Are you ready for the coldest winter in a decade?

At the end of 2019, December logged temperatures reaching 18.7C, which was the hottest in record for the time of year.

 

The unseasonably warm weather, however, is due to remain a 2019 memory, with weather forecasters suggesting a cold snap in the first two months in 2020.

 

The University College London predicts that January and February will be the coldest since 2010 and one of the coldest since records began in 1953. The Met Office has also forecast the arrival of wintry conditions including snow.

 

Here’s your winter checklist to make sure your home is ready as possible for the cold snap:

 


1. Clear the gutters and drains

 Make sure the gutters are clear from any possible build up to minimise the risk of water damage. Debris such as leaves and mud can block the drains and once it becomes too much, it can cause leaks into the roof and walls.

 


2. Get your boiler checked

Having no central heating over the winter period is the last thing you want to be dealing with. So be sure to get your boiler serviced before the cold weather really kicks in.

If you don’t already have boiler cover in place, this is the time to consider your options. This will ensure that a qualified engineer will be on hand to sort out any problems with your boiler or central heating as quickly as possible – meaning you won’t be stuck without heating or hot water if your boiler suddenly breaks down.

You can check out PlusHeat’s range of home emergency cover here.

 


3. Protect your pipes

The best way to keep on top of pipes during the winter is to protect them with a foam layer (called lagging) which will help to prevent them freezing and bursting. Water pipes are vulnerable to freezing during the winter, so be sure to check pipes and cisterns for lagging. The first places to check are unheated areas, such as your loft or basement.

 


4. Get insulated

Around a quarter of heat in your house is lost through the roof, so insulating the loft is a good place to begin. Cavity wall insulation is also worth considering. MoneySuperMarket have information and guidance on insulation here.

 


5. Get covered

Making sure you’re covered for winter-related damage is really important.

PlusHeat offer extensive home emergency cover so you can protect your home (and your wallet!) when things go wrong.

We offer 24/7 advice and support with boiler and central heating, plumbing, electrical and drainage cover from just 15p a day.

To find out more, please check out our various plans here, or contact our friendly team on 0808 164 2892. We’re here to help!

Escaping the January blues? Our top tips!

Even though we know it’s coming, we still go into January almost shocked at the comedown from Christmas and new year celebrations; leaving behind bills, going back to work, cold weather and long, dark nights.

That’s why more people than ever before are escaping the January blues and taking a winter holiday. If you’re one of the lucky ones getting away this January, here’s some of our top tips for making sure you don’t come home to a home disaster:

 

Should I switch my boiler off?

It’s typically recommended that you do not switch your boiler off if you go on holiday during winter or cold spells, as your pipes could freeze and you could risk being faced with central heating issues when you get back.

Instead, you could leave your boiler on and set it to anti-freeze or frost mode to help ensure that the system is in working order when you return, alternatively you could set your timer to make the boiler come on for around an hour a day to help prevent frost.

If you invest in a smart thermostat, you could set your heating to come back on just before you arrive home, helping you ensure that your rooms are warm and toasty for when you get back.

 

Make sure all roof and vulnerable pipes are insulated and your boiler is serviced

Water pipes are vulnerable to freezing during the winter, so be sure to check pipes and cisterns for lagging. The first places to check are unheated areas, such as your loft or basement.

 

Have home emergency cover in place

PlusHeat offer extensive home emergency cover so you can protect your home (and your wallet!) when things go wrong.

We offer 24/7 advice and support with boiler and central heating, plumbing, electrical and drainage cover from just 15p a day.

To find out more, please check out our various plans here, or contact our friendly team on 0808 164 2892. We’re here to help!

Press Release: Plus Heat team up with MoneySuperMarket

Plus Heat are delighted to announce that we have teamed up with leading price comparison site, MoneySuperMarket.

You can find us listed under Electrical, Plumbing & Heating Breakdown Cover for homeowner breakdown cover and Landlords Services for Landlords Boiler Cover.

By teaming up with Plus Heat and other UK leading companies, MoneySuperMarket make the search to find the best boiler cover, for the unique needs of both homeowners and landlords, quicker and easier.

At Plus Heat, our fundamental principle is to provide UK homeowners and landlords with a premium and memorable service at an affordable price. We understand that if your boiler breaks down, the last thing you need is the threat of a huge repair bill. Equally, letting out property can be stressful – so the last thing you need as a landlord is a phone call from your tenant saying there’s a problem with the boiler.

“Our two business share similar fundamental values, focused on helping households and landlords make the most of their money” said Liam Clancy, Plus Heat Director. “The collaboration between Plus Heat and MoneySuperMarket marks the beginning of what we know will be an exciting growth opportunity for us to expand the exceptional service we offer to an wider audience.”


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!

 

Report A Breakdown Online

Are you sick of waiting on hold to major companies’ call centres when you have a crisis? Reporting a breakdown has never been easier!

