Did you know that you could save hundreds of pounds annually simply by remembering to turn your heating on in the summer months? According to experts, all you need to do is just turn on your central heating for 15 minutes each day during the summer months. This simple, counter-intuitive trick can easily save you from paying through the nose for a repair bill that is has come about because the central heating has completely stopped working due to an extended period of non-use.

You might be surprised to learn that more than 75% of Brits do not have boiler or central heating insurance coverage and that a normal repair bill can easily run you between £150 and £400. And, wouldn’t you know it but December 1st is the time when most households end up requiring boiler repairs which is a pain in the neck you simply don’t need during the holidays.

Turn on your heating

Here is a breakdown of the steps you should take in order to avoid the nasty early Christmas gift of a surprise heating repair bill. Although it’s probably the last thing you would ever think of, turning your heating on regularly for short intervals of 10 to 15 minutes is one of the best ways to check your heating system happy. In fact, it’s advisable to do this all-year-round even on a warm winter day when you don’t need the heat: regular usage is the key.
Don’t turn off your hot water
Don’t forget to keep the hot water on. The 21st century is the century of going green and reducing your carbon footprint. however turning off your boiler completely is not as clever as it may first appear, as you’re setting your wallet up for a right good thrashing when the repair bill comes due. Again the key is consistent usage.

Schedule regular boiler servicing

It’s important to keep in mind that as with all mechanical devices and gadgets regular maintenance is King. So while all these tips and tricks will help you take care of your central heating and your boiler, don’t forget that to keep your boiler in good working order over the years it is imperative that you make sure to get your boiler serviced at least once per year. Boiler repair doesn’t have to be a big deal as long as you stay on top of things. Once again summer is the season; it’s the perfect time to have boiler servicing since the average person gets their maintenance done during the winter months. This, of course, is the time of year when plumbers and gas engineers are going to have their hands full and their schedules booked.

Furthermore, if a problem is detected it’s a darn sight easier to remedy the problem if it is discovered in June instead of in January. Plus if it’s a serious issue that requires a great deal of time to fix, well, nobody ever froze to death in the summer. So even if your local boiler repair happens to be booked solid for the next 3 weeks, the warm weather will take good care of you until you can get everything fixed up and ready to go.

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