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How often should my Boiler be Serviced

How often should my Boiler be Serviced

Knowing when to get your boiler serviced can be tough, especially if you think your boiler is in full working condition you may be tempted to avoid getting it serviced, so to help you identify how often should my boiler be serviced read on:

Why Service your Boiler
More reliable and efficient then ever before, don’t think that modern boilers are immune to wear and tear and breakdowns. Aside from complete shutdowns, there can be other problems with your boiler that won’t be as obvious but could still cost you money by operating at reduced efficiency. Though not a regular occurrence, gas leaks can be extremely dangerous, potentially resulting in a release of carbon monoxide. Ideally you should sure your boiler is serviced every year, to keep your boiler in good working condition and limit wear over time. For many new boilers, warranties require that your boiler should be serviced annually to avoid the warranty becoming void.

Also, not getting your boiler serviced annually can potentially leave your home insurance invalid should you encounter a boiler problem.  Given the importance of boilers especially through the colder months when your using your radiators it’s very important to ensure you get your boilers professionally serviced on a regular basis. Losing your boiler can cause a great deal of disruption; losing your hot water and heating can be a massive inconvenience.

Service when you move house?
If your moving in to a new home, then it is best to get your boiler serviced, as you wont necessarily know when the boiler was last serviced. So to ensure that there are no unwanted problems left behind by the previous owner get it booked in for a service.

Finding an Engineer
You can easily find a qualified professional by consulting the gas safe register. A Gas Safe engineer will issue a certificate when the work is done, especially important for landlords, who are required by law to have one as proof that their boilers are being maintained. Also check your log book or front of the boiler as its practice for the original installer to leave their details.

When’s the best time to get a boiler serviced?
Look to get your boiler serviced in the summer months as registered engineers are likely to be less busy and if any issues are identified you won’t be left cold while it’s fixed. So plan ahead and get your boiler serviced so that it is ready to handle everything our UK winters has to throw at it.

What will an Engineer Do?
A gas safe engineer, will perform several important tests during their visit. Most importantly, they will check for any traces of carbon monoxide in the air; carbon monoxide is invisible to the naked eye and odorless and even brief exposure can have a severely negative impact on the body. Your engineer will likely recommend to install a carbon monoxide detector if you don’t already have one.

Don’t wait till you a have problem!
If your boiler seems to be working well, it can be tempting to avoid servicing, thinking there’s no benefit. Getting it serviced will likely reduce any costly bills if your boiler was to break meaning higher repair costs than an annual service. So long as you ensure your boiler is serviced manually, you’ll be protecting any product warranties and your home insurance.

So don’t wait until winter to get your boiler serviced by one of the UK’s leading heating, plumbing and electricals servive p APG domestics.

Tips to Maintaining your Dogs Hygiene

Tips to Maintaining your Dogs Hygiene

Dogs are not expected to be clean, but there’s more to dog hygiene than just the occasional bath. From dog beds to clean teeth to brush, there’s plenty to keep you going to make sure you maintain some good basic hygiene for your pup.

Bath Time
Quite commonly most pet owners will over-bathe their dogs as they won’t want to have a dirty dog around the house lying on your sofa or coming into bed with you. It’s important to note that how often you wash your dog depends on a number of factors including how long they spend outside rolling around in things they shouldn’t. If your using a gentle dog friendly shampoo then a dog can be bathed weekly.

Brushing your Dogs teeth
One of the most common diseases for dogs is formed in the gums caused by a build up of tartar building up on the teeth. Dental disease can have dire side affects if not treated, including bacterial infections that could be lethal. The easiest way to avoid this is to ensure that every time you brush your teeth, you brush your dog’s teeth-every day.

Although veterinarians recommend using a toothbrush designed for dogs when brushing your pup’s teeth, a quick way to clean their teeth daily is to use your fingers. But make sure you start training your dog on teeth brushing when they’re young. They’re are less likely to nibble on your fingers that way.

