Could it be? Spring has almost arrived in Ireland? The nights are definitely brighter and the first signs of daffodils are appearing in the hedgerows, but that doesn’t mean we’re ready to knock off the heating just yet. Most of us will probably attempt some sort of spring clean soon to make way for the new season, but this doesn’t just have to be limited to the contents of your house.
As we’ll be continuing to rely on our heating for a few months yet, here’s a few pointers on spring cleaning your home heating system too.
Oil tank safety
Now that the worst of the weather has hopefully passed, you should get outside and check the state of your oil tank. Stormy weather, heavy frosts and snow can all damage your oil tank over time, and if you can’t remember the last time yours was given a once over, now is the time to do it. Check for any dents, scrapes, rust and dark patches on the ground underneath it. If you have concerns, call a professional out to check it thoroughly – this peace of mind costs less than the price of a clean-up and a tank of wasted oil.
Have you had your boiler serviced in the past year? If not, you need to organise it now. Your engineer will check all parts of your system for efficiency, clean out any parts that require it and do all the necessary safety checks, leaving you with a fully functional boiler, and a heating system with an extended lifespan. This is the perfect task to add to your spring cleaning list, best of all because you don’t actually have to do much!
Oil tank additives
Oil tank additives are a great way to improve the efficiency of your home heating system, and are a great idea for this time of year when you’re likely to be winding down your use of home heating oil and the weather starts to heat up. Adding a bottle to your next home heating oil delivery will help to cut down on any sludge or grime, prevent the build-up of rust in your fuel lines and keep the oil from degrading in the tank if you find that you don’t have your heating on at all over the summer months.
Carbon monoxide test
You should always have a carbon monoxide alarm in your home, and test it as regularly as you do your smoke alarm – once a week. If you haven’t done this recently, make sure you do it today. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer, and can be easily prevented with this simple device.
Lower the thermostat indoors
If you had the heating cranked up over the worst of winter, it might be time to reset your thermostat so that you don’t end up paying more than you need to for your home heating oil. Turn the thermostat down a few degrees and see how you cope with the temperature change. When the weather starts to get warmer you can also turn down the radiators in the unused rooms of your house to save even more.