Monthly Archives: March 2012

  • ACR Show to return to NEC every two years

    It has been confirmed that the ACR Show will return to Birmingham's NEC every two years after a successful debut.

    The event is dedicated to showing off the latest in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump technology.

    Speaking to HeatingandVentilating.net, event director Jan Thorpe said: "The feedback we have received from exhibitors has been extremely pleasing. I would like to thank all those who supported the launch and believed in what we were doing. I am delighted that the show delivered - both for visitors and exhibitors."

    The show managed to attract a number of big name sponsors, including LG, Climate Center, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    The event featured more than 30 seminars on a number of industry topics, while organisers have confirmed that ACR will return again in 2014.

    Later this year HEVAR 2012 will take place at the NEC, which will provide an ideal forum for buyers, suppliers and end users of heating and ventilation products.

  • Use summer to dry out wood for winter fires

    The summer time is the ideal period for drying out wood ready for it to be thrown on to the fire during the winter.

    With spring around the corner, households will start to get busy in the garden and might even be planning on chopping down trees or taking apart old benches.

    While wood can get damp during cold, wet wintry conditions, leaving it to dry out during the summer will allow families to reap the benefits during the cold season.

    Dry wood will also give off a lot more heat whereas if it is still damp then a lot of energy goes into evaporating the water which is inside the timber.

    It is important to keep the wood on a dry base, preferably off the ground so that air can get underneath it.

    StovesOnline.co.uk recommends that the moisture content needs to be taken down from between 45 and 30 per cent to around 20 per cent in order to produce the best wood burning conditions.

  • ACR Show to return to NEC every two years

    It has been confirmed that the ACR Show will return to Birmingham's NEC every two years after a successful debut.

    The event is dedicated to showing off the latest in air conditioning, refrigeration and heat pump technology.

    Speaking to HeatingandVentilating.net, event director Jan Thorpe said: "The feedback we have received from exhibitors has been extremely pleasing. I would like to thank all those who supported the launch and believed in what we were doing. I am delighted that the show delivered - both for visitors and exhibitors."

    The show managed to attract a number of big name sponsors, including LG, Climate Center, Panasonic and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

    The event featured more than 30 seminars on a number of industry topics, while organisers have confirmed that ACR will return again in 2014.

    Later this year HEVAR 2012 will take place at the NEC, which will provide an ideal forum for buyers, suppliers and end users of heating and ventilation products.

  • Is brown wood ideal as a gas fire surround?

    Brown wood is making a return as an interior design material and could even be used as a gas fire surround.

    Susan Llewellyn, founder of the Susan Llewellyn Academy of Interior Design, said that timber is still a popular choice among those who are looking to renovate their property.

    "Brown wood went out for some time and was not particularly well thought of, but I think it is coming back because of the quality of the making," she noted.

    Ms Llewellyn went on to say that different finishes are now being used to use this material in different ways.

    The interior design expert pointed towards Marten Baas, who became a favourite at the Milan Furniture Fair for taking old wooden furniture and torching it, before setting it in a poly-resin.

    Other materials which are popular as a gas fireplace surround include veneered wood, pine and mahogany, while granite will provide a property with a dark, sleek style ideal for a modern home.

  • Scottish property owners 'should switch to renewable heating devices'

    Scottish households should make sure they are using renewable heating devices if they are not connected to the gas grid, according to a new report.

    Consumer Focus Scotland presented research at the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations event in Edinburgh last week which showed the benefit of going green.

    Trisha McAuley, deputy director of Consumer Focus, said that dealing with high fuel costs is a "daily struggle" for families, particularly those in rural areas.

    "The research shows that it is vital that tenants using these systems for the first time get all the information they need so that they can have complete confidence in renewables. We would encourage landlords to gather case study evidence to show the impact on tenants’ bills," she noted.

    In February, power companies and local groups met at a convention to discuss how the 'big six' energy suppliers could help those who are struggling to pay their heating bills.

    According to research, around one in three households in Scotland struggle to stay warm during the winter months.

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