Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire is supporting National Radiator Day (1 November) in a bid to raise awareness of simple and cheap ways to improve the efficiency of radiators, keeping homes warmer and bills down.
Radiators are the main point of heat delivery for over 26 million homes throughout the UK, however an ICM poll found that a large proportion of homeowners do not take the necessary steps to save costs during winter months.
Commenting, Jo said
“I welcome the opportunity to raise awareness of this simple and relatively cheap way to reduce bills and keep homes warm.
“Energy bills worry my constituents so I’m more than happy to highlight ways in which they can be helped.”
- Bleed your radiator – air can be trapped at the top of the radiator, which feels cold when the radiator is otherwise hot
- Fit thermostats to each radiator – these automatically adjust the heat emitted to individual room temperatures
- Get your boiler serviced by an approved installer – efficient boilers save money
- Flush the sludge from your radiator – if your radiator is hot at the top and sides, but cold near the middle or bottom, then this might be caused by a build up of sludge inside. Sludge reduces the efficiency of the radiator and puts extra demands on the boiler, which increases fuel usage and shortens the life of the boiler.
- Keep the radiator free of dust and blockages – radiators work primarily by convection (movement of hot air) as well as radiation. Dust, dirt and household items block the airflows reducing the amount of heat flowing into the room
For more information visit http://nationalradiatorday.co.uk/