It’s never an ideal time for your boiler to break down, but with Christmas just around the corner, the last thing you need is for you and your family to be left high and dry without any heating or hot water. And it’s not just boilers! There are so many little things around your home that could affect your cosy Christmas this year! But don’t worry, you can avoid any untimely Christmas disasters by following these handy top tips:
1. Check Your Boiler
By checking the pressure gauge on your boiler you can save yourself from all manner of Christmas catastrophes! Make sure the boiler water pressure is at the right level and simply top it up if necessary.
When the heating system is cool, the pressure should be between 1 and 1.5 bar on the pressure gauge (the indicator needle would usually be in the green section). If the pressure is below 0.5 bar (down in the red section), water has been lost from the system and must be replaced.
2. Bleed Your Radiators
Did you know that trapped air in your radiators is one of the most common causes of all central heating problems? This trapped air stops heat evenly distributing through your radiator and by releasing it you can return your radiators to optimum efficiency. It is an incredibly straightforward procedure and one that could save you a lot of bother!
3. Block The Breeze
Especially important in smaller homes and older properties. Have a quick look to see if all your windows and doors are sealed properly and that no cold draughts are finding a way through. For those that aren’t properly sealed, you can try using draught excluder as a quick fix.
4. Stay Safe
‘Tis the season to keep you and your family safe by fitting a CO alarm. With the central heating on and fires lit, winter is an incredibly important time to do so!
5. Wrap Up
And not just you! Make sure your water tank is properly insulated to conserve heat and save you money. Materials can be purchased from most DIY stores and will help to ensure you and your family have plenty of hot water this Christmas.
6. Budget Better
Install a smart meter to see how much energy you’re using. Not only can this help save money over the Christmas period, this clever system could even help you identify if something isn’t working as efficiently as it should! Simply speak to your energy supplier about installing a smart meter today.
7. Maintain Your Drains
This may sound strange but by ensuring that your draining systems aren’t blocked by any leaves or debris you could save yourself and your family for a whole world of problems. Restricted water flow at any point could cause flooding where and when you least want it!
8. Get Peace Of Mind
Take out insurance to get protection for any boiler, heating, electric and plumbing disasters that may occur over the Christmas period. SGS provides boiler cover that starts from just £7 per month. See Service Club >