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Home heating: Open fire versus wood-burning or multi fuel stove

The traditional open fire is a very popular concept here in Northern Ireland as a secondary form of home heating, and in some older properties it may be the main or only source of heating
An open fire is lovely to look at and does provide a very cosy feel to a room but the downside is that it is only around 15 -30% efficient with up to 80% of the heat literally going up the chimney. Plus it’s not really possible to regulate the heat output and if left unattended it will go out quite quickly.

A wood-burning or multi-fuel stove on the other hand can be 70% efficient and modern designs with secondary combustion can be up to 85% efficient. In addition there is some control over heat output with a facility to close down the appliance for longer periods if you want to leave it unattended. It’s also safer with less danger of flying sparks.

Another point worth making; if you don’t have an existing chimney it may be possible to fit a stove with a steel extract flue

If you are thinking of installing a new fire or stove and before making any decision it is important to seek professional advice and check that your chimney is in suitable condition for any proposed installation.

If you have any queries or would like further information or clarification on any building issues, or if you are seeking a property survey, please feel free to contact Philip Hobson at ACE Building Surveys. Tel: 07702 332 333 or Email: philip@acebuildingsurveys.co.uk
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Do you have a condensation problem? When warm moist air comes into contact with a cold surface, the warm air condenses and the moisture is released onto the colder surface causing condensation, which in turn can produce black mould to form. Day-to-day activities such as cooking, washing and drying clothes, heating and even breathing produce water vapour. Air in the majority of homes is usually around 50-70% relative humidity. Problems can occur within a building when the moisture content becomes too high. This can sometimes be caused by defects within the building. For example: old houses often have no damp-proof course which means moisture from beneath the house rises up into ground floor rooms which when combined with inadequate ventilation will result in condensation. Here are a few ways you can control the problem of condensation: 1. Control the humidity in your home using extractor fans in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. 2. Ensure there is adequate ventilation. Trickle vents in windows work well, but a more sophisticated option is a heat-recovery ventilation unit. These replace the air in your home by taking the damp air outside, and bringing fresh air back in via a separate grille, passing it over a heat exchanger to be warmed. 3. Additional insulation/ dry-lining to internal surfaces so that walls are kept at a temperature above the dew point of the air inside If you have any queries or would like further information or clarification on any building issues, please feel free to contact Philip Hobson at ACE Building Surveys. Tel: 07702 332 333 or Email: philip@acebuildingsurveys.co.uk

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Do you have a condensation problem?
When warm moist air comes into contact with a cold surface, the warm air condenses and the moisture is released onto the colder surface causing condensation, which in turn can produce black mould to form. Day-to-day activities such as cooking, washing and drying clothes, heating and even breathing produce water vapour.
Air in the majority of homes is usually around 50-70% relative humidity. Problems can occur within a building when the moisture content becomes too high. This can sometimes be caused by defects within the building. For example: old houses often have no damp-proof course which means moisture from beneath the house rises up into ground floor rooms which when combined with inadequate ventilation will result in condensation.
Here are a few ways you can control the problem of condensation: 1. Control the humidity in your home using extractor fans in wet areas such as kitchens and bathrooms. 2. Ensure there is adequate ventilation. Trickle vents in windows work well, but a more sophisticated option is a heat-recovery ventilation unit. These replace the air in your home by taking the damp air outside, and bringing fresh air back in via a separate grille, passing it over a heat exchanger to be warmed. 3. Additional insulation/ dry-lining to internal surfaces so that walls are kept at a temperature above the dew point of the air inside
If you have any queries or would like further information or clarification on any building issues, please feel free to contact Philip Hobson at ACE Building Surveys. Tel: 07702 332 333 or Email: philip@acebuildingsurveys.co.uk
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