OFTEC has supplied some basic Gas and Oil safety guidelines to help protect students in their search for a rented property.
Experts are warning homeowners to be more vigilant for carbon monoxide poisoning after a survey shows that 2/3 of homes do not have a carbon monoxide alarm fitted, suggesting people are not taking the threat seriously enough.
Carbon monoxide poisoning kills more than 50 people and hospitalises more 40,000 each year, so as part of Carbon Monoxide Awareness Month, Oftec are promoting the installation of Co alarms in people’s homes.
CO is produced when carbon fuels don't burn properly and any type of heating system where combustion takes place can potentially give off the odourless, colourless gas. CO poisoning can result in severe long-term health problems, or even death, with younger and older people most at risk. Key symptoms to watch out for are tiredness, dizziness and headaches.
In support of the campaign, Abbey Boilers is promoting the simple ABC safety checklist which advises households of the key steps they should take to reduce the risk:
Alarm – purchase a CO alarm (usually around £20) for every room which has a fuel burning appliance e.g. boiler, woodburner, open fire etc. It is mandatory for private landlords to provide an alarm in rented properties with a solid fuel appliance
Batteries – regularly ensure all the alarms are functional by holding the 'test' button
Check – have your boiler serviced at least one a year by an OFTEC (for oil or solid fuel) or GasSafe (for mains gas) registered technician to check it is working correctly. Abbey Boilers has both Gas Safe and OFTEC registered engineers.
If the event of a CO alarm going off, the advice is to open the windows and leave the room immediately. You should then contact OFTEC or GasSafe and, if you experience any symptoms of CO poisoning, call 999.
Malcolm Farrow, from OFTEC said: "Carbon monoxide poisoning can have a devastating impact on the lives of the people it affects so the lack of awareness is particularly worrying with many households still oblivious to the dangers. We wouldn't think twice about having smoke alarms installed and we should take the same approach with CO alarms.”
Get in touch with us at Abbey Boilers on 01403 275512 to ensure you and your family are safe and your heating system is running correctly.
An aga has been an iconic centrepiece in the British kitchen since their invention in 1922. An Aga is a cast iron cooker. Each Aga is built to order but there are staple elements in any Aga. These include the simmering oven, roasting oven and at least one hot plate.
You can buy Electric, Gas and oil Agas, but Agas don't come cheap so is it worth it?
1. Food Just tastes better.
The cast Iron nature of the aga means it uses radiant heat compared to the drying heat of an ordinary fan oven. The radiant heat ensures plenty of delicious moist roasts and solidarity with the forgetful cook who leaves things in the oven a little too long.
Agas were originally designed to never be turned off so they could warm old farmhouses. This means there is seldom reason to have both the radiators and the aga on at the same time, especially with modern housing insulation.
This constant heat could be problematic in the past but now with the new generation Agas you are able to pick and chose which ovens you have on, and when.
Whilst Agas are still a main feature in quintessentially British kitchens, due to the Aga's flexibility in colours and size they can suit any style of kitchen.
Agas come in a variety of colours from duck egg blue to heather and sizes from the small Aga Module to the 5 oven Aga.
4. It is multiple appliances in one
The aga has different ovens and hot plates at different temperatures making it a good all-round kitchen appliance. It can take the job of a toaster, a slow cooker and a rice maker among other things.
you can also use the floor of the roasting plate as a pizza stone, the simmering over as a rice cooker, the hot plates as a toastie maker and you can even make fried eggs, pancakes and drop scones directly on to the hot plate.
5. Made in the UK.
Agas have been made in Shropshire since 1940s with generations of families working side by side in the factory. Unfortunately, the Coalbrookdale foundry closed in November 2017
6. Long lasting
Agas are well documented for their longevity. The average lifespan of the aga is nearly 40 years, much longer than an ordinary oven. This is due to the quality of the materials used in an aga. the cast iron casing and enamel finish are built to last.
Aga ran a competition recently to find the oldest working Aga in England. The award went to the Hett family in Sussex who were still using their 1932 long barrel D aga. The Hett aga has been in use for 80 years.
7. They are an investment
The City-60 Models can be bought on 0% finance, with £465 deposit meaning Agas are becoming more affordable for everyone. Furthermore, the new designs of the Aga mean they can be transported much easier so if you move house it can easily come too.
Abbey Boilers service oil, gas and LPG Agas for £87.33-£93.60 plus VATand for those of you without an Aga, yet, Abbey Boilers installs range cookers too so you can always have your deliciously cooked food. Click here for more information.
Households could be missing out on significant fuel bill savings
Apr 4 2018 3:15 PM
With the warm weather hopefully on its way, households are being urged to ‘spring clean’ their heating system to avoid missing out on significant savings.
The recent ‘Beast from the East’ double storm emphasised the importance of keeping your heating system in tip top shape. Now the weather has started to settle down, it’s a good time to check everything is working efficiently to ensure you make the most of the savings on your fuel bills during the warmer months.
In response OFTEC, which represents the oil heating industry, has issued a spring cleaning checklist to help people cut energy costs over the warmer months:
- Adjust your heating timers. Check the heating is coming on at the correct time, especially if you changed the ‘On/Off’ times to heat your home for longer during the cold weather.
- Turn off individual radiators. Ensure you aren’t wasting money heating rooms you aren’t using. Also check the radiator temperatures in your main rooms if these were set higher during the cold weather.
- Make sure you have enough heating oil. You may have used more oil than usual during the prolonged cold snap. Check how much you have left and top up early to avoid any emergency deliveries. We recommend you use an FPS fuel supplier.
- Have your boiler serviced. The sub-zero temperatures this winter mean that your boiler and heating system will have been working very hard. Have the system checked over by a GasSafe (for mains gas) or OFTEC (for oil) registered technician who will ensure it is working correctly and to maximum efficiency. Abbey Boilers do LPG, Gas and Oil annual services
Malcolm Farrow from