With temperatures around the UK set to plummet this weekend and even talks of snow, are you worried about your boiler?
British gas have given us their best tips on preparing for the big freeze and making sure your boiler won’t let you down so you can ensure your house is toasty warm this winter.
- Bleed your radiators If your radiators have cold spots at the top, this means you have air in the system, so you will need to bleed them to get them working efficiently.
- To do this, turn the system off and when cool, turn the radiator key until the air stops and water runs consistently. Once you have turned the system back on, the problem should be solved.
- Cold spots in the bottom or centre of the radiator may be an indication of sludge build up and the need for system flushing.
- Bleeding your radiator may result in pressure dropping. If you have a pressure gauge, make sure the boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.
- Block the breeze: Make sure all of your windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping. For those that don’t, fitting draught excluders, which you can buy from most DIY stores, is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your energy bills.
- Wrap up your water tank: The materials can be purchased from most DIY stores and help to conserve heat and save you money.
- Insulate your pipes: Burst pipes are a huge issue during winter months. To help prevent burst pipes, ensure all pipes are properly insulated by using lagging, which can be bought cheaply from most DIY shops.
- Be energy smart: Why not speak to your energy supplier about a smart meter? You’ll be able to see how much energy you’re using, in pounds and pence, with a smart meter monitor. In turn, this helps you to better understand your energy consumption and identify where you can make savings. Find out more:
- Maintain your drains: If you're trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it's a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don't restrict water flow at any point.
- Find out when the best time to get a boiler service is
- For more tips and tricks, pick up the latest copy of Yours magazine