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A well-cared-for central heating system will help keep your home warm and cosy, and looking after one isn’t difficult at all! Take a look at these six ways to protect your home in colder weather.
- Pipe lagging keeps the heat flowing
When temperatures drop, pipes can freeze. Not only does this affect your central heating, but it may also mean that you need to replace burst pipes. Luckily, ready-made pipe lagging is available to buy, which is easy to use and will provide years of protection.
- Check your radiators
Another common issue tends to be cold air getting trapped in the radiators. Air pockets prevent the heated water from circulating and can make 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 in most DIY shops, which sell them for around £1.
- 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 servicing will ensure you get the best performance out of your boiler. Just make sure that you always call a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.
- Keeping an eye on the boiler pressure
To keep your boiler running at maximum efficiency, the pressure bar needs to be set correctly. Luckily, this is easy to do! Simply check your boiler and make sure it’s set between 1 and 1.5 bar.
- Ensure your safety
Smoke and carbon monoxide are both lethal and silent, so it is 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, which is a small price to pay to ensure your safety.
- Setting your boiler to suit you
Help your boiler run more efficiently by setting it to fit in with your daily routine. We advise running your heat and hot water in the morning and evening, then having your system turned off when you’re not at home. Use a timer thermostat on your boiler to set heat and water to come on and off at different times and temperatures. This way you’ll be able to reduce your energy bills and usage.
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