With the warmer weather setting in across many parts of the UK, many may be switching the heating off for good. However, with evenings still fairly chilly, experts have shared top ways Britons can save money on their bills while still using the heating if needed. Daniel Nezhad from UK Radiators, has shared “simple tips” for homeowners to follow in order to maintain an efficient heating system and ultimately, save money on energy bills “all year round”.
He said: “Try not to burn your boiler off. The idea of simply turning your boiler off to avoid the heating coming on sounds like a good idea, however, by doing this you’ll also shut off your hot water, so it isn’t advised.
“Although boilers need to be left on, you can tweak the settings on your thermostat panel to only provide hot water and not heating.
“This way, you will still get hot water throughout the house, but your radiators won’t come on. The downside to switching your system to hot water is that you still want toasty dry towels for your showers and baths throughout the year and if you have a central heating towel rail, you’ll have no choice but to put your heating on.
“We recommend that you use the warmer spring months to convert your central heating towel rail to a duel fuller one, you can do this by purchasing a fuel conversion kit.”
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Keeping curtains and blinds open in the sunniest rooms can allow as much light and warmth in as possible.
The expert added: “An added bonus is that you can also start to dry your clothes outside if you’re blessed with the space, which will help to prevent damp build-up and will therefore chase away some of the chill.
“It also means you’re not putting damp clothes on cold radiators and so will prevent external damage to your radiators such as corrosion and rust.”
If your boiler will be dormant for a while, Daniel also recommended firing it up once a while to ensure it continues to work.
Just like with a car battery, the central heating may not turn on when it needs to be used come the autumn months.
The expert added: “This can be avoided by simply switching on your heating once a month and waiting until your radiators begin to get warm.
“Doing this one a month throughout the summer will prevent the pump and diverter valve, which direct water around the heating system, from seizing up.”