Top tips to help keep your heating running happily

6 tips to get your home back to feeling warm and cosy.

A well cared for central heating system will help keep your home warm and cosy. And looking after it isn’t difficult at all. Here are six ways to protect your home in the colder months – this video shows you how easy they are.

How to maintain your central heating system.

Pipe lagging keeps the heat flowing

When the temperature drops, pipes can freeze. Not only does this stop your central heating working properly, it can mean replacing burst pipes. The simple solution is pipe lagging. You can buy ready-made lagging that slips on in minutes, yet gives years of protection.

Check your radiators

A common problem that makes your home feel cold is air trapped in the radiators. The air pockets prevent the heated water circulating. Remember to check your radiators regularly for cold patches and, if there are any, bleed them. If you can’t find the key, most DIY shops sell them for around £1.

Keep an eye on the boiler pressure

To keep your boiler running at maximum efficiency, the pressure needs to be just right. This is easy to do – simply check the meter on your boiler and make sure it’s set between 1 and 1.5 bar. If it needs adjusting, this video shows you how to check the water pressure.

How to check your water pressure.

Watch the pilot light

If you have a gas boiler, it’s important to keep an eye on the colour of your pilot light. When everything is running well, the light is a strong blue. A yellow flame could mean your boiler needs servicing as it could potentially be releasing carbon monoxide. An annual boiler service will help you get the best performance out of your boiler and remember to always call a Gas Safe Registered Engineer.

Make sure you're safe

Smoke and carbon monoxide are lethal – and silent. That’s why it’s vital you put both smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in your home. You can buy these as separate or combined alarms. At around £20 to £25, it’s a small price to pay.

Take control of your boiler schedules

Using your timer and thermostat is a simple way to set schedules for your heating that sync with your lifestyle. But you can go a step further with smart heating, like the Hive Thermostat. It gives you even more control of your heating so you never waste money heating an empty home – and could cut your energy bills by £311 a year.

With HomeCare, your heating is covered for complete peace of mind,

Having problems with your heating? If you’re already a HomeCare customer, just log in to your account to book a repair.

If not, you can book a one-off repair, with or without ongoing cover.

Or we can help you find the perfect new boiler for your home if the time has come to replace it.

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