Our poor central heating systems work full on, nose to the grindstone, all winter for us, only to be basically ignored throughout the summer. It’s no surprise, then, that most people get to the first cool weekend of autumn and find their system has given up the ghost during the summer. So while you’re enjoying the warmer weather, give some thought to your wintertime best friend, and give them a bit of TLC. It could save you a whole lot of money and stress later in the year.
Turn off the boiler
Many people find that the best way to save money during the summer is to turn their central heating boiler off altogether. There’s no point even keeping the pilot light going if you don’t need it, after all. If, however, you’re using a combi boiler, it’s worth turning it to hot water only to keep it from pumping water through the system.
Switch it back on occasionally
Once you’ve turned it off, don’t forget about it altogether. Every month or so, turn it on just for a few minutes, until the radiators start to get warm. This will reassure you that everything is still working fine, and it’ll keep the system refreshed as well. If any problems crop up, you’ll be able to deal with them there and then, rather than having the join the queue of people in October who’ve just fired up their central heating, only to find that it’s given up over the summer.
Keep the fuel topped up
If you’re using heating oil, such as that supplied by New Era Fuels, to power your central heating, be sure to check your supply throughout the summer months, and keep it topped up. People are generally prone to forgetting to consider this once the weather warms up, but once it gets to autumn you’ll be kicking yourself if the supply has dwindled and the nights are getting chilly.
Don’t ignore insulation
Many people think that insulation is important for keeping the home warm in winter and stopping warm air escaping through the roof and windows. Insulation is actually an essential part of your central heating, and cooling, system all year round. A poorly insulated house will warm up faster in summer, and cool down faster in winter. It is therefore in everyone’s best interests to ensure their insulation is up to scratch. If your home is boiling hot in the daytime and freezing cold at night in summer, you are probably spending money unnecessarily, when all you really need to do is sort the insulation out.
Replace it in the summer
The best time to replace a boiler is obviously going to be summer. Not only are waiting times generally shorter as most people wait until autumn or winter to realise their boiler has thrown a strop, but because the weather is more clement. Installing a new boiler will only take an experienced plumber a day, but if it’s a day you don’t need the boiler of your central heating, you’re going to be far more comfortable.
While you’re enjoying the sun this year, spare a little time for your central heating so you don’t get a nasty surprise when autumn rolls back around.