Residents are achieving savings by making periodic checks on central heating in the home and servicing when required. Comprehensive checkups will start with the boiler and then move on to test flues, piping, duct inspection, radiators and chimneys. Naturally all safety and pressure tests would be included.
Financially, many of us are feeling the pinch and are naturally not keen to spend money in these uncertain times. Spending on maintenance for the central heating unit might not seem a priority to some of us particularly if it seems to working okay.
The reality is often very different. Although a system may appear to be working satisfactorily, inefficiencies through lack of routine maintenance may be causing wastage. This waste translates into excessive energy consumption which could be costing the home owner more than the service bill. Even excessive dust on a radiator surface may be causing wasted energy.
With gas central heater systems many urban authorities insist on annual safety checks. It makes sense to ask the engineer to carry out a full service and efficiency check at the same time. However, with electrical and oil systems annual checks are not always mandatory, but the same theory of energy efficiency applies to these exactly the same as gas installations. One might think that bills going up is due to general increases and inflation but it could well be a sign that all is not well with your equipment.
Simple issues like bleeding radiators, blocked filters or faulty thermostats are simple and quick enough to rectify. When problems are detected and dealt with early, it need not cost the earth to fix. Left unchecked, however, they will push up your utility bills and be a less effective heat source when needed.
Analyze the expenditure required for checks on central heating in the home and servicing with care. It may be found that the increased expense associated with servicing is less than the cost of running a deficient unit.