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How to get the most out of your old boiler

Old and inefficient gas boilers are costing families across the UK hundreds of pounds each year. With boilers accounting for almost half of the average annual energy bill, it’s important that yours performs as efficiently as possible. Boilers are given an energy efficiency rating from A (the best) to G. But if you can’t afford to splash out on a new one, here are some simple ways to boost the performance of your existing one.

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Bleed your radiators

Air can become trapped inside your home’s radiators, causing cold spots or increasing the time it takes to warm the room. Bleeding radiators regularly will release this air and help radiators to work more efficiently.

A radiator that is hot at the top and cold at the bottom does not need bleeding. A radiator that is hot at the bottom and cold at the top does.

Get an annual service

Your boiler should be serviced fully once a year to ensure it is running safely and effectively. During servicing, faults that are causing your energy bills to be higher than necessary could be identified.

If you are searching for ‘boiler repair Cheltenham’ for example, always use a Gas Safe registered company such as www.hprservicesltd.com/cheltenham-boilers/boiler-repair-cheltenham/.

Set a timer

Older gas boilers can waste up to £500 a year in energy bills. Using a timer to only heat your home when needed is a great yet simple way to reduce energy wastage.

Check your boiler pressure

Most boilers perform best when the pressure gauge is set between 1 and 1.5 bars. If the pressure is too high, it can cause faults in the heating system. Set it too low and your system can become inefficient.

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Reduce flow temperature

If you have a combi boiler, reduce the flow temperature to 60 degrees to save an average of more than £100 a year. It is common for households to set the temperature much higher than this. Yet lowering it will have a negligible impact on your hot water but a big impact on your bills.