“‘Twas the night before Christmas,
And all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
Not even a mouse.
The windows were frosty,
The radiators cold,
And the bathroom was mottled
With dark green mould.
The boiler had broken.
Is the cost to fix it too high?
But your friendly Northampton plumber
Can always pop by.”
Christmas is a wonderful time of year, with festive spirits high, the fridge bursting with food and your home full of friends and family spreading Christmas cheer. It’s also cold, and whilst frosty mornings and a sprinkle of snow (or a lot of snow as the case might be!) is something that adds to the charm of the season, should your heating give up or not be effective, it can become quite literally become the ‘night(mare) before Christmas...’
There are a few steps you can take to keep your home nice and toasty this Christmas to ensure your heating system is working effectively and that your boiler is in excellent shape.
1. Get your boiler serviced
Regularly servicing your boiler can prevent against costly repairs later down the line. A service checks for leaks, examines the condition of your boiler, tests the gas pressure and inspects the valves and pump system. This helps to reduce the chance of it failing in colder months when it’s needed the most!
2. Insulate your pipes
This includes external water pipes as well as those that might be exposed in the loft. Insulating, or ‘lagging’, pipes prevents them from freezing, which is often a cause of damage. Make use of your thermostat too, should outside temperatures dip below freezing.
You can learn more about insulating your pipes in our blog: http://www.assettplumbing.co.uk/blog/guide-dealing-frozen-or-burst-pipes
3. Bleed your radiators
If the top of your radiators are cold, but the bottom is warm, you may need to bleed your radiators. This happens because there’s air in the system, and bleeding the radiators tops them up to allow hot water to fill them once again. This ensures your heating system is working more efficiently, resulting in a warmer home.
Learn more about what causes air in central heating radiators here: http://www.assettplumbing.co.uk/blog/what-causes-air-central-heating-radiators
4. There are a few top tips to keep your home warmer without turning up the heating.
- Make use of a draft excluder.
- Close the curtains.
- Move the sofa, or your bed, if they’re ‘blocking’ a radiator.
- Seal the chimney – you can do this using a chimney balloon.
- Leave doors open to allow the heat to circulate around the house.
- If you have a ceiling fan, turn it on! Hot air rises, so putting your ceiling fan on a clockwise direction helps to push the heat back down into the room.
5. Have a back-up plan in place
Should the worst happen and your boiler breaks, at Assett Plumbing we have a 24 hour emergency service ready to spring into action to warm up your home again. We can fix all types of emergencies, and you can expect fair pricing, no call out charge, gas safety registered engineers and trading standards approved.
Our number is 01536 725729. Keep this number somewhere handy so should you need it, we can be right there.