Nest®Protect – The cool smoke alarm

The Nest Protect is so much more than a smoke alarm, it’s also a carbon monoxide alarm. The smart technology device is a great bit of technology and a sound investment for any home. Our SmartHome installers have been installing Nest® protect devices along with other compatible devices in our SmartHome range in Plymouth homes for the last two years and customers have been impressed by the level of safety that the device offers.

Did you know?

  1. About 200,000 homes in the UK experience high levels of carbon monoxide every year. [Nest CO white paper, 2014]
  2. In the 1970s, it would take about 30 minutes for a fire to take over a room. Today, it can take less than 5. [Underwriters Lab]

Every home should have a CO alarm

Every household regardless of the age of boiler or even if you do not have a boiler should have a carbon monoxide alarm. The Nest protect does what it says on the tin protects your household and alerts you and your family to smoke and carbon monoxide, straight to your smartphone, no matter where you are.

Nest Protect Features

  • App Silence: Silence alarms with your phone, not your tea towel. If everything’s under control and there’s only a little smoke, silence the alarm from the Nest app.
  • Phone alerts: Everyone in your family can know what’s going on, from anywhere. When something’s wrong, Nest Protect sends everyone an alert in case no-one’s at home.
  • No chirps: Tired of getting woken up at 2 am by your smoke alarm? Long before it has to chirp, Nest Protect tells you its batteries are running low with a message on your phone. And don’t worry, that won’t happen for years.
  • Safety Check-up: Test all your alarms with a tap. And once the test is finished, you’ll receive a full report.
  • Family Accounts: Everyone in the family can have their own Nest account. No more sharing a login. You can all use your phones to silence and test alarms. And you’ll all get alerts on your phones if something’s wrong at home.
  • Tests itself: You’re supposed to test smoke alarms monthly. But most people don’t. So Nest Protect checks its batteries and sensors over 400 times a day. And it’s the first alarm that uses Sound Check to quietly test its speaker and siren once a month.
  • Lights your way: If you need a glass of milk in the middle of the night, the new Nest Protect lights up as you walk underneath it. Pathlight is one of our customers’ favourite features, so we’ve made it better and brighter.
  • Steam is not smoke: Has your alarm ever yelled at you for having a shower? Nest Protect comes with Steam Check. It uses custom algorithms and a humidity sensor to look for steam so that you can enjoy a nice, quiet shower.

You can find out more product information for the Nest Protect on Nest’s official website.

Get A Nest Protect Installed Today in Plymouth

Our SmartHome engineers are able to supply and fit all Nest Smart technology, our heating engineers are nest certified installers and Gas Safe Registered. You can find out more about why we are one of the most accredited Plumbing & Heating companies in Plymouth here.

For a free quotation from Plymouth’s leading Plumbing & Heating company, simply get in touch with us.

Smell Gas?

Call the National Gas Emergency number – 0800 111 999 (If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, you can use a textphone (Minicom) on 0800 371 787). Please note: This number is for England, Scotland and Wales

Smell Gas? Emergency Advice

Did you know that 1 in 7 gas appliances in the South-West are not safe? In the past 3 years the Gas Safe Register has investigated over 300 illegal gas safe installers. The figures are truly shocking and highlight the importance of using a reputable Plumbing & Heating company in Plymouth. We have many accreditations that have been awarded to us over the years, making us one of the most accredited plumbing and heating companies in Plymouth. All our heating engineers are Gas Safe Registered and we are trading standards approved by Plymouth City Council for peace of mind.


Poorly fitted gas appliances can cause a number of problems and can even be fatal, that is why you should always use a reputable heating engineer. If you have just moved into your property you should get your gas appliances tested for peace of mind, read our latest blog post for more information or get in touch with us and one of our Plymouth based in heating engineers will be more than happy to help. You must always use an engineer that is on the Gas Safe Register, if you are in doubt, request to see the engineers Gas Safe ID, you can check if an engineer is on the Gas Safe Register by visiting the Gas Safe website or phoning them on: 0800 408 5500.

