Stay warm when the weather gets cold
Generally central heating won’t be at the top of your list for household maintenance but when it stops working properly you’ll surely notice.
It’s a good idea to have your central heating system serviced regularly to keep it in tiptop shape. Summer is the ideal time to do so to make sure it’ll work efficiently for the coming winter months.
Throughout the summer months, turn heating on for fifteen minutes each month. This will give you a chance to check that the system is working properly and should help clear any grit from the boiler pump.
How to improve your energy efficiency when heating your home
- To reduce heat loss from your home, properly insulate your attic.
- A great tip to get your radiators working efficiently is to place radiator insulation foil behind them to direct all of their heat into your rooms.
- Make sure your hot water cylinder has got a thick thermal jacket wrapped around it and its thermostat isn’t set higher than sixty degrees
- When your central heating is on, regularly check if your radiators feel warmer at the bottom and cooler at the top. If they are, bleed them to improve their performance.
Common causes of problems with central heating systems
Is there a problem with your gas supply?
Ask a neighbour to see if they are having problems too.
The on/off meter might have been knocked off in a cupboard?
Check to see if it’s in the right position.
Check is the power light lit up on the boiler?
If not, has a circuit protection device tripped? You can reset this.
If the boiler has a pilot light, is it lit?
If you need to re-ignite it follow the manufacturer’s instructions
Check is central heating programmer been set correctly?
If the programmer isn’t telling it to - your heating won’t come on.
Is the pressure on the boiler correct?
If not, can you identify a leak in the system that can be isolated?
Be careful when investigating, as any escaping water may be very hot. If in any doubt, leave this to a suitably qualified plumber
Stay safe from carbon monoxide
If you’ve got a gas boiler, it’s very important to get it checked and serviced regularly in order to minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning. You can also buy carbon monoxide alarms to alert you to danger.
In order to minimise the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning, it’s very important to get your gas boiler checked and serviced regularly. To alert you to danger you can purchase carbon monoxide alarms
Carbon monoxide poisoning main signs are very similar to flu symptoms:
- sore throat
- dry cough
- abdominal pain
Carbon monoxide is an extremely poisonous gas that you can’t see, smell or taste.
Severe poisoning can result in a fast and irregular heart rate, hyperventilation, confusion, drowsiness and difficulty breathing. Loss of consciousness and seizures may also occur.
Gas boiler and central heating protection, including an annual boiler service, is available with Home Membership from the AA.