OFTEC, the organisation that represents the liquid fuel heating industry in Ireland, is encouraging households in Ireland to spring into action this National Home Improvement Month.
With 4 in 10 Irish households using oil as their main heating source, homeowners are being urged to 'spring clean' their heating system to avoid missing out on potential savings to their fuel bills.
Following a cold start to the year, many homes still have their heating set to cope with freezing conditions. However, by making a few simple adjustments and routine checks, households in Ireland can reduce their energy usage and potentially enjoy cheaper fuel bills.
National Home Improvement Month calls for homeowners to love the home they live in. Recognising that the internal workings of your house help to make it a home, OFTEC has produced a ‘spring cleaning' guide which outlines the key home heating improvements to make:
- Adjust your heating timers: If you made changes to your timers over winter, it's a good idea to check the heating still only comes on when you need it to. Regularly review and adjust these settings to potentially make additional savings.
- Turn off individual radiators: Make sure you're not wasting money on heating rooms that you don't use on a regular basis. Also, check the radiator temperatures in your main rooms if these were set higher during the colder months.
- Make sure you have enough heating oil: Following heavy use over winter, check how much oil you have left in your tank and top up early to avoid any last-minute emergencies.
- Check your home insurance covers oil related incidents: Whilst oil tanks have a very strong safety record, it's important to ensure your home insurance policy covers the cost of any oil spills in the unlikely event of a leak so you don't get caught out.
- Have your boiler serviced: A certified home heating check carried out by a registered OFTEC technician can not only save you money long term, but also improve the efficiency of your home. If it is below par, upgrade to a modern condensing appliance for better comfort and cost savings.
David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager, said: "Many homeowners will be inspired by National Home Improvement Month to update their interiors. However, this is also an ideal opportunity to check if your home heating needs any improving. It's easy to forget to adjust your heating system as temperatures rise during the spring. However, this oversight could be costing you quite a bit of money.
"While homeowners can make small improvements themselves, it is always best to ensure your heating system is regularly serviced and inspected by a qualified OFTEC registered technician, creating an even better long-term home improvement."
For more information and advice, visit www.oftec.ie