What do I do in Cold Weather with my heating

Winter season weather conditions can cause your pipes to burst and destroy your house. Heating Tips in Cold Weather? Follow these pointers to keep you heating system safe and in working order. Do you know where your stop cock is? Rather than look for it when there is water everywhere, have a look and find where it is. Examine that it is working correctly, and if not, take measures to amend this.

Be familiar with your heating and mainly your time switches and thermostats. Keep your house fairly warm and examine the pipes each morning to make sure nothing has frozen. Utilize the thermostat to keep the temperature level nice and comfy. If it’s freezing outside, set the heating to remain on continually, however turn the thermostat lower for the night.

If you have decided to go away in cold weather conditions, leave the heating on constantly with the thermostat set to low to stop your pipes freezing. If you have not got central heating, turn the water off at the stopcock and drain pipes of the cold water, prior to turning off the immersion heating.

                                                          

If you have decided to go away in cold weather conditions, leave the heating on constantly with the thermostat set to low to stop your pipes freezing. If you have not got central heating, turn the water off at the stopcock and drain pipes of the cold water, prior to turning off the immersion heating.

More Heating Tips From Plumbers.

To not waste and your heating and to save money, you need to have the right temperature controls.There are many kinds of central heating systems, whether gas, LPG or oil-fired. In an ideal world, your full set of controls should include a thermostat for the boiler, a timer or some kind of programmer, a room thermostat and some thermostatic valves for the radiator (TRVs).There’s a different set up for electrical heating.

What is a hot water thermostat?

A hot water cylinder will make sure the heat supply from the boiler will be turned off once the water reaches a certain temperature if your hot water is stored in a cylinder. Turning the thermostat higher will not make the water heat up any faster, and the water heating will not come on if a time switch or programmer has switched it off.

What is a cylinder thermostat?

They are usually fitted between one quarter and one third of the way up the cylinder. They have temperature scales marked; you should set them at between 60 and 65 degrees. This is hot enough to kill harmful bacteria in the water, but it’s also hot enough to scald. For extra safety consider installing a thermostatic mixing valve which will automatically ensure that hot water is at a safe temperature.

Combi Boiler or Cylinder?

If you have a combi boiler then you won’t have a cylinder, but there will probably be a hot water thermostat on the boiler itself. This is often a dial with a picture of a tap on it.

What is boiler interlock?

This is not a control but a system of wiring that turns the boiler off when neither the room thermostat nor the cylinder thermostat needs it. Without this, the boiler can continue to what we call ‘cycle’ and this means it will waste energy.

What is a boiler thermostat?

Your boiler will usually have (minimum to maximum) a dial on it or it will be marked in numbers. This will allow the water temperature to be set and it will be pumped from the boiler through the radiators. The higher the temperature is set, the quicker it will heat your house. If it is not set high enough, this could mean that when it’s very cold outside, your home may not reach the desired temperature you want. However, condensing boilers work more efficiently when the water returning to the boiler is below 55 degrees, so it can be better not to set the temperature too high.

Some people have a regular boiler with a separate hot water cylinder. A boiler thermostat should always be set to a higher temperature than the cylinder thermostat! If not, this would mean the hot water cylinder will never get up to desired temperature. For those who have a combi boiler you will probably have two dials and one will have a radiator symbol and controls the output to the radiators. You can set this at the desired point for your heating without affecting or making a difference the hot water temperature.