With regards to energy bills, hot water and heating is sometimes responsible for more than half of our overall outlay. It can prove especially costly for homes with multiple designer radiators and towel warmers etc. (There’s inspiration on some top home heating choices in our Buyer’s Guide to Towel Warmers if you need any).
Considering this, it’s extremely useful to know how to bleed a radiator to cut back on some heating costs where possible. And there are some other tips and tricks you can follow to ensure your central heating system operates with more energy efficiency, in turn also assisting with loosening your budget.
Whilst it might go against your better judgement on the face of it, turning on your home heating during the warmer spring and summer months is well worth doing, just as it would be in winter.
Simply switching on your boiler for between 10 and 15 minutes when the weather is better can help to stop your boiler from breaking down once the weather deteriorates.
You should also regularly inspect your system and be on the lookout for any trouble signals. For example, repeated drops in boiler pressure could suggest a leak in your radiator(s) or pipework, which may mean you require professional assistance.
We’d also recommend having your boiler serviced on an annual basis, which is well worth a typical costing of around $80.
And installing a thermostat onto your boiler, if it doesn’t already have one, offers another money-saving means. This will allow you to pre-set an optimum temperature that your heating won’t exceed, which can prove a cost-effective measure over time.
Insulation is the final point to consider in terms of achieving better yet cheaper heating. Loft insulation and proper draught-proofing surrounding your doors and windows could help you save about $400 per year on your gas central heating costs.
If you need a hand with finding the right spot for your home heating in the first place, consult our guide on where to position your radiator.