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January 2021

How a new boiler can save you money
Understanding how a new boiler can save you money is key to reducing your energy bills. Although you can make some savings if you insulate your home and switch to a new energy provider, installing a more efficient boiler is the best way to make significant changes. Here’s how a new boiler can save you money.

Improved Efficiency

Many people avoid replacing their boiler because they are worried about the initial cost. However, the improved efficiency leads to big savings, which offset that initial cost. Boiler technology has come a long way in the last few decades, which means that an old boiler is far less efficient than a new one. If your boiler is 20 years old, it could be running at as little as 60% efficiency. That means that 40% of the energy used (which you are paying for) is lost or used to power the boiler itself instead of being used to heat your home. But if you upgrade to an efficient, A-rated modern boiler, you only lose a few percent and the majority of the energy used will heat your home. So, your home heats up quicker and stays warmer for longer, saving you a lot of money.

 

Reduced Maintenance Costs

The cost of maintaining a boiler is much higher if you don’t upgrade. A brand-new boiler will be in good working order and it’s unlikely that you will have maintenance issues. An old boiler, on the other hand, could break down at any time, leaving you without hot water and with a big repair bill. Over time, the cost of maintaining an old boiler is actually more than replacing it.

 

That’s how a new boiler can save you money, so why not look into upgrading yours as soon as possible?

December 2020

How to stop your water pipes from freezing this Winter
There are many important things to factor in when you are thinking about all the housework you have to get done to prepare for the colder months. At the same time, there are a lot of factors that go into what makes pipes freeze. Keep in mind that when water freezes it expands. That is why it is very important to put water in specific materials so that it expands easily. If you neglect to do this, your pipes could be susceptible to freezing and ultimately bursting. Not only can pipes burst, but it could also disrupt the flow of the water system throughout your home.

One of the most important ways you can prevent your pipes from freezing over the winter is to insulate your pipes, keep your garage doors closed and open cabinets. You want to make sure that warm air inside the house is circulating around all the plumbing in the cabinets in the kitchen and bathrooms. When you get enough warm air circulating to the pipes, your pipes are less likely to freeze.

There may be some nights that are particularly cold. In those instances, you would really want to open up your cabinets while you get some shut eye at night. When you have smaller children and pets, you want to make sure that you clear out all the harsh cleaning chemicals or toxic cleaners before you leave the cabinet doors open at night while you sleep at night.

November 2020

How to keep your house warm this winter
The time to hibernate and get cosy at home is upon us. With winter fast approaching, here are some top tips to keep your house warm.

Book a boiler inspection

The first thing to do to keep the cold at arm’s length is book a boiler check. If it’s freezing outside, the last thing you need is your boiler to throw in the towel. Regular services help to improve efficiency and flag up potential warning signs before they cause you any problems. If you haven’t had your boiler serviced yet this year, it’s a great idea to book a check before winter arrives. 

Embrace new technology

If you have an old boiler, which tends to be unpredictable or temperamental, it’s worth considering updating and upgrading your heating system. Modern boilers are more energy-efficient than older units and you can take advantage of extra features and perks to save you money and give you more control. 

Turn the temperature up on your thermostat

As temperatures fall outside, you’ll need to increase the temperature inside to stay toasty and warm. If you have a thermostat, adjust the settings to ensure your home feels snug and comfortable. Using a thermostat is an excellent way to maintain the optimum environment and save money.

 

Reduce heat loss

Heat loss is a common problem, especially in older houses. If your heating bills are high, but you’re still not warm, try and improve heat retention. Insulate your loft, add insulation to walls and consider investing in double glazing. You can also use simple, inexpensive solutions, such as draught excluders, heavy-duty thermal curtains and sealant to plug gaps and holes.

 

 

Summary

Winter will be here before we know it, and it’s always beneficial to be prepared. Book a boiler service, insulate your home and turn the temperature up on your thermostat.

 

 

October 2020

Keeping your heating system efficient during colder weather

The weather is getting colder, and the one thing we all might be doing is cranking up the heating. However, we all want to ensure that we want the heating system to work efficiently as possible, especially during the winter when we need it the most. So what can you do when it comes to ensuring that your heating system is working as well as it should be? Here are a few tips to help your heating system be more efficient.

 

 

 

 

Get your boiler serviced

The chances are your boiler will not have had much use over the summer. So switching it on and expecting there to be no issues might be optimistic. If you haven’t had it checked over, you may find that there could be issues with the efficient running of your heating system. To avoid any future issues getting your boiler serviced will help you to be aware of any potential issues that may cause your heating system to not work efficiently or stop working altogether.