Risk from poorly fitted gas appliances: 

In a gas emergency you need to act quickly and take the following steps:

  • Get fresh air immediately – open all doors and windows to ventilate the area
  • Switch off the appliance and gas pipework by turning off the gas supply at the emergency control valve at the gas meter. Do not turn the gas supply on again until it has been checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
  • Do not operate electrical switches, operating electrical equipment can ignite escaping gas.
  • Extinguish all naked flames.
  • Call the National Gas Emergency number – 0800 111 999 (If you’re deaf or hard of hearing, you can use a textphone (Minicom) on 0800 371 787). Please note: This number is for England, Scotland and Wales
  • If you are feeling unwell visit your GP or hospital immediately and inform them that you may have been exposed to carbon monoxide.
  • Contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to check and fix the appliance.


Staying Gas Safe

  • Get your appliances checked by a gas safe registered heating engineer
  • Always use a gas safe registered engineer for all gas work
  • Get a carbon monoxide alarm installed like the nest protect
  • Have your boiler serviced annually regardless of the age of the boiler

Meet the new Nest® Thermostat

Four years on after the release of the first Nest smart thermostat, the 3rd generation model has been released. AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD has been fitting Nest smart thermostats to new and existing boiler installations ever since Google released their first generation model over 4 years ago. Since then we have seen the smart thermostat market explode. The majority of our customers in Plymouth and the surrounding areas choose to go for a smart thermostat on their new central heating installation as the smart technology is very affordable and with a short payback time actually, saves you money on your heating bills.

What’s new on the 3rd gen Nest?

  • The screen is 40% bigger with even smaller pixels that make everything much sharper.
  • The sensor window is significantly smaller, so it takes up even less space at the bottom of the display.
  • Seven more temperature sensors – making a total of 10 – to make it even more accurate.
  • Slightly thinner
  • You now have Farsight. With Farsight, the Nest Thermostat will light up as soon as it sees you and shows you useful things like the temperature you’ve set, the current room temperature, the time or the outside weather. You get to choose what you want to see.
  • Redesigned user interface.
  • To continue to protect your privacy and secure your data, the new Nest Learning Thermostat has Secure Boot technology that blocks incompatible or malicious software by ensuring that only official Nest software is running.
  • The Nest Thermostat now has a ring to fit any home’s style. Choose from copper, stainless steel, black or white.

To learn more about the Nest thermostat visit the official Nest website.

The Nest smart thermostat is one of the most popular thermostats that our Barnes SmartHome installers fit along with the Worcester Wave thermostat. Our Smarthome installers are both Nest certified installers and also Platinum Worcester accredited installers. Our Plymouth-based team are able to supply and install a range of smart thermostats like the Worcester Wave and Nest to both new and existing central heating systems. For more information and a free quotation please contact us.

Further Accreditation Awards

AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a further two accreditations by Constructionline and the Acclaim scheme. Making us one of the few Plumbing & Heating companies in Plymouth to hold such prestige accreditations.

Established in 1985, AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD is a local Plymouth business, now based in Estover we complete over 4,000 plumbing, heating & gas jobs every year in Plymouth alone and have been widely regarded as Plymouth’s leading Plumbing & Heating company.

In May 2017, we were awarded the Constructionline accreditation and also the Acclaim accreditation.  With these new accreditations, our customers in Plymouth and the surrounding areas can be sure that we adhere to the strictest health and safety policies and that our work is carried out to the highest standard.

These further accreditations join a long list of current accreditations which include: Buy with Confidence, Platinum Worcester Accredited Installer, Approved Worcester Service Partner, Gas Safe Register and Nest Certified Partner. Our sheer number of quality accreditations is unrivalled in Plymouth and gives our customers confidence that our work carried out by our Gas Safe Registered Heating Engineers is to the highest standard.

To receive a free home visit quotation from Plymouth’s leading Plumbing & Heating company please contact us. We carry out all Plumbing, Heating & Gas work in Plymouth and the surrounding areas.

Special Offer: Fixed Price Boiler Service in Plymouth

Special offer for New & Existing Clients in Plymouth. Fixed price Boiler Service  for all boiler makes and models for just £65 including VAT, plus for a limited time only, a free carbon monoxide audible alarm, supplied and fitted by one of our Gas Safe Registered engineers, usually £35. Offer only applies to households in Plymouth, for other offers for households outside of Plymouth area please Contact us.

It is important to have your boiler serviced annually, you can read why it is so important in our last blog post here.

To benefit from this great offer simply contact us to book your boiler service and quote: CO-FREE. Offer is only available for residential customers that live in Plymouth.

AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD complete thousands of Gas Safety checks for homeowners and landlords annually. Our Gas Safe Registered Engineers use the latest analytical diagnostic equipment to service your boiler. It is important to keep your boiler services up to date to ensure that your warranty is valid and your boiler is energy efficient.


