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Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year – 2012 Highlights!

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 20th December 2012

We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our customers for training with Trade Skills 4U. We are fully aware that most of you have committed your hard earned cash to retraining or upskilling to further your careers during a time of economic uncertainty. However there are very clear signs at present that the economy is on the turn and 2013 looks as if it will be a very positive year especially in the housing and construction sector.

2012 has been a very interesting year in the industry and we wanted to share with you what we felt were some of the key highlights for us as a training company in this very interesting industry.

We have rounded up the top story’s and blog posts from the last twelve month and we hadn’t realised until now just what a busy year it has been:

The launch of the Electrical Safety Register and ElectricSafe Registers

Sponsoring Paul Wood – One Hard Nut

Launching the City & Guilds 2365 Course

Saying Goodbye to the 2391 course and Launching the New 2395 Courses

MOD1 & MOD2 Courses gaining City & Guilds Accreditation

Partnering with Amtech

Visit from Clive Betts MP

Partnering with Kew

National Tradesman Day – Cakes for All

The Olympics

Visit from Barry Sherman MP

Launching our 3 day PAT Testing Course for Beginners

Trade Skills 4U being responsible for the wettest summer since records began

The Euro’s and our fabulous Euro offer

The Queens Jubilee – We still have the decorations up!

NAPIT Discounts Launched for Trade Skills 4U Customers

NICEIC Fast Track and Discounts Launched for Trade Skills 4U Customers

Henry Smith MP Visits Trade Skills 4U

Our Apprenticeship Taster Day was a huge success

 

We are now looking forwards to 2013 and are sure that it will be an action packed twelve months. We are looking forward to delivering a range of new Domestic Installer Qualifications.

So as a final word we wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

 

Categories: 2012 yearly review

How To Avoid Dodgy & Dangerous Electrical Goods This Christmas

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 18th December 2012

Dangerous electrical goods available on the internet is nothing new.  However, spotting a dangerous electrical product is not so easy and this is why there has been in excess of 4 million counterfeit products seized in the UK this year alone.  There is likely to be double this amount in total of fake electrical products making it into peoples homes, the buyers being blissfully unaware that they have purchased a potentially dangerous electrical product.

With the price of electrical goods at the forefront of buyers minds, it is little wonder that dangerous appliances are purchased online in huge quantities.  Buyers are simply looking at the price and not looking more closely at where the product is made and crucially if it is being manufactured in line with stringent UK legislation.

Electrical Adapters, toasters, extension leads, hairdryers, and phone chargers are amongst the items at the top of the list for dangerous manufacture.  They often have serious electrical defects such as loose cables, live wires, and no safety features which means that when plugged in they quickly overheat and have caused many house fires and extensive damage to electrical fixtures and fittings.  Every year 70 people die and 350,000 injuries are caused in UK homes which are due to electrical faults and faulty electrical equipment.

Many buyers mistake branded goods for genuine products and believe they are getting a great deal.  Its only when the product is used does it show its true colours.  Many people have been electrocuted by small electrical appliances such as toasters and kettles have failed to cut out when reaching boiling point going on to melt the plastic casing.  These items have the potential to put you, your family and your home at risk.

So in the final week before Christmas with many people desperately seeking that perfect present, it pays to use a little common sense when purchasing electrical goods on line.  Internet buying has increased hugely over the last few years, and whilst it can be a great way to do your Christmas shopping, you do need to be aware of counterfeit goods.   Trade Skills 4U has drawn up a checklist to ensure you don't end up making a costly error.

1.  Firstly, only buy from a reputable website or brand that you have heard of before. If buying from Ebay check the feedback of the seller and make sure other customers are happy with what they have bought. If you havent heard of them then do some digging to find out how long the website has been running and if anyone else has ordered from there before. If there is a problem with the electrical item you have purchased then you do have redress.  Many unscrupulous traders will simply set up a website for Christmas, take peoples money and either send out nothing in return or a counterfeit product.  They will simply close the website down after Christmas leaving you seriously out of pocket – or worse.  So before you buy, check that the address appears genuine – not just a PO box address or worse still no contact details at all.

2.  Check the voltage of the product is compatible for use in the UK – 230V and is fitted with a 3 pin plug.  Do not buy second hand electrical products, you don't know what condition they are in – many have had unauthorised repairs carried out and carry no warranty.  So if it doesn't work, you've lost your money.

