#TuesdayTips – George Clarke helps you keep your homes warm and working
Posted 2 February 2016 by Helen Christie
While we had quite a mild winter, January has been bitterly cold, so to help people across the country keep their homes warm and working as freezing temperatures set in, here are some tips and tricks British Gas engineers often give to customers to help them during winter.
Bleed your radiators
This will make sure they are working properly. If your radiators have cold spots, this means you have air in the system, so you will need to bleed them to get them working efficiently. To do this, turn the system off and then turn the radiator key until the air stops and water runs consistently. Once you have turned the system back on, the problem should be solved. Bleeding your radiator may result in pressure dropping. If you have a pressure gauge make sure the boiler is at the right pressure and top up as necessary.
Block the breeze
Make sure all of your home’s windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping. For those that don’t, fit draught excluders, which you can buy from most DIY stores. This is a quick and cheap way to cut down on your energy bills.
It’s vital to have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted and that you test it regularly. From 1 October 2015, it became a legal requirement for private landlords in England to install working carbon monoxide alarms in any room with a solid fuel burning combustion appliance.
Insulate your pipes
Burst pipes are a huge issue for UK households during winter months. To help prevent burst pipes, ensure all pipes are properly insulated by using lagging, which can be bought cheaply from most DIY shops.
Be energy smart
Why not speak to your energy supplier about a smart meter, which enables you to see how much energy you are using, in pounds and pence? In turn this helps you to better understand your energy consumption and identify where you can make savings.
Maintain your drains
If you're trying to keep your drains outside well maintained, it's a good idea to make sure they are clear of debris at the point at which they enter the ground. This involves checking your gullies for autumnal leaves and twigs in order to ensure that they don't restrict water flow at any point.