Cleaning your Dogs bed
When it comes to your dog, your dogs bed is one of the dirtiest things in your home. A haven for fleas, ticks, germs and allergens. What’s the point in bathing your dog if your dogs bed is dirty. Our top tip when buying a dogs bed is, it’s best to purchase a dog bed with a removable fabric cover that can be easily washed by throwing into a washing machine. The Crash Bed dog beds from Animology are heavy duty dog beds with wipe clean removable covers. If you have a dog that sheds, the dog bed should be vacuumed at least once a week. Your dog  might not like cleanliness, but your house will thank you for it.

Cleaning your Dog’s toys
We all love treating our pets to new toys and the cleanliness of your dog’s toys is especially important as these often go in your dog’s mouth. Using disinfectants or cleaning sprays could potentially harm or poison your dog. Just remember to wash your dogs toys at least once a month for safe playing. You can run them through a hot cycle with no detergent (just check they are machine washable first) The heat and water pressure should kill most germs whilst removing dirt and grime.

Dogs Paws
Your dog’s paws carry whatever they step in, that includes pesticides, pollens, molds, to dust mites. As it’ advised not to bathe your dog every day, it’s a good idea to clean their paws at least once a month either with a paw soak, or a rub down with a wet cloth.  If you have a particularly  hairy dog, don’t forget to trim and brush the hairs in-between their toes. This will benefit your dog by reducing the amount of paw chewing and licking they do.

Cleaning your dogs, collar, leash or harness
Any dog owner will know a collar, after a while can start to smell funky. After bathing your dog and cleaning their bed, it doesn’t make any sense to slap a dirty collar on them. Collars don’t need to be washed that much, but as soon as it starts to smell or become brown/black, it’s a good idea to toss it in the washing machine with some pet-friendly detergent or you can simply add a couple squirts of dog shampoo in bowl of hot water, leaving to soak for roughly 15 minutes. Rub the collar against itself to extract any ground in dirt then rinse.

Are Massage Chairs Good for Pain Relief

Are Massage Chairs Good for Pain Relief

Once seen as a luxury item, message chairs have become a necessity for the number of benefits they can provide to ones health. A well-designed massage chair matches the therapeutic feel and benefits of a massage from a massage therapist. So why are massage chairs good for pain relief:

Reduce Stress, tension & Anxiety:
Studies have proven that massage therapy can alleviate stress symptoms. A professional back massage can alleviate back pain. Similarly, a good massage chair is designed to provide some measure of pain relief and relaxation.

Relax and Loosen sore muscles:
The human body is a very smart machine, so for example if you overexert your body beyond what is healthy for you, your muscles will stiffen and become sore.  These are the tell tale signals to the body designed to keep you in check and healthy. It is always best to listen to your body and take a break no matter how stubborn and persistent you are to carry on.

By using a massage chair it provides a luxurious way to relax in your home, helping to loosen sore and fatigued muscles, and release any tension in your body.

Improve blood flow:
Two components of the massage chair assist with improved blood circulation. The first is the mechanized massage that one gets from a message chair. These massage techniques include kneading, rolling, tapping, gripping and Shiatsu. In all these techniques, the rollers of massage chairs move and vibrate key points of the body thus promoting improved blood flow.

There are countless benefits from boosting your blood circulation. These include:

  • Speeding up recovery from injuries and ailments
  • Eliminating toxins from the body
  • Stimulation of endorphins that help the body cope with pain and stress.

Alleviate Pain & Headaches:
Massage chairs have a proven track record of alleviating all sorts of pain including headaches, common body aches, chronic neck/shoulder/back pain and so on. Studies show that massage therapy decreased cortison levels and increases serotonin by an average of 28%. Serotonin is one of the body’s anti-pain mechanisms. By lowering cortisol and increasing serotonin, the body is better able to manage pain.

While most, if not all massage chairs have the potential to ease regular pain, specialized massage chairs are designed to do so. Pain is relieved through a variety of massage programs and body heating action.

