YIKES! It’s cold outside. With most of us cranking up the central heating, it is the worst time for things to go wrong. Here Scottish Gas engineer Paul Dailly suggests a few things you can do to make sure your boiler keeps boiling.
1. Bleed your radiators: to make sure they are working properly.
If your radiators have cold spots, you have air in the system, so you will need to bleed them. For more information on how to do this, please visit the “How to” guides on British Gas’s You Tube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/britishgas.
2. Keep the heat in with curtains
Hang heavy, lined curtains at windows to help keep the heat in and close them at dusk. If you have Venetian blinds tilt the blades so they face down (curved side to room).
3. Set your thermostat
Set your room thermostat at or around temperature of 21°c (70°f). Reducing your room temperature by 1°C could cut your heating bills by up to 10 percent and typically saves around £60 per year, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
4. Wrap up your water tank
This will cost you around £15 and you’ll save £35 on the boiler jacket and £10 on the pipes in the first year. (Source: Energy Saving Trust).
5. Insulate your walls
Did you know your home loses a third of its heat through the walls? Insulating wall cavities could save you around £110 a year, keeping you warmer for longer.
6. Layer your loft
Many homes have just 100mm of insulation. Insulating your loft with at least 270mm (10” –11”) of insulation could save you up to £145 on fuel bills.
7. Ventilation nation
Remember to leave air bricks and vents clear to stop condensation and ensure fresh air. Wood-burning stoves, gas boilers and open fires need a good air supply to burn efficiently.
8. Service appliances
Heating appliances should be serviced once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer to help ensure they are working safely and efficiently.
9. Remote control your heating
Using a smart phone app, PC or laptop you can control your boiler and heat your home when you need it. According to Scottish Gas, it can save an average of £140 per year. For the Scottish Gas Remote Heating Control system, go to www.scottishgas.co.uk/remoteheating.
10. Stay safe
Don’t forget to have an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted and test it regularly.