Five top tips to make sure your heating will see the winter through

As we prepare to turn our backs on the colder months, it can be easy to completely ignore the heating in your own home. Boiler breakdowns do not only cause inconvenience, but they can cost a lot too.

Preventing issues in advance can potentially save homeowners a lot of money, that’s why we have compiled our top tips to ensure you’re looking after your boiler properly and your heating will see you through the winter…

Boiler pressure

One important thing to keep in mind is the boiler pressure, even during the summer months when the boiler is out of use. The pressure should always sit between 1 and 1.5 bars, regularly checking this will decrease the risk of any major boiler faults or breakdowns, in turn saving home owners a lot of money.

Bleed the radiators

Often, air can get trapped in the heating system and causes the radiators to malfunction, meaning the hot air cannot reach the top of the system. Feeling your radiators and keeping an eye out for ‘cold spots’ is a sure way to identify if your radiators need bleeding. If your radiators do need bleeding this doesn’t need to be a job for the experts, there are just a few simple steps to follow which can be see in this video.

Keep your boiler alive

Like people our boilers need regular exercise or they will stiffen up. Be sure to steer clear of any problems when the chill sets in by turning your heating on for a short 15 minute stint once a month during the warmer seasons. This will keep things active and avoid any problems during winter.

Service the boiler regularly

Boilers can be difficult to understand and preventing faults can be impossible even with the most careful and regular checks carried out at home. Sometimes it is best to get an expert in and check everything is in working order before major issues creep up.

Insulate your pipes

This may seem like a tip that comes with a hefty price tag, but much of the necessary equipment is on sale in most DIY stores. Boilers can often break down when the pipes freeze, so insulating them protects you when the temperatures drop.