Improve Posture:
Improving overall posture and balance is another one of our favourite massage chair benefits because it is so unexpected. With continued use, a good massage chair can correct misalignment’s of the spine, and neck and shoulder muscles. That’s why they’re popular among actors and sports stars.

Increases Endorphin Levels:
Endorphins are the ‘feel good’ chemicals that run through the body – by increasing their levels induces positive results. Among other benefits, increasing endorphin levels has been correlated with quicker recovery, reduced pain and reduced anxiety. A 20-minute session in a massage chair can increase endorphins, which are the chemicals in the brain that trigger relaxation and a heightened sense of well-being.

When it comes to choosing a massage chair it always best to go to a recliner specialist. We recommended Recliners Direct as the UK’s number one recliner chair specialist they’ll be able to provide all the help and advice in finding the right massage chair for you.


Do I Need a New Office Printer

Do I Need a New Office Printer

Is it time for a new office printer? Well if your printer is taking forever to print a single document or constantly jam then it sounds like a good time to review your office printer so you don’t get any snagging problems.

However what do you need to consider when choosing your next office printer equipment.

Does the office require Single Device or Multifunction?
Dependent on how much your office needs to print or copy, will guide you to what kind of device your workplace need. If your a small business perhaps your needs is just a simple printer or photocopier. However, many business require a variety of tasks to be completed, for capabilities such as printing, photocopying, scanning & faxing all in one multifunctional machine. The main benefit to opting for a MFD (multifunctional device) is it help to improve efficiency by storing all your main devices in one place, whilst making it easy to use.

Toner or Cartridges?
For offices/ people who value speed then toners are much faster than those that use ink cartridges. The most cost-effective method of printing depends on how much printing your organisation needs to get through day-to-day. Toner cartridges are the best option if your looking to allow several print jobs at the same time, as they last longer and will ensure a much higher quality print.

Security Features
The need for print security features has grown massively due to the rise in hackers misusing the lack of knowledge on printer security. Given the advances in digital technology today’s multifunction printers differ greatly from the printers a yesteryear.

So what kind of risks can an unsecured printer pose…. The biggest threat to your company of an unsecured printer is allowing individuals to access documents that have either been printed, or documents that are being sent through a wireless connection to be printed. If any of these documents happen to contain sensitive information like bank account details then the damages to individuals and business can be severe.
But even more threatening is the possibility that a hacker could easily send your company malicious files through an unsecured wireless printer like a “back door.”

If your business is looking into a new office printer or need any advice on how to secure a printer device then contact The Photocopier Store who have been providing the highest standards of service and care to businesses for over 27 years.

Do I Need a Replacement Number Plate

Do I Need a Replacement Number Plate

Not to sure if your require a replacement number plate?… well if they’re cracked, broken, faded or has marks obscuring the letters and numbers, then they become illegal and need to be replaced.  However it’s not as simple as going to a car’s supply store, in to protect drivers from unscrupulous criminals there are legal requirements that mean everyone must produce certain identity and vehicle registration documents before a registered number plate supplier can make up a replacement number plate.

You car will fail its MOT if number plates aren’t correctly displayed and if your stopped by the police for failing to display a number plate you could be potentially find up to £1000. So do not put off sourcing a replacement if your number plate is missing or broken.

Another problem blighting drivers is number plate theft. Thieves remove number plates and attach them to similar make and model of car that has been stolen, in order to pass it off as a ‘cloned car’ to an unsuspecting buyer. Theft of number plates is also common to avoid paying speeding fines, parking tickets to congestion and road toll charges. Should your number plates ever be stolen then it essential you report to the police immediately.

If your looking to replace your number plates, but not too sure on the process then follow these handy steps:

Find an Authorised Supplier:
To find a local replacement number plate supplier simply head over to the Gov.UK website and simply enter your postcode, it will then bring up a number of local repair garages, car dealers and car spare stores within your post code catchment area.

