Simple tips for home heating system maintenance

No one likes spending money on repairs, whether it’s home fixes or problems with your car – these little costs add up quickly and leave us all feeling a bit worse off. They say prevention is better than cure so taking a little bit of time to do some simple home heating system maintenance could help you reduce the need for costly repairs before small issues turn into big problems. Check out these simple home heating system maintenance tips to make your life a little easier:

  • Make sure there is at least 2 feet of space around your boiler. For many households in Northern Ireland the boiler is in the garage or a utility room, which is where household debris tends to accumulate. Try and keep this space clear to avoid any unnecessary hazards.
  • Make sure there’s nothing blocking the vents outside. Have you some overgrown trees getting close to the house? Climbing ivy getting too close? Trim it all back and keep the air flow clear.
  • Check your batteries. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer – you can’t see it, smell it or hear it but you can die from it, so make sure you have a working carbon monoxide alarm and that you test it weekly. It could save your life.
  • Check the thermostat settings are correct. Now that we’re coming into the warmer weather, you might want to turn your thermostat settings down a little to save money on your home heating oil costs. You can always readjust this if you feel it’s too cold (in other words typical Northern Ireland summer weather!), but even turning it down by 1oC can make a difference to your bill.

Heating systems are dangerous and should be treated with caution. If you don’t know how to do the work safely yourself then always call in the professionals to help. You should always book an annual boiler service too, so that trained engineers can inspect your system fully and find any defects which could lead to bigger problems. Here’s what to expect from a boiler service:

  • Your engineer will check the electrical connections and make sure these are all working properly. They’ll also check the burner for efficiency to make sure you’re getting the most from your home heating oil spend.
  • They will test the flue to make sure there are no harmful emissions being leaked into your home. They’ll also check the condenser pipe for blockages, which could lead to increased levels of humidity inside your home.
  • Any replacements or repair that is required will be explained, however if you have a regular service the need for these types of expenses should hopefully be few and far between!

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