Energy bills are set to rise this winter. This is due to increases in the energy regulator’s price cap and increases in the prices the energy firms pay for their energy supplies. If you need any advice on rising heating costs please talk to citizen’s advice.

Is your heating working?

When the temperature drops, you’ll want to make sure your home is warm and comfortable so it’s a good idea to test your heating before bad weather sets in.  To make sure your home is ready for the cold months ahead, there are some quick checks you can do to identify any problems before winter hits:

  • For gas and oil systems, turn all the radiator valves on and the room thermostat to maximum. Then set the heating to run on your programmer/boiler and after 15 minutes touch the radiators to see if they are starting to heat up.
  • If all the radiators heat up everything should be fine for when you need to use the system. You just need to turn the heating off again until you’re ready to use it.
  • If none of the radiators are working, please call Swale Heating. They’ll work to fix any problems with your electric, gas, hot water or heating systems and now there are more ways to contact them.
  • If one or two radiators remain cold it could mean a small amount of air has entered the system and all you need do is bleed those radiators.  If you need some advice Swale telephone advisors can  help with explaining how to carry out  quick fixes such as bleeding radiators.
  • In addition to calling 0800 011 3139 you can email enquiries@swaleheating.com or visit swaleheating.com
  • If you use oil call Headcorn Heating on 01622 891299, and they will send an engineer to check the system. While you are waiting for an appointment please make sure you turn the heating system off.

More top tips!

  • Look around the outside of your home for leaking gutters, dripping overflows, missing roof tiles and loose or damaged brickwork. Report any problems to us straight away.
  • Look around the outside of your home for leaking gutters, dripping overflows, missing roof tiles and loose or damaged brickwork. Please report any problems to us straight away.
  • Keep your heating at a constant temperature of 18° to 21°C during cold spells to help prevent condensation
  • Leave your heating and hot water on low if you go away to avoid frozen pipes if the weather turns very cold.
  • Avoid condensation and mould by using extractor fans and opening the windows, especially after bathing, showering or cooking and dry washing outside where possible.