Earth Notes: On the Best Time to Fix Your Home Heating: Summer!

Don't wait until it's cold to find out that your heating is broken; upgrade or fix it in the summer, test it in early autumn!
boiler open for servicing

Seasoned Professional Wisdom

As the wise folks at Best Heating say: Summertime – The Best Time To Change Your Radiators...

Why?

Just for starters:

As the sages say:

As you might expect, winter is the busiest time of the year for plumbing and heating engineers.

They are not only fitting new boilers and radiators but thanks to Jack Frost they also have to contend with breakdowns and frozen pipework too.

This makes summer a great time to take full advantage of their quieter period and bag yourself an appointment that is more likely to suit your schedule – just don’t tell anyone else or you’ll ruin it for us all!

Spot on!

(Though be aware that some suppliers may put prices up before the heating season in order to be able to claim a 'sale' price in September! Hat tip to Marko C.)

What should you not do?

Plan ahead for toasty toes and lower bills and stress.

Insulation, Insulation, Insulation

Summer is not just the right time to get heating and boiler maintenance done, even radiators swapped or cleaned or bigger jobs.

Summer is a good time to fix windows and doors and air leaks and insulation in your loft, walls and elsewhere. When you don't actually need it to be comfortable is just the right time to be working on it!

Summer can also be a good time to buy and hang inexpensive reflective blackout blinds to keep out excessive sunshine and heat immediately, and to provide extra insulation in winter; what's not to like?

(To know where insulation and the like need fixing, you may have had to think about it the previous winter, looking for cold spots and condensation on exterior walls with a borrowed thermal camera for example.)

Even if you are a tenant and it is your landlord that would need to undertake major works, summer is a good time to nudge them into scheduling those works, to save money and stress all round. A landlord has a legal obligation to rent out a habitable building; a faulty heating system is no part of that!

Sources/Links

  • 2017/08/04: One in three people are concerned about paying their energy bills this winter, while more than half say they are struggling with household finances ... Bill payers who have stayed with their supplier energy for more than two years without actively choosing a tariff, or have never switched at all, are likely to be on the most expensive Standard Variable Tariff, which has an average current price among the Big Six of £1,138, £304 more expensive than the cheapest deal currently on the market. Among those who have never switched, 33% said they did not think they would save much money, 19% thought all suppliers were the same and 17% found the switching process too complicated.
  • 2017/06/28: Summertime – The Best Time To Change Your Radiators.
  • Time to take care of your boiler: Before those cooler, darker nights start drawing in, why not take some time to think about the condition of your central heating and boiler? You might be glad you did.