With the weather fluctuating between extremes at the moment, it is important that your home is prepared for what could be a chilly and wet winter. It won’t be long before we are turning to our heaters for keeping the family warm during those long winter nights, but it is important that you are getting the most out of your system if you want to ensure that you aren’t overspending. With your pipes, boilers and radiators lying dormant for many months it is unlikely that they will work at their optimum without a central heating services first. Control your home’s heating Did you know that by fine-tuning your heater’s controls you can keep your home comfortable and save energy, which can work towards saving you a considerable amount of money? By keeping your thermostat between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius and lowering it on warmer days, you could save as much as $60 a year on your bills. You can also use a programmer to control when the system is activated, allowing you to plan around your schedule and to ensure that it is only turned on when you need it most. There are also a number of other features that you can install as a part of your system that will help you to save energy and, therefore, to lower your bills. A thermostatic radiator valve is used to monitor the air temperature around the heater, which allows them to regulate the flow of hot water entering the pipes and radiators. As well as allowing you to maintain a constant temperature for your home, it will ensure that you aren’t providing more heat than what you need to stay comfortable. Bleed your radiators Before the winter really sets in, you should take an afternoon to bleed your radiators and ensure that they are working as efficiently as possible. You will also need to undertake this task if you notice that your radiators are cool or cold at the top and warm at the bottom during the season, as you need to release the trapped air to let the hot water flow better. Your radiators should have come with a ‘bleed tool’, which enables you to open a small valve on the side of the system and release the air. Book in a professional service Your home should receive a professional central heating service at least once a year to ensure that the system is working correctly, that it isn’t leaking and that it is operating at its optimum. Some families decide to wait until their systems breakdown, but this can cause all sorts of problems for your home; you may even be forced to suffer through the cold weather until a technician becomes available if the breakdown occurs at the height of winter. You should attempt to book a service in before winter arrives whenever possible. As you can see, there are a number of things that you can do to ensure that your home is prepared for the winter ahead. Keeping your family warm should be one of your top priorities, as cold chills can lead to all sorts of illnesses that will keep you away from work and your children away from school. Make sure that a central heating service is at the top of your list of things to do before it gets too cold and you should be ready for whatever Mother Nature throws at you. Just make sure that you don’t leave it too late.