Tips to keep your central heating running efficiently and effectively
A well cared for and looked after central heating system helps to keep homes warm and cosy. Looking after one isn’t difficult at all, so take a look at these 6 ways to ensure your central heating runs efficiently and effectively.
Check your radiators
Issues tend to occur when cold air gets trapped in the radiators and air pockets prevent the heated water circulating and makes your home feel cold. By checking your radiators for cold patches, you can test them and bleed them if necessary. Keys to bleed the radiator can easily be found from most DIY shops which sell them for around £1.
Keeping an eye on the boiler pressure
To keep your boiler running at maximum efficiency, the pressure bar needs to be right, it’s easy to do, simply check your boiler and make sure it’s set between 1 and 1.5 bar.
Pipe lagging keeps the heat flowing
When temperatures drop, pipes can freeze, not only does this effect your central heating and how it works, it may mean that you need to replace burst pipes. Ready-made pipe lagging is available to buy, it is easy to use and provides years of protection.
Check the pilot light
If you have a gas boiler, it’s important to keep an eye on the colour of your pilot light, when everything is operating well, the light should be a strong blue colour. A yellow flame could mean that the boiler needs servicing as it could potentially be releasing carbon monoxide. Annual boiler services will ensure you get the best performance out of your boiler and make sure that you always call a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
Ensure your safety
Smoke and carbon monoxide are lethal and silent, it’s vital that you put both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home, these can be bought as separate or combined alarms at around £20 to £25, a small price to pay.
Setting your boiler to suit you
Help your boiler run more efficiently by setting it to fit in with your daily routine, heat and hot water in the morning and evening, then have your system turned off when you’re out. Using a timer thermostat on your boiler to set heat and water to come on and off at different times and different temperatures, you’ll cut your energy bills and usage.