When Is The Best Time Of Year To Have Your Boiler Serviced?

Your boiler helps to heat your home year-round and therefore maintaining it and ensuring it stays in great working condition is essential. Working out when the right time to have your boiler annually serviced can be tricky though.

Your boiler is used more during certain periods of the year than others, therefore you may find that you notice more issues arising during the winter than in the summer.

This might not be due to the fact your boiler is on though, it can actually be because it hasn’t been used for a while. Leaving your boiler over the summer without much use can allow issues to arise unnoticed, leaving you stuck in the mud when winter rolls around.

Therefore, having your boiler serviced and checked during the summertime may be a better idea than waiting until you are using it more frequently in the winter.

This is because your boiler will have been used constantly throughout the late autumn, winter and early spring.

You may then have chosen to turn it off or significantly reduce its use as summer rolled around, meaning any issues which occurred during the winter may not have been noticed.

This can lead to them being left unfixed until you start using your boiler more frequently again, as you may not notice them during the summer months when your heating is turned off more than it is turned on.

Having your boiler serviced during the summer allows you to find and address any issues without having to worry about the boiler being out of action, leaving you cold during the winter chill.

By having your boiler serviced during the summer, you can also be assured that come wintertime you can heat your home with no issues and know your boiler is in great health.

 

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Why Do Boiler Prices Vary So Much?

The weather has been so good lately that Brits haven’t had to think about turning their central heating on over the last few weeks. 

The temperatures have regularly been over 20C, and even exceeded 32C on June 10th in Chertsey, Surrey, which is the first time the mercury has gone above 30C since August 2022.  

While many of us are enjoying being in the garden on a sunny day, going to the beach, or having barbecues with friends and family, it won’t be long before the need to put the heating back on returns. 

Therefore, if your boiler had started to play up before the hot spell, you might need to consider replacing it. However, there are big differences in the cost of boilers, which can be confusing to many homeowners. 

Which? explains the costs will vary according to the type of boiler you opt for, such as a heat-only or storage boiler, or one with a hot water cylinder fitting. 

The brand or model of boiler will also result in differing prices, and while lots of people may be tempted to go for the cheaper option, this might not work out being cost-effective.

“Getting a reliable boiler is the most important thing to consider when deciding which brand to go for, as it will save you money and stress in the long run,” the consumer expert stated.

Lastly, the size of the boiler can alter the price, with larger models being more expensive. 

 

Those who are worried about the expense of a new central heating system should consider getting new boiler finance in London, which can help spread the cost

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

Here Are Five Signs That It Is Time To Get A New Boiler

Nobody wants to start the new year with a broken boiler, knowing the next few months will be even colder. So, here are some signs to look out to see whether your boiler is on the blink and it might be time to get a boiler quote in London

Feeling cold

The most obvious sign your boiler is no longer working well is your home feels cold even when the heating is on. 

More expensive bills

Thanks to the fuel crisis, everyone is experiencing higher-than-normal gas and electricity bills at the moment, but if they are significantly steeper than previous months’, this could be due to your boiler’s inefficiency. 

Leaking

If you notice your boiler leaking water, this is a sign to have it professionally looked at straight away, as it could indicate internal damage. If it is not attended to, it could cause an electrical short-circuit, which can be dangerous to your property and those living in it. 

Becomes noisy 

If you suddenly notice your boiler has started to make noises, such as whirring, vibrating, humming, or clunking, this could be a sign it is past its best. 

There could be a big fault within the system that needs an engineer to look at, so pay attention to changes in noise. 

Smelly

If you think your boiler is having problems, be vigilant about checking for gas. Check if there is a smell around your machine, as this could mean your boiler is not burning effectively and carbon monoxide is being emitted. 

Dark marks on the boiler are another indication there is gas leak, so turn off the boiler immediately.

What To Do If You Need A New Boiler In The Next Year

Over the next year, all boilers should ideally see at least one service, and during that time, a skilled engineer will look at your boiler, sometimes other parts of your water system or gas supply and make suggestions.

In some cases, they may give your boiler a clean bill of health. In others, however, they may slap a warning sticker following the unsafe situations procedure (GIUSP). This often requires shutting off the appliance or even disconnecting the gas supply until the issue is fixed or the boiler is repaired.

In quite a few cases, however, the advice will simply be that you need a new boiler soon, sometimes as far in the future as the next 12 months, whether that is due to obsolescence, age or other factors.

Once you get that news, here are some top tips for what to do next.

Look At Your Options

With many of the rules surrounding boilers changing over the next few years and a lot of options available, it is worth taking some time to look at potential options and alternatives to a conventional boiler.

This can include buying a new boiler, as new boilers designed to a “hydrogen-ready” standard are set to become available as early as 2023 according to British Gas. These would be designed to work with a blend of up to 20 per cent hydrogen once installed, but can also be easily modified to work with 100 per cent hydrogen.

Alternate options include heat pumps, both for ground and air sources, as well as biomass boilers and solar heaters.

Wait Until Summer If You Can

Boiler installations can take a few days, so ideally you will want to arrange it for a time when you do not necessarily need it, so it is ready for you when you do.

To this end, summer (as well as the months just before and just after) is the perfect season to get a replacement. It can also save money in installation fees and allow you to get it installed at your convenience.

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Only Use Heating ‘When Necessary’ To Avoid High Bills

The majority of homeowners will be looking for ways to cut down on their heating bills this winter, as energy prices have soared over the last year. 

