Here are our top tips to ensuring a cheaper heating season and avoiding unexpected boiler issues!
Ensure your boiler is regularly maintained. Preferably before the start of the heating season but late is better than never! Keeping on top of the boiler maintenance ensures a smoother operation of the whole heating system reducing the chance of it breaking down when you need it the most.
Consider a boiler upgrade. Modern boilers can achieve around 95% efficiency ensuring the optimum amount of heat is produced from the fuel source. Yes, a new boiler is expensive but a new one will provide you with a better use of fuel, reduced energy bills, quicker heating of your home, as well as having low NOx emissions reducing the boilers environmental impact, Win! Win!
Optimise your heating controls. Take a look at your internal heating controls, it’s really important to ensure these are set to optimise heating use, for example it’s better to have these on a timer for an hour or two at a time, so a set amount of heat is being used. It’s also important to consider a number of other natural heating sources for buildings. For example, open the blinds to optimise natural day lighting to warm the building during the day. Another source of internal heat gains is through cooking; you might be lucky enough that using the oven to cook your dinner might generate enough radiated heat to assist with your heating demand.
Exposed pipework. Any exposed pipework around your house that is used to transport hot water should be insulated, this will reduce the amount of excess heat loss throughout the system, increasing efficiency and ensuring the optimum temperature reaches its destination. Be it radiators or your tap, insulating the pipework reduces the strain on the boiler as more heat is used correctly.
Check your energy bills. A lot of people don’t pay attention to the details of the energy bills or even change provider. Consider looking at an energy provider out of the ‘Big Six’ as the smaller providers are up and coming and providing a better service and competitive prices. It’s also important to take regular meter readings so your bills are accurate for exactly what is being used, alternatively consider installing a smart meter which is currently free of charge through a government led scheme.
Unfortunately fuel poverty is an increasingly large problem within the ageing UK population, where around 4 million UK households are in fuel poverty and unable to afford to live in a warm dry home. Check out the National Energy Action website for more details on this http://www.nea.org.uk/