While the temperature has yet to noticeably drop, the children are back at school and there are a few other tell-tale signs of approaching autumn around us. With this in mind, now is a good time to check and review your heating options; as if you wait for the cold weather to bite, you may leave yourself vulnerable at the start of winter.
As most people discover issues with their heating systems when they switch it on for the first time, there is inevitably a rush for appointments the moment the mercury really drops. By getting any gremlins out of the system early, you’ll be able to look forward to a comfortable, warm winter.
Many new options for heating system allow you to monitor your energy use and ensure your bills stay in check. Various Internet of Things (IoT) enabled devices allow you to make appropriate adjustments to your heating, for instance when you are not even in your home.
Check your radiators
Autumn is a great time to switch your central heating systems on and check for any leaks, as well as to ensure all valves are functional.
This can be a good time to ‘bleed’ your radiators to make sure there is no trapped air, which can impact their efficiency.
Also check the pressure gauge on your boiler, which should typically be between 1 and 1.5 bar.
Take a look at external pipework
If there are weaknesses in your external pipework, these are likely to become catastrophic when the freezing weather hits. Check all the joints for signs of wear and also check (and if necessary replace) your pipe lagging.
Double (or triple) check your Carbon Monoxide monitor
When you turn the heating on for the first time in a while there is a risk that if your boiler flue is blocked there may a Carbon Monoxide leak.
All homes should have a Carbon Monoxide monitor, however now is a great time to check it is fully functioning and, if necessary, replace batteries (or unit.)
While the recent heatwave is still fresh in our minds, and with much talk about an extended summer period, it may be difficult to give much thought to our heating systems. However, as we become more accustomed to extremes in weather, it is sensible to be prepared for a cold snap similar to that experienced at the start of the year.
Preparation such as that outlined above does not take long and the midst of a deep freeze is the worst time to find out you have no heating or hot water.
If you’d like to get in touch with heating professionals that deliver Government Endorsed Quality, you can search the TrustMark online directory to find them, as well as a number of other trades in your area.
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