With your heating off in the summer, it may be time to start paying some attention to your heating system. First and easiest place to concentrate on could be cleaning the radiators in hard to reach places that vacuum accessories, can’t reach. Dust and debris tends to accumulate in areas like grills in a radiator, which must be cleaned with soapy water. You will need a dust cloth to remove dust, a towel, soft cloths, a soapy solution with bucket, some sponges and a long stick to reach difficult places. To start with you should vacuum around the vicinity of the radiator and clean as much as possible. Then use a piece of tape to wrap the cloth around the long stick to clean difficult places. Putting a towel underneath the radiator while you do this will catch all falling dust and debris. Then wipe the exterior of the radiator with a damp cloth and dry with a dry cloth to prevent rusting. Wash the wall area around the radiator too with warm soapy water.
Buying a Boiler in summer
This may seem like a strange thing to do but Summer is the perfect time to shop around for the best deals on boilers as suppliers are often less busy during these times and really want your business. This should lead them to offer you better deals. The best deals can be found in nationwide big companies during summer also and are often advertised. Installing a new boiler if yours is more than ten years old will be easier in Summer time. Or, you might like to have your existing boiler serviced at this time. Summer is also the perfect time to bleed radiators, replace radiators, insulate pipes or install under floor heating.
Give your Central Heating a Mini-Workout Mid-Summer
British Gas also advises you to turn on radiators in the summer period. Over the summer many moving parts that make up a central heating system can seize up and stop working. This is why it is a good idea to give your central heating a mini-workout in mid-Summer. Turning up the thermostat can give your radiators an exercise of ten minutes a day, which should help get all those pumps, valves and radiators working again. For example, the diverter valve and pump that makes water circulate around the radiator can seize up and stop working in autumn time. Put on your central heating for a while, which is needed to prevent being part of the mass-callout that British Gas has to deal with when over 78,000 central heating systems not used since Spring fail to return to usual come Winter.
Should I completely turn off my Boiler during the summer?
Using another source of hot water heating apart from your boiler during the summer may be an option which can save you money. An older boiler with a continuously burning pilot light can be switched off safely. A more modern boiler can be switched off too, perhaps if the water cistern is coated with polystyrene and not modern. An electric shower can be used for heating up water for your hygiene needs if you feel no need to take a bath during summer. To clean up plates and do the washing up you can use a kettle to heat up the water. A modern dishwasher will heat up its own water for its own use. The bathroom hand basin may be left without hot water if the boiler is off, but many people find they don’t need hot water here in the summer anyway or can get it all from the shower head instead.
Indian Summers may mean that central heating does not have to be turned on until late November or early December. Turning your thermostat on to a low temperature in the summer may help you feel comfortable that the radiators will only come on should this drop in temperature take place, which is unlikely. If the boiler does not have to heat the house it may just come on twice a day to heat up water you need for use in the home.
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