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Spring cleaning your heating system

Now that the brighter days are starting to arrive (finally!) it’s probably the first good opportunity you’ve had to take a look around your home after winter and discover all the areas you want to fix. Those windows need a good clean, that cupboard under the stairs needs cleared out, and isn’t about time you tackled the junk built up in the garage?

Before you tick off all your chores, there’s one more you should add to the list – spring cleaning your heating system. Thankfully, we’ve put together a helpful list of things to make sure you know exactly what to do here, so once it’s done you can relax this spring knowing that every part of your home is in tip top shape.

 

  1. Bleed radiators

Spring cleaning your home heating system doesn’t need to be a laborious task. One of the first things we would recommend is that you check all your radiators for cold spots, and bleed any that aren’t hot to remove this air locked in the system and make them work more efficiently. If you have been trying to save money on your home heating oil this winter by only having radiators turned on in rooms that you use, it is likely that these radiators will need bled.

 

  1. Flush your system

If your heating system isn’t working efficiently, or your boiler is making loud noises, your system could be clogged up and require a power flushing to clean it thoroughly and restore its efficiency. A professional power flush can help to remove sludge and corrosion in your system, which protects your boiler and radiators and also improves system efficiency. It is carried out by a professional plumber who will use water at a high speed but at a low pressure to clean the system without damaging it.

 

  1. Adjust thermostat

The settings on your thermostat need to be adjusted in line with the warmer temperatures outside. Reducing the temperature by just a few degrees can help you save money on your home heating oil, and also make it a more comfortable environment inside your home. Keeping your home too warm can have lots of health implications, like skin problems, lethargy, poor sleep and concentration.

 

  1. Service boiler

Make sure you service your boiler at least once a year to keep it in good working condition and to ensure that it remains safe to use. Your engineer will check for any dangerous carbon dioxide presence, make sure the moving parts of the boiler haven’t worn away and also clean out any flues or vents which may have been clogged since the last service.

 

  1. Carbon monoxide detectors working

It is essential that you have working carbon monoxide detectors in your home, and that you check and replace batteries as needed. Any fuel burning appliance can release this deadly gas, so no matter what type of home heating system you use, you should have at least one detector in your home.

 

  1. Adding home heating oil additives to your tank

If you want to maintain the quality of your home heating oil over the next few months when the weather means you might not be using it as often, why not consider adding a bottle of home heating oil additives to your tank before your next top up? Home heating oil additives are a great, inexpensive way to prevent sludge build up in your tank and keep your system working efficiently – an ideal way to end your spring cleaning activities.