We are so very lucky to be living in an age that benefits from the discoveries and feats of engineering have ensured hot water and heating are available in just about every home in the UK. There really are only a very few properties that don’t have these facilities, generally through neglect. Before the ease of pressing the ON button on the front of the boiler in our homes, housewives would have had a boiler of sorts but it would have been for doing the washing – a great big copper affair that had to be filled with cold water and a fire lit beneath – then it would literally boil and that was used for the family wash and bathing. It’s so easy now! But a good quality boiler is essential and it must be installed and maintained by a fully qualified and registered engineer, particularly if gas operated.