An inefficient boiler could lead you and your household to an increase in bills, leave you with lukewarm radiators and may eventually pack up altogether. However, the good news is that you can perform a few checks and tweaks to get your existing system performing well again.
Here’s 6 things you can do to improve your boiler efficiency!
1) Arrange an annual service
When it comes to boilers, you should treat them like cars. Regular servicing keeps it running safely and smoothly, which will help significantly in the long term. An annual check by us should prevent your boiler from seizing up and help you detect any minor issues before they become major problems.
2) Keep your boiler clean
Not an obvious cleaning job – but keeping your boiler dust-free pays dividends in the long run. You’ll prevent its tubes and pipes from getting clogged up, hampering its performance and causing higher heating bills. To prevent dust settling on your boiler, give its outer housing a once-over whenever you clean the house. The interior can be taken care of during servicing – another reason to have your boiler serviced regularly by us. Never attempt to clean your boiler’s interior yourself!
3) Bleed your radiators
Along with the obvious perk of improving your radiators’ heat efficiency, this minor maintenance task should lead to cheaper bills too. To work out if your radiators need bleeding, fire up the heating and see if any take a while to warm up or have cold spots at the top. If you are unsure on how to bleed your radiators, contact us for more information.
4) Insulate your pipes
When you have insulated pipes, your boiler won’t have to work so hard and you’ll save money heating your home. You can insulate your central heating pipes with simple, easy-fit, foam tubes. They reduce heat loss, keeping water hotter for longer. Lagging is available at most DIY stores. Just make sure you know the correct size for your pipes.
5) Turn the heating on
Like a car that hasn’t started for a while, your boiler can seize up if it’s left off for prolonged periods, leading to expensive breakdowns. So switch your heating on once a week during the warmer months – just 15 minutes will do – to keep it ticking over.
6) If all else fails, consider a new boiler
If you’ve tried all these tips and tricks above and you’re still struggling to heat your home and water efficiently, it might be time to get a new boiler. To find out what boiler you need, you can read our “What Boiler Do I Need?” Blog or you can contact us today!
Are you looking to improve your boiler’s efficiency with a service?
If you are worried that your boiler isn’t performing as efficiently as it could be and is costing you money (especially with the rising energy costs on the horizon), do get in touch with us. We would be delighted to provide more information about our boiler servicing solutions.