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How to get the most out of your new boiler

You’ve finally had your new boiler fitted and surprisingly - it was easier than what you’d expected. Your old boiler was on its last legs so you did the right thing and bought a fresh one. As you know, boilers don’t come cheap - so how can you make sure your heating system lasts for as long as it possibly can?

Well there are a few things you can do. In this article we’ll give you some quick and easy tips that you can do to make sure your boiler runs smoothly, efficiently, and without any hiccups along the way. 

Get yourself a service. 


Anyone with a boiler needs to have an annual service, another expense that unfortunately all of us have to do. As annoying as it may be, completing a service every year is vitally important in keeping your heating up and running. 

It doesn’t take long either. Within 30 minutes the engineer will visually inspect your gas appliances and check that your boiler is working as it should - then they'll be on their way. If they do notice something unusual, they’ll let you know so you can get it fixed before it turns into something expensive. 

If we fitted your boiler and you’d like an annual service, we’d be more than happy to help you with that. All you have to do is sign up to either one of our home cover plans. We have two for you to choose from - the BOXT service plan (£7.99 per month) or the Protect+ plan (£17.99 per month). Both are a 12 month contract and are an excellent way to spread the costs of your annual service. Once you set up the direct debit, you’re all sorted. We contact you around one month before the anniversary of your boiler installation.

Check pressure and top up if it’s necessary. 

A quick pressure check never does anyone any harm. Let’s face it, no one likes getting into a shower only to realise the hot water isn’t working.  By checking your boiler pressure regularly, you can prevent this; It only takes a second and can save you a lot of hassle. 

All you have to do is find your pressure gauge, which is generally located underneath the boiler. If you do need to top up your pressure, then the sweet spot is between 1.5 and 2 bars. By regularly checking your boiler, you can be rest assured that your boiler will be operating properly so you won’t have to worry about any awkward shower mishaps.  


Upgrade your thermostat. 

There’s some interesting smart technology out there and surprisingly they’re a great way of saving money. One of the most popular smart home technologies that’s popular amongst BOXT customers is the Google Nest Learning Thermostat. 

This smart thermostat is super easy to use and is a great way of keeping an eye on your heating habits. You have full control over your central heating, you can set schedules, switch it on or off, higher or lower, all from the Google Nest app on your mobile. It’s a clever piece of technology that can save you a bunch of money each month on your energy bills.  

Insulate your home, save money. 

An investment that is certain to save you money in the long run. If you haven’t already insulated your home, it’s something you should probably consider. By insulating your home, you won’t be using as much energy and therefore you won’t need to have your heating on so high. 

Consider buying thermostatic radiator valves. 

Purchasing thermostatic radiator valves is a useful way of ensuring you’re not wasting any energy. When you turn on your thermostat and set a heating, you’re setting it for every radiator in your home. Thermostatic radiator valves are there so you can turn off the radiators in parts of your home that aren’t being used. Maybe you and your family are spending the night in your living room, if so - simply turn the thermostatic radiator valves to 0. There’s no point squandering money on heating up a room if you’re not there to enjoy it. 


Information correct as of 24/11/2020

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