Central heating can be highly efficient and economical to run when it’s operating at peak performance. But when it’s not, heat levels can plummet and costs can soar. Colin Yearp, Technical Sales Support explains why it’s worth asking your local Gas Safe registered installer to follow ADEY’s five steps of heating maintenance best practice to protect against costly inefficiencies.
Cost effective steps
Your boiler will be one of the most expensive purchases you make as a homeowner so it’s important to keep it properly protected and maintained to prevent breakdowns or in a worst case scenario, the need to replace it.
Many of today’s quality heating installers have adopted our best practice approach which includes five cost-effective steps that can help every homeowner reduce the impact of natural corrosion on their heating system. This holistic approach will help make sure your boiler and pipework are properly protected and in the best shape possible when temperatures tumble.
Step 1: Cleanse
If left alone, black sludge and other debris collects and hardens in radiators and pipes. A build-up of just 5kg of sludge inside the central heating system, which is not uncommon, can reduce the efficiency of radiators by as much as 36%.
Before your installer cleans the sludge from the system, they need to add a good quality cleaning chemical, such as ADEY’s MC5.
Step 2: Flush
The next step is to flush the dirty, contaminated water from the system. Your installer could do this with ADEY’s MagnaCleanse process in as little as two hours, removing virtually 100% of the damaging sludge from the system before refilling it with fresh clean water.
A good clean and flush should increase the efficiency of your central heating system, but you’ll need to maintain the sludge-free water.
MagnaClean filters are already protecting the heating systems in nearly three million UK homes and they’re proven to save up to 6% on heating bills year on year. However, when used as part of our best practice approach, could save up to 15% for a typical three bedroom dwelling.
Step 4: Protect
Properly protecting your now clean and efficient heating system is really important. Your installer can do this for you by simply introducing a good quality chemical solution, such as ADEY’s MC1+.
Your fully protected heating system will now be free from black sludge, cold spots, noisy pipework and unexpected breakdowns. The need for emergency repairs and associated bills should also be reduced. A yearly check by a Gas Safe registered installer will help to ensure ongoing efficiency.
Step 5: Test
With boiler manufacturers increasing the length of their warranties, we’re seeing more stringent criteria against which they will be honoured. Therefore, it’s really important your installer carries out a water test to ensure your central heating system is correctly dosed with the right amount of premium chemical.
This can be done using ADEY’s simple water test kit and the sample is then sent off to be tested at our R&D laboratory.
Test results and a full analytical report detailing problems and recommended solutions, are then returned within just 48 hours, helping the installer to give you peace of mind about the quality of the system’s water.