How to Keep your Central Heating Working Efficiently During the Winter

Your boiler and central heating system have to work their hardest in the winter months to keep your home warm and your family comfortable. So it will be no surprise to learn that most boiler breakdowns occur during the colder winter months.

With winter well and truly upon us, it is important to make sure your central heating is working efficiently to keep your family warm. But should the worse happen and your boiler breaks down always make sure you use a Gas Safe registered engineer such as Tailor-Made Property Services to carry out any boiler repairs. 

At Tailor-Made Property Services, we provide plumbing and heating services, such as boiler service, boiler repair and new boiler installations 7 days a week, 365 days a year in Southampton, Romsey and the surrounding areas.  

To prevent your boiler from breaking down there are steps you can take to help maintain your boiler and keep your central heating working efficiently throughout the winter. Let’s take a look at what you can do to keep your boiler and central heating working efficiently.

Regularly service your boiler

One of the best ways to ensure your boiler keeps working and is free from problems is to have a regular boiler service. During your boiler service, the engineer will identify and fix any problems you may have to prevent your boiler from deteriorating or breaking down.

Without a regular boiler service, you may not be aware of any issues until your boiler stops working and your home is left cold. We recommend having your boiler serviced annually, but there are also other times when it is beneficial to have your boiler serviced, find out more about these in our blog ‘When Should you Get your Boiler Serviced?’

Carry out a check on your radiators

It is not just your boiler that needs regular maintenance to keep it working properly, radiators need looking after too. As the colder months start to set in it is a good idea to check your radiators for cold spots and make sure you bleed them regularly to release any trapped air.  

If you find that your radiators have cold spots, are taking a long time to heat up or are making noises your central heating system may need a power flush to help clear any sludge, rust or dirt that is clogging your radiators.   

Understand how your central heating system works

To get the most from your central heating system and to ensure your home is kept at a comfortable temperature it is important that you understand how it works. Read your user manual to ensure you are using the timer settings correctly and that your thermostat (if you have one) is set to a comfortable temperature.  

Using your boiler and central heating system in the way it was designed to be used can not only help reduce the wear and tear on your boiler to prolong its life but can also help you make sure you are using it efficiently to improve your energy efficiency and reduce your energy bills.  

It is good practice to set your thermostat to between 18 and 21 degrees to maintain a comfortable heat in your home, turning it up higher will not make the house heat up quicker it will just prolong how long your heating is on for.

Protect your pipes

When water in your pipes freezes it expands which can cause your pipes to break. Keeping your pipes insulated can help protect them against freezing and prevent them from bursting, flooding your home and stopping your boiler from working.

Take precautions with a carbon monoxide alarm

If you have any gas appliances whether a gas oven, gas boiler or gas fire it is imperative that you install carbon monoxide alarms in every room that has a gas appliance. Carbon monoxide is odourless, tasteless and colourless making it impossible to detect without a carbon monoxide alarm.  

If your gas appliances are releasing too much carbon monoxide a carbon monoxide alarm will alert you and make you aware of the problem which will not only help you get the problem fixed but will also prevent your family from becoming ill. Carbon monoxide poisoning can make you really poorly and in severe cases can cause death.  

Check your central heating system and look out for problems

Keep an eye on your boiler and central heating system to help you notice any changes in the way it works or problems it may have. Read our blog to find out more about 6 Most Common Boiler Problems. 

If you notice that your boiler or central heating system isn’t working properly it is always recommended to contact a Gas Safe registered engineer to identify the problem and ensure it is fixed safely and properly.

About Tailor-Made Property Services

At Tailor-Made Property Services, we offer a range of high-quality property services to homeowners, landlords and residential property managers in Southampton, Romsey and surrounding areas. We provide a friendly, professional and reliable service 7 days a week, 365 days a year in Southampton, Romsey and the surrounding areas. 

Our heating and plumbing services, includes repairs, servicing, installations and gas safety certificates to homeowners, landlords and residential property managers throughout Romsey and Southampton. So whether you need to service, repair or install a gas boiler or check that your home is gas safe, Tailor-Made Property Services can help.   

As a fully qualified and Gas Safe Registered engineer in Romsey, Southampton and surrounding areas, we provide the following heating and plumbing services:


●    Central Heating Repair

●    Central Heating Installation

●    Gas Safety Certificates

●    Homeowner Gas Certificates

●    Gas Appliance Installs

●    Boiler Servicing

●    Power Flushing

●    Plumbing in Appliances

●    Fitting Taps

●    Fitting Shower Valves

●    Cistern Repairs


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