3.  Do a price check – generally, you know what the price is on the high street, so why would it be half the price on line?  If something seems too good to be true- it probably is and its best to walk away – don't take the risk.

4. Before you buy, carefully check what the sellers terms and conditions are particularly in respect of their returns policy and privacy statement.

5. Use your credit card for purchases above £100.  You can hold the trader and card issuer liable should a problem occur.  This basically means you can apply to your card issuer and obtain a refund if you have no luck in contacting the trader directly to resolve any issues.

Lastly, when you receive your electrical item, unpack it and carefully inspect it for anything untoward – loose cables, casing showing exposed wires and inferior workmanship.  Does it contain a guarantee?  If you have any doubts, do not use it and consult a qualified registered electrician who will be more than happy to check the safety of the product.

If you are still unsure you can always get the item PAT tested or even go one step further and take a PAT Testing Course so you can then check the item yourself. This may be a bit extreme but you never know the skills could come in very handy.

By following our top 5 on line buying tips, you should stay safe over the festivities and have Happy Christmas!

 

The True Cost Of Electrical Christmas Presents

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 17th December 2012

When we buy Christmas presents we usually do not consider how much power they will use or how much the gift will cost to run during it's lifetime.

From next year, John Lewis is going to display the lifetime running costs of electrical goods.

This is part of a wider government initiative to cut down energy use in households in a bid to tackle climate change.  The government wants to reduce energy use by 11 per cent by 2020 as part of the Energy Efficiency Strategy.  Awareness of energy efficiency is now considered a priority in order to meet the target.

Electrical goods are currently rated from A - G in terms of energy efficiency with A being the most energy efficient.

This is great news for consumers researching future electrical purchases as it not only helps in the choice of an eco product, it also shows the true cost of running it.  There is a marked difference in running an energy efficient product against a non-energy efficient product - you only have to look at the cost of running a tumble dryer!

This move is likely to change the way we use electrical appliances in our home - the cost of boiling a kettle is far higher than turning on the TV, yet we don't consider the overall cost of running appliances we take for granted in our homes such as washing machines, fridges and dishwashers.  Choosing the most energy efficient model available could save you hundreds if not thousands of pounds during its lifetime.  With A+, A ++ and A +++ now available on such domestic appliances there is no need to be spending more than what you need to on its running costs.

The running costs of most electrical items are overlooked at the time of purchase - a good indication of how much power will be required is to take a look at the cable - a thicker cable indicates a higher power requirement. Consider if you can use an alternative and if not switch off at the wall when not in use.

Less efficient devices tend to be cheaper to buy and more expensive to run.  As consumer behaviour changes, it is likely that expensive energy inefficient products will be taking a back stage to make way for energy efficiency.

If you are buying an electrical gift this year remember that the eco versions of many normal appliances will often be more attractive to look at and in general are a more appealing present. You are not only giving the recipient the item itself you are also going to be saving them money for many years to come.

So remember an electrical gift isn't just for Christmas it should last a good few years. 

 

Apprenticeship Success – Quantity vs Quality

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 14th December 2012

A report compiled by the House of Commons British Innovation and Skills Committee (BIS) concluded that the quality of British apprenticeships is more important than quantity.

This is a welcome move which will see standards raised amongst apprenticeships and ensure a high quality of training within apprenticeships, which ultimately will lead to a higher trained future workforce.

Apprenticeships are often unfairly untarnished as being a route for the less academically minded.  Whilst apprenticeships are vocational in nature, offering hands on experience leading to a qualification and normally a job position, it is not a route for less able candidates.

The emphasis on apprenticeships, is that they are aimed for individuals who have the desire to work in a practical environment and have the skills and aptitude to undertake this type of skilled work.

By contrast, a degree is aimed for the academically minded person who will undertake most of their study on paper with a smaller element of practical experience in order to obtain a qualification to improve their prospects on the jobs market.

Whichever route is chosen, whether academic or vocational, the qualifications have the same value.

The aim to make apprenticeships more challenging to suit the demands of the industry concerned.  At Trade Skills 4U, we think this is a great idea.  We have had several 17th edition electricians telling us that they spent the first year or longer of their electricians apprenticeship sweeping floors, visiting electrical wholesalers for materials, making the tea for the boss and if they were lucky, observing some electrical work in between.

