A central heating system is one of the most invaluable home additions you need especially for the winter months. However, central heating systems are also some of the major energy expenses for your home. For this reason, you can make some energy-saving changes that would translate into significant savings on your energy bills. While you can invest in a new condensing boiler, this would be an expensive solution. Fortunately, there are other more practical and effective ways to make your central heating system more energy efficient. Here are a few.

Service Your Boiler

The boiler can make all the difference when it comes the efficiency of your central heating system. Therefore, start by servicing your boiler as winter approaches. Fixing problems such as leaks will ensure the boiler is working more efficiently, which in turn enhances the overall efficiency of your central heating system.

Flush Your Central Heating System

Power flushing your heating system works to clean out the rust, sludge, and other debris that may have accumulated over the years. Doing this enhances the efficiency of the system by promoting full circulation. That is, it allows for the hot water to travel freely in the boiler, the pipework, and the radiators. What's more, it eliminates cold spots and ensures that the radiators warm quickly. This means that less energy will be required to heat the radiators.

Invest in Reflector Panels

Reflector panels or radiator reflectors are often installed behind the radiators. They reflect heat back into the room, which reduces the amount of heat being lost through the walls. Therefore, your central heating system won't have to work as hard to attain the temperature you need in your home, saving energy in the process.

Bleed the Radiators

Bleeding your radiators can also enhance the efficiency of your central heating system. Air may be trapped at the top of the radiators either because the system was installed with air in it or due to a small leak in the radiators that allows air to pass through. With air trapped in the radiator, hot water won't fill it entirely, which means the system will have to work slightly harder to keep the room warm to the set temperature.

Bleeding the radiators removes the trapped air, restoring the optimum functioning of the radiator. The process of bleeding the radiators is simple, and you can do it yourself. The radiator has a valve on top of it that you need to twist gently until you hear a hissing sound. You will need a radiator key for this step. Close off the valve once the water starts coming out. This should have bled the radiator, but you can call a professional if you are unsure. 

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