Should You Turn Your Heating Off In Summer?

There is much confusion around whether or not turning your heating completely off or leaving it on low helps you to save money and while the choice is entirely your own, it may be a good idea to understand which is the best option.

Many people believe that turning your heating off entirely is a bad idea and that you should leave it on year-round, even during the summer, at a low temperature to help reduce bills. However, this is not actually the case.

Leaving your heating on constantly can cause increased energy bills and can actually cause your boiler to deteriorate faster.

The best way to conserve energy and keep your boiler in good condition is to set your heating on a timer using a thermostat, so the heating only comes on when your home drops below your pre-set desired temperature.

This allows you to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home and stops you from overheating the house, as the heating will also turn itself off once the desired temperature has been reached.

This is the perfect compromise In the summertime and means that you can leave your heating and boiler on without actually having to use it.

While some people may prefer to turn their heating off entirely during the warmer months, it is advised that you still turn it on every so often during the summer to ensure it is still in good working order and no problems have arisen.

Your decision will depend on where you live, how warm it gets outside and your own personal preference. However, there is no right or wrong answer. You can leave your heating on without actually using it or turn it off entirely.

Either way will be sure to save you more money than setting it at a constant low temperature.


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One In 25 Older People Have No Central Heating

Recent data has shown one in 25 people over the age of 65 live on their own without central heating, putting their health at risk. 

This means there are more than 66,000 elderly people in England and Wales in one-person households who face freezing cold conditions during the winter, the Express reported

Age UK told the publication this could have “potentially serious consequences”, with its director Caroline Abrahams saying: “Older people lacking central heating often find it very difficult to stay warm during the winter months. Living alone can make this worse, as it means one person’s income has to stretch further to cover the fixed costs of heating.”

The area with the greatest problem was found to be Barrow-in-Furness in Cumbria, with 5.4 per cent of its elderly population living alone without central heating. This was followed by Gwynedd in north-west Wales at 4.6 per cent. 

London also has a high proportion of over-65s who do not have heating, with Waltham Forest (4.3 per cent), Lambeth (4.1 per cent), and Westminster (4.1 per cent) the worst affected areas. 

At the end of last year, Age UK called for the government to take further action to help elderly people afford to turn on their heating. 

It wanted discounts for lower-income households to be able to afford their energy bills, vulnerable households to receive funding for energy efficiency improvements, and more active promotion of the Energy Bill Support Scheme to help those on prepayment meters. 

Following the surge in energy prices over the last year, it warned more than a million older households were at risk of a “long, bleak winter”. 

Making your home more energy-efficient helps to bring down bills, which is why getting a boiler replacement in north London could help elderly people so they can keep their heating on over the winter