Dispelling the myth that having the heating on low all day is the best way to have low bills, the Money Saving Expert website says the Energy saving Trust recommends only putting the heating on when it is needed.

It stated: “The key thing to understand here is that it’s all about the total amount of energy required to heat your home.”

By having the heating on all day, “you’re losing energy all day”, which is why it is cheaper to only turn it on when residents are cold. 

However, it is not just about keeping people warm. The Energy Saving Trust notes that turning the heating on and off can cause condensation in the house, as the temperature is constantly changing. 

“This condensation can help conduct heat outside the home, they say – meaning you leak heat more quickly and so you will use more energy as a result,” the Money Saving Expert added. 

Those who have homes that are prone to condensation may have to balance the benefits of cheaper energy bills with potential damage to the property due to the extra moisture in the air.  

Other ways to reduce condensation, and therefore, lower the risk of dampness include wiping down windows and sills every morning, using extractor fans when cooking or in the bathroom, opening windows, installing insulation, buying a dehumidifier, and hanging clothes outside to dry, instead of indoors. 

When it comes to reducing energy bills, make sure you use boiler repair in north London to ensure your central heating system is in good condition.

Top Tips For Saving Money On Your Gas Bill

Heating your home in the winter can be expensive, especially with the cost of living seeming to constantly be on the rise. Being warm and comfortable in your home is important, but you can still stay cosy while saving a few pennies along the way. 

Keeping your boiler and heating systems in good shape can help save you money and improve efficiency, so your home will heat up and stay warmer for longer. 

Be sure to have your boiler and radiators checked to ensure they are working as they should and you aren’t losing money due to faulty equipment. 

Turning down your thermostat just a little can help you save money. You likely won’t notice the difference of a few degrees but your bank account will. Keeping your home at a comfortable temperature doesn’t require always having the heat on full blast, so where possible turn it down a notch. 

Electric blankets are a great way to warm yourself up and they are incredibly inexpensive to use. Rather than cranking the heat up overnight to stay toasty in bed, try investing in an electric blanket that will keep you just as cosy at a fraction of the cost. 

Ensuring doors and windows are properly sealed and aren’t letting in a draft can make a world of difference. Even the tiniest of air leaks can cool a room down so make sure everything is nice and sealed so you aren’t losing heat – and money – unnecessarily. 

Finally, as old-fashioned as it may seem, try layering up before dialling the thermostat up. A jumper or extra blanket may be all you need to feel warm again without having to spend extra on heating the home. Besides, nothing beats curling up with a cosy blanket and a cup of tea on a cold winter’s day.

 

Do you need a boiler repair in North London? Contact BBS Plumbing and Heating today. 

New PM Caps Energy Bills At £2.5k

Households worried about how they will afford their energy bills this winter will be pleased to hear the government has capped them at £2,500 per year from October 1st 2022.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, who took her new role on Monday (September 5th), has revealed plans to prevent the average household energy bill exceeding this amount.

Truss’ cap will last two years, meaning billpayers do not have worry their fees will skyrocket again in a few months’ time. 

This comes after Ofgem recently announced a cap of £3,549 in October, over £2,000 a year more what they were before last April.

On August 26th, the regulator revealed this reflects the rise in global wholesale gas prices, as a result of Russia cutting off gas supplies to Europe, as well as the aftermath of the pandemic. 

Chief executive of Ofgem Jonathan Brearley called the new Prime Minister to “act further to tackle the impact of the price rises that are coming in October and next year”. 

Truss said the government will be able to offer the reduced cap by “securing the wholesale price for energy while putting in measures to secure future supplies at more affordable rates”. 

She added this will ensure “we are never in the same position again”.

However, some have argued the new Prime Minister’s actions are not enough, with Liberal Democrats leader Ed Davey noting this price cap is still double what they were last year. In April 2022, Ofgem increased bills for 22 million customers from £1,277 to £1,971 per year.

 

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Underfloor Heating Expert Highlights Need For Expertise

With summer nearing its end and the prospect of the cold weather in the months ahead being combined with soaring energy bills, many householders will be looking at changing their home heating systems to something that is more energy efficient.

For many, the answer lies in underfloor heating, but not every system that could be installed might be the best one for any particular home, an expert has warned.

Steven Dunne, the manager of Snug Underfloor Heating, made this point in an article for Builders Merchants News, stating that establishing the right system to use is the biggest single challenge householders and installers face.

His conclusion arose after the firm consulted 150 installers at the Installer Show 2022 on the biggest hurdles they faced in their work, with the question of finding the best system being the toughest part of the project and the task of transforming the design into reality coming second.

This is why using experienced underfloor heating installers in north London is essential if you are to get the best result for your home, one that will keep it pleasantly warm even in the depths of winter while working with maximum levels of energy efficiency. By using our extensive expertise, you can get a system that provides the best results for your home.

Mr Dunne said his firm’s approach to this issue was to make sure they liaised closely with electricians, plumbers and builders to ensure they were getting the right system installed.

Earlier this month, price comparison site USwitch produced its own guide to heating systems for those keen to change, including underfloor heating.

For instance, a ground source heating system may not be the ideal for someone living in north London, as Uswitch said these are very expensive to install and the householders most likely to benefit from it would be those living off the gas grid. This would mean people residing in remote rural areas, rather than major urban areas.