Turns out, that despite our bitterly slim chances of a white Christmas this 2018, many could still find themselves on the wrong side of the weather over the festive period…
As we count down the final days to Christmas, Joanna Flowers – Manchester British Gas engineer – urges residents to follow some simple tips and make sure their homes are ready for anything the weather might bring as British Gas predicts over 2,700 engineer call-outs across Manchester over the next two weeks to support problems in their home.
Here are the top tips for staying ahead of the weather this Christmas…
Recent research from British Gas suggests that a lack of knowledge could leave residents vulnerable to boiler or heating breakdowns. Although 88% of people in Manchester are comfortable sorting out a blocked Netflix or email account, setting up a new phone or re-setting the WiFi, just 16% would know what to do in the event of a frozen pipe. And let’s face it we don’t want anything stopping us cooking that Christmas turkey!
1. Deck the halls, trim the tree, bleed your radiators
This may seem obvious, but many people forget. If you haven’t used the heating for a while, air can enter the system and form bubbles at the top of your radiators, which stops them from working properly.
2. Block the breeze
Your windows and doors should seal properly but for those that don’t, there are lots of options to help keep cold air out and warm air in. Fitting draught excluders, letterbox brushes, keyhole coverings and even chimney balloons can make a real difference – just don’t forget to make way for Santa on Christmas Eve!
3. Maximise the heat
There’s nothing better than settling down with a steaming mug of hot chocolate in front of your favourite Christmas film, but before you get too comfortable, think about where your heat sources are. Putting your sofa in front of a radiator may keep the best spot in the house extra toasty, but it will absorb heat that could be warming the rest of the room.
4. Look after your boiler
A broken boiler isn’t on anyone’s list this Christmas. Stay ahead of the weather and make sure your boiler’s working properly before your guests arrive.
5. Insulate your hot water system
6. Install a carbon monoxide alarm
7. Be energy smart
Go on, get that smart meter installed – finally – and have a Merry Christmas!