Why Brits should turn their heating on right now to save money ahead of tough winter

Turning your heating on now could save you money when winter hits, according to experts.

With sweltering temperatures this summer, many people wouldn’t consider switching their heating on.

But experts say that turning your boiler on now will help prevent it from seizing up.

According to specialists at Boiler Central, leaving a boiler off for months at a time could leave you with hefty repair bills in months to come. Shutting off your boiler may result in it seize up and stopping hot water.

With the cost of living crisis continuing to worsen, and household budgets having to stretch further, people across the country are looking for ways to save money wherever possible.

A spokesperson from Boiler Central told Edinburgh Live : “Most homeowners believe turning their boiler off as soon as summertime hits should be a given, but this is far from the case. Turning your boiler off for long periods can cause more harm than good, which is why it is important to turn your heating on now and again.

“This will protect the internal workings of older and modern boilers and prevent them from seizing up.

“If you turn your boiler off at the beginning of May and don’t turn the central heating on again until the months of autumn, you may have trouble bringing your boiler completely back to life.

“This will affect appliances such as your central heating, hot water for your mains shower, and some washing machines that can take hot water from the boiler.

“In the worst-case scenario, parts may need to be replaced, which will cost both time and money – especially if you need to hire a central heating specialist for the job.”

Other tips to keep your boiler working efficiently and safely include getting it serviced on an annual basis.

“By having your boiler serviced, any small issues can be identified and dealt with before they turn into large and more expensive problems,” according to boiler firm I Heat.

The company also reminds people that boiler warranties become invalid unless you can prove you have had an annual service carried out by a Gas Safe engineer.

You should also bleed your radiators when needed.

“Over time, air can get into your system, causing air bubbles in your radiators which reduce the efficiency of your boiler,” I Heat explains.

“By bleeding your radiators when needed, you can make sure your system is running efficiently and effectively.”