Autumn is officially here and after the extremely hot summer we’ve had this year it’s time to start turning the central heating on again. Like us your central heating will need to be woken up again after the long break it has had. It’s time to ask is your central heating ready for the winter?
How Can You Make Your Central Heating Ready For Winter?
Have Your Boiler Serviced
Boilers need to be maintained yearly. Parts will wear out over time and after a period of heavy use or inactivity these problems can quickly come to light. This past year would have put everyone’s boilers to the test. The beast from the east arrived in March meaning our boilers would have had to work hard to keep our homes warm. After all that pressure on our central heating systems our very hot summer gave our boilers the time to shut down.
We pay monthly for a maintenance plan that includes a yearly service and health check. If our boiler breaks down we know we can call them to come out and hopefully solve the problem. I like having this extra security. There would be nothing worse than having a broken boiler and no heating on a very cold night and having no one available to come and look at it. The yearly boiler service also helps to spot any potential problems the boiler may have.
Bleed Your Radiators
After a period of inactivity for your boiler (our hot summer) air can get trapped in your central heating system. This will mean your radiators will struggle to get hot. It can result in patchy heat with sections of the each radiator being hot and others being cold.
It is very easy to bleed your radiators. You will need a radiator key, a cloth and bucket to catch any excess water. If you are unsure of how this is done you can find some very good tutorials on YouTube. Removing the trapped air will make your central heating system more efficient.
Purchase A Central Heating Pump
Adding grundfos central heating pumps to your central heating system also helps to improve its efficiency. It will help to heat your home up quicker and can help to reduce your running costs.
How Do These Pumps Work?
Central heating pumps are heat pumps that help to pump water around your central heating system. They send hot water around your house straight from your boiler, to the radiators, and back to the boiler again.
Water leaves your boiler hot. It will lose this heat in the time it takes to travel around your central heating system. This hot water is what heats your home. As it cools the water travels back to your boiler. The process is continuously repeated to keep your home nice and warm.
Central heating pumps have features and benefits that make the whole process more effective and efficient. This includes an electric controlled wet rotor pump that is designed to provide consistent pressure. Depending on your central heating’s demands, they will automatically and intelligently adapt the pump’s performance. This will help improve the overall efficiency of your system and help reduce your running costs too.
Making your central heating ready for winter will help keep your house nice and warm through the coldest parts of the year. If your central heating is more efficient is also beneficial for the environment. Potentially reducing the cost of your heating bill has got to be the biggest bonus of them all!
This post is in collaboration with Pump Sales Direct
1 thought on “Is Your Central Heating Ready For Winter?”
This is such an important post! I see a lot of blogs about energy saving in the winter but it big part of that is making sure your central heating is prepared. Like you say, this involves simple steps like bleeding your radiators and getting your boiler services. These preparations can prevent serious problems in the winter – the last thing you want is a broken boiler in the middle of December!