5 July 2016
Summer in Britain - a time when there’s no rain, soaring temperatures and endlessly long days of beautiful blue sky and sunshine!
Well maybe not quite, but on a practical level the summer months are definitely a time when you use your central heating much less, if at all.
Because of this, it’s easy to forget about freezing temperatures and how much your central heating system helps you feel more comfortable at home during the colder months.
However, your central heating definitely does work hard during the winter to ensure that you’ve got constant warm temperatures and hot water and you can imagine (or maybe you have experience) of how horrible it can be if your system breaks down in the middle of winter.
Which is precisely why summer is the perfect time to get things done regarding your central heating system, because it’s the time of year when you need it least. Why wait for the temperature to drop before you make sure everything is working correctly?
In the summer you’ll find it much easier to get a plumber to come out and provide boiler and heating system maintenance than you will in winter. In winter plumbers and heating installers are much busier dealing with heating system breakdowns, burst pipes and other emergencies associated with cold weather.
It’s recommended that you have a professional look at your boiler every 12 months to ensure that it is working correctly anyway. Just like a car and it’s MOT, boilers and heating components can wear out and require maintenance to correct small issues and to avert more serious problems.
Many people also aren’t aware that a lot of manufacturer’s warranties on boilers are only valid if maintenance is performed every 12 months, so it’s important to get your system checked once a year.
Additionally, if your radiators are over 15 years old, it’s likely that they will need replacing as radiator technology has come a long way in the last decade or so. Not only are there many more styles to choose from, but modern radiators are much more efficient, using less and less hot water to bring them up to a comfortable temperature, which has a positive impact on your heating bills.
Switching off your heating system to have new radiators installed during winter is not a fun experience. However, in the summer, getting new rads installed is no hardship because the warmer outside temperatures mean it doesn’t really matter if they’re out of action for a couple of days.
In general, having work done on your radiators and heating system in summer is an excellent idea. Your plumber will be glad of the work, plus the work can be done comfortably and with minimal inconvenience to you and your family.
Article by Benjamin Clarke
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