Brits are feeling the pinch across the country as the temperature drops and energy prices rise. Here are five heating tips to protect your radiators and help make every sure you save as many pennies as possible
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Earlier this month, a raging debate about £20 per week cuts to Universal Credit led to the revelation that some families would have to choose between heating and eating as temperatures drop.
As belts are tightened across the country, the nation’s bill payers will be looking for ways to squeeze as many savings from their home as possible.
In order to save money — you first need to ensure your central heating is running as efficiently as possible.
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How to save money on heating
The pros over at BestHeating have put together a handy set of top tips to ensure your getting the best performance possible.
While these tips will benefit all heating systems, it is most important that people with older radiators follow BestHeating’s advice.
Heating product manager, Andrew Collinge at BestHeating told the Express: “Modern radiators can be up to 50 percent more economical than those that are 20 years old, so it is essential that if they are older, more upkeep should be done to keep them working well.”
While some of these tips are easiest to implement during the summer when the systems are in use less, they will still come in handy during the cooler months.
Tips for reducing bills
Turn your heating on every few weeks
We know that – with winter coming – this is likely to happen anyway, but we thought it important to mention this one first as good practice all year round.
Going forward, turning on your heating for just 10 minutes every three to four weeks will enable the hydraulic components of your system to keep moving freely.
BestHeating say: “Just as you might find with a car that hasn’t been started for a while, inactivity is one of the biggest causes of boiler and radiator failure.”
Turn your valves onto full blast
If you leave thermostatic radiator valves, or TRVs, in the ‘off’ position for too long they can get stuck.
Make sure your don’t leave them closed for too long because when you come to realise you need them on a chilly night its likely that poorly maintained TRVs will stay stuck leaving your radiator cold.
The solution: leave them open even when the heating isn’t on.
Failure to look after them could result in a costly plumber call out, or in a worst case scenario, a system drain may be required.
Do a radiator bleed
It’s important you bleed your radiator.
Air bubbles in your radiator will prevent the system from functioning properly leading to parts of it remaining cold even when the heating’s on full blast.
All you need to do is grab a rag or drip tray and loosen the the bleed valve with a bleed key. When you see liquid start to escape simply shut the valve.
Check for sludge
If your radiator goes a little while without use over the summer period its likely it will have built some sludge in its pipes. It is likely this has happened if, when on, a radiator still feels cold at the bottom.
Flush the radiator out with a bleed then take it off the wall.
Speaking to the Express Andrew said: “Once removed from the wall, attach a hosepipe to the radiator valve inlet, turning on full blast to flush out all the dirt and grime.
“Once the water runs through clearly, the issue is solved and you can reattach the radiator to the wall.”
Add some corrosion inhibitor
Adding inhibitor to your system will prevent rust and blockages. The water inside a radiator can lead to build-ups of rust and sludge so ensure you add inhibitor to protect your system.