The Importance of A Boiler Service

Your boiler should be serviced annually, every year our Gas Safe Registered engineers carry out thousands of gas safety checks for landlords and homeowners in Plymouth and across the South-West. Our fixed price gas safety service is carried out by our fully qualified gas engineers that are experts in boiler maintenance.

Having hot water is a daily essential. Your boiler needs to be regularly checked and tested to make sure all components are working in the correctly. An annual boiler service is a relatively cheap way to prevent potential boiler faults, avoid unwanted disruption, ensure maximum central heating efficiency and keep heating bills to a minimum.

Just like a M.O.T for your car, regular checks of your boiler can detect whether something is wrong and can prevent any issues from getting worse. A boiler that isn’t working to its maximum efficiency can also hit your wallet hard and increase your energy bills dramatically. When carrying out a service, a qualified engineer will inspect and test all of the boiler components and replace any parts that are no longer functioning correctly. Thus leaving your home with a fully operational and efficient boiler.

Guarantee safety with a boiler service from a Plymouth gas engineer. A regular boiler service by a Gas Safe Registered engineer will ensure your safety is not compromised. Along with assurances over boiler breakdowns, having your boiler serviced provides peace of mind for health related issues.

We recommend to all our customers that you have an audible carbon monoxide alarm fitted in your home. Last year we fitted hundreds of carbon monoxide alarms in homes all across Plymouth for just £35 including fitting.

AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD is Plymouth’s premier Plumbing & Heating Company.  We are able to carry out Gas Safety checks for all gas appliances including boilers. All our engineers are Gas Safe Registered and using the latest analytic equipment for Gas Safety Checks. Contact us today to arrange a Gas Safety check

Will A Smart Thermostat Save Me Money?

Which? recently investigated how much you could potentially save on your energy bills with a smart thermostat and also how long it would take to pay for itself.

This year alone, we installed more smart thermostats in the first three months of 2017 than the whole of 2016 combined, the most popular models that we installed on boilers in Plymouth where the Worcester Wave and the Nest learning thermostat.

Smart thermostats allow you to change various thermostat settings from your smartphone–and, in some cases, a web browser, computer, or with your voice using a device like the Amazon Echo.

Which? found that customers who saved the most money with a smart thermostat were people who wanted to be able to see exactly how much heating that they where using and how much it was costing. Other people who saved money with a smart thermostat where:

  • Tech-savvy smartphone or computer users, who are comfortable using apps.
  • Those with a busy lifestyle, who want to be able to programme their thermostat on the go.
  • If you have a regular routine, some smart heating controls, such as Nest, can learn your routine and ensure your home is always warm when it needs to be.
  • Those who are likely to stay in the same property for several years, as they can recoup the cost of installation through savings on their heating bill.

As a Nest pro installer and also a Worcester Accredited Installer, our Heating engineers have fitted 100s of smart thermostats in homes across Plymouth. Studies have shown that the Nest payback time is just two years, you can read more about the study here.

AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD love installing smart technology for customers across Plymouth and the surrounding areas. Visit our Barnes SmartHome section today and learn more about how smart technology can save you Money on your heating bills in Plymouth. For advice and a free quotation please contact us.

Ensure Your New Property is Gas Safe

Just moved to a new property in Plymouth? This quick guide will outline the steps that you can take to ensure that your new property is Gas Safe. There’s no way of really knowing when the appliances and pipework in your new Plymouth Property were last serviced and checked by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Your vendor should provide you with a Gas Safety Record showing that a qualified Gas Safe engineer has checked the gas installation pipework and appliances. If your vendor is unable to provide a Gas Safety Record then you’ll need to contact a registered engineer to carry out the relevant gas safety checks before you move in.

The Gas Safe Registered engineer will complete a record and provide it to the vendor so they can pass it onto you when you move into the property.

AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD can carry out and complete a Gas Safety Record for your new property in Plymouth. All our Heating Engineers are Gas Safe Registered. Contact us today for expert advice from one of our Plymouth based Heating Engineers.

It is important to have your gas appliances checked regularly – as the risks if you don’t include deadly carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions.

Finding A Reliable Heating Engineer

We get numerous phone calls and emails from clients that have had quotes for work done by other Plymouth Heating Engineers that are not reliable and have not turned up, or in some instances have not been experienced enough to fix the problem. This guide outlines steps that you can take in order to find reliable Heating engineers in Plymouth and also reliable Plumbers in Plymouth.

