Central Heating Tips
1.) You should always have your boiler and heating system serviced every year to keep it running safely and efficiently. This must be carried out by a Gas Safe engineer who will also carry out essential safety checks on the boiler and any other appliances, and issue you with the relevant certification on completion. If you live in rented accommodation, or if you are a landlord yourself, it is the landlord’s responsibility to make sure all gas appliances are safe within the home.
2.) We would always recommend that you have a carbon monoxide alarm installed at your property. They are available in most DIY Stores, are cheap to purchase and can save your life. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer – it doesn’t smell and you cannot see it. Having a carbon monoxide alarm fitted will ensure that your family is protected from the potential dangers of a carbon monoxide leak.
3.) Turn your heating system on regularly, even during the summer months. Doing this will ensure that integral heating parts do not seize up through lack of use and will help ensure your boiler stays in working order.
4.) Check your boiler pressure regularly – this should normally be around 1 – 1.5 bar but we would always advise that your check your boiler manual for the correct pressure for your system. If you are finding that the pressure needs topping up frequently, it may indicate that there is a problem with your heating system and you should call a qualified gas engineer to come and take a look.
5.) Check your loft space to make sure that you have the recommended level of insulation installed. The amount of heat that escapes through a poorly insulated loft can be staggering and it is a costly problem that can be rectified very simply. Insulation can be purchased from most DIY stores and you may be entitled to an insulation grant from your energy supplier so it is well worth the phone call to check.