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Why Brits Still Need the Heating On as Summer Set to Be Warmer Than Average

Is turning on the heating a necessity this summer?

Our heating oil experts explain why many Brits may still be turning up the thermostat despite Met Office predictions of a warmer-than-average June.

From boiler TLC, to bothersome drafts, learn some quick fixes and long-term solutions to ensure you're heating oil system is working as it should

Lack of Boiler/Thermostat Maintenance

When trying to determine what the issue is with your heating system, ensure to check your boiler and thermostat. A broken boiler or thermostat can reduce heating efficiency and increase energy use. To avoid your boiler breaking down, keep it clean, check parts regularly, and inspect it for leaks - this will maintain its condition.

Similarly, if your heating oil system is outdated, it may not be able to warm your home properly or efficiently, leading to colder parts of your home and higher energy bills. In this case, it would be time to consider replacing or switching to a new boiler to ensure heating efficiency around your home.

While the initial investment may seem daunting, the long-term benefits, such as improved comfort and energy efficiency, make it worthwhile. By making sure your heating system matches the needs of you and your home, you can stay warm without breaking the bank.

Radiators

Getting the most out of your radiators goes beyond simply cranking up the thermostat. Regularly check your radiators for cold spots, bleed them when necessary, and place shelves above them to get the most out of your radiators.

Insulation Issues

Inconsistent temperatures throughout your home are often indicative of insulation issues. When certain rooms feel much colder or hotter than others, this shows that heat isn’t being evenly distributed. This leads to discomfort and often results in higher energy bills as your heating system works harder to compensate.

Wet or damp insulation is another serious concern that shouldn’t be overlooked. When insulation becomes saturated, its effectiveness lessens, leading to increased energy consumption, and potentially causing steeper heating bills. Investing in moisture-resistant insulation, such as multi-foil, can help fix this issue and ensure consistent warmth. 

A common issue in older homes is draughts which can affect your house’s heating and energy efficiency. No matter how much insulation you have, warmth will escape if your house isn’t properly sealed. To prevent this, seal gaps around your windows and doors to help them retain heat and improve energy efficiency.

Key Temperature 

The recommended indoor temperature sits around 21°C. Straying too far from this temperature can lead to discomfort and unnecessary energy use. Proper insulation and heating systems can help homeowners, like you, stay comfortable.

Do you have room in your tank? Get a competitive domestic heating oil quote today and enjoy the peace of mind that you've got a full tank ready and waiting for the winter months.