08 Apr Minimise your Bills with an Efficient Boiler
Heat can be a great expense to a household, and however necessary an evil, nobody enjoys footing the bill for such a comfort.
There are ways however, to minimise these expenses, balancing a happy pocketbook with warm toes, and consumers should be aware of how to get the most out of their heating money.
Realistically few of us know much about our boilers, other than it is our heat source, and its basic information and functions. It is important to understand what efficiency a boiler is performing at, so you can properly assess how much energy is being wasted, and how this can be improved, or at what point replacement becomes the best option.
Tips for Maximising Efficiency
There’s really no need to waste money. Take a look at these tips for getting optimal performance out of your heating system.
Take a look at your thermostat settings
Adjusting your thermostat by even 1 degree can save about £55 annually! For optimal performance a thermostat should be placed in a hallway or living room, and needs a free flow of air around it to properly gauge the correct temperature. Ideally the thermostat should be set about 18 degrees, with a maximum of about 21, providing the home is properly insulated.
The Boiler Itself
However intimidating it may seem get to know your boilers functions and operations. Dust of the manual and take the time to learn about all the knobs and gauges, allowing you to fully understand how it operates and taking control over it.
Turn the Valves Down Low
Your boiler and thermostat work together to create heat in your radiators, emitting heat throughout the rooms of your home. Homeowners can have added control by adjusting the TVRs from room to room. By lowering them in unused or rarely frequented rooms, and raising them in common areas you can zone your heat, and not waste energy.
Obviously a boiler will become inefficient and unreliable with age. It is likely that a boiler system 15 years old or more will need replacement within a short period of time. If this is the case for you, consider replacing the boiler now and enjoying the benefits right away.
Major benefits to installing a new boiler include, the safety and reliability factors, as well as significant fuel cost savings, which is always good as energy prices continue to escalate.
A new heat system can save as much as 25% on heating bills. There are also government grants and benefits available to help offset the cost of replacing your heating system.
It is always better to plan and prepare for replacement, rather than be forced into a rash decision, or face costly and ineffective repairs. Proper planning allows for the buyer to secure competitive quotes, and make a well-informed decision.
Why not try the above tips for a month, and let us know how much you save? Or to find out more, visit www.newboilershowroom.co.uk