How to prepare radiators for the winter – FIVE critical household checks revealed by heating specialists.

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HEATING homes is becoming increasingly unaffordable as energy prices soar. With thousands of Brits holding out on heating to save money, how can you make your radiators more energy efficient ahead of the big switch?

Preparing your home for the winter may seem as simple as a few extra throws in the lounge, but few of us think to prepare our radiators for the cold-season chill. Giving your boiler and radiators a once over before dialling up the heating will benefit both your property and your energy bills, by making your home warmer for less. Heating experts BestHeating have shared their essential checklist for your home heating system this winter.

The online radiator design specialist, BestHeating, are urging households across the UK to carry out some simple DIY maintenance checks on their boilers and radiators before the temperature plummets once again.

With radiators left largely unused before summer, the specialists claim protecting your heating system could slash your heating bills while improving the efficiency of your home.

While many homes now use modern radiators, these checks are even more essential for those who use older systems installed more than 10 years ago.

Heating product manager, Andrew Collinge at BestHeating told This website: “Modern radiators can be up to 50 percent more economical than those that are 20 years old, so it is essential that if they are older, more upkeep should be done to keep them working well.”

Dormant or inactive radiators can cause a build-up of dust, dirt and trapped air which can restrict the flow of heat through pipes.

An unused boiler can turn faulty without you knowing so frequent testing or intermittent use is essential to keep things intact when winter comes around.

Andrew says: “Turn the heating on for 10 minutes every couple of weeks to allow the hydraulic components of the system to fire up which will aid the efficiency of the boiler, preventing unforeseen problems when the weather starts to turn.”

Modern thermostatic radiator valves help control the temperature of each room.

As the warm weather replaces the winter chill, these valves are usually set to ‘off’ for a sustained period.

If left for long the valves can get stuck in this position, leaving you in ‘summer mode’ for longer than you may have intended.

According to Andrew, it’s best to open the valves to full. “Brinkwire Summary News”.

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