Top Tips for a Healthy Heating System

Now is the time to prepare for the cold winter ahead, neglecting your boiler health can leave you without heating this winter. There are many aspects to a healthy heating system. We have listed some of these below to help you keep your homes warm in winter.

Check Heating Regularly 

You may feel there is no need to turn on your heating regularly in the warmer months but it’s beneficial for the health of your boiler if you switch it on for short periods from time to time. This makes sure that everything is working correctly, and this means when you turn your boiler on in the winter it doesn’t have to work as hard. 

Annual Boiler Servicing

It’s essential to get your boiler serviced on a regular basis to keep it in top functioning condition. Make an appointment with a Gas Safe Registered engineer if you haven’t had your boiler serviced this year. Your boiler’s parts and components will be thoroughly cleaned by your expert, who will also make sure everything is in working condition.

Your boiler will be at its most efficient after it has been maintained. Rust accumulations and worn-out components combine to create an inefficient boiler, which will cost you money.

Bleed Radiators

Radiators that are colder at the bottom than the top need to be bled because air has become trapped inside. Radiators that require bleeding make it more difficult for your heating system to operate at its best efficiency. The colder temperature at the bottom of your radiator is one indication that it needs to be bled, but another is a gurgling sound that occurs when the heat is turned on. Having your central heating professionally cleaned is a cost-effective solution that keeps your heating working efficiently

Insulate Pipes

Your boiler’s exterior condensate line may freeze during the chilly winter months, preventing it from operating. Using pipe insulation or maintaining a steady low heating setting during really cold weather are two ways to avoid this. 

Top Tip: You may thaw your condensate pipe if it does freeze by drenching it in lukewarm water.

Regular Flushing

Your heating system needs regular system cleansing to be healthy. The procedure cleans the insides of your pipes, radiators, and boilers to remove dirt before flushing the polluted water through and out of your heating system and replenishing it with new water. 

Book Your Boiler Service Today

At Smartheat we offer boiler and plumbing services to keep your heating systems in the best conditions. Our gas-safe engineers will carry the work out safely and efficiently. Call us on 01733574998 or fill out our quick enquiry form to book your servicing today. 


How often should I get my boiler serviced?

It’s essential to get your boiler serviced annually by a Gas Safe registered engineer. Regular servicing keeps it working efficiently and saves you money in the long run.

What happens during a boiler service?

During a boiler service, an expert will thoroughly clean the parts and components and ensure everything is in working condition. The boiler and pipework will be checked for leaks and pressure issues as well.

How do I know if my radiators need bleeding?

If your radiators are colder at the bottom than the top or make a gurgling sound when the heat is on, they likely need to be bled. Bleeding helps your heating system operate at its best efficiency.

How can I prevent my boiler’s exterior condensate line from freezing?

Insulating the pipes or maintaining a steady low heating setting during cold weather can prevent freezing. If it does freeze, you can thaw the condensate pipe by drenching it in lukewarm water.

Why is regular flushing of the heating system necessary?

Regular system flushing cleans the insides of your pipes, radiators, and boilers, removing dirt and replenishing the system with fresh water. It helps in maintaining the health of your heating system.