There is a distinct lack of opportunity to gain relevant hands on experience and many electrical apprentices are entering the jobs market without the essential skills needed to successfully pursue a career in the electrical industry.  The BIS report is calling for the standards to be raised to ensure each candidate is given a quality experience with providers needing to demonstrate the learning experience they will be providing to ensure suitable electricians are being brought to the jobs market.

Whilst the government is heavily extending its apprenticeship programme, it is important that this does not result in a lack of focus on what the apprenticeship scheme will be delivering.

It is now time to remove the tainted image of apprenticeship and electrician training and a closer partnership needs to be developed within schools to raise the standards of entrants who enter vocational training.  The construction industry as a whole faces a huge shortage of suitably qualified domestic electricians and installers.  Changes are needed to the current 17th edition model and schools need to take essential basic education more seriously and not use the apprenticeship route as a dumping ground.

The electrical industry offers opportunity for all but a successful career is not made by sweeping floors for 2 years.  It is gained by quality, dedicated training opportunities, the opportunity to gain hands on experience.  The training does not have to be so prolonged, the candidate looses focus or the ability to continue.  The opportunity to fit training around lifestyle is of paramount importance as well as the opportunity to earn as soon as possible.

Here at Trade Skills 4U we are able to train electrical apprentices in the core units much quicker than most colleges. We operate a system of two weeks on two weeks off for privately funded students and for those who are employed in an electrical apprentice role they can train 1 week a month for 16 months. This means they will learn skills that are useful to their employer in a much shorter space of time. This all means one thing, less tea and sweeping up and much more proper hands on work that is going to make them much more useful to their employers.

 

Categories: electrical apprenticeships, apprenticeships

Ding Ding Round 1: The Electrical Safety Register Vs The ElectricSafe Register

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 12th December 2012

Towards the end of November 2 new schemes were launched to help promote competent electricians to the public. The idea of a central database of competent electricians which could be promoted direct to the public in a similar way to GasSafe for plumbing and heating  is definitely a good one. However we now have two schemes competing for the public’s attention “The Electrical Safety Register” and “The Electric Safe Register”.

Both schemes operate in almost exactly the same way. Consumers can visit the website and search for a registered electrician in their local area. They are both intended to provide a central point for consumers to verify the quality of the electrician and also give the electrical industry a simple clear place to promote itself.

So what is the difference between the two schemes?

The Electrical Safety Register has been launched by the NICEIC, ECA, ELECSA and Electrical Safety Council. These scheme providers’ members will be automatically added to the database and as such this means that roughly 90% of approved electricians and domestic installers will be automatically registered for the The Electrical Safety Resgister. However the scheme is not open to sparkies who are registered with other scheme providers such as NAPIT.

The ElectricSafe Register was launched at almost exactly the same time by NAPIT. The Scheme is open to any electrician or domestic installer registered to any scheme provider and NAPIT registered installers will automatically be registered.

Which is best for consumers?

Both websites are fairly similar and pretty much do the same thing. Even the way the search results are displayed is very similar. In terms of look and general functionality we think that The Electrical Safety Register has the edge and looks a bit smarter and has clearer search results ordered by distance. However the scheme with the most installers on it will be best for consumers. At present if I search for installers near to our centre here in Crawley on The Electrical Safety Register I get 170 within a 5 mile radius. If I do the same search on the ElectricSafe Register I get 30.

So at present it really comes down to numbers. As such round one goes to The Electrical Safety Register.

Which is most heavily promoted to consumers?

At present neither seems to be that heavily promoted apart from within the trade itself. There have been various press releases mainly in trade press, plus most contractors have been issued with stickers for their vans. However I haven’t seen or heard any ads directed at the consumer at all. This will be the clear difference between the two registers as whichever register grabs the interest and establishes itself as a nationally recognised brand will eventually become the central point where all contractors want to be registered.

Whoever achieves this goal first will become a vehicle for lead generation and will add value to their membership. So rather than a fight it seems we actually have a race on our hands. However there are numerous other companies out there who provided services for generating leads for tradesmen. The two registers aren’t just competing against each other they are also competing against other companies such as Checkatrade.com who vet tradespeople and also allow online reviews. It is possible that without the right backing and promotion neither scheme will ultimately fulfil their goal of centralising the promotion of registered electricians. We hope that isn’t the case as we really believe a voluntary register for all sparkies is a very good idea and will help weed out those working in the industry without the appropriate qualifications and experience.

