It’s the end of Cold Homes Week, the week where Age UK campaigns for better energy efficiency schemes for older people. 40,800 older people died from the cold last year from the cold, so it’s important that you keep your home warm through the winter months. For most people, this means keeping your boiler in perfect condition so it is free from breakdowns and problems. There are some things you can do to ensure that your boiler is always working well:
Get your boiler serviced annually
It’s vital that you get your boiler serviced every year to make sure that it’s safe. Not only will a service ensure that you don’t have any unexpected breakdowns, but it will also allow the engineer to spot any dangerous problems that could cause it to leak carbon monoxide gas, which can be fatal.
Don’t block your boiler
It’s very important that you keep all air vents, grilles and flues free from blockages. This is to allow for ventilation.
Don’t remove the boiler’s case
Only a Gas Safe registered engineer can legally remove your boiler’s casing. Call a professional if you think there is a problem, because you could damage it if you remove the case.
Keep it clean
Keep your boiler clean, especially if it is in the kitchen. Just wipe it with a damp cloth every now and again.
Keep your heating at a low temperature if you’re away
If you go away during the winter, make sure you keep your thermostat at about 6 degrees so your pipes don’t freeze up. Otherwise, you’re going to come back to a very chilly house.
If you follow these 5 tips, you should be kept warm all through the winter. If you have an elderly person at home, make sure you keep one room at 21 degrees so they’re kept cosy.
Age UK have been encouraging people to post a selfie holding a lit candle on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to remember the people that died from the cold last year. To find out more, visit their website.