What Documents Do I Need?
Before the retailer can make up a replacement number plate for your vehicle, and by legal guidelines imposed by the DVLA you must show proof of name and address and show you’re entitled to the registration number (eg the V5 vehicle registration certificate) however any of the following will be accepted:

  • The tear off slip (V5C/2) from (V5C section 10)
  • A Certificate of entitlement to a mark (V750)
  • A Cherished Transfer Retention Certificate (V778)
  • Vehicle Licence Renewal (V11)
  • A Temporary Registration Certificate (V379)
  • An Authorisation Certificate (V948) from DVLA Local Office with official DVLA stamp, or a downloaded hard copy of the eV948 (Unfortunately we cannot accept forms shown to us on phones.)
  • A letter of authorisation from Fleet Operators (including a lease/hire company). The letter must quote the document reference number from the V5C

Are there any regulations? 
Any new number plates must conform to certain regulations. Must be made from reflective material, the front plate should display black characters on a white background and the rear plate should show black characters on a yellow background. 3D lettering is permitted however background patterns aren’t allowed.

If you want to replace your damaged or missing numberplates online then  DVLA approved One Stop Number Plates provide 100% road legal replacement number plates via their easy to use online plate builder.

How to care for your Cat – Hygiene Tips

How to care for your Cat – Hygiene Tips

Whether you’ve recently adopted your cat or you’d like to learn more about caring for them we have some great tips when it comes to cat hygiene.

Exploring, sleeping, eating and being groomed, yes we’re talking about your feline friends cats.. when it come to maintaining their own hygiene cats have a tendency to keep themselves and other cats clean by licking. Referred to as ‘allogrooming” this is a social activity which strengthens the bond between littermates. The objective of licking is that their rough tongues act like hairbrushes, combing out any dirt, fleas or loose hair from their coats to keep it looking purfect.

However, you can rely on your cats own hygiene as there are sever factors that can affect your cats health. So to avoid any catastrophes and nasty infections or other health problems, we have shared some great tips to follow for you to maintain a healthy, happy cat.

Fleas and worms are two extremely common irritants for cats, but unfortunately there are plenty of treatments available to get rid of them.  As well as treating your furry friends for these parasite, its important to keep upto date with other routine vaccinations at your local vets. The recommended vaccinations and boosters by the cats protection are:

  • Feline infectious enteritis (FIE)
  • Cat ‘flu –
  • Feline leukaemia virus (FeLV)
  • Feline chlamydophilosis

For people with older cats they should be aware of Hyperthyroidism which can kick in from about 12 years of age. The symptoms are increased appetite and weight loss but thankfully it is fairly easy to diagnose.

Oral Hygiene
Keep control of your cats dental hygiene and pay particular attention to any irregular signs such as excessive dribbling, bleeding from the gums or bad breathe. Cats commonly suffer with disorders of the teeth, jaw and mouth and are very good at hiding signs of pain, so it’s vitally important to keep an eye on your cat’s oral health, as its likely to extend and improve the quality of their life.

As your cat gets older, it is even more important to ensure good oral hygiene. Mature cats will need regular check-ups and professional cleaning to avoid being left with decaying teeth which leads to gum disease and other oral infections.

Maintain a healthy coat and skin for your cat with bath time. Every cat is different and not all will be open to bathing, but a gentle massage using specialist shampoo will help to maintain and ensure a healthy coat and skin. You’ll first need to brush out any excess hair with a soft comb. This is essential as any excess hair your cat will ingest when grooming itself, could lead to digestion issues and unexpected hairballs lurking around your home.

If you want to ensure your cat is kept clean and healthy then be sure to check out Animology’s range of cat hygiene products which includes, shampoos, sprays and wipes

Tips for healthy horse tails

Tips for healthy horse tails

If you’re a horse owner, you’ll want to do everything possible to promote a long, healthy, well maintained thick tail. Like your horse’s coat, his tail requires some elbow grease , but of a different kind. To help your horse grow a healthy tail we have put together some top tips.

