22nd December officially marks the first day of winter and with the dreaded expense of Christmas just around the corner it can be a daunting time for those who encounter a boiler breakdown.
A recent study found that a boiler breaks down every 20 seconds in the UK and it often takes homeowners by surprise. What’s more, it can cost almost £350 to repair a broken boiler and only one in three homeowners will have the funds to pay for it.
A boiler is also more likely to breakdown during winter – and with the recent news that Storm Eva is set to batter Britain in a matter of days with torrential rain and 70mph gales – now is the ideal time to plan ahead and follow some easy tips on beating the chill.
Keep heat in by ensuring any leaks around your home are sealed. Use draft excluders by your doors to prevent the warm air from escaping – if you don’t have one then create a makeshift draught excluder by rolling up some old towels or pillows.
Block cold air from entering the home by ensuring draughty windows and door cracks are covered. Plug any little gaps to prevent the cold air from getting in. Letterboxes are notorious for letting the cold air in so it’s worthwhile investing in a brush seal to keep your house cosy.
Think about a reshuffle! Avoid large pieces of furniture in front of your radiators. Rearrange your room so that the radiator is clear of obstructions – this will make it easier for the heat to circulate the whole room. If you move your sofa, keep it away from a cold, external wall.
Consider thermal curtains for your windows. Thermal curtains can reduce heat loss by up to 25% so hang these in the rooms you use the most.
For an extra boost of warmth, leave your oven door open after cooking and use this heat to warm up the house (be vigilant if you have small children). Or, leave the bathroom door open whilst running a bath or shower as this could allow the steam and heat to travel into nearby rooms.
Don’t forget to layer up. To save money on your heating bills wrap up warm around the home and invest in some cosy slippers. Keep the temperature of the house at a reasonable level and keep blankets on standby!
Keep yourself warm through food! Making hot chocolate or hot soup will ensure your mind is kept off the cold and it can help you keep warm from within. Winter is the perfect time for hearty food too – from stews to porridge – now is the time to get cooking.
Ensure you have your boiler and appliances checked regularly. Every gas appliance should be checked once a year by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Poorly maintained appliances can be extremely dangerous so arrange a check as quickly as possible to ensure your boiler is working efficiently.
It’s worth considering taking out appliance cover, boiler cover or home emergency cover for peace of mind. Homeowners can pay a hefty unexpected cost to call someone out to check on their boiler or central heating, especially during the colder months. We offer a range of cover plans or one-off repairs. Have a look at our special offer boiler service, boiler repair and boiler replacement plans now!