We understand it’s often easier to explain things when given the chance to go at your own pace and convenience, and we like to allow our customers to feel completely at ease – which is exactly why we’ve set up the online reporting tool.

You’ll receive the same level of service as when you report a breakdown over the phone with a dedicated account handler and a guaranteed response within 24 hours.






Get it sorted in just 5 simple steps:

1. What’s the problem? Use our fool proof picture diagrams to help you to identify the issue, along with helpful tips that could resolve the issue before having to report it. If these tips cannot solve it, you can leave a note to explain the issue further.

2. Upload a photo: Providing us with photographic evidence to give us the context of the problem at hand will help the engineer to prepare beforehand and acquire any necessary parts – allowing the issue to be dealt with quickly and efficiently.

3. Let us know where you are: Fill in your address details so we can make arrangements with a Gas Safe registered engineer based in your local area.

4. Contact details

5. Confirm & send

It’s as easy as that!


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!

 

Plus Heat Community Outreach [Brixton Soup Kitchen]

Brixton Soup Kitchen Logo B&W

Our first of many community outreach programs!

With the number of homeless people increasing by 15% over the past year, homelessness in the UK is reaching a crisis point.

Here is our brief guide to the rising homelessness figures Homeless Britain. 

Our Background

Living and growing up in South London, I have always been aware of the affect poverty and hard times can have on each and everyone of us. The struggle is definitely real! I believe that’s something we can all relate to on one level or another. Over the past 5 years, on my daily commute to and from work, it hasn’t taken much to notice the ever increasing homeless population; which leaves me with one obvious question, WHY?

After looking into the issue and connecting with people that genuinely care about helping and finding a solution, I became aware of the great work that the Brixton Soup Kitchen are doing. I met some outstanding people dedicating their life towards the cause and evidently, this organisation has become a vital pillar of the Brixton community, providing help and support, outreach and an essential safe haven for not just local residents, but anyone from anywhere in London, who finds themselves in need!

At Plus Heat, it’s important to us that we help raise awareness for this great cause and give something back to the community. We decided to produced a short film outlining the work BSK are doing, the support they receive and why it is vital to support this movement.

 

Our Community Outreach

Our business is focused on providing stability to our customers by keeping their properties functioning all year round. We may provide emergency heating cover for homeowners, but we also wanted to provide some warmth for the homeless too!  We took time out of the business to reach out to the community in Brixton, speaking to individuals who have ended up homeless and provided them with sleeping bags and the ability to join a support network like the BSK.

Working on this project has allowed us to engage and relate with these ‘everyday people’. Once you can relate, you understand that it’s simply a bad decisions or a turn of unfortunate events that can lead anyone down this path. This is something that is no stranger to any of us, and in this time of economic turmoil, 1 in 3 families are a months pay away from homelessness. The need for support has never been so important, so our provision of sleeping equipment was just the start!

We visited the Brixton Soup Kitchen to see first hand the effect Solomon and his volunteers are having. While the kitchen has undeniably become a vital lifeline for the Brixton community, the scope of support the kitchen can provide is limited due to the lack of funding. With no clear consistent funding, Solomon cannot push his dream further. Our main goal of our first Community Outreach Project was to raise awareness for this great cause and hopefully incentivise others to act. The scope for help is limitless. If everyone, including us, plays their part, Solomon’s dream can become reality!

The Need For Support

    • So far the kitchen is simply run on a donation basis. With no exact backing or regular support, the Kitchen can never reach the goals they want to achieve
    • In the video you can see Franco Manca providing free fresh pizza which happens on a voluntary basis every Monday. This is the one of the few regular donations they receive. It may seem small but believe me, its essential for BSK. The appreciation and laughter that takes place around the table whilst enjoying those pizzas is heartwarming. If others like Franco Manca provided the same support, the outreach would be phenomenal!
    • The need to increase soup kitchens to every major area in the UK. Homelessness is now such a vast problem, the need for this projects expansion has never been in such high demand!
    • The dramatic cuts to funding seen by councils has seen homelessness rising massively.  Since 2010 some councils have seen a reduction of 50% in funds. More than 60% of councils have said the lack of funding is preventing them from taking action. If the government will not act, then WE as a community have to act TOGETHER to change the UK for the better!
    • The recent council proposals and measures implemented to solve homelessness, simply show how out of touch the government are! Recently in Bournemouth, the council erected ‘anti homeless’ bench bars, to prevent rough sleeping.  It was the community who made noise and along with celebrity, Professor Green who took it into his own hands, literally, by bending the bars; this act eventually blew up on social media. Bournemouth council had no other option but to remove these bars.  http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/bournemouth-anti-homeless-bench-bars-removed-professor-green-a8196526.html. This shows the power the wider community can have! Moreover, it shows how more and more people are starting to relate to the homeless and are trying to help!