We wait await the outcome of round two!

 

Categories: electrical safety register, electricsafe register, reviews

Domestic Electrics - Warning Signs of Common Problems

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 11th December 2012

Many householders take dangerous risks with the electricity in their home.  Despite the UK having one of the safest electrical systems in the world thanks to the 3 pin plug, there are still 1000's of electrical injuries occurring every week and at least 1 person is killed every week in a home electrical incident.

So what is happening?

The answer is simple, and frustratingly it is a very easy issue to resolve – common sense.  Unfortunately the temptation to take a look at a home electrical installation in an attempt to resolve the issue just proves too much for many householders in the UK.  Electricity is very complex and the risk of injury particularly when tampering with older electrical installations is very high.

It is a very common occurrence for an electrician to be called to a home where a simple fault has developed into an expensive problem from someone attempting to make a DIY repair and finding it has not resolved the issue.  Another problem is when well meaning family or friends attempt a repair without success.

The message of our blog today is to re-iterate the importance of using only a registered Part P electrician to carry out work in your home.  A Part P registered electrician will have undertaken an approved electrician or domestic installer course and be registered with the NICEIC, NAPIT or ELECSA.  This means that they not only understand the current rules and regulations to undertake electrical work safely within your property but they can also certificate the electrical work completed which is vital if you hope to sell your home in the future.

When is it time to call an electrician?

Most electricians are more than happy to come and take a look at any electrical concern you have in your home.  It doesn't matter how small you feel the problem might be, it is the safest solution.  If you have any doubt over any aspect of your home electrics, do not use them and consult a Part P registered electrician.

A top tip from Trade Skills 4U is to have a home electrical inspection carried out if you have not had one done within the last 10 years.  This report will tell you if your home is electrically safe and if it isn't want needs to be done to make it safe.  It is money well spent and the vast majority of landlords and estate agents have one carried out on all their properties to ensure the safety of their tenants. Why should your home be any different?

Normally you will have plenty of time to call in an electrician before an emergency situation occurs.  There are plenty of warning signs to look out for that all is not well with your electrical installation by looking at your fuse box:

Firstly, take a look at your fuse box (known as a consumer unit.) Essentially this is the main 'hub' of your electrical system in your home.  It controls all aspects of electrical output and nowadays should have full control and act on your behalf if there is a problem.  A common sign of a problem is your electrics tripping.  Many people are guilty of simply resetting the breaker and carrying on for a while longer.  The advice from Trade Skills 4U is to not delay in consulting a Part P registered electrician as the problem is becoming worse and more costly to repair by resetting a breaker continuously.

Appliances that blow fuses when switched on – this means there is a problem with the appliance concerned and that fuse blowing has potentially saved your life.  As much as this is an inconvenience, the appliance does need to be replaced.  Never exceed the plug Amp indication given on every plug, it is there to ensure your safety.  By exceeding the Amps (by fitting a fuse with a higher Amp than indicated on the plug) you are leaving yourself open to electrical injury or worse.

Old wooden backed or black wired consumer units – Before the days of breakers and RCD's you would have been expected to replace an old fuse wire yourself.  Obviously these days are long gone however electricians are still finding foil and paper clips being used as makeshift fuse wires and they will be nothing to ensure your safety – in fact if there were a problem you would not be protected at all.  If you have a dated consumer unit, it is worth investing in a new one to ensure you and your families safety.  You will also benefit from RCD protection which cuts the power in less than a second if a problem is detected.  RCD protection is responsible for saving many lives which is why is is now fitted as standard to all new consumer units.

If all is well with your consumer unit, then electrical safety in the home is really about using common sense and not taking unnecessary risks.  For example, do not use a socket that is broken or overload sockets by using adapters and extension leads.  Check cables regularly on appliances for signs of damage, and finally, keep electricity and water separate.

Don't be tempted to carry out DIY work on your home electrics and consult a Part P registered electrician for advice if you have a concern.

 

Categories: domestic, electrics

Thousands of Construction Workers Blacklisted and Denied Jobs

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 5th December 2012

It has recently come to light that a sinister blacklist has been used in the construction industry. The list was used by over 40 construction companies to deny jobs to so called trouble makers. The list totalled over 3000 names and for those on the list they often found themselves out of work and unable to get a job for no apparent reason.

