13th September 2017
Prepare your home for the colder months
We seem to have had a real mix of weather over the last month or two – a few hot days that have forced our windows open, but more than our normal share of cold, wet, and windy days – and we are now turning our thoughts towards the Autumn and getting our homes primed and ready for the colder months.
Check your heating system
Too many people wait until the first cold spell before firing up their boiler, when you should really check it’s in good working order well in advance. You might not want the heating in mid-September, but by checking your heating now you can be confident you’ll have instant heat the first time you feel the chill set in.
As the steady heartbeat of your home over the cooler months of the year, your boiler is the vital appliance that keeps your radiators warm and your water hot. If you’ve resisted the temptation to have your heating on over summer, now is the time to check your it is working. Don't wait until you need it, give it a trial-run in Autumn to make sure that it is working properly. Check each radiator is working properly and if not, try bleeding them.
Do not wait for cold weather to find out that something is not working properly. Heating engineers get really busy at the beginning of the cold winter weather, as customers turn on their heating and find a pump has seized or a pilot light won't light.
Reprogramme your thermostat
Set your heating thermostat to come on for an hour before you wake up and then turn off before you go out to ensure you're not spending a small fortune having it on all day, every day.
Check Ventilation to Stop Condensation
Autumn is a time that we tend to shut up our houses and the resulting lack of ventilation can cause condensation. In older houses with solid walls, the appearance of damp in the colder months is common. This is usually caused by condensation. Condensation can be reduced greatly by making sure rooms are well-ventilated and extractor fans are working properly.