TOP 10 TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME HEATING FOR WINTER
The leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the air. Freezing temperatures are just around the corner. Is your home ready? More specifically, is your home heating system ready? You don’t want to answer “no” to this question once Old Man Winter comes knocking on your door. Here are 10 steps to take to ensure that your home heating is all set for the coldest of days ahead...
- Test your central heating. It’s better to make sure that your central heating is working now rather than discovering you have a problem when it is cold and you need it. Just start up your central heating for 15 minutes or so, and check that the radiators are getting hot.
- Ensure that timers are working. Set your timer to turn on your central heating, and make sure it comes on and switches off again at the times you have set. Also check that the timer has the correct time set.
- If you have wireless thermostats that are battery powered, check to make sure they are operating properly; you may need to replace the batteries.
- Bleed radiators if you discover that they are not getting hot at the top.
- If you have a pressurized system, check to make sure your boiler pressure is correct in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions (typically just above 1 bar).
- Check your heating oil levels. Do you have enough for the winter? If not, order yours now so you can avoid the rush and the typical price increases as we look ahead to the winter. You can compare oil prices here on HeatingOilApp.com.
- Carefully inspect your oil tank and make sure there is no evidence of corrosion or leaks. If necessary, have your oil tank serviced by a registered engineer.
- If your annual oil boiler service is due, schedule a boiler service now before the engineers get busy, as they invariably do when people discover their central heating isn’t working at the onset of the winter.
- If you have a condensing boiler, make sure (if you have an external condensate pipe) that the insulation is still in place to prevent it freezing in cold weather.
- Check the insulation on other central heating pipes (particularly in the loft) to make sure it protects your pipes from freezing in cold weather.
Implementing these simple checks should not take very long, but could prevent a lot of inconvenience and hassle once cold weather sets in.