The list was created by Ian Kerr who ran a firm call the Consulting Association. He secretly attended various meetings where he thought trouble makers would hang out. Anyone that associated with Trade Union activity, health and safety concerns or even simply standing up for a colleague was put on the list which was then sold on to firms for £3000 per time.

However there are concerns that the list which was found when Mr Kerr’s offices were raided in 2009 is only the tip of the iceberg.  There are worries that further lists existed within his organisation and also that other lists from other companies are still in circulation. The lists would have influenced the workforce on projects such as the Olympic Stadium and London Crossrail.

There is now pressure on the Information Commissioner Christopher Graham take action to ensure victims can claim compensation. The shadow business secretary  Chuka Umunna  wants to ensure all of the names that appear on the list that was found in the 2009 raid are contacted.

Most of the workers on the list will still have no idea why the work dried up and could be in line for a sizeable windfall as they may be eligible for compensation.

Currently blacklisting is not a criminal offence however last week MP’s in the Commons launched a motion condemning "the malicious practice which denied workers employment without them being able to see or challenge information against them".

What is really shocking is that the list was used by some of the UK’s most reputable companies such as Balfour Beatty, Sir Robert McAlpine and Laing O'Rourke. In fact McAlpine even paid for the £5000 fine incurred by Ian Kerr’s company.

This really doesn’t seem like justice considering the hardship that would have been caused to thousands of families in what are already very tough times. We can only hope that this practice is outlawed as soon as possible and that those who do operate in this shady way cease in the practice. Ultimately if those who stand up for health and safety are blacklisted then it not only impacts on their lives it could ultimately cost lives for others working in unsafe working environments.

 

Categories: blacklist

Too good to be true - Will the apprenticeship bubble burst?

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 4th December 2012

It never ceases to amaze me that more people do not take up apprenticeships. Part of the issue is that younger students view an apprenticeship as a university degree’s poor cousin and believe that employers prefer degrees. Also many employers don’t fully understand the benefits involved not just financial but also in terms of getting an employee and moulding them to work the way they want.

However with University fees on the up more students are slowly coming round to the idea that apprenticeships are a good thing. Also according to a recent survey from CITB construction skills of 300 employers, most felt that felt apprenticeships better prepared and educated candidates than degrees and in fact the apprenticeship was far a more preferable option.

Following the IT boom in the 90’s and early 2000’s a skills gap was left in blue collar trades. Those already working in the manual trades have enjoyed increasing wages plus the benefits of not being tied down to a desk all day.  As more and more people realise this apprenticeships in manual trades are becoming ever more popular.

Financially the current situation is exceptional. An apprentice will receive:

A regular salary

Free fully funded training

Actual work experience whilst they train

A much greater chance of gaining full employment at the end of a 3-4 year period

Compared to a University student who is now likely to walk out of Uni with up to £30,000 worth of debt this looks very very appealing.

With the current climate of spending cuts I predict it won’t be too long before someone takes a look at this and realises it is almost too good to be true and wields the axe to much of the apprenticeship funding.

There is a major shakeup coming next year in 2013 when the student loans system is going to expand the range of qualifications it covers to include many vocational courses. This will open up a range of courses such as the City & Guilds 2365 and many more to be paid for by a student loan which can be paid back once the candidate finds employment. This is great news for mature students but is this a precursor to moving the apprenticeship funding further towards a loans system?

For now we are a long way off the bubble bursting especially as the government is committed to expanding and improving the apprenticeship programme. However as the numbers of apprenticeships grow year on year there will come a time when heads will turn and all eyes will be on the apprenticeship programme and it’s increased funding.

Unfortunately although the current status quo seems very favourable there is still one major stumbling block holding the apprenticeship scheme back. Not enough employers are willing to take on an apprentice and for every apprenticeship place out there often there are 80+ applicants! Part of the reason for this is that the majority of people working in the construction industry are micro business of just 1-5 staff who do not think they could take on an apprentice.

We need to raise awareness with these people and ensure that they fully understand the benefits including the £1500 golden handshake for taking someone on. Here at Trade Skills 4U we are working on promoting this to all in the centre and amongst all of our partners.  If you know anyone interested in an electrical apprenticeship please call 01293 529777.

We welcome your thoughts and comments on this topic. Am I being pessimistic or realistic?