There’s an old saying, if you buy cheap, you’ll buy twice, this saying applies to everything from replacing a boiler to buying a new car, it is important to get your choice right the first time and this means looking beyond price, the best things are usually not the cheapest.

So, how can you find a reliable Plumber in Plymouth?  There are lots of ways that you can find an experienced, reliable and affordable Plumber in Plymouth, the best starting point for finding any reputable tradesman is by visiting the Buy with Confidence website, all tradesmen on Buy with Confidence have been vetted and approved by Trading standards, you can also read verified reviews which have been left by Plymouth customers. If your Plymouth based Heating Engineer or Plumber is not on Buy with Confidence then we recommend that you use a tradesmen that is on the scheme as only these companies have been approved by Trading Standards.

Next step, finding a Gas Safe Registered engineer. Finding a Plymouth Gas Engineer is easy, simply visit the Gas Safe Register website and enter your postcode, you will then be able to see all Gas Safe Registered engineers in your area. All our Heating Engineers are Gas Safe Registered and undergo further training through our employee development scheme.

Finding the best Plymouth Heating Engineers checklist. Google search the company, if the company does not have an up-to-date website or it looks dodgy then their work is probably the same, companies that invest in their public image clearly care about there customers and offer the highest possible quality. Check out the company’s other accreditations, are they a Worcester Accredited Installer and A Nest Professional Installer? Finally, ask for a written quotation, company’s that offer you a free no-obligation quotation are a safe-bet.

Following these steps is a guaranteed formula to finding a reliable, affordable and experienced heating engineer and plumbers in Plymouth. AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD is Plymouth’s premier Plumbing & Heating Company, completing over 4,000 Plumbing, Heating and Gas jobs annually in Plymouth alone. Contact us today for a free no-obligation home-visit quotation.

Why Should I use A Worcester Accredited Installer?

We have been asked this question quite a lot throughout the years by our Plymouth Customers:

Do I use a Worcester Accredited Installer when I get a new boiler installed, is it really worth it?

The simple answer is yes. There are numerous reasons why you should use a Worcester Accredited Installer for your boiler installation, repair or replacement. AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD is one of the longest accredited installers in Plymouth, Devon for Worcester Bosch products.

The first reason why you should use a Worcester Accredited Installer is that accredited installers are professional heating engineers. Worcester do not just let any plumber become an accredited installer, engineers that want to become a Worcester accredited installer have to be fully vetted by Worcester Bosch and undertake specialist training at their headquarters. If you do not use an accredited installer for your central heating installation in Plymouth, you will be using a much less experienced heating engineer whose business may not be around in 5 years to sort the fault caused upon installation.

The second reason why you should use a Worcester Accredited Installer is extended warranty. All Worcester Bosch boilers supplied and fitted by AJ Barnes Plumbing & Heating LTD come with a FULL Worcester Bosch 10-year warranty as standard giving you peace of mind that your boiler is protected for the next 10 years. Other heating engineers who are not accredited installers may offer a 10-year warranty but this may not be with Worcester Bosch and therefore your boiler will not be fully protected if something goes wrong with your boiler during your warranty period. Worcester Accredited Installers offer a 10-year warranty as standard for all Worcester Bosch boiler installations, non-accredited installers may charge you for the privilege.


Another reason why you should use a Worcester Accredited installer as your heating engineer is that accredited installers have been checked to ensure that they have all the necessary certification and training to work on heating and gas appliances in Plymouth. Giving you peace of mind knowing that your boiler replacement has been installed safely by a Plymouth heating engineer.

The final reason why you should use a Worcester Accredited installer to install and maintain Worcester boilers, solar water heating and heat pumps are the tips and advice that an accredited heating engineer can offer you. Our Plymouth based Worcester Accredited Installers (WAIs) have been installing Worcester Bosch boilers for over 30 years and can often advise you on how to get the best out of your boiler in terms of efficiency and cost.

AJ Barnes Plumbing and Heating LTD is a platinum Worcester Accredited Installer, based in Plymouth and covering households across Devon and Cornwall, you can see if we cover your area by checking our coverage area map, contact us for a free no-obligation home visit quotation with one of our reliable heating engineers. If we do not cover your area, you can find your local WAIs by visiting the Worcester Bosch website by clicking here.