British weather can be wildly unpredictable particularly over the winter (Remember the Beast From The East?), so when the summer nights start to ebb away and the cooler, darker nights hit, it’s essential to think about getting your home ready for winter. With this in mind, we’ve put together our top 5 tips for winter-proofing your home so that you can see out the season in warmth and comfort!
1 Book Your Annual Boiler Service
There’s nothing worse than being left without heating or hot water during the winter, so it’s essential to get your boiler serviced before the cold weather kicks in. Regular boiler servicing is necessary on two fronts; to keep your boiler safe and in full working order and to maintain your boiler’s warranty. Yearly servicing also means that any small issues can be identified before they become big problems so that your boiler can continue to work optimally and heat your home effectively. If you need to schedule your annual boiler service, get in touch with us by phone or through our contact form to arrange an appointment.
2 Keep Your Heating On
It can sometimes be tempting to turn your heating off or play with the controls constantly during the winter, particularly on days where your home feels stuffy and oppressively hot! However, manipulating the temperature can have an effect on your pipework, so it’s best to set your central heating to a moderate, consistent temperature throughout the winter, in order to help prevent damage to your pipes from the cold. 14 degrees Celsius is the minimum recommended temperature for the winter months.
3 Check Your Radiators
Are your radiators heating up evenly? If you notice any cold spots, you may need your central heating system drained and flushed. We offer a full range of heating system treatments, that can help to reduce pricey repairs to your boiler and keep it performing optimally for longer.
4 Wrap Up Your Pipework
When the nights get darker and the temperature starts to drop, it’s time to think about ways to protect your pipework from the cold. A burst pipe is messy, inconvenient and often costly, so it’s worth investing a little time and effort and protecting your pipes to avoid being left without a water supply. Lagging or jacketing materials can be picked up cheaply in most DIY stores and are a great way to protect pipes in exposed areas (Think lofts, garages and utility rooms) from freezing and bursting in the cold weather.
5 Get a Smart Thermostat
Smart thermostats are a fantastic way to save on your energy bills and allow you to control your heating remotely. Smart thermostats learn your schedule and temperature preferences, are simple to program and even allow you to analyse your energy usage, so you can easily identify ways to become more energy efficient. They’re also a really convenient piece of kit, as you can even turn the heating up when you’re on your way home from work, so you step into a warm and cosy house!
Find Out More
To find out more about our thermostats and central heating services or to book in your annual boiler service, call our office on 01752 338810. We’re open from 9 am until 5 pm Monday to Friday and from 9 am until 4 pm on a Saturday and are ready to help you get your home winter ready!