We’re pleased to support CRASH

Nu-Heat is pleased to be supporting CRASH as our chosen charity for 2016. Last year, we donated over £1400 for the Prince’s Trust through our annual Summer Party raffle – a target we’re hoping to smash this September!

Why CRASH?

CRASH is a unique charity in the property and construction sector. It was founded in order to help homeless people and hospices by improving the buildings they need and use. This is done through offering skilled expertise, sourcing building materials, providing technical knowledge and cash grants.

Over the last 10 years the charity has donated a staggering £4 million to projects as gifts in kind through materials and professional services such as Engineers, Designers and Architects.

As a company involved in the same sector, and having been involved in projects such as DIY SOS in the past, CRASH is a perfect fit for Nu-Heat.

An example of CRASH’s work

CRASH worked with St Michael’s Hospice to help reconstruct the building after it was extensively damaged in an arson attack last July. The 28 bed hospice had been providing care for adults with life-limiting illness since 1987 and the fire not only had a devastating effect on the building, but also on the staff and patients working and staying there at the time.

CRASH awarded St Michael’s Hospice with a cash grant of £30,000 towards getting the building back up and running.

After the arson attack
After the arson attack
Work achieved with the help of CRASH
Work achieved with the help of CRASH

In the last year CRASH has also helped 48 homeless projects to improve and develop the buildings they need to offer their services, including emergency night shelters, hostels, day centres and ‘move-on’ accommodation.

For more information about CRASH, visit www.crash.org.uk

Self-build shows this September

Nu-Heat will be attending self-build and renovation shows in Exeter and London this September, and you can visit us for free. Our friendly team will be on hand to offer expert advice and guidance on how you can integrate underfloor heating and renewables into your project.

Not sure what to expect when you attend one of these shows? Our blog post provides some tips on how to make the most of your visit – click here to read it. Don’t forget to bring a set of plans so that we can provide a free bespoke quote within a few days.

SelfBuild & Design South West

SelfBuild & Design South West

A showcase of products, systems and ideas, SelfBuild & Design South West offers advice and inspiration for your project, whether you are extending, renovating or building your own home from scratch.

Meet our experts on stand H3, and find out whether underfloor heating is right for your project at our free masterclass sessionat 2:50pm on Saturday 10th September.

When and where is the show?
Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September
Westpoint Exhibition Centre, Clyst St Mary, Exeter, Devon, EX5 1DJ

Book your free tickets online using code SB6SWNUH

 

Homebuilding & Renovating London

London Homebuilding & Renovating Show

A go-to exhibition for self-builders and renovators, the London Homebuilding & Renovating Show can help you bring your project to life.

Our experts will be on hand to discuss your project on stand F181, and you can also pop along to our free masterclass session about underfloor heating options at 2:30pm on Friday 23rd September in the Masterclass Theatre.

When and where is the show?
Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th September
ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1XL

Get two free tickets worth £24

 

Not able to get to the shows?

Contact us on 01404 540650 to discuss the best underfloor heating and renewable solutions for your project.

Top tips for heating your kitchen

Of all the rooms in your home, the design of your kitchen is perhaps the most crucial to get right. In addition to choosing fixtures and fittings that reflect your taste and suit how you will use the room, it is also important to install an efficient heating system to create a warm and cosy space.

LoProMax being installed in a kitchen
LoPro™Max underfloor heating being installed in a kitchen

Warm water underfloor heating (UFH) is an invisible heating system that is ideal for kitchens wall space is often at a premium, particularly if you have bi-fold doors.

UFH works best when the interior design is reflected in the UFH design – read our top tips for getting the most from UFH in your kitchen.

Consider your kitchen units

Good UFH design will take into account the position of your fixed and portable kitchen units.

Warm water UFH works by pumping a controlled flow of warm water through tubing embedded in the floor, warming the surface of the floor above it. This emits an even, gentle heat into the room. Anything that is directly above the embedded tubing – including your kitchen units – will be warmed by the UFH. This doesn’t cause a problem if you are not storing food in your kitchen units, and a tube layout that runs around fixed units (rather than under them) will ensure that the temperature of designated food storage areas is not affected.

However, if you have portable units and islands, or are considering changing the layout of your kitchen in the future, it is best to run the UFH tubing across the whole floor. This avoids the risk of resulting cold spots where your units used to be. The base of your kitchen units can easily be insulated to ensure that their contents are not warmed.

Choose compatible floor coverings

Hard floor coverings such as tiles and engineered timber are a stylish and practical choice in kitchen areas, but they can feel cold underfoot if they are not paired with a suitable heating system. UFH delivers an efficient, even heat across the entire floor, and is compatible with a wide range of floor coverings, including engineered timber, tiles, vinyl, laminate and polished concrete. A floor temperature sensor can limit the heat output from the floor to protect sensitive floor coverings.

Renovation projects

If you are planning to retrofit UFH into your existing kitchen, you’ll be pleased to hear that there is no need to dig up your floor! UFH can be fitted directly on top of an existing floor to minimise disruption to your fixtures and fittings.
Make sure you consider the full height build-up, including any structural decks that may need to be laid over the UFH before your floor coverings can be fitted. Nu-Heat’s LoPro™10 UFH adds just 15mm height build-up and floor coverings can be laid directly on top.

Whether you are extending, renovating or building from scratch, contact us on 01404 540650 to discuss the best UFH solution for your property.

» Find out more about underfloor heating on our website.