1. Healthy hair comes from the inside out
No amount of potions and conditioners will improve your horse’s coat, mane and tail if he is not receiving proper nutrition. Healthy hair comes from protein, amino acids and vitamins in quality forage and feed.

2. Use grooming tools
Attempting to use human hair brushes will break the hair and pull it out. Use only wide-toothed combs and dandy brushes on the tail so any grooming tolls that are specially designed for manes and tails.

3.  Brushing
Brushing a  horse’s tail can be controversial,  It’s advised not to brush your horses tail. Although it looks nice when it’s brushed out, if you brush it every day, it will gradually get thinner and the more you brush the more hair you may pull out or break. It takes years to re-grow each long strand of hair that is pulled out.

4. Stimulate growth
To stimulate hair growth, brush the dock of your horse’s tail daily with a dandy brush. These brushes are great for removing dust and debris from your horse’s coat and by brushing teh dock and upper part of the tail bone also increases blood flow, which stimulates growth.

5. Is your horse rubbing its tail?
It’s essential to determine why? There are several reasons why a horse will rub their tail. Parasites like lice and pinworms will cause itching, so make sure your horse is on a regular de-worming program. Insects will also cause itching and some horses are more prone to skin reactions caused by insects. Protect your horse from insects by using insect repellents. Horses will also rub their tails in response to irritations around the sheath and anus area. Consult your veterinarian if you suspect this might be the problem.

6. Keep the horse’s tail clean and moisturized
The best way to keep your horse from rubbing it’s tail is to keep it cleaned and moisturized. If your horse is suffering from dry skin and the horse’s tail is dirty, the horse will be prone to rubbing in order to relieve the itching. To ensure you maintain a healthy horse tail, Muck out shampoo by Animology is a formulation of silk and wheat proteins with vitamins and conditioners, to deliver exceptional levels of care and protection to your horses skin and hair, including the mane and tail.

The deep cleaning action penetrates deep down to the skin lifting dust and dirt to the surfaces in order that it can be easily washed away whilst the ‘easy rinse technology’ ensures that the shampoo is rinsed out quickly and efficiently.

7. Refrain from overbrading
Avoid braiding the hair tightly and leaving the braids in all the time. Although they make look pretty, those neat, tight braids can cut off circulation to the hair shafts, which will lead to breakage. Its best to braid long manes and tails loosely to prevent pasture damage, and remove show braids after an event.

A Guide to Dog Accessories

A Guide to Dog Accessories

When it comes to buying accessories for your dog, it can often be a bit overwhelming. You’ll ask yourself which dog accessories do I actually need?

The key concern is that your dog is comfortable and has everything they need to stay happy and healthy. Over time, once you’ve had your dog for a while you’ll get to know what accessories to style your dog, make them more comfortable or to help with training. The accessories you need completely depend on the type of dog you have and your personal preferences.

Dog accessories are basically any products you can you buy specifically for your dog and often tend to fall into three categories:

  • Training Accessories
  • Dog fashion accessories
  • Accessories to make your dog more comfortable

The above can include anything from dog beds, harnesses to training aids, grooming accessories to clothes, yes that right clothes for your dog.

If your thinking about getting a new puppy, then here’s the key accessories we advise you should get:

Collar and Lead:
The essential dog walking accessories – a collar is essential as you can place an identification tag when your out in public places with your dog, you’ll also require a lead to take your dogs on walks. You can choose a collar and lead to suit your dog, and are available in all colours and sizes. Animology stock a wide range of accessories for dogs that get your dog nice and cosy to be ideal for any dog.

Dogs need a place to snuggle up in, so what better than a nice cozy bed, especially during the winter months.

Dog Bowl:
A dog bowl is great for giving your dog food and water. If you have a larger dog its best to elevate the dog bowl above the ground.

Keep your dogs occupied by stocking up on a selection of doggy toys. Dog toys also provide your dog with mental stimulation as some toys are specially designed to enable dogs to display some of their natural instincts and behaviours.

