Preparing your home for winter

Summer’s ended and autumn is knocking on the door. Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night will shortly be upon us and it’s time to start thinking about getting prepared for colder weather.

With Channel Islanders spending, on average, 10% of their total household budget on home heating it makes sense to ensure whichever system you are using is as cost effective and energy efficient as possible.

We can help you get the most from your oil fired central heating this winter. We have produced a helpful infographic with other tips on on how to prepare for winter here.

Oil fired central heating has continued to be a popular choice for homeowners in the Channel Islands because boilers have become more efficient and cost effective to run. But efficiency, as with all things, depends on how well maintained your system is. There are many things you can do to make sure your system is running at an optimum, so that you can maximise the cost savings.

As well as calling in an OFTEC registered engineer to service your boiler at least once a year, make sure your radiators are properly bled (removing excess air that builds up in the system). Try to keep your thermostat and radiator valves set at a constant level, because a low level of background heat will be more effective than always turning the heat up or down, making the boiler work unnecessarily. Turn your thermostat down to between 18 and 21 degrees and leave it there. It’s a myth that initially turning up the thermostat will give you more heat quicker! Reducing your thermostat by just 1 degree can knock 10% off your heating bill.

We service more boilers, both domestic and commercial, than any other company in the Channel Islands, so you can be assured of expert and experienced after-care for your heating systems.

Check your oil tank as well, making sure in particular there are no leaks or signs of bulging or cracking. Most tanks come with a manufacturer’s guarantee of 10 years and as long as they are looked after and regularly checked, particularly for any areas where water might get in, they should give you a long and trouble free life. Click here to see our video on how to check your oil tank.

By ensuring that your system is well maintained and runs efficiently you can make savings and avoid unpleasant shocks when you need to heat your home. With over 60 years’ heritage and experience in keeping islanders warm, we can look after all your needs, from planned oil deliveries to boiler installation and maintenance.