1. Bleed radiators
Make sure all your radiators are heating fully to the top. If they are cold at the top there is a chance that they need bleeding. When you bleed a radiator, it releases the air which is trapped at the top that is stopping the hot water from rising.
2. Clear in front of radiators
Make sure none of your radiators are blocked by furniture. Clear a space in front so energy isn't lost or wasted heating something that doesn't need heating.
3. Keep curtains closed
Make sure you keep your curtains closed at night to help keep the cold out. If you have long curtains, tuck them behind the radiator so the heat can come into the room and not straight out the window. But remember to open them during the day to let the sunlight in and warm your house.
4. Close doors
Keeping doors closed helps keep the heat in the room and having a smaller area will also take less time and energy to heat. It is also a good idea to keep doors shut to rooms that you are not using and to turn off the radiators. This can save you heating a room which is not needed.
5. Service your boiler
It is important to have your boiler serviced annually to make sure it is running correctly and efficiently. It can also keep any warranty on the boiler up-to-date. Servicing your boiler can help avoid bothersome breakdowns and costly fees.
In support of Gas Safety Week (18-24 September 2017), local Gas Safe registered engineers from Kerry Maintenance Ltd in Stroud want to raise awareness of gas safety issues and emphasise the importance of having an annual gas safety check carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Gas Safety Week aims to encourage people from Stroud to get their gas appliances checked at least once a year. Poorly maintained gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. There have been 21 deaths and over 800 gas-related injuries in the last three years.
By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas appliances. An estimated 5m UK households put themselves at risk by employing illegal fitters who aren't qualified to do gas work. It's therefore vital you make sure your engineer is registered with the official gas authority, Gas Safe Register.
Brothers, Matt and Scott Kerry who own Kerry Maintenance said: "We check that people's gas appliances are working safely and efficiently as part of our day-to-day work. In most cases, residents are unaware of the danger they and their family could be in if their gas appliance is found to be unsafe. For this reason, we're pledging our support for Gas Safety Week and doing our bit to raise awareness of gas safety issues among the public in Stroud, to let residents know what steps they can take to keep themselves safe."
Stay Gas Safe at home this Gas Safety Week by following these top tips:
If you smell gas or think there might be a gas leak, call the free 24 hour national gas emergency number immediately on 0800 111 999.
We are proud to be supporting Gas Safety Week 2017, taking place 18th - 24th September.
Gas Safety Week is an annual safety week to raise awareness of gas safety and the importance of taking care of your gas appliances. It is co-ordinated by Gas Safe Register, the official list of gas engineers who are legally allowed to work on gas.
Badly fitted and poorly serviced gas appliances can cause gas leaks, fires, explosions and carbon monoxide poisoning. Every year thousands of people across the UK are diagnosed with carbon monoxide poisoning. It is a highly poisonous gas. You can't see it, taste it or smell it, but it can kill quickly with no warning.
By taking care of your gas appliances properly you are taking care of your home and your loved ones. Follow these few simple checks to keep you and your family safe.
Landlords are legally responsible for the safety of their tenants. Landlords should make sure maintenance and annual safety checks on gas appliances are carried out by a Gas Safe registered engineer.
Before any gas work is carried out always check the engineers ID card and make sure the engineer is qualified for the work you need doing. Encourage your tenants to do the same.