Winter offer

We are running a special offer until the end of November

Whilst your having your boiler serviced if you upgrade your heating circulation pump to a Wilo ‘A’ rated pump we will install it for free – An additional cost of £125 excluding VAT which is the standard pump cost.

Installing an ‘A’ rated circulation pump could save you up to £116 per annum on your electrical consumption – Please see the Wilo flyer below

If you’d like to book a service and pump upgrade please click the link below and choose your boiler service type and the pump add on.

A rated pump flyer - Wilo
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10 Years Warranty – Worcester Approved Installers

At Ribble Valley Heating, we are approved Worcester Bosch installers, which means we can offer 10 years manufacturers parts and labour warranty on Gas fired boilers and 7 Years on oil fired boilers. So why would you not install a Worcester?

Use our online Quoting tool for a quick quote on upgrading your heating system.

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NEST E energy saving thermostat

The all new Nest E Thermostat – Making it easy to install nest in more homes. Contact Us for more info, click the link to book a system upgrade appointment or here for more info

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Online quoting service

Were currently trialing an online quoting service for boiler swaps and upgrades. Please use the service below and wed love to hear your feedback.

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What’s carbon monoxide? It’s a poisonous gas that you can’t see, smell or taste – you might not know it’s there Carbon monoxide is released when faulty appliances start leaking. Low exposure to the gas can cause long-term damage, and high levels of exposure can be fatal. Every year, around 30 people die from carbon […]

Gas Safety – What’s carbon monoxide?

What’s carbon monoxide?

It’s a poisonous gas that you can’t see, smell or taste – you might not know it’s there

Carbon monoxide is released when faulty appliances start leaking. Low exposure to the gas can cause long-term damage, and high levels of exposure can be fatal. Every year, around 30 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning – and many more fall sick.

To find out more about carbon monoxide, visit Be Alarmed.

Source: Gas Safe and COCAA

How do you protect your home against carbon monoxide?

To keep your home safe, you need to get your gas appliances checked once a year and install a carbon monoxide alarm.

What are the symptoms?

They’re similar to the flu: headaches, nausea, dizziness and feeling generally lethargic

So look out for cold-like symptoms that seem to get better when you leave the area.

If you’re worried about carbon monoxide poisoning, think about these things:

Is more than one person in the house affected?

Do the symptoms stop when you leave the house (like when you’re on holiday), but start again when you come back?

Do you notice the symptoms when you use a fuel-burning appliance?

Do they get worse in winter, when you’ve got the heating on?

If you think you or someone in your family might have carbon monoxide poisoning, get in touch with your doctor immediately.

How can I tell if my gas appliance is leaking carbon monoxide?

Look for stains, soot or discolouration on (or around) your boiler, fire or water heater.

Make sure there are no blockages in your chimney or flue.

Keep the air vents in your doors, walls and windows clear.

Check the pilot light on your boiler (and any other gas flames that normally burn blue). If the flame is yellow or orange, you might have a carbon monoxide leak.

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NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: WILL THEY SAVE ME MONEY? In short: yes, they very probably will. The USP of a smart thermostat is that it’s like Santa: it knows when you are sleeping and it knows when you’re awake, so it won’t waste money on unnecessarily heating your home. They also tend to know […]

Nest vs Hive vs Tado: which is the best smart thermostat for you?

NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: WILL THEY SAVE ME MONEY?

In short: yes, they very probably will.

The USP of a smart thermostat is that it’s like Santa: it knows when you are sleeping and it knows when you’re awake, so it won’t waste money on unnecessarily heating your home. They also tend to know when you’re home and when you’re not.

The three systems work in slightly different ways. Nest learns your daily and weekly routines and has a room sensor to learn when you’re not around; Tado and Hive prefer to track you via your phone’s location. The various apps all connect to IFTTT (If This Then That) so you can create your own custom events. You can use the accompanying smartphone apps to change settings remotely, or to have the house toasty for when you get home from work.

Whether you actually save a large amount of money depends largely on how you previously approached your central heating: if you’re the type who only turns the heating on when icicles are hanging from your ears, you’ll see less benefit.

Whichever type you are, consider this a long-term investment: with Nest’s claimed 10% to 12% savings on heating bills or Hive’s projection of saving up to £130 per year, the average family home will recoup the investment in about two years, and with energy costs only likely to go upwards in the foreseeable future, a 10% annual saving will add up quite significantly over time.

Which of the three is best for saving money? For the average punter, probably Nest, on balance. But it’s a close-run thing.

NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: HOW MUCH ARE THESE SMART THERMOSTATS?

There are two costs to consider here: the cost of the thermostat and installation.

The Nest thermostat is £219, or £279 with professional installation (plus another £35 if you want a table stand for it.)