Grooming Products:
It’s essential to keep your dogs well groomed on a regular basis, more so those with a longer coat. Some dogs need to have their coat trimmed every few weeks. Essential grooming products include brushes, dog shampoos and nail clippers.

Dog Fashion Accessories:
Spoil your dog with the latest fashion accessories, from jewellery to jackets accessories for dogs have become extremely popular in the last few years, with pet owners going that extra mile to pamper their beloved dogs.

If you’re looking to kit your dog out with some top notch dog accessories then shop online at Animology who provide top quality pet products at affordable prices.

Guide to Swivel Recliner Chairs

Guide to Swivel Recliner Chairs

When it comes to sitting in comfort, swivel recliner chairs allows you to relax in style recovering from the strains of the day in the comforting surrounds of your living room or home office.

What are the benefits of using swivel recliner chairs?
Swivel recliner chairs have been specially designed to improve posture whilst relieving any aches and pains.

So, how can swivel recliner chars improve your posture?
From slouching in chairs, to not siting correctly, poor posture can trigger all kinds of medical and lifestyle issues, from suffering aches and pains to poor circulation and fatigue, it’s important to acknowledge how we can support our bodies in order to prevent issues from arising.

Without knowing, most will sit in a chair that is simply not right for us, consequently it becomes impossible for us to maintain a perfect posture. If you’re looking for outstanding comfort and a supportive design, then a swivel recliner chair may be the right chair for you.

There are often a number of factors to choosing the best swivel recliner chairs including price, durability, style and overall comfort and type of upholstery from fabric, to leather effect and genuine leather.

If you’re suffering with pain, and looking for outstanding comfort then there’s a possibility that a swivel recliner chair could help improve your posture as well as your quality of life. Complimentary footstools are provided, giving the user added comfort and with the reclining backrest, whilst adding 360° swivel and adjustable positions provides unrivalled support.

If your thinking of investing in a swivel recliner chair then Recliners Direct are one of the UK’s leading recliner chair specialists offering an extensive range of chairs in all fabrics and budgets to suit you. They will provide and help and advice you require in choosing the most suitable chair for your needs.



Should I Buy A Riser Recliner Chair?

Should I Buy A Riser Recliner Chair?

For people with slight mobility issues then a riser recliner chair is an excellent seating option. Specially designed to assist with arising from a chair, the riser aspect of the chair gently lifts you to your feet when you are ready to stand up, with the push of a button.

Riser recliner chairs are quickly becoming a popular choice by offering a choice of positions to maximise your comfort and allowing you to get into and out of a chair without assistance, to help maintain independent living.

To help you decide if a recliner chair is best for you, ask yourself these questions?…

  • Have you struggled or often require help getting out of a chair?
  • Do you find it difficult to sit down?
  • Do you tend to sit down for long periods in the same chair?
  • Do you often experience chronic pain and need to change your sitting position to get more comfortable?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions, then you would certainly benefit from using a riser recliner chair:

However, there are a number of other things to consider,  such as, do you have enough room for a reclining chair? bearing in mind if you want to fully recline the chair, you’ll need to ensure you have enough space without any obstructions.

It’s also important to consider that if you have a serious medical condition or suffer from serious back problems you’ll want to consider a specialist chair with extra built-in support or one that has pressure-relieving features.  If you are unsure then it’s best to seek the advice of an independent adviser to assess your particular needs, before making a decision.

When browsing for a recliner chair you’ll notice you have two options of single motor or dual motor recliner chairs, so what does this mean?

Single Motor:
A single motor controls both the backrest and footrest at the same time, so when you recline the backrest, the footrest simultaneously rises to support your legs. These are often less expensive to purchase than a dual motor riser recliner chair.

Dual Motor:
Two motors control the chair, with one operating the backrest whilst the other operates the footrest and riser functionality. Each motor features its own set of buttons and provides more flexibility in determining a comfortable position for the user.

As the Uk’s recliner chair specialist Recliners Direct have an extensive range of riser recliner chairs to suit all budgets and mobility.