As the colder weather is slowly making itself known, here are a few handy tips on keeping your house warm this autumn/winter….
GET RID OF DRAUGHTS > use insulation draught excluding tape round your windows and doors to create a snug seal and keep that cold air outside where it should be.
CLOSE THE CURTAINS > once you have excluded the draughts, it is advisable to keep the curtains closed, keeping unwanted cold air behind them and not in the room.
SERVICE YOUR BOILER > by making sure your boiler is serviced by a gas safe engineer means that they will check that your boiler and heating system is working as efficiently as it should be, keeping cost low and houses warm.
PUT TIN FOIL BEHIND YOUR RADIATORS > stick some tin foil to a sheet of card and pop behind your radiator, therefore making a heat reflective shield that will bounce the heat back into your rooms. Rooms will heat up quicker and retain the heat for longer.
INSULATE PIPEWORK > by wrapping foam tubes around your pipes will keep the water in them hotter for longer. This is readily available from DIY stores.
USE A SMART CONTROL SYSTEM (i.e, Hive, Nest) > setting your heating between 18 -21c will mean less energy is wasted by turning the thermostat all the way up when you feel cold (guilty as charged!), this means that less energy is used and your bills will be lower.
BLEED YOUR RADIATORS > when your heating is on, check the radiators are hot at the top. If they aren’t, there may be excess air trapped inside them. Grab yourself a radiator key, then turn the bleed valve on the radiator. You will hear a hissing sound and when you see the first drip of water, turn it back again to close the valve. Job done.
GET YOURSELF SOME LARGE RUGS > wooden floors look lovely, but unfortunately can let a lot of heat escape through them and a lot of cold air in. Cover the floor with a nice rug to cover up the little gaps.
MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR STOPCOCK IS > When water in your pipes freeze, pressure can build up behind the frozen blockage and cause the pipe to burst. Even though this is rare, it is very important to make yourself familiar with the location fo the stopcock to be able to shut off the mains supply of water in a n emergency. (normally this will be located under your sink!) It will be a lever or a tap on the copper pipes which you will need to turn clockwise to switch it off. If the pipes have frozen -try and find the pipe in question and apply heat to the blockage (if the pipe is outside [condense pipe] then please boil the kettle and pour over the pipe!)
LEAVE THE OVEN DOOR OPEN > Once you have cooked your dinner, and switched your appliance off, leave the oven door open to heat the room. There is no point in wasting all that lovely heat. (Just make sure you keep any littlies away!)
KEEP THE HEATING TICKING OVER > It is advisable to put the heating on at least once a day, even if you’re away, to ensure the system is working during the cold months.
BOILERS WORK BEST AT ONE BAR OF PRESSURE > check your boiler pressure – it should be around one bar. Your pressure gauge should be on the front of your boiler or underneath it. If you notice that the pressure is too high or too low then give us a call and our gas safe engineers can come and check the system and rectify any issues.