Expert warning: installing heat pumps may mean you'll need brand-new radiators

The government announcement of a £5,000 heat pump grant to help homeowners thinking of switching to carbon-neutral heating will make many at least consider the environmentally-friendly heating option. However, what many do not realise – and what critics of the grant have already pointed out – is that heat pump installation will require additional expenses.

While energy-saving tips can help you reduce your bills even with an existing gas boiler, heat pumps are a more energy-efficient option in the long run. But did you know that installing heat pumps will likely have to involve improving insulation – and more?

Heat pump installation may require new radiators

Namely, a heat pump system may require you to replace your old radiators with new ones, according to Chris Harvey – Central Heating and Radiator Expert At Stelrad. Chris agrees that ‘It goes without saying that heat pumps are better for the planet than … Read more

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Snap up a free pair of tickets to the Ideal Home Show at Christmas

Ready to get into the festive spirit? You could get your hands on a free pair of weekday tickets to The Ideal Home Show Christmas.

From the 24th to 28th November the Ideal Home Show Christmas is back at Olympia London and brings you everything you need to prepare your home for the festive season. You’ll walk your way through the magic of Christmas, discovering a range of imaginative and awe-inspiring Christmas ideas to get your home ready for the festive season.

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At the show you can shop hundreds of brands across four Christmas themed show sections: Gifts, Pet, Home and Decorations. Get ready to pick up stockings full of seasonal ideas on everything from decorations to hand‐crafted gifts, Christmas puddings and festive fizz, to furniture and New Year Home Improvements.

The Ideal Home Show Christmas isn’t just for shopping. There will be live entertainment, … Read more

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This Edwardian home in Oxfordshire is filled with smart design features

This new-to-the-market charming Edwardian house is bursting with smart design features, from clever storage solutions to bold kitchen ideas.

The four-bedroom Minster Road is set in East Oxford and features a tasteful interior that we can’t wait to show you. It is complete with characterful fireplaces, panelled doors and stripped floors throughout – not to mention a beautiful garden that we’d happily spend our days tending to.

Want to take a peek?

Minster Road exterior

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Meet Minster Road, with its beautiful bay window and traditional brick exterior. A link-detached property, it’s arranged over three floors and we think it would make a great family home.

In fact, whether you’re a lover of period charm or prefer modern living, this place has the perfect mix.

Living room

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Step inside and you’ll find the tranquil neutral living room, where cornicing, high ceilings and an … Read more

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Get £15 off your order with this secret discount code

Buying something from sought-after furniture brand You’re probably searching for a Made discount code, then. If that’s the case, then you’ve landed in just the right place. In fact, you’ll be pleased to hear that we’ve found not one, but three brilliant Made discount codes for you to use along with your order. Not only to score a bargain ahead of Black Friday 2021, but to cut the price of your new purchase by up to £50.

Whether it’s a new sofa that you need, a bedside lamp that you’re eyeing up or perhaps it’s a gift for someone? We’ve got you sorted. Now’s the time to upgrade your furniture or update your home decor. Just in time for the cold weather, and spending more time indoors!

Related: Made sale – the Ideal Home edit

You’ve got until the 24th of October to use this discount code. So, you’d … Read more

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Best stand mixers 2021 – our top 10, tried and tested

Buying the best stand mixer will make sure that you’re all set to make Christmas cookies and extravagant New Year desserts. Planning on getting into sourdough starter as a fresh hobby? Buying a stand mixer will take all the muscle work out of kneading and leave you with perfectly risen loaves fit for a bakery.

Every single one of the ten best stand mixers in our guide has been reviewed by a member of the Ideal Home team, and if you want to find out more, you can just click through to see our reviews, complete with images from all our baking. When reviewing the best stand mixers from KitchenAid, Kenwood, Cuisinart, Russell Hobbs, Morphy Richards, and Sage, we tried out all attachments to see how well they handled cakes, icing, and even bread dough. Some even come with attachments to rival the best blender, which can be easily attached … Read more

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