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How Efficient Heating Systems Save You Money and Help the Planet

Heating systems are absolutely necessary. In modern life, there’s simply no way to get around needing one. In the dead of the winter you need heat and warmth, and all year round you need regular showers and baths.

Knowing Your Local Plumbing Supplies Company Is Important

Everyone should know their local plumbing supplies company. That might seem like a weird statement, however, hear me out! Plumbing, and plumbing supplies, are an essential part of keeping a home running smoothly and efficiently, especially in winter.

Why Winter Puts the Greatest Strain on Your Heating Systems

Winter can be fun. Snow, Christmas, New Year, and all that jazz. Lots of spending time with family, drinking and having a good time. However, the weather can put a heavy strain on your heating systems, for a variety of reasons, and it’s the worst possible time for heating systems to go down.

New Year, New Boiler?

2016 has been an interesting year, that’s for sure. Full of political turmoil and change, and social changes and developments. However 2016 has treated you, you still need warmth and hot water!

Boiler Checks and Why They Are So Important

Knowing the health and overall functionality of your boiler can be hugely useful and important. No one likes the idea of being stuck in the dead of winter with no heating or hot water, which, beyond being uncomfortable and unpleasant, can even be deadly for the frail, elderly or very young.

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How to Source the Right Heating Spares When You Really Need Them


When it comes to sourcing your heating spares effectively and quickly, especially when there is an urgent demand, it often comes down to is having good suppliers, both online and on the high street, on hand to turn to.

Posted on:Nov 6, 2016
Category:In House 
Posted by:isdigital

While many tradesmen and DIYers lean predominantly on one or the other, we’ve found the most effective technique to be using a combination to guarantee the best value, convenience and speed. All these are important factors, and you can achieve a great system if you’re willing to use both online and local stores. It’s short sighted to doggedly use just online, or local stores. Both options have fantastic pros and cons, and as such, using a combination allows you to take advantage of these benefits, and negate the downsides as much as possible.

You’ll find that the best solution is always going to be using both the high street and online stores.

Understand Your Options

The different benefits of online and physical stores need to be understood to utilise both properly. Supporting physical suppliers might seem a worthy cause, with the decline of the high street still fairly apparent, but you’ve got to remember that physical stores have much higher overheads and practical costs to cover, and their prices may reflect this. On the other hand, while physical stores are generally more expensive than online options, if you do end up with the incorrect part, it’s much to return or exchange said part, than with an online heating parts supplier.

What it comes down to is how reliable and informative the online supplier is, and with the impersonal nature of the internet, reliable, helpful and informative shopping experiences tend to be light on the ground. As well as this, you’ve got to consider whether you’re going to be using primarily bigger chain stores, or smaller independent suppliers. Smaller suppliers might frequently surprise you in value terms, as well as expertise, but generally won’t be able to match the range carried by bigger chain suppliers.

Always Think in Terms of Speed

Find out how quick a job needs doing. Your convenience and delivery needs come down to what kind of heating systems you’re primarily sorting. If you’re mainly fitting entirely new systems, and working in a commercial arena, then your time-frames are likely to be looser than if you’re fixing and repairing people’s homes. People want their heating back on as quickly as possible generally, and your parts suppliers’ delivery protocol should reflect that. However, if you’re not on such a tight schedule, you can make use of potentially cheaper, and more expansive suppliers that might be slower when it comes to delivery or collection.

Alternatively, you could you a combination of both, and tailor your ordering system in accordance with demand, which is probably the best of both worlds in terms of cost, speed and convenience. Either way, when looking at the different plumbing suppliers, you need to evaluate in terms of delivery times and convenience, and then compare.

Service or Value?

There are plenty of differences within physical stores as we’re sure you’ve experienced. The sad fact is, some huge heating parts suppliers, who can offer literally every part you might need, and at an ideal price, tend to know less about their products. They might have a vast range, but when it comes to helping you identify the right part, they’ll struggle compared to smaller, more costly suppliers. It’s an unavoidable trade-off really, where you must choose whether you want to risk potentially incorrect parts, for the saving, or guarantee the correct parts at a steeper cost. The best option is probably going to be a combination. As easy as it would be, you can’t just use one heating spares supplier, you’ve got to allocate according to your heating repair needs. You could use a bigger, cheaper, general supplier for the more common heating parts, and then a smaller, more focused supplier for the specialist, more awkward parts.

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