Heat your home effectively with Wheldons’ red-hot tips

The time has come for the heating to go back on as we begin the chilly countdown to Christmas. Heating expert Neil Jenkinson, Performance Manager at Wheldons in Newport Pagnell, offers some great advice on how to heat your property effectively through the autumn and winter seasons – and how to fix some faults yourself.

With more than 20 years’ experience in the heating industry, I like to think I know a thing or two about how to heat a property effectively and efficiently.

I’m part of the Senior Leadership team at Wheldons in Newport Pagnell, where I have worked since 2006. In our busy lives, it is all too easy to become complacent with our heating system and miss the opportunities that could save us money.

Well, this month I’m here to make sure you don’t succumb to the main pitfalls. Here are my seven top tips for effective heating of your property this autumn/winter…

1) Set up your heating controls to come on just before you get up and go off just after you’ve gone to bed. Should it be very cold, set your controls to come on earlier and go off later.

2) Close your curtains and shut any open doors to keep heat in rooms used the most.

3) Make sure that radiators are not blocked by furniture or curtains so they can dissipate heat effectively. Also, make sure that all radiators have been vented of any possible air build up – this will help them to heat up quicker.

4) Tin foil sheets can be fashioned to help reflect heat back into the room. These can be made from cardboard and cooking tin foil.

5) It is important that you get your heating system/ boiler checked regularly by a qualified operative. This will not only keep you safe, it will make sure that the appliances are working efficiently.

6) Never use a gas cooker, hob or oven to heat your property – there is a risk of carbon monoxide poisoning.

7) If your property has an open fireplace, make sure the chimney is swept regularly by a qualified operative and that the ventilation through the property is correct. It is also advisable to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted.

SIMPLE CHECKS FOR HEATING FAULTS

If you notice that your heating is faulty, here are 6 checks you can make to try to resolve the problem yourself…

1) Check that the gas, oil, electrical and water supplies to the heating appliance are turned on.

2) Check that there is sufficient credit to both your gas & electric meters should they be the card type.

3) Check your heating controls are working – turn up the room thermostat and check operation of the timeclock/programmer (clocks may have gone forward or back for summer or winter). Adjust to suit if you are able to and check the batteries if you have RF type controls.

4) Check all gas appliances – if all are not working then a call will need to be logged asap to complete a full safety check to the gas supply at the property. In the event of smelling gas please call 0800 111 999 as a matter of urgency.

5) Check the system pressure. It should be set at approximately 1BAR – you can see this on the boiler gauge. If it is below the red section then further investigation may be required.

6) In freezing weather the external pipework carrying the condensation away from the boiler may have frozen. Pour hot water (NOT BOILING) over the pipework end with a jug/kettle, switch the boiler back on, reset and test. The boiler should fire up – if not, repeat the hot water process to the pipework and retest.

Call Wheldons on 0800 2946262 if you require heating services or visit http://www.wheldons.co.uk for more information

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