Don't ignore your heating system this winter, households urged
Dec 16, 2019, 09:35 AM by OFTEC
As a new survey reveals the majority of Brits have turned their heating back on over the past month, households in the UK are being urged not to forget to check their systems are working correctly in the busy pre-Christmas period to help avoid a winter breakdown.
According to the research*, over 90% of homeowners switched their heating back on during October or November when temperatures dropped below 13C, but previous winters show that many failed to prepare their system for the cold snap, leading to a surge in demand for heating technicians.
In response OFTEC, which represents the oil heating industry, has produced a winter checklist for households with advice on how to help avoid potential winter problems, as well as top heating tips and how to save money on fuel costs.
The advice includes:
Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC, said: "It's that time of year when most of us have already switched the heating back on and the focus shifts to getting ready for Christmas. When everything is seemingly working as it should, it's easy to forget about the boiler but if you suffer a breakdown, it quickly becomes a real concern.
"The best remedy is prevention which is why we recommend taking a few simple steps now before the cold weather really starts to bite. Having your system serviced by a qualified technician will help identify and potentially resolve any problems before they become more costly to fix further down the line."
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