We all deserve to live in a warm, comfortable environment, which is why radiators are essential in our homes. This year, we’ve seen household bills rise, so there has never been a better time to make sure that your heating system is working effectively. There are a few ways in which you can get the most from your radiators, whether it’s a vertical radiator, column, or designer, like maintaining your boiler, balancing your heating system, or making sure you minimise heat loss.
Below, we’ll look at how you can optimise your radiators to help you manage your energy bills.
Maintain Your Radiators
Ensuring that you maintain your radiators regularly means that you can take advantage of efficient heating when you need it most. There are a few ways in which you can maintain your radiators, from balancing to checking boiler pressure. But this isn’t the only way to make sure your radiators are working as they should – you should also consider where they are placed, and the other types of insulation around your home. Read on to find out more on how to get the best out of the radiators around your home.
Balance Your Radiators
It is essential that you balance your radiators when making sure that they are working efficiently. This means you can benefit from your home heating evenly, no matter where your radiators are around the home, and means that the radiator closest to the boiler will be just as warm as a radiator on the other side of the house.
You can do this by closing the lock shield valves on all radiators around the home, and slowly turning them on in small amounts – the radiator that is the furthest away from the boiler will be opened fully. This will help you to balance the radiators in the heating system, so they’ll all heat evenly.
If you find that your radiators are not heating as well as you’d like, you should check that the boiler pressure is correct. If there is not enough water in the boiler, this will mean that the water within the system will not be able to heat your radiator properly. You should check your pressure gauge to make sure that the water level is between 1.2 and 1.5 – this means you will have the correct water level to keep your radiators heating up as they should.
You should consider where your radiators are placed to get the best out of your heating. If your radiators are placed behind heavy furniture, like thick curtains or sofas, this will stop the heat produced from circulating the room – instead, the heat will be absorbed into the furniture, and you will not feel the benefit. This will also mean that you will have to turn the thermostat up further to feel warmth, increasing your bills when this could be avoided.
Similarly, you should make sure that you don’t close curtains over your radiator, as well as ensure that if you choose a radiator cover, you choose a product that allows heat to flow – avoid products that are solid at the top.
As an added extra, to get the most from your radiators, you should make sure that the rest of your home is insulated effectively. For example, most of the heat lost in homes occurs through the windows, so installing double glazing, or making sure they are sealed correctly is advantageous. You could also look into cavity wall insulation, as well as adding insulation to your loft to ensure the heat that your radiators are producing is kept in your home, and so that you don’t have to turn up your thermostat to feel the benefit.