To help you prepare for any cold snaps this winter, we've put together the checklist below to keep you one step ahead of the weather.
In the event of very cold weather conditions, please see our Common Winter Enquiries section for further advice and useful contacts.
1. Have your boiler serviced.
Boilers usually break down when you need them most! To help prevent any problems with your central heating over the winter months you should consider having your boiler checked by a professional.
2. Consider upgrading your system.
Is your current heating system over 15 years old? If it is you should consider replacing it with a modern, high efficiency system.
3. Check your radiators for any cold spots.
Do some of your radiators still feel cold when your central heating is on? Cold spots are caused by air pockets and a build-up of rust and sludge. To help prevent these, you should consider having your system flushed by a heating professional.
4. Is your home well insulated?
Insulating your home properly will not only keep your house warmer but will also reduce the amount of energy you need to heat your home, saving you money. Exposed pipes should also be well insulated as they will be most susceptible to freezing temperatures.
5. Upgrade your central heating controls.
A programmable room thermostat allows you to set different temperatures for different times of the day. Turning your thermostat down by just 1oC could reduce your bill by up to 10%.
Looking for more tips and advice?
Watch our Winter Tips clip below from local heating expert Dougie Burrowes.
Top Winter Tips