ventilation systems are highly electrically efficient to allow you to enjoy ventilation and a clean air supply without having to worry about big energy bills.

Ventilation systems can also help with conditions such as asthma - as mentioned when discussing how these systems can reduce mould. You can also use your ventilation system to regulate airflow to eliminate dust mites that can aggravate asthma. Dust mites can also aggravate eczema and other issues so ventilation systems can help eliminate dust mites and help with these conditions. You are also able to alleviate systems of hayfever as in hotter weather - having to open the window can cause pollen to enter your home in the air. 

Greater air quality can also reduce a number of species unique air contaminations such as Radon gas (which is caused by the vast majority of rocks - especially granite.) If these gas levels rise then they can cause radiative levels but this can be very rare. Ventilation is however known to help ventilate against the build-up of radon gas.

We are more than happy to supply you a home ventilation system - to install for a client in their home or to be provided for installation for your home. To find out more about our home ventilation systems, get in touch using an online contact form on our website or telephone our expert team now.

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Why Should You Install Underfloor Heating in 2020/21

Why Should I Install Underfloor Heating in 2020/21? & Other Questions

Underfloor heating is unsurprisingly a very hot topic at the moment and has continued to grow in interest and from strength to strength. With recent events meaning that a number of major holidays were cancelled across the board - many homeowners find that they now have a chunk of capital available to finally carry out the home improvements that have been on your mind or on your top priority to carry out.

Underfloor heating fits perfectly into this category and is at the perfect price to invest in this system should you have been refunded a large amount of money due to a refunded holiday. Due to the fact that underfloor heating can save money on your energy bills - this is a perfect investment to make if you have increased budgets available due to a refunded holiday.

So read on to find out more as to why you should install underfloor heating in 2020 or 2021. It’s always important to speak to your heating professional if you are unsure about installations being carried out in your home during these difficult times & always make sure that you have a good understanding of how to install an underfloor heating system if you are a DIY installer. To find out more about the underfloor heating systems that we have available. 

Please get in touch with a member of our expert team today using an online contact form on our website or telephone now.

Hydronic Underfloor Heating Can Be Installed in Any Property

One of the awesome things about our hydronic underfloor heating systems are that they can be installed in any property or premises, whether this is a new build property, historic property or for an extension. As we tailor our underfloor heating systems to your specific requirements - this is key when installing an underfloor heating system during a project. So if you want to invest in an underfloor heating system - they are suited to every property.

Underfloor Heating is Fantastic for the Environment

Heating to much lower temperatures compared to traditional heating systems - wet underfloor heating is much better for the environment as well as allowing you to reduce energy bills. There are also innovative technologies being developed for next-generation underfloor heating systems that will allow for a whole host of renewable energy sources to be able to supply and run the underfloor heating system. In a world where environmental responsibility is becoming more and more important so this is another great reason to install an underfloor heating system, in 2020 / 2021.

Now is the Perfect Time to Install Your Underfloor Heating System

Unfortunately, unless you are a DIY installer (as you will still be able to install in your own home) - there may be uncertainty about as to whether installers will be able to access your home should anything happen in terms of a second lockdown which we sincerely hope is not the case. Arranging for installation means that you can have the peace of mind that the installation process can be completed and you are able to enjoy your underfloor heating system.

It’s also great to arrange for the installation of your underfloor heating system ahead of the winter months which is where you will tend to see the most use of your underfloor heating system. This also ensures that you get the maximum use of your underfloor heating system and make maximum savings due to the reduction of heating requirements.

Now is the perfect time to purchase your underfloor heating system. Please get in touch with a member of our expert team today using an online contact form on our website or telephone now.

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History of Underfloor Heating

The History of Underfloor Heating

Throughout many years, underfloor heating has been a luxurious source of heat, from historic civilisations, right up until the modern-day. As time has moved on, the process and construction of underfloor heating has drastically changed, additionally to underfloor heating becoming much more accessible to a wide range of homeowners. Despite this, they are still considered as a luxury even if they are less exclusive then what they were in the past. Underfloor heating is still a component in households that owners of the component are extremely privileged to have, and it is likely that it will always remain this way. 

This blog explores the past civilisations that invented, developed and produced underfloor heating systems to be what they are today, and how past productions have been adapted the underfloor heating systems that are available in the market today. If you are interested in finding our more about different types of underfloor heating systems, then enquire today with our experts here at Robbens Systems. Our team will be able to confidently deal with any enquiries you may have and find an ideal solution for you. Get in touch today so we can help you. 
When Was The Underfloor Heating System Invented?

