Boiler failure is inconvenient at the best of times, and waiting for an engineer to fix the problem can sometimes take longer than expected, especially in busy periods. If you are suddenly left without heating, there are some techniques and methods that you can adopt to minimise the disruption to your home and help you stay as warm as possible until the problem is fixed.
Taping your windows shut may seem like a drastic measure, but in the particularly cold months it can stop valuable heat escaping. Couple this with other temporary measures such as blocking the gaps under doors with towels/draft excluders and you will soon start to notice a difference. Drawing your curtains will also help in a similar way. These methods may seem like they won’t make much of a difference, but you’ll soon notice the heat you save, especially if you utilise all of them together. These methods also barely cost anything, so as well as saving heat, you will be saving money too.
Alternate Forms of Heating
For a more immediate fix and for those willing to spend a little money to increase the warmth in their home, there are a range of heaters available that will warm up any room within minutes. Different kinds of heaters have different benefits to them; fan heaters will heat a larger area in a very short space of time, while halogen heaters can generate more heat but they might not spread it as far as a fan heater would. However, both heaters are not suitable if you want sustained heat; heat disappears rapidly once they are turned off.
For a gradual, longer lasting heat, a convectional heater is the perfect choice. If you’re lucky enough to have a fire, whether it’s gas, electrical or wood-burning, use that to its full advantage and that’ll keep your living room as warm as you need it to be.
Then there’s also the traditional hot water bottle. A simple boil of the kettle could keep you warmed for a fair few hours. Popping one into your bed a few minutes before you plan to sleep will mean the chill is cut and you shouldn’t have to sleep in your coat!
Layering of clothes is another common sense approach. If you’re in the midst of winter and wondering why you’re finding it chilly in a short sleeve t-shirt, it’s because you’re not making science work to your advantage. Multiple thin layers work best, rather than one thick jumper. As the body generates heat, it finds it tougher to escape through multiple layers, meaning you equally are able to feel the warmth.
Even without a boiler, hot water can be heated through the immersion heater (if your system contains one). While this won’t heat your radiators, it will still ensure you have hot water. If you do not have the facilities to heat water, you can boil the kettle to use for washing up and cooking.
Solving The Actual Problem
A boiler break down can happen at any time, and if it happens in the winter months, you may need to take action to preserve what little heat is left in your home. These tips will help you stay warm during the downtime while you wait for an engineer to fix your problem.
Should you actually find yourself in need of boiler maintenance or repairs, you’ll likely be wanting a 24/7 emergency plumber. Avoid companies who don’t have qualifications and accreditations, as well as claiming to offer the cheapest prices – sometimes they’re just too good to be true. Plus, they’ll know you’re in a desperate situation so could oversell you products / services you don’t actually need.
These tips are authored by VHL of Harrow, who provide comprehensive heating services throughout London.