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Top tips from British Gas engineers for homeowners this winter

By Maryam_Qaiser  |  Posted: January 10, 2014

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Following the cold and wet winter British Gas engineers have fixed more 4,064 boilers in the South West this week.

As temperatures set to continue falling sharply, British Gas expect this number to rise over the coming days.

Here are some top tips from British Gas engineers

1, Check your radiators are working properly

If your radiators have cold spots, this means you have air in the system, so you will need to bleed them to get them working efficiently.

To do this, turn the system off and then turn the radiator key until the air stops and water runs consistently. Once you have turned the system back on, the problem should be solved.

2, Stop your home losing heat

Hang heavy, lined curtains at windows to help keep the heat in and close them as soon as it starts getting dark. If you have Venetian blinds tilt the blades so they face downwards.

Make sure all of your home’s windows and doors seal properly to stop warm air escaping. For those that don’t, fitting draft excluders, which you can buy from most DIY stores, is a quick and cheap way to keep heat in.

Did you know your home loses a third of its heat through the walls? Insulating wall cavities could save you around £110 a year, and insulating your loft could also save you up to £145

3, Insulate your pipes

Burst pipes are a huge issue for UK households during the winter months.

To help prevent burst pipes, ensure all pipes are properly insulated by using lagging, which can be bought cheaply from most DIY shops.

4, Ventilation nation

Remember to leave air bricks and vents clear as your home needs ventilation to stop condensation, and ensure a supply of fresh air.

Wood-burning stoves, gas boilers and open fires also need a good air supply to ensure they burn efficiently

5, Service appliances

Heating appliances should be serviced once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer to help ensure they are working safely and efficiently.

6, Stay safe

It’s vital that you don’t forget to have an audible Carbon Monoxide alarm fitted and that you test it regularly.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 11 2014, 1:43PM

    No doubt British Gas will do a good job, but they are outrageously expensive. Also, beware of cowboys who are Gas Safe registered; yes, honestly, I've just encountered a total a**ehole who is Gas Safe registered, and when I complained to Gas Safe they took his side.

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