We take the convenience of central heating and other heating technologies for granted since we were fortunate enough to grow up with them. When it comes to our homes’ heating systems, it’s not normally something that comes to mind until something goes wrong with them. Here are some interesting facts about your home’s heating system that you might not have known.
Gas has no odor.
Did you know that natural gas is actually odorless, and that distribution companies add the odor to make it more noticeable so that if there is a leak, the homeowner will be able to detect it? The stench of this safety step may be unpleasant, but it could save your life in the long term. Unfortunately, carbon monoxide is still an issue because it is odorless. Therefore, invest in a carbon monoxide detector that will alert you if there is any carbon monoxide present.
Upgrades will ultimately save you money.
As tempting as it may be to clench your fists at the prospect of shelling out for a new boiler, the fact is that making the effort into upgrading your boiler can ultimately save you money in the long run thanks to the fact that new boilers are significantly more energy-efficient than older models.
You should consider upgrading your boiler in order to save money in the long term. Professionals can also come to your home and check the condition of your boiler and any gas heater you may have. They can also give you their opinion on how well they’re working.
Correctly setting the thermostat will save you money.
You can save 10% on your gas cost by lowering the radiator by one degree. It’s mind-boggling to consider how much money you might have spared over the years if you’d simply turned your thermometer down a notch…
Next time you feel a little chilly and are considering turning on your heater, lower your thermostat down by a few degrees and you’ll save money! As far as heat goes, you probably won’t notice a big difference at all.
Call an engineer if your boiler’s flame isn’t blue.
The flame inside your boiler should always have a bright blue color. If it’s anything other than blue, you’ll want to bring in an engineer to take a look because it’s possible that it will need to be repaired or completely replaced. Companies often provide ten-year warranties on their boilers and will gladly perform annual maintenance to ensure your complete satisfaction.
It’s also important to pay attention to how long you leave your heating on for. Many individuals prefer to keep their heating on because they are concerned that heat would be lost if they turn it off. As soon as you’re satisfied with the temperature in your home, turn off the heat and you could save a significant amount of money on your annual heating bill. You keep the heat in, make sure to use draught excluders and close your curtains as needed.
There you have it, five interesting facts about heating your home that you may not have known before today. Keep in mind to have your boiler serviced on a regular basis to avoid mishaps and additional costs.