When your boiler is not operating efficiently, it can lead to ineffective heating and higher energy
bills. However, there are steps you can take to ensure your boiler is running at its total
efficiency, saving you money during these challenging times.
Keep up-to-date with boiler servicing: Regular boiler services conducted by Gas Safe registered
heating engineers are crucial for checking your machine's safe and efficient operation. Annual
servicing allows us to identify and fix any issues before they become major problems. By
addressing efficiency concerns early on, you can ensure effective heating and avoid unnecessary
Bleed your radiators: Trapped air in your central heating system can hinder the full heating
capacity of your radiators, resulting in longer heating times and increased energy bills. To
check if this affects your boiler's efficiency, please check if your radiators take longer than
usual to heat up or have cold spots.
Check boiler pressure: A drop in boiler pressure is a common cause of inefficiency. When the
pressure is incorrect, your central heating system may not function properly, leading to
inadequate heating and higher energy costs. Ideally, your boiler pressure gauge should read
around 1.5 bar. If it is lower, you need to repressurize your boiler. Remember that bleeding
radiators can cause temporary pressure to drop, which can be resolved by replacing the released
air with water.
Invest in pipe insulation: Insulating the pipes that lead from your boiler can significantly
improve its efficiency. Using foam tubing to cover these pipes minimizes heat loss, allowing
your boiler to work more efficiently. With reduced heat loss, your boiler can effectively heat
your home and produce hot water without excessive effort. This insulation investment will pay
off over time by lowering your energy bills.
Consider an upgrade if necessary: If your boiler is over ten years old, has a low-efficiency
rating, or frequently breaks down, it may be time to invest in a new boiler. While the initial
costs may seem daunting, the efficiency improvements of a new boiler can lead to long-term
savings. Opting for an A-rated replacement can maximize energy efficiency and reduce utility
By following these tips, you can increase the efficiency of your boiler, improve heating
performance, and save money on energy bills. If you have any concerns or need professional
assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us.