The Hive Active Heating Kit is £249 if you don’t already have a Hive smart home hub (£199 if you do) and that includes installation. So, a good deal

The Tado Smart Thermostat Starter Kit is £199 and installation is £50, so that too is a DEAL. Tado is also adamant that most users can self-install anyway, so technically you could say Tado is ‘the cheapest’.

There are also rental/leasing type arrangements for smart thermostats, but it’s hard to see why you’d want that. Obviously, it greatly reduces upfront costs, but you’ll inevitably end up paying more in the long term.

The prices quoted here are all RRP or the price you pay when buying from the brands themselves. You can of course get cheaper deals online, but our advice for most users would be to go for a product + installation deal from the manufacturers.

NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: WILL THEY WORK WITH MY CENTRAL HEATING SYSTEM?

 As a rule of thumb, if it has a relatively new programmer or a thermostat you can usually add a smart thermometer with the minimum of fuss.

• Tado’s compatibility guide is here.

The Tado church appears to be the broadest, with support for under-floor heating and other more esoteric options. For the ‘average’ user, any of the top smart thermostats should be fine.

NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: HOW SMART HOME-FRIENDLY ARE THEY?

All three of these thermostats are part of wider smart home ecosystems – both their own, and third parties’ via the likes of Amazon Echo, Google Home and IFTTT.

Nest also offers a smoke alarm, cameras and a video doorbell, and the Works With Nest programme means it also connects to devices by LIFX, Hue, Wemo, Google Home, Amazon Echo and other key smart home brands (but not Apple’s HomeKit). If you’re wondering why you might want to connect smart lights to your central heating, you can trigger light recipes when Nest detects you leaving or coming home again. It also works with Google Home and Amazon Echo but not Siri.
Tado’s smart thermostat is part of a wider system that includes individual radiator thermostats – arguably the Tado’s killer USP, especially for well insulated homes where only a few rooms need heating – and intelligent air-conditioning controllers, and it also works with both Siri and Alexa.

The Hive ecosystem includes remote cameras, window/door sensors, motion sensors, smart light bulbs, plug sockets and even a water leak sensor. It’s compatible with Google Home and Amazon Echo but not Siri.

All three devices’ apps are for iOS or Android; Windows Phone users are out of luck, as usual.

While Nest and Hive fit into much bigger own-brand eco-systems, Tado’s compatibility with Amazon Echo and HomeKit, plus the way its smart radiator  valves fir seamlessly into the system give it a very slight edge in this department.

NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: WHAT FEATURES DO THEY OFFER?

All three offer remote control via smartphone apps and an away mode for when you’re on holiday, but that’s not all they can do.

Nest’s USP is that it learns your routines: over the first few weeks it studies your comings and goings and your heating settings to work out what you need when. It can also pull weather forecasts from your Wi-Fi network to avoid wasting energy on warmer days. In a nice touch the display can show the weather or the time if you’d rather see that than the temperature display.

Tado enables you to create a multi-room system by adding the aforementioned radiator thermostats and combines geolocation via your phone, and weather forecasts, to predict how much heat you’ll need and when.

You can tell Hive’s British: unlike the others it sees frost protection as a key selling point. Like Tado it can also be part of a wider, multi-room system, but unlike Tado it can’t talk directly to your radiator valves, but Hive Multizone does connect to separate thermostats in modern homes that have more than one heating zone.

NEST VS HIVE VS TADO: DESIGN

Compared to thermostats of yore, all three of these smart devices are perfectly groomed sex gods, but of the three, the minimalist Tado looks the most ‘techy’. It’s not unattractive, but it is rather minimalist and stark.

The Nest, by contrast looks like the kind of thermostat Apple might design – probably because designer and inventor Tony Fadell, its creator, was formerly of Apple.

Hive’s Yves Behar-designed box is great too, but if you’re buying a thermostat on its looks, the Nest is the narrow winner here.

SO WHICH SMART THERMOSTAT IS BEST?

As in the buying guide, we would narrowly plump for the Nest Learning Thermostat as ‘the best’, as you can either fit and forget it, thanks to the way it learns your routines, or use it as a smart home hub if that floats your boat.

Those who really value simplicity will love Hive’s system even more, and it’s also a little bit more affordable than Nest.

Finally, those wanting to control a zoned heating system might be best off with Tado’s smart thermostat and valves. The valves can also be used independently of the thermostat (ie: you just keep your existing one), which opens up a further range of possibilities.

The fact that the Tado is usually a bit cheaper than its more ‘designer’ rivals also makes it very enticing.

You can find out more by visiting each device’s home site:

• Nest’s own personal nest

• Hive’s hive of activity

• Tado’s umm… okay, Tado’s website

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