How to maximise your radiator heat efficiency


Want to increase your radiator efficiency, without having to spend valuable £££?

For Under £30 your whole home could see a massive increase in radiator efficiency. Take those tin foil hats from the conspiracy theorists, and put them to much better use!

As you’ll see in the video below – by placing foil behind the radiator, heat is reflected  back into the room meaning the efficiency of the radiator is increased massively. There is no official statistic to show how much this can save you, but it’s obvious you will not have to have your radiator on for as long, or as high as it was!

This video  explains exactly how to do so:

This Not Enough

Want to increase the efficiency of your radiator even more, but this time FOR FREE?

Bleeding your radiators is a simple and effective solution to increase your radiators efficiency, while ultimately keeping your warmer and saving you money! Here is our 8 simple step guide to do so:

  • 1. Diagnose your radiator
  • 2. Find a radiator key
  • 3. Turn off your heat
  • 4. Open your radiator’s valves
  • 5. Catch drips from the valve
  • 6. Wait for water to squirt out of the bleed valve
  • 7. Repeat this process on all the radiators in your house
  • 8. Check your boiler’s pressure level

For more information, click here to watch a short YouTube video showing each step in detail.

Plus Heat provide Home Emergency Cover and Call-out Services to Letting Agents, Landlords and Homeowners throughout the UK. Our technically trained support team are on hand 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (yes, even Christmas Day!) to provide technical advice when you need it most; and if necessary, arrange for an expert Gas Safe engineer to pay you a visit faster than you can say ‘Broken Boiler!’

Call our team now on 0808 164 2892 (option 1) or email us to see how we can help you today!


5 Top Tips To Improve Heating Efficiency

1. A boiler of 15 years old, or more, may be wasting as much as 30-40p of every pound spent on heating your home and hot water.

2. Turning down your thermostat by as little as one degree could reduce your heating bills by almost 10 per cent.

3. A reliable way to stop cold air entering your home through the chimneys is to cap your chimney pots from the outside, or if you use your fireplace occasionally, temporarily block it from the inside with a chimney balloon.

4. Double-glazed windows are made from two sheets of glass that have a gap between them, which creates an insulating barrier. Not only will double-glazed windows better insulate your home, they will also reduce noise pollution.

5. If the flame within your boiler is burning with a lazy yellow or orange flame instead of a crisp blue flame, this is a sign that you’ll need to have your appliance serviced. If your pilot light isn’t a crisp blue, it could be that the gas isn’t burning cleanly and could signal a carbon monoxide leak.

Is your boiler also loosing pressure?

Your boiler pressure gauge should measure between 1-1.5 bar. Too little pressure could lead to inefficiency and high energy bills and as the cold months are now upon us and we all have turned the boiler back on to get that central heating fired up that could amount to some unwanted expensive bills. Checking your pressure Gauge and ensuring it is within the recommended level could save you a quid or two. If you find yourself having to reset the pressure on the boiler often, let that be a sign that something is up. Have a look at your radiators and see if you can find an obvious leak as this is a common diagnosis relating to loss of pressure.

What is an Annual Service & why do I need an one?

An annual service is a yearly safety check on the boiler to ensure it is running safely and efficiently. A boiler that is neglected/poorly maintained  arises the potential serious health risk to all occupants of the property as this can cause fatal Carbon Monoxide poisoning. You need your boiler to operate at its most efficient capability. Using a Car as analog; You ensure your vehicle is up to date with its MOT so that all its individual components: (such as) Breaks, Exhaust and Suspension are in good working order to enable them work in sync with one another to operate the vehicle as a whole. Well same goes for your boiler. Its individual parts need to be cleaned, checked and tested for optimum operation as a combined unit.

What do our engineers do during a boiler service?

1. Our engineer will inspect your boiler and controls to make sure they are operating

2. The inspection will include checking your boiler for corrosion and leaks.

3. Your boiler casing will be removed to check the functioning of its main components.

4. A gas pressure check will ensure your boiler is operating at the correct gas pressure.

5. A flue test will ensure that no unsafe emissions are being released from your boiler.

6. Your boiler’s parts will be cleaned as required.