Does Your Central Heating Work Efficiently?

By: Rick Skuw

Nearly every family home has a Central Heating System nowadays and it is important to make sure it’s running in top condition. In the winter time, the heat pump takes heat from outside and sends it indoors. Most heat pumps use electricity, together with the condenser and compressor. Whether it is an older system or a innovative new one, it has to be checked at the very least once a year in the spring or fall preferably, in order that it runs efficiently and that it is cost effective.

It goes without saying, it must only be checked by a licensed Gas Safe technician. Thoroughly servicing your furnace, thermostats, filtration and heat pumps will help to avoid fire hazards and can also save time, money and prevent risking your loved one's health. Regularly have your system inspected to prevent these disasters from happening. One of the major expenses for a homeowner is heating. Replacing older equipment is essential in reducing energy costs, decreasing your bills by at least 30%.

Many people never even think of their central heating system until it fails to come on. It can be a simple problem to solve, for instance the pilot light going out; making a wierd noise, does not heat up or just smells odd. It can be something as trivial as a loose wire to cause it to close down, leaving your family cold and uncomfortable. It is never a great idea to wait for a problem to occur. If your system stops working at night time and the temperature is freezing outside it will not just be a lot more expensive to have someone come out to repair it. It is better and easier to get your central heating system inspected in warmer seasons.

If you ever happen to smell gas inside your home, open all of the doors and windows and allow in fresh air. Never try to diagnose the problem or fix it yourself. Immediately call an expert and leave your home. It is very dangerous to try to do so, and you might harm your system. Proper maintenance of your central heating system by a professional check can give you and your family members peace of mind all throughout the year.

DIY is not an option, call a professional out, it is safer. I would say that messing around with any kind of gas appliance is very, very dangerous. Gas can and will kill. Unless you are a qualified gas engineer do not touch. I think for the majority of people of people common sense will reign. There is a very simple rule "if you smell gas, turn off the mains, call out your gas suplier". My motto is "be safe not stupid".

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I have spent a lot of my time working for a company called Boiler Installer London and I have seen some pretty sites and some not so pretty sites. Over the years I have realised that there is a lot can be done to avoid calling out a plumber or gas engineer to solve small problems.

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