Every home relies on a boiler so why does it often get neglected? It may not be the flashiest piece of kit in your home but ignore its needs and you could find yourself in hot water. Or should that be cold?
Why choose boiler care?
Boilers are an important piece of kit. You could say they’re the engine of your home. If they’re not working at their best, or at all, then you will be left without hot water or central heating.
That means cold showers and even colder rooms. Neglect the pipes and radiators and you can add leaks and water damage to the list of complaints.
Our experts know that fitting lagging to external pipes can prevent them freezing during winter but did you? There are actually a number of surprisingly easy secrets that could help you keep your boiler smiling.
Top tips from npower experts
Watch the clock
Homes without a combi-boiler use a hot water cylinder or tanks to keep their water supply at an optimum temperature. A full tank should take 45-60 minutes to heat up and is sufficient for three showers. Allow extra time if your household has more than three people.
Enjoy room-by-room heating without high costs with thermostatic radiator valves. They’re easy to fit and let you set the temperature for each room by sensing the air around them. No more wasted energy or unevenly distributed heat.
Reduce the temperature in your home by just 1ºC and you could reduce your heating bill by up to £85 each year. So if you've got yours higher than 21ºC turn the thermostat down just a little and see if you notice any difference (it'll take a few hours to adjust). Remember, the recommended temperature is 18ºC - 21ºC and 21ºC for young children and older people.
Match your lifestyle
No two houses are the same. Instead of copying the Jones’ or leaving your heating on constant, use programmable timers to match your lifestyle. You’ll come home to a warm and cosy welcome and enjoy lower bills.
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