Property: This summer, save £135 on energy expenses by switching radiators – how to do it.
THE SUMMER is the ideal time for Britons to address any heating concerns they may have, including the installation of new radiators. One expert has offered advice on how to upgrade and replace radiators in the home.
Because the heating is likely to be turned off throughout the summer, it’s the ideal time to get radiators ready for the winter months. Andrew Collinge, Heating Product Manager at BestHeating, has offered excellent suggestions on how to change radiators around the home, from turning off the valves to replacing a new one.
According to BestHeating, monitoring radiators in the summer can help Britons save a lot of money on their energy bills in the winter.
Modern radiators can be up to 50% more efficient than those installed several years ago, according to the business, thus the benefits will outweigh the cost of purchasing a new one.
New radiators, which use roughly 24% less water, can save you up to 10% on your energy bills.
“Before replacing a radiator, ensure sure the central heating is turned off so there is no heat going through the pipes,” Mr Collinge advised.
“It’s also a good idea to turn off the valves at both ends of the radiator to isolate it.
“To accomplish this, spin the manual radiator valve clockwise until it can no longer be turned, or turn it down to zero if you have a thermostatic radiator valve.
“Then, if you have a lockshield valve, remove the plastic shield and turn the shaft clockwise with a spanner, keeping track of the number of turns so your replacement radiator has the same flow rate and doesn’t waste money.”
The next step is to put something under the radiator, such as a bowl, to catch any surplus water.
“Then unscrew one of the cap nuts that link your radiator to the valve using an adjustable spanner,” the expert continued.
“A second spanner may be required to attach the valve body and prevent the valve from spinning and buckling the pipework.
“Having cloths on hand in case there is a huge volume released is a good idea.”
Mr Collinge recommended opening the bleed valve at the top of the old radiator and loosening the connecting nut cap between them to bleed the radiator. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”