It’s that time of year again when your heating is on every day and you look forward to sitting in a cosy home. This means relying on your heating system to keep your rooms and water at the right temperature, day and night.
Autumn is the best time to test your heating system before the demands of winter set it. It’s best to uncover any possible faults before the really cold weather is here. Winter is our busiest time of the year and other central heating service providers will be the same so it’s best to act now.
Follow our guide to get your home ready for snow and ice. Think of this as a winter readiness checklist for your heating system. From your boiler and pipes to your tariff, here are some checks you can do today to get ready for winter.
Check your carbon monoxide alarm
We’ll start with the most important thing when it comes to a heating system; safety. It’s our number priority for customers and no doubt it will be your top priority for your home and everyone in it.
If you have a gas heating system, please test your carbon monoxide alarm. Carbon monoxide has no odour or taste, so leaks from your heating system can be almost impossible to detect. Long-term exposure can be fatal.
Carbon monoxide alarms are inexpensive to buy and install. If you don’t have one, contact us now and we can help get this essential item in place as soon as possible.
Check your boiler
Your boiler has probably had a quiet and relaxing summer. But this period of inactivity will be followed by a sudden increase in activity now that colder days are here.
Ensuring your boiler is safe and performing efficiently will give you peace of mind. It will also save you money.
Every boiler is busy during the winter months which puts it under pressure. A boiler service from a Gas Safe registered company like Kingdom Gas is the next most important part of getting ready for winter.
A service will help prevent minor issues from becoming serious issues. These serious issues can leave you without heat or hot water on a freezing day. A service checks your boiler's flue, water pressure, pipework, and all working components.
The service will also check that you’re not burning more gas than you need to (and spending more money as a result).
Has your boiler has its annual service?
We highly recommend an annual service for your boiler, even for a brand new boiler in new build property.
Check your radiators and pipes
Once you know your boiler is running well, it’s time to check your radiators to ensure they have no issues. Turn your heating up full and then check that each radiator can reach its maximum temperature.
Bleed your radiators
Radiators will need to be bled every year or so to keep them working at their best. This can be done by anyone who has some knowledge of what to do and what to look for. However, it should be done with care and attention. Checking and bleeding your radiators is covered in our annual service.
Radiator problems to watch out for:
- Your radiators don’t get warm when the heating is on
- Some radiators don’t get as hot as others
- Some radiators have cold patches
- No water comes out when you bleed a radiator
- If when you bleed a radiator, the water is discoloured
These could be signs of an underlying problem or indicate that a replacement radiator is required.
Has your system been power flushed in the last year?
These ‘deep cleans’ break down rust or debris from pipes, radiators, and your boiler. This prevents existing build-ups of sludge or debris from becoming more serious issues.
Check your thermostats and timers
Have you updated the timings for your heating system to deal with the colder temperatures? Setting timers for each part of the day is a great way to manage how your home is heated in a controlled way. This is a cheaper method of heating your home compared with only switching your heating on when it becomes really cold.
Don’t make your heating system work any harder than it has to. Keep a steady temperature to ensure your boiler doesn’t need to make significant increases in temperature.
Check your tariff
Check you are on the right tariff and not paying too much for your gas each month. Find out your gas usage each year from your current supplier. Then make use of the many comparison sites available online to find a better deal.
It’s never too late to switch. Even if there is a small exit fee, it can often be worth paying it to ensure you are on the best value tariff for your home.
We hope this helps you keep your heating running smoothly and your bills low this winter. Please send us a message or give us a call if you need a hand with anything we’ve talked about in this article.