As temperatures drop, many families are reaching for the thermostat. Some people don’t realize that their heating system needs to be properly maintained in order to get the most out of it. Improving the performance of heaters and radiators allow families to optimizeenergy consumption and reduce heating costs up to 10%. On the other hand, lack of maintenance of the heating circuit can be up to 10% more energy for homes.
In addition to the type of heating solutions you use, how you operate and maintain your system will also have a big impact. Here are some tips for maintenance of the boilers and to reduce heating costs:
Be sure to check all your connections before starting the boiler to avoid further failures. Check the plug into the main energy power, the gas pipes, and the inlet and outlet water. Once everything is ready, you can turn it on.
A number of things can cause pressure to drop. It may be that there is a water leak somewhere in your boiler system. Or, if you bled your radiators recently, it may be that pressure was lost then. Generally the correct pressure of the device is between 1.2 and 1.5 bar maximum. All heaters, both digital and analogue, have a built-in pressure gauge. Check that your heater moves within normal parameters and, if not, use the filling valve to re-pressure your boiler according to the user manual.
The temperature you set and how you do it are keys to save in the price of keeping your home warm. Try to maintain a temperature of 18 ° C when you’re not at home, and not exceed 23 ° C when you return. It is proven that, to keep the boiler warming between these parameters optimizes heating costs. That is because it avoids the energy effort involved in reaching again the comfort temperature from a lower point.
To heat the house well, you must purge the radiators at least once a year. This is to remove accumulated air in the heating circuit, so that hot water is properly distributed and fills the radiators, avoiding that are colder at the top and do not work according to their total power.
To let out any air that has become trapped in the heating circuit, and to avoid trouble in the heating radiators or noises every time the system gets started, radiators have a bleed valveincorporated. First you need to fire up your heating system and assess each radiator by touching the top and bottom, checking for inconsistencies in warmth. Remember that for safety, you shall start the process when the heater has being off for at least two hours. You will need to grab your radiator key and some rags; then fit the key into the groove in the valve at the top of the radiator. Hold one rag at the valve base to catch drips; and use another one to protect your hands. Then twist slowly, anti-clockwise. At this point, you should hear air escaping. Stay alert as the hot water travels up to push the air out. Once the water starts to drip out, quickly shut the valve. Finally, check the gauge on your boiler.
You will increase the efficiency of your heating system if you give it a proper maintenance.Following these simple tips means a warmer home and cheaper energy bills.