Is Your Central Heating Safe?

By: Rick Skew

Virtually every family home has a Central Heating System nowadays and it is vital to make sure it’s running in top working order. 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 needs to be checked at least every year in the spring or fall preferably, to ensure that it runs efficiently and that it is cost efficient.

Obviously, 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 avoid these disasters from happening. One of your major expenses for a property owner is heating. Replacing older equipment is essential in reducing energy costs, decreasing your bills by at least 30%.

Many of us never even think of their central heating system until it refuses to come on. It could be a simple problem to solve, such as the pilot light going out; making a wierd noise, doesn’t heat up or just smells odd. It could be something as trivial as a loose wire to cause it to shut down, leaving your loved ones cold and uncomfortable. It is definately never a great idea to wait for problems to occur. If your system fails at night and the temperature is freezing outside it will not only 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 in the home, open all of the doors and windows to let 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 can actually harm your system. Proper maintenance of your central heating system by a professional check can give you and your loved ones satisfaction all through 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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