A well looked after and maintained central heating system will keep you home warm and cosy, looking after one isn’t too difficult at all, so take a look at these six ways to make sure that your central heating runs efficiently and effectively.
Check your radiators
Issues tend to occur when cold air gets trapped in your radiators and air pockets prevent the heated water from circulating and making your home feel cold. By checking your radiators for cold patches, you can test them and bleed them if necessary. Keys to bleed the radiator can easily be found from most DIY shops which sell them for around £1.
Keep an Eye on your Boiler Pressure
Keep your boiler running at maximum efficiency, the pressure bar will be need to be right which is easy to do, simply check your boiler and make sure it’s set between 1 and 1.5bars.
Pipe Lagging will Ensure the Heat Flows
When the temperature drops, pipes can freeze, not only does this effect your central heating and it works, but it may mean that you also need to replace burst pipes. Ready made pipe lagging can be bought from most DIY shops, it’s easy to use and will also last for years.
Check the Pilot Light
Should you have a gas boiler, it’s important to keep an eye on the colour of your pilot light, when everything is operating well, the light should be a strong blue colour. Yellow flames mean that the boiler may need servicing as it could potentially be releasing carbon monoxide. Annual boiler services ensure that you get the best performance out of your boiler as well as making sure that you always seek assistance from a gas safe registered engineer.
Ensure your Safety
Smoke and carbon monoxide can be a lethal and silent, it’s essential that you install a smoke and carbon monoxide alarm in your home, these can be bought separately or combined, these alarms cost from around £20 to £25, a small price to pay.
Setting your Boiler to Suit You
Help your boiler run more efficiently by setting it to fit in with your daily routine, heat and hot water in the morning and evenings and have your system switched off when you’re out. Using a timer thermostat on your boiler sets heat and water to come on and off at different times and temperatures. This will also contribute to reducing your energy bills.
Flushing your Central Heating System
Over the years, most central heating system will fill with all sorts of sludge, rust and other debris. A power flush is the process of cleaning out all this debris from the system, which will help ensure that the heating system works more efficiently. The aim of the power flush is to help restore full circulation of the heating system, to allow warm water to easily travel through the pipework, radiators and boiler. As a result of getting this done, the radiators will warm more quickly, and they should get warmer than before; they should also no longer have cold spots on them. Power flushing the central heating system leads to a more reliable and more efficient heating system which means you should be able to heat the home for less!
Adding Inhibitor to your Hot Water System
Inhibitor is a liquid inserted into your central heating system that that slows down the reaction of the metal radiator with the water running through it. This oxidisation is what causes lots of the sludge in the radiator, so by using inhibitor, you can slow the rate of this reaction and help keep your system running in tip top condition!
Other central heating additives include things like Endotherm, which works by reducing the surface tension of water. This change essentially reduces the size of the bubbles that form in the boiler feeder tube helping to maximise heat transfer across the heat exchanger. This means that every unit of gas goes on to produce more hot water and therefore it should result in lower energy bills. The actual effectiveness of these products is still disputed, but at only £20 – £30 a pop – even a 1% saving in energy bills would still cover the cost of buying it in just a couple of years.