History has found that the earliest ever underfloor heating system was discovered in modern-day North Korea. Incredibly, it is believed that these systems were thought to have been invented as early as 5,000 BC! The floors were originally heated or baked, which would then later be coined as ‘warm stone’ or ‘ondol’ around the end of the 19th century. Strong evidence suggests that the earliest ondols were initiated as gudeul, which was essentially a cooking plus heating system in the home or property. 

When fires were lit inside the furnace to cook, the flame would extend horizontally due to the fact that the flue entry was in a location beside the furnace. If smoke from the flame was to travel upwards, then the fire would be put out too quickly and would not be able to cook food for as long as it was required. Following this, a series of passages would guide the flame with the smoke with entire rooms constructed on the furnace flue able to experience and enjoy the underfloor heating. 

In time for 3,000 BC, the North Koreans were using a fire hearth system which was used as a form of internal heating, additionally as an early iteration of an oven. As well as this, it has also been thought that a double hearth system was used in 900 BC with one hearth being used for cooking and another as a heating system. Ancient Romans and Greeks were also documented as being users of underfloor heating systems, however, these underfloor systems were in the form of hypocausts alternatively to double hearth systems. Hypocaust systems raised the floor with pillars while hot air passed through the space beneath to heat the flooring.
Moving Towards More Advanced Methods

By around 500 AD, there was a significant difference between Asian and European underfloor heating systems. In Asia, the ondol was being continually developed further, whereas in Europe, the heating system of choice was the open fire system. The upper class and palaces in Asia used a more sophisticated form of the gudeul around the time of 700 AD. In Mediterranean countries in Europe, hypocausts were used extensively in public baths and public homes. As time progressed towards 1400 AD in countries in Southern Europe and the Mediterranean, there was extensive use of sophisticated hypocausts such as the Turkish baths, which were built by the Ottoman Empire.
The Throwaway Discovery Leading to an Invention Vital for Modern Underfloor Heating System

During the 19th century, extensive research was put into developing the modern central heating system that we use today using water boilers and piping systems. This included extensive research into thermal conductivity, additionally to surface reflectivity and surface emissivity. 

During this period, a discovery that was a throwaway at the time would subsequently lead to the discovery of the most widely used plastic in the world to this day. Hans von Pechmann found a waxy residue at the bottom of one of his test tubes whilst carrying out an experiment. His colleagues Eugen Bamberger and Friedrich Tschirner then took this waxy residue and took it for use as a plastic we now call polymethylene. Polymethylene was discovered during the autodecomposition of diazomethane in ether. This type of polymer is also virtually identical to polyethene, which was obtained by Eric Fawcett and Reginald Gibson in 1935. Following this, industrial use of polyethene for radar cables in the Second World War. 

After the discovery in 1899, polymethylene was thrown away, however, it became a vital component in wet underfloor heating systems. The concept of the hypocaust was in fact still in use as late as the year 1904. It was the hypocaust system that was utilised in Liverpool Cathedral in 1904.

Modern Underfloor Heating Systems

In the 1940s, the US saw a large scale construction operation that installed radiator water-based heating systems in multiple new homes. This heating system proved that these types of heating systems could be incorporated into any property design project and would then pave the way for the modern central heating system to be produced in mass to a huge number of homes. The 1960s then saw the first wet underfloor heating system being invented successfully in Canada and by the 1980s, underfloor heating systems were becoming commonplace all across the globe with Korea arguably being the leading users of the system. This was due to nearly all residential buildings having underfloor heating systems already installed. From this point, underfloor heating systems were being used more and more as heating methods for many residential buildings and saw increased use in non- residential buildings in Scandinavian nations. 

How a Modern Underfloor Heating System Works

There are two main types of underfloor heating systems that are extensively used today. These two systems come in the form of wet underfloor heating systems and electronic underfloor heating systems. Wet systems pump warm water by using piping underneath the floor, whereas electronic systems use electric coils that are placed underneath the flooring. 

Once a system that was considered a component of expensive buildings and complexes, the systems have become increasingly more popular heating systems in the UK. This is as the design of underfloor heating systems can be integrated into the structure of the property. If you own an older property, this shouldn’t put you off as you as it is still simple to install underfloor heating in older properties with ease and experience the many benefits.

Underfloor Heating

As previously mentioned, it is easy to access underfloor heating systems in the UK and have a system successfully installed into your home. If you’re considering installing an underfloor heating system to your home, then choose Robbens Systems for efficient and professional underfloor heating system installations in the UK. For many years we have installed systems to homes of all scales for owners to experience the benefits of underfloor heating. If you’re interested, get in touch with our team of experts in East Sussex today and arrange for a service or installation.
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