How important is your central heating to you?
Do you know exactly what your central heating does?
No? Well, let me enlighten you!
Your central heating not only helps to keep your home warm, it also means that you don’t have to have a cold shower as it’s all operated from your boiler which heats your water.
Without central heating you’d be living in a cold house having cold showers! Not nice I imagine!
This is why it’s important to maintain your gas central heating. You can do this by following these simple steps:
Bleed Your Radiators
This is something that we have to do on a regular basis with one of our radiators. For some reason the radiator in our hallway doesn’t heat up efficiently meaning that our hallway can often feel cold. The reason for this is that there are air pockets trapped in the radiator which prevents the heated water from circulating. An easy way to check your radiators for these air pockets is to feel for any cold spots. You can then buy a cheap key specifically made for the purpose of bleeding your radiators.
To bleed your radiator simply turn your heating off and ensure your radiators are cool. You’ll then need to insert the radiator key into the valve to open it. You’ll hear the sound of air hissing out before water will eventually come out. This means that the radiator is now full of water and not air so that when you turn your central heating on next time, you’ll know that your whole radiator will heat up. When bleeding your radiator use a towel to prevent water from spilling onto your floor.
Look After Your Pipes
In February 2018 we had some pretty heavy snowfall. As a result many of our neighbouring houses ended up with frozen pipes. To prevent this from happening you can buy ready made lagging that simply slides onto your pipes and helps to prevent them from freezing.
Time Your Heating
This is something that my mother in law does that I keep meaning to do. She sets a timer so that her heating comes on before she wakes up. That way when she does get up she has plenty of hot water and heat. She then turns the heating off before it automatically comes on again in the evening for an hour. This is a great way to cut your energy use.
These are just a few tips to help you maintain your central heating. Do you have any other tips? Let me know in the comments below.
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