As I write this, there has just been an announcement on the news saying tonight will be the coldest evening of the year, and things could get a lot worse before they get better. And having stepped outside for a few minutes, I can confirm it is brass monkeys. So, what better time to do a little research on home heating? Here are some surprising facts on the subject that you may not know – which will hopefully save you some money during this particular cold snap. Let’s take a closer look.
The myth of constant low heating
A lot of people believe that leaving their heating on all day at a low temperature will ultimately save you money. But according to the Energy Saving Trust, this is not true in the slightest, and you should only ever use it when you need it. Get yourself a timer or upgrade your thermostat so you can have a lot more control over your heating, and you’ll save yourself a ton of money that could be put to use in a far better way.
The smell of gas is fake.
You know that sulphurous, rotten egg-smelling odour you get when you leave the oven or stove on but it doesn’t fire up? It’s a fake smell. Natural gas doesn’t have an odour at all, so the utility companies add a scent at source so that it whiffs if you have a gas problem. It’s probably a good thing, too, as I’m sure every household experiences that particular smell at least several times a month. On a more serious note, if you get a whiff of that odour and your oven is definitely turned off, get out of the house immediately and call the emergency gas company.
Your boiler needs a service.
A lot of new homeowners don’t bother with boiler servicing – it’s something that their previous landlord dd when they were renting. But once you own the keys to a house, all that responsibility is down to you, and if your boiler breaks down, you can expect to pay a pretty price. Look around for a boiler services company in your local area, and stump of for a regular check. Ideally, you want to service your boiler once a year, to prevent any minor damage becoming a major problem.
You should leave your thermostat on when you go on holiday.
Thinking of leaving the freezing cold weather for a holiday in warmer climes soon? If so, make sure you keep your heating on to some degree while you are away – usually set, so it fires up when the temperature drops below 12 degrees. Yes, it’s going to cost you a little in heating bills, but there is a good reason for doing it. If the weather outside drops lower than zero degrees, you run the risk of your pipes freezing up – which could mean spending thousands of pounds on replacing your entire plumbing system.
OK, so there you have it – some surprising facts about heating your home. Wrap up warm, et that heating on, and stay safe during the cold snap, folks!