Winter is coming! Hot Tips to keep you warm.

Winter is Coming!.......

Some forecasters are warning of severe cold weather conditions from as early as November this year all the way through to February 2019. Now whether this is accurate or just a scaremongering ‘fool-cast’ we wait to see.
However, whenever the temperature dips, is your heating system ‘Winter Ready’?
Here are a few 'Heat Tech Hot Tips' to help ensure that you are not left reliant on your immersion heaters and hot water bottles whilst you wait for an emergency call out during a cold snap.

1. Has your boiler been serviced recently? An annual service can help detect possible issues with your heating and hot water systems which may need attention to ensure they continue to work efficiently and effectively when you need them the most.

2. Bleed all your radiators to release any trapped air, this will ensure they are heating up fully.

3. If you have a modern ‘sealed system’ boiler, check its pressure and top up if necessary. It is wise to keep an eye on the pressure level. If the pressure drops too low the boiler may cut out and any regular drops in pressure may be an indication of a leak on your system.

4. Fit thermostatic radiator valves to radiators. These valves allow you to alter the temperature of each radiator to suit the room/area of the house it is located in and will make your heating system more efficient and cost effective.

5. Check any exposed pipework, which includes condensate pipes and any internal pipework located in unheated areas such as lofts, garages and out houses, for adequate insulation. Any frozen pipework can cause the boiler to cut out and, in some cases, can cause serious and costly damage to it.

6. If you have not already done so, it is a good idea to run the heating for a few hours before switching on for the winter months to ensure that it is operating correctly. This may give you time to put right any issues that occur before it is needed.

7. Check all the timers and programmers relating to your hot water and heating systems. Ensure they are working and set to the times that suit your lifestyle.

8. It is essential to add an inhibitor to central heating systems. This helps to slowdown and reduce the corrosion inside the pipes and radiators which will reduce the sludge that is circulating around the system. This will increase the life of your radiators, boiler and central heating pump.

If you have any questions regarding any of the points above, please contact Heat Services and we will be happy to discuss these further.