Keep your heating thermostat at a set temperature

We all like to switch the heating system on the moment the weather gets cold, and probably we switch it on to the highest level, only to switch it down when the property gets too warm. Having your thermostat set at a given temperature can help your heating system to work more efficiently. This can also help to regulate and to save on your energy bills over the colder months.

 

 

Bleed your radiators

Last of all, make sure that you bleed your radiators. Having radiators with excess air in them can cause your heating system to work inefficiently and can cause issues with heating your home.

 

 

Let’s hope these tips help keep your heating system efficient during the colder months.

September 2020

Hard water
Hard water is something that can be very problematic for your central heating system because it can end up leading to boiler failure and appliances not performing as well as they used to. Depending on where you live, will depend on what type of water you have. Hard water has the most quantities of calcium and magnesium, whilst soft water has the least. The more quantity you have, the more limescale gets produced.

 

 

Limescale isn’t something you want to see on your appliances, but it can definitely be something that occurs over time. It’s good to try and do everything you can to reduce the amount of limescale so that you can continue having energy-efficient appliances.

If you ignore the problem, then it’s going to cause more issues which will cost you money, whilst impacting the environment and increasing your carbon footprint. There are plenty of ways to help reduce limescale, including using particular products and even household items like baking soda and vinegar. Doing this regularly can be helpful to keep limescale down.

Try to do what you can to reduce the impact of limescale, and if you don’t already, it’s worth looking at what type of water you have. This can be useful in making the right changes needed to help filter your water and protect your appliances.

Taking care of hard water from the early stages can help avoid you spending more money on utility bills and having to replace appliances where the limescale ends up ruining the appliance or boiler itself

 

 

August 2020

Choosing the Right Boiler for Your Home
Choosing the right boiler for your home doesn’t have to be a complicated task. But you do need to know what you’re doing to make a success of it.

In this post, we’re going to run through some of the factors you’ll need to consider to make the best choice.

 

The Size of Your Property

The larger your property, the bigger the demands on your heating system. If you live in a flat, a combi boiler might suffice. If, however, you need to heat hot water for multiple bathrooms used concurrently, then a system boiler might be the most efficient and effective option.

The Heat Loss from Your Home

Modern homes don’t lose much heat. For that reason, they can often afford to use smaller, less expensive boilers that don’t need to work as hard.

Older properties with poor insulation require much more heavy-duty equipment to keep them toasty, especially in the winter.

Please note, though, that oversizing your boiler for heat loss is a bad idea. With advances in technology, even standard units are often able to provide you with sufficient heat. 

Your Available Space

If space limits you, then you need to think carefully about which kind of boiler system you can accommodate in your home. Flats, for instance, may not have space for hot water storage tanks, ruling out both system and conventional boilers. In this case, choosing a combi boiler might be the only feasible option. Large combi units may also be out of the question if architects designed the flat with a specific type of boiler in mind. 

July 2020

Boiler Servicing
Are you thinking of servicing your boiler during the summer? Now is the perfect time to make sure everything is in perfect working order before the worst of the winter weather hits later in the year. 

Keeping Your Boiler Running

During the warmer summer months, our boilers are under much less demand. This means it’s the ideal time for a qualified heating engineer to take a look and check on all the parts and see if there are any issues which need attention. Having a boiler service should come after the coldest months, when your boiler may have been in pretty much constant use. 

Preventing Problems with Your Boiler

Identifying any issues with the running of your boiler means that you can deal with them before they develop into bigger problems. Making sure boiler servicing is a part of your regular home maintenance is a good idea. We can look at any type of boiler, Worcester, Bosch, and other brands. During the summer, there is less pressure if repairs, spare parts or even a replacement boiler is needed. The work can be carried out well before it turns colder, and you have continuous need of your heating and hot water. 

Getting Your Boiler Repaired Quickly

When you’re talking about Oil & Gas Boilers, repair times can be a lot less in the summer months. Heating Engineers can get seriously busy during autumn and winter, so it’s definitely best to get in early – when you are likely to have a much shorter wait time to get a call out appointment and also any parts needed are likely to arrive much quicker. You can book an appointment that fits a lot better with your needs. 

The peace of mind of knowing that your boiler repairs are all sorted out and ready for the next cold snap is great. So book in a boiler service this summer and then relax knowing that you’ll be cosy and warm this winter.”

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