UK landlords with gas appliances and fittings – including central heating, boilers and flues – must conduct an annual safety check conducted by a Gas Safe engineer. If you are unsure whether the Gas Safety Regulations Act (1998) applies to you, you can find out on the government’s Health And Safety Executive (HSE) website.
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Handy hints on maintaining your heating and hot water system
Make sure that areas around your radiators are always clear. Putting furniture in front or covering radiators with long curtains will block the heat, reducing your comfort levels.
If your radiators are getting excessively hot and the boiler is rapidly turning on and off, the temperature of the water going to your radiators may be set too high. This wastes energy and reduces the boiler’s efficiency. You can usually adjust the temperature using the central heating control dial or adjustment switches on your boiler.
It is very important to select the correct position for the room thermostat. Avoid placing it close to a window, door or in the corner of a room. Normal locations are the hall or landing.
The thicker the insulation level on a cylinder, the better it is at retaining heat. Most new cylinder insulation ranges from 55-65mm.
Even if your boiler is working perfectly,having it serviced every year is essential. The best time to have this done is in the summer or early autumn so that your boiler is in top condition and ready to keep your home reliably warm through the winter months.
Getting to know which boiler system you have will help you make the most of it and look after it the right way.
Top tips for saving energy and reducing running costs
Around 30% of the heat loss from your home is through the roof. You can reduce this considerably by insulating the roof space. You may be able to get a grant towards this.
Single glazed windows, particularly those with steel frames, can lose a great deal of heat so you could consider replacing them with PVCu, wooden framed double glazed units, or more affordable secondary glazing solutions.
Lined or heavier fabric full-length curtains can provide excellent insulation. However always ensure that they don’t cover your radiators.
Use a suitable draught excluder to cut out heat loss from areas such as doors, windows, letterboxes and keyholes.
Thermostatic taps and showers
It’s advisable to have thermostatic taps and showers, particularly if you have young children, as water straight from a tap can be very hot.
Once you have used your bath there is still a lot of useful heat in the water, heat that can contribute to heating your home. If condensation isn’t an issue you could leave the water within the bath until it has gone cold.
Keeping a bath warm
If your bath is made of cast iron or pressed steel, the water is likely to cool quicker. Putting insulation underneath and around the bath will keep the water warmer and save energy.
Your bath will fill quicker if you run hot water only into the bath then add cold water after. But always take care around small children.
Lowering the setting of your room thermostat by 1°C can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%.
If radiators are fitted to an outside wall, fix reflective foil onthe wall behind them to reduce heat loss through the wall.
Upgrade to the latest available heating controls. You’ll need a programmer, linked room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves as a minimum. Controls with load and weather compensation features boost energy efficiency even more.
Adding solar water heating panels to your system will give you up to 60%* of your hot water free and from a greennenergy source.