It’s unfortunately that time of year again. It always feels too early in the year to put the heating on but many of us are getting back into the habit of it now.
If you’re finding that your heating system isn’t particularly efficient or that you’re more environmentally conscious, you might want to see how you can improve your system so it works as best as it can.
Check your boiler before you need it
There’s nothing worse than finding out your central heating has gone down just when you need it the most. You’re then stuck in a freezing house while you get it sorted. This could end up being a huge hassle and the type of big expense you’d rather not have in the run up to Christmas.
So check your central heating and radiators are all working before you know you’ll need them. It might even help to set yourself a reminder each year to do the same thing so that you’re never caught out. This way you’ve got time to sort the problem out before it becomes bigger than it has to be.
Bleed your radiators
This is one of the easiest steps you can take to improve the efficiency of your heating system. The process involves releasing trapped air at the top of the radiator. By doing this, you’re ensuring that the whole of the radiators will get hot. You can check whether you need to bleed a radiator by feeling for any differences in the heat at the top and the bottom of a radiator.
Power flush your system
If there is debris or sludge built up around your system, then you might need to power flush it. You can usually tell if this is the case if there are cold spots on your radiators and have already tried bleeding them.
If you want to give power flushing a try, then get in contact with a local, licensed plumber who can handle it for you rather than attempt it yourself.
Get a better thermostat
Good heating control can make more of a difference than you might think. If you want to go one step further, then intelligent heating controls can allow you to have more control and insight into where your energy is going. They could even help you save money.
Get a new boiler
Buying a new boiler is no one’s favourite way to spend money. However, after the initial investment you could be doing the best for your heating efficiency. New boilers are more efficient and will likely end up saving you money in the long run.
Whatever you try, make sure you’re getting professional advice for something more large scale like pipe inspections or power flushes.