You might be celebrating the coming of the warm weather with a feeling of relief that you can switch the heating off for a while. Time to happily forget the boiler, the radiators and the underfloor piping. Or, is it?
The warmer months, when you don’t need your heating system, is exactly the right time to get it serviced or replaced for greater efficiency and have it ready and raring to go for the colder months ahead.
If you are thinking about upgrading your heating over the summer, here are some things to consider.
Hire a Gas Safe registered engineer
You might think that it only needs a washer here or a new bit of piping there. However, it is not only highly dangerous, but against the law to work on a gas boiler if you are not Gas Safe registered. Therefore, if you want some serious efficiency gains from your heating system, you will need to hire the right engineer for the job. Our engineers would be happy to advise.
Replace rather than repair
If you have an old boiler, you might want to consider upgrading. It might feel like a huge expense; however, the savings you make could be considerable. Sit and do the calculations. You would be surprised how much you will save on your bills and how quickly this will cover the cost of the new boiler.
There are less expensive improvements you can make, such as a new thermostat and adjustable radiator valves. There are also smart thermostat installations now, such as Nest and Hive, that will allow you to control your heating through your mobile phone.
Some clever extras
There are filters you can have fitted that will expand the life of your boiler. A system filter will clean out any contaminants that could cause damage. It is a good idea to have one fitted to your boiler as it will lengthen the time before you need a new system.
Equally, you could treat the system with a gravity flush of chemical cleansing fluid. If you add in a corrosion inhibitor, you will optimise the protection of your heating equipment. This option will only cost around £100 in total and could make a significant difference in the life of your boiler.
If you don’t want to make a significant change, you should at least consider a service of your existing boiler. Appointing a qualified Gas Safe heating engineer to do some essential checks and changes will ensure your boiler is safe and efficient. It is highly advisable to have a service on your boiler every year.
Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you keep your heating working through the coming winter. Our work could save you money.