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Brrr, could it get any colder?! In case you aren’t aware, winter is well and truly here. I know what you are thinking. You’re thinking, why would anyone turn down the central heating when it’s icy outside? The answer is money. The cost of energy is rising and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Seen as winter is the coldest time of year, it makes sense to try and heat the house with alternative methods. Whether that’s a log fire or an efficient space heater doesn’t matter as long as no one freezes to death!
However, switching the thermostat off may come to bite you on the backside. Sure, the house may be warm, but there are downsides that every homeowner should understand. These are the five reasons to keep the central heating pumping.
Just because the living room is toasty warm doesn’t mean you are in the clear. During the winter, the water in the pipes freezes as the mercury drops. That’s no big deal, right? Everyone has seen water freeze before. Unfortunately, Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air says it can lead to structural damage as water expands when frozen. If the pipes can’t take the pressure, they will burst and water will flood the property. Any pipes which run along the ceiling will cause them to break and cave in. It’s not a pleasant situation, but it is avoidable as long as the thermostat warms the water and prevents it from freezing. Some people drain the pipes at winter time, but it’s a hassle because you may need to turn the central heating on over the wintertime.
The whole point of not using the boiler is to save money. However, switching it off tends to cost more in the long run. It sounds counterproductive but it’s true. The reason is due to the expense of stopping and starting the central heating system. Like a car, a furnace uses a lot of energy to start up and go through the gears. But, when it’s running at a steady pace, it uses less fuel and becomes more efficient. By turning it off and on again, the costs are likely to increase which is counterproductive. On the whole, it’s better to keep the system running on a low heat to keep the price of energy on the down-low. Of course, turning it off completely will save the household a small fortune, but can you survive the winter without a functioning boiler?
Ease Of Access
Hands up: how many people have thermostats or smart readers in the homes? The answer should be almost everyone. Back in the day, a central heating system used to be annoying because it required a running knowledge of plumbing and electrics. Nowadays, there is no reason to go near the furnace other than to give it an obligatory once over. The thermostat allows you to play with the temperature and the central heating settings from the comfort of your living room. Indeed, specific apps enable you to control the temperature of the house from a phone or a mobile device. With this ease of access, there is no need to turn the heating off during the day and switch it on when you get home. Simply turn it down and then turn it up a notch before you get back so that the house is lovely and warm.
Like all industrial devices, boilers are not one-hundred percent reliable. Yes, it will work like a dream, and then it will break down without warning. Again, very much like a car. The good news is keeping the heating on is one way to prevent unnecessary breakdown costs. Because getting a furnace up to speed takes lots of power, it puts a strain on the inner workings. Over time, the pressure will be too much and the boiler will stop working, and it will happen quicker than usual. Using the central heating regularly allows you to regulate the boiler’s health so that it doesn’t go bump in the night.
Broken furnaces can give off toxic substances which are bad for your health. If this is the case, make sure you replace it straight away and contact an expert. However, carbon monoxide is just one of the health issues to consider. Mold, a gross, green substance, thrives in wetconditions. And, once it starts to grow, it’s very difficult to fight. A house which is perpetually warm and aerated won’t have any mold issues because the environment will be inhospitable.
Switching off the heating may seem like a great idea yet it can cause a host of problems.