Mistakes to avoid when heating your home


Unfortunately we Britons need to travel for hot weather as this country isn’t blessed with a sunny climate.

And don’t we feel this all too much when the chill kicks in from autumn until late spring.

That’s why home heating is so important. But there’s plenty to consider in this respect, because get it wrong and your home will be too hot or too cold.

So we’ve compiled a list of the mistakes to avoid when it comes to heating your home. Take a look at the tips below.

Don’t ignore the boiler

The boiler is one of your home’s most important appliances and certainly one which shouldn’t be ignored. Of course, this can be all too easy to do, especially when it seamlessly works throughout the year without a hitch.

But your problems begin when something does go wrong. If your boiler breaks down you’re without heat and hot water for as long as it takes to pay out for an engineer. This can be of great expense. Instead, it’s always recommended to have an annual boiler service which would only set you back between £70 and £100.

Remember, if your boiler is out of date then also consider replacing the system in full. Replacing an inefficient boiler can save you up to £310 a year on your bills, whilst protecting you from the risk of a breakdown too.

Don’t cover up your radiators

Radiators are designed to distribute warmth into your home. What good is this if you go ahead and place a table or sofa right in front of one? Not only are you preventing the heat from circulating the room, but you’re also creating a fire hazard.

You’ll be paying for the heat, but not feeling any of the benefits. Not exactly the most economical consideration. If you can’t avoid placing furniture near a radiator, try to leave a gap of around six inches and you’ll feel the difference in no time.

Don’t leave extractor fans on

Extractor fans are great for removing moisture in the air after you’ve had a bath or shower. But they can do their job in just five minutes and help to prevent mould. If you’re leaving the extractor fan on for longer than this then you’re simply exposing yourself to cold air from outside.

Don’t forget insulation

Insulation is the perfect way to lock more heat in your home and prevent it from escaping. After all, the last thing you want is to be paying out for heat and then have up to 50% of it lost due to poor insulation.

So where can you benefit from extra insulation? Well, there are more areas than you would expect. Heat can escape your home through the roof, windows, walls, flooring and doors.

Don’t worry though because you needn’t spend a fortune. Cheap insulation would start at boiler jackets and pipe insulation which can be purchased from any good DIY store.

If you want to make greater savings then wall cavity insulation and loft lagging are the next steps. You can save several hundreds of pounds every year with either of these and payback is in as little as two years.


Facts & Figures You’ll Love To Share

  • Replacing your old boiler could see you save up to £310 every year as you eradicate inefficiency.
  • Old boilers could be operating at just 70%, whilst modern replacements work in the high 90s.
  • By replacing your old boiler you’ll be able to avoid the costly repair bills if something goes wrong to your old boiler.
  • Ensure to have a regular boiler service so any hidden faults can be identified before anything goes wrong.

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