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Boiler Switch On Day on the 16th October 2023
Get yourself ready for “Boiler Switch On Day 2023” – scheduled for the 16th of October this year – the most popular day when us Brits collectively give our home central heating a nudge back to life.
Our team of seasoned experts at Heat Care thought it would be helpful to give out some pointers for prepping your trusty boiler for its annual winter duties.
So, if you tend to cross your fingers each year, hoping the Radiator Gods might bless your home with warmth then these pro-tips from our engineers may well be your golden ticket.
Give your Boiler a Service
Sure, sounds easy, but it’s the last thing on your mind when you’re flipping burgers on the BBQ and sipping chilled Chardonnay in the sun (well, we did catch a little bit of sun, you know).
Then November rolls around, your boiler’s rumbling and you’re fearing it might call it quits when you need it most. So, you start to look for a boiler service engineer, and guess what? Everyone else had the same idea, so now you’re stuck in a 3-month queue waiting to get your domestic boiler serviced.
This year, be the clever one, play it cool, book that service early, and save yourself from stress.
Plus, during September and October we have a fixed price special early bird service offer so you can save yourself money as well as the stress
Turn your Heating on in August or September
Yes, it might sound like an idea cooked up by mad scientists, but turning on your heating during August or September for a trial run is a stroke of pure genius – mind you this summer some might say it was out of necessity rather than any forward thinking on your part!
Testing your central heating system out when you don’t desperately need it gives you a head start if something isn’t working or sounding great plus the time to book in an engineer and get it fixed.
Summer might have been sizzling (or not) but cranking your heating to tropical temperatures when you first fire up the boiler isn’t the smartest move.
Gradually raising the temperature saves you money in the long run by letting you adapt to cooler temperatures. Most homes in the UK hover around 18 to 21 degrees which should be fine until it gets very cold – but if you’re a shorts-in-winter kind of person, we won’t judge! 😉
Get Smart with a Smarty-Pants Thermostat
If you’re a smartphone maestro, a smart thermostat is going to be your new best friend. It learns your heat preferences, saving you money. They’re usually easy to add to your heating system, letting you control your boiler more efficiently, so you’re not throwing cash at unnecessary heating.
Show your Radiators some Love…
Have you ever turned on the heating and felt patches of cold on the radiators? That’s most likely trapped air in your radiators.
Grab a radiator key and a rag and give those radiators a good bleed – the air rises out and the lovely warmth comes back. If your radiator’s lukewarm despite the bleed, it might be time for a power flush to give it a fresh start. Talk to your local heating service team for more information about our fixed price boiler repairs and servicing.
So, there you have it, our no-nonsense guide to preparing your boiler for the winter months ahead. Stay warm.