 

Product Review - Sangamo Choice Heating Controls

Posted by Christos Panayiotou on 3rd December 2012

Ensuring the correct amount of heat and hot water is used in your home especially at this time of year is of huge importance.  Equally though, no one wants to heat their home at a higher cost than is necessary. Wasting energy is not only costly but is also discouraged from an eco point of view.

As a home owner it is a challenge to find a product that can meet the demands of different lifestyles.  A person living on their own for example may not require their home heated in every room, a busy family may want their home heated at a lower temperature upstairs than downstairs and budget conscious households may heat just the upstairs or downstairs of their home depending on the time of day.

Whatever your heating requirements, its nice to have a 'set and forget' system so you don't arrive home from a days work in the freezing cold because you've forgotten to set the timer.

The Sangamo Choice Range is a perfect choice for discerning householders and are available in a wide range of budgets and home heating solutions.  Available for both hot water and central heating, you can be assured of a solution that suits you.

The choice range is sturdy and well made with buttons that are easy to press and self explanatory.  The Sangamo Choice range can be as simple or as complex as you wish it to be.  The majority of the Choice range is wirelessly digitally controlled which is naturally what would be expected in a modern home.  It is useful to know that the traditional mechanical room thermostats are still available which is great news for an older person who is used to using these and would prefer to carry on using a mechanical room thermostat.

Upon first exploring the idea of heating programmers, it is easy to overlook the options that are available in your home for your heating and hot water requirements.  The majority of people view heating programmers as simply a means of switching on the water and heating at a set time and then the timer switching these off again at a set time.  The Sangamo Choice Range is so much more than that - hence the name 'Sangamo Choice' (although if this is all you require of you central heating and hot water, this is fine too - and there is a product for you.)

We particularly like the Sangamo Choice Range for its flexibility - there is no need to spend more than what you need to on a product which has features you won't use.  The advantages of the Choice range is that you simply pay for the product that matches your requirements.

The Sangamo PR3 Choice Programmer is an example of a product that understands a busy household - this neat programmer is able to control 2 floors of central heating each set at differing temperatures and controls the hot water requirements seperately.  Lets not forget that this means the heating can be turned on or off, higher or lower at all times of day.  You can control the heating on all floors of your home exactly as you require.

The Sangamo Choice Range is most definitely not a 'one size fits all' product.

Of course once the central heating and hot water has been programmed, requirements can still change.  If its a particularly hot or cold day, you may well need to adjust your heating accordingly.  This is where the Sangamo Choice Range Room thermostats come into play.  Available in both wired and wireless versions both products are able to control each room in your home.  The wireless room thermostat is an ingenious product which you can carry around with you.  It knows the temperature of every room you are in and you can adjust the temperature if you wish.  The installation of this product is very simple - of course there are no wires and no re-decorating involved and the beauty of such a product is that your boiler is only used when necessary saving valuable energy.  Whichever digital room thermostat you select, both come with clear well lit screens with programme injdication displayed for whole day.  This allows you to adjust your temperature requirements throughout the day to suit your family and guests comfort.

The Choice Programmable RF Deluxe Room Thermostat is recognised as being the easiest to use wireless thermostat available on the market today.  With only 5 buttons it is simple to use and highly responsive - it even anticipates energy saving benefits as it optimises your home energy usesage.  This will look great in any contemporary home and is also available as a wired in thermostat.  This high quality room thermostat can be used to set room temperatures up to a week in advance.  you can also use one of the pre-settings on the timer or select your own, its up to you.  This product is designed to fit in with your lifestyle and with all other products in the choice range it is designed to save you money.

The Sangamo Choice Range is easy to have installed in your home by a Part P Registered electrician or Domestic Installer with the services of a plumber required to fit the necessary valves.

The Sangamo Choice Range Thermostatic Radiator Valves are really something to get excited about - they have available as part of their range remote control radiator valves.  This allows you to control the temperature of different radiators in your home or simply to add a boost or switch them off altogether without leaving your armchair! The valves are designed to fit most UK radiators mounted close to the wall.

We recommend the Sangamo Choice Range to any householder who wants to take control of their home heating requirements so money is not been wasted on heating thats not required but yet maintains a pleasant heat temperature throughout the day if necessary - no more chilly November afternoons wondering whether to put the heating on!

So with Father Christmas on his way shortly....you know what you should be asking for this Christmas!

If you interested in learning to install this product you should check out our Central Heating Controls Course.

 

Categories: heating controls, reviews