Top tips to help you get the best out of your heating system and save money this summer.
1. Check your stock of oil – have you got any room for a summer top up? Please note we will not however fill your fuel tank completely full during hot weather as fuel must have room to expand.
2. Keep between fifteen and twenty inches of oil in the bottom – emergency deliveries are expensive and you also run the risk of disrupting the sediment that settles at the base of your tank if you refill it when it’s too low, which can clog up your supply pipe and lead to costly repairs
3. Consider your future oil requirements now, and look to buy as much as possible during the summer months when prices are often lower than in winter.
4. Ensure you order your heating oil from us as we are a NIOF Member (Northern Ireland Oil Federation) and we adhere to the NIOF Code of Practice.
5. Thompson Fuels offer monthly payment schemes, and summer is the best time to start one off. Speak to our friendly team for advice.
6. Check that your oil tank is as secure as possible against oil theft. Measures you can take include installing a tank lock, an alarm that goes off if your tank leaks, CCTV and security lights.
7. Make sure that your insurance policy covers your oil tank – most home insurance policies do not include this in the standard cover. You need to be covered for loss of fuel through theft and oil spills, and the environmental clean-up of your property and any adjacent land in the event of a leak.
8. Inspect your tank regularly and have it serviced annually by a qualified oil-fired heating engineer. If your oil tank needs replaced, again, talk to our friendly team and we can supply and install a brand new tank for you at a very competitive price.
Tips for Boiler Efficiency and Maintenance
Given the high prices of fuel, you want to make sure that your boiler is always running at its peak efficiency so that you are getting the largest return for your hard earned pennies. If your boiler is running at its best, then you will be able to heat your home without spending too much extra money in the process. Here are just a few of the best ways to make sure that your boiler is running at peak efficiency.
First of all, you need to make sure that you have reduced any excess air that may be building up during the combustion phase. When more air is used during combustion, the air will be heated and then discharged back out. This can cause some dangerous scenarios over time as well, so it is important your fuel air ratio is correct.
Second, you may want to think about installing an economiser on your boiler. This is a way to make sure that heat transfer is properly being taken care of within the boiler. The tubes can help by circulating the feed water, or by circulating the boiler water.
Safety & Efficiency
Third, you need to make sure that your boiler stays efficient, and also safe, by making sure that all scale and deposits are reduced. When these start to build up on a boiler they can lead to a reduction of the steel’s strength, overheating, and can even cause the boiler to crack. This will be taken care of by regular maintenance of your tank. If you regularly have someone out to check out your tank, then it will not be a worry.
This leads into the fourth thing you can do to increase the efficiency of your boiler, which is have it regularly maintained. Regular maintenance performed by a professional will help ensure that your boiler is safe and running at its best. A boiler engineer will come out and check all of the connections to make sure they are sealed, and all pieces to make sure that everything is working properly. Replacing anything that may be ageing on a regular basis will keep the machine working smoothly for many more years.
Finally, you need to think about reducing blow down and recovering some of the waste that occurs during this process. When the blow down is complete, boiler water is sent into the drains. During this process, steam is created from the water evaporation, and this steam causes the water to become concentrated inside of the boiler. Therefore, some water is drained, so if you can control the draining you will be ahead. You also can recover some of these wastes by utilising heat exchanger tubes, blow tanks, or other pumping solutions.