Many of us forget these simple tips which can save you thousands of pounds
When the weather is hot, the last thing many of us think about is our heating system. However, if we are not careful, poor maintenance could cost you more than your bargained for when the cold weather hits. To help save you money and hassle, here are some top tips to make sure you don't have to worry.
Should I switch off my boiler over the summer?
Switching off your boiler completely can be a great way to save money over the summer if you can, particularly if you have a boiler with a continuously burning pilot light.
If you have an electric shower which heats water and you're not planning on taking baths during the summer, then you have nothing to worry about, although the hot water in your wash basin will be cold.
This principal also goes for your washing machine and dishwasher.
Should I turn off my central heating and radiators?
If you have a combi boiler and still want hot water at your kitchen sink or bathroom basin, you could consider changing your boiler settings to only provide hot water and not heating. Doing this will provide your house with hot water but won't switch on your radiators.
You could also leave your central heating on, but turn off each of your radiators individually, except for those in particular rooms which may require a little extra heat, such as to dry wet towels in the bathroom. Using a timer thermostat is a great way to automatically turn on your heating for short periods.
How long can I leave my boiler off for?
This can depend on the quality of your boiler. If you know your system has had problems in the past and is probably close to needing to be replaced, it is best to simply switch off the heating only.
But whether you choose to switch off your boiler completely or just to switch to hot water only, you should always make sure to run your central heating for a few minutes once a month to keep the system in working order. If you don’t do this, you could find that your central heating won’t come on when you come to use it in the autumn.
This can be avoided by simply switching on your central heating until your radiators begin to get warm. Doing this occasionally throughout the summer will prevent the pump and diverter valve which direct water around the heating system from seizing up.
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