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Adjust your boiler: Am I heating my business efficiently?

The weather is starting to get warmer and with spring in full swing it is a good opportunity to make sure your business is being heated efficiently. In winter, we tend to turn our boilers up, because the cold weather means we need the warmth. But as it gets closer to summer, there is simply no need to have the boiler turned up that high and lots of energy will be wasted in radiators and pipes.

Quick check: Touch the closest radiator – is it scalding hot, warm or off? Does it need adjusting?

There’s a few things you can do to make sure your businesses is using heat efficiently in the warmer months.

Turn the thermostat down

Office battles over the thermostat temperature might make this one tricky, but in the warmer months, it might be easier to ignore the politics and turn the thermostat down to more reasonable levels. Even turning the temperature down by one degree can save hundreds of pounds over the course of a year. Opening a window or a door is a cheaper way of keeping cool in the summer, and it might just give your staff some much needed fresh air too.

Check your automated thermostat

Lots of us set the heating to go off at certain times. But as the days get longer and the weather improves, the settings we set for Winter can be wasteful in the Spring and Summer. Take this opportunity to change the settings on your thermostat so they are more economical. We know that this can be fiddly, and you may have lost the user manual. But it is normally easy to find instructions if you Google the make and model of your boiler. Remember that daylight savings has just happened, it may be that the boiler is heating the room at the wrong time now.  

Turn your boiler down

Your boiler has different operating temperatures that you can change with the weather. There are different types of boilers that are operated in different ways. Conventional boilers will usually just have one dial that controls water temperature and room temperature. In the Winter, this dial will normally be turned all the way to the top (about 80°C), in the Summer you should turn it down to about 50-60°C. Combination boilers have separate temperature controls for hot water and heating. Again, you can turn your dials down for the summer months, although you might want to keep the heating control on its highest setting all year round.

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