Tony Stockton – Keeping your Conservatory Warm
If you are lucky enough to have a conservatory were sure you love it in the summer as they but, in the winter you sometimes loose the use of that room as it's too cold to sit in. This doesn't need to be the case, there are ways to keep your conservatory warm, without paying a fortune in heating or electricity bills!
One of the first things you can quickly and easily do, is to check that there are no draughts blowing in. Check that your windows and doors are still draught proof, if you do feel any draughts coming in from under the doors or lower panes, you can either purchase draught blockers or contact your supplier to see if they can re-apply the draught proofing.
A slightly more dramatic change you can make is to update the flooring in your conservatory. It may seem expensive but it really can help increase the usage of your conservatory. Most conservatory floors are laid with stone or tile flooring which don't retain heat well. However, if you lift the flooring and install underfloor heating it can completely change the feel of the room and make it feel cosy without loosing the practicality of the harder floor.
Another way to add warmth to the room is to invest in items such as throws and heavier curtains or blinds. Throws can help make furniture feel warmer when you first sit on it, continuing to maintain that cosy feeling, whilst heavier blinds or curtains help keep the warm air in and cold air out. Rugs are also an ideal solution if you can't invest in underfloor heating as per our previous point,
A final tip is to make sure you heat the room appropriately. If you have conventional radiators in your conservatory all the heat rises into the roof. Because of this, you should not keep the heating on in your conservatory all the time as it will be wasted. Only heat the room just before and whilst you are using it as unlike normal rooms in your home, the heat will escape through the ceiling panelling.
We hope that this helps inspire you to continue to use your conservatory through the winter months, and making a few simple or one or two bigger changes can help make this room comfortable all year round!
Tony Stockton – Preparing your home for winter
As the temperature drops, its time to make sure your home is ready to sustain the lower temperatures as well as avoid sky rotting energy bills! There are a few simple steps and processes you can carry out to make sure your home is nice a cosy!
Firstly, bleed your radiators – this is one of the most straightforward tasks you can do that also has an almost instant improvement. By releasing all the trapped air in your radiators enables them to be more efficient at heating up and keeping your rooms warm. So much so that you may end up turning down your radiators as they become more effective!
For those of you in a house, be sure to check your guttering. Over the summer and autumn months gutters can get clogged up with leaves and other debris. Making sure your gutters are clear of this will help make sure that your drainage is working properly and you don't have excess water run-off. If your gutters do get blocked, they can overflow and sometimes cause run offs down the sides of your house which ultimately can cause damp. Avoid this by safely clearing out the gutters to allow the water to flow freely where it should be!
Finally, pay attention to any drafts you feel in your home as these can easily be rectified. They may come from gaps in floor boards, at the bottom of doorframes or even through windows if the window sealant is broken.
Doorway drafts can easily be blocked with home interior decorations, floorboards can be insulated with rugs. Whilst windows may require a little more effort to rectify, all will be worthwhile in the end to ensure that no excess warmth escapes your home, and you don't have to continue to increase the thermostat to compensate for the cold blasts of air!
Hopefully these tips will help keep you warm and cosy this winter, however, you will need a healthy boiler to keep your heating working properly. If you encounter any boiler problems at all feel free to give us a call and we can pay you a visit to see how we can help!
Tony Stockton Service & Repairs
We are proud to offer a range of other services aside our boiler installation service, by also providing our customers with maintenance & repair focused services. This way, not only can we help you install new boilers, but also continue to make sure they are running to the best of their ability, as well as help you extend the life of a current boiler you may have!
We advise all customers to service their boiler at least once a year, this helps ensure it's running at its most optimum level, meaning you are heating your home efficiently and cost effectively. A boiler service consists of a variety of checks such as gas tightness tests, cleaning burners and checking the flue for blockages.
These simple checks can save you time and money in the long run, keeping your boiler in the best shape it can me! Once you sign up to an annual boiler repair we can also send you reminders when one may be due to help you keep on top of your boiler maintenance.
If your boiler has a fault and needs a repair, we can also accommodate this. Our engineers are trained to fix your boiler and ensure it's safe. We understand being without a boiler can be stressful so we do our best to make sure we get yours back up & running as quickly as possible.
We're also proud to offer a 12 month warranty on any parts that we fix on your boiler during the repair process to help give our customers extra piece of mind.
Finally, if you are a landlord you should contact us to find out about our Landlord Gas Safety Checks. We already work with numerous landlords to ensure their properties are safe for their residents. If you would like us to help you with your rented property get in touch as we'd be happy to help!
All our services and details of our repairs can be found on our website here, but we hope this blog has highlighted other services we provide aside from installing boilers! Keep a look out for more blog posts on our business and how we can help you!