How you can prepare your boiler for winter

When it comes to the colder months many people start to prepare by buying extra food items just in case they can’t get to the shops, packing a blanket, snacks and a shovel in the back of the car in case the weather turns and buying food for the birds in the garden to keep them healthy and well fed over the winter months. But how many people actually think about the ways in which they can prepare their home heating systems for the colder weather?

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There are a number of things that you can do to help ensure that your boiler is fighting fit for its busiest time of the year.

The most obvious one is to ensure that you have your boiler serviced by a Boiler service Cheltenham company such as before the really cold weather hits in December and January. This helps the engineer to check the major parts of the boiler system and identify any areas that may need some attention and that could potentially cause problems in the future.

Insulating your pipes is another way in which you can help the health of your heating system. Pipes can be susceptible to cracking when they freeze and then heat up again. One of the easiest ways to prevent them from freezing in the first place is to have them insulated and to make sure that you check them for cracks each year.  It is also an extremely cost effective preventive measure that can potentially save you lots more money in the future should your pipes crack completely.

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Installing a carbon monoxide alarm is a must for anyone and you should make sure that you regularly check this and during your annual service is the best time to do this so you can ensure that they are tested at least once a year. It is a good idea to check the date on your alarm as they have an expiry date and you need to replace them before this date to ensure that you are completely covered.

Checking the pressure of your heating system is a quick check that you can complete yourself and it is worth doing regularly as some of the most common faults with boilers can occur when the pressure falls within the system. You pressure gauge arrow should be in the green area that is indicated on the gauge itself. This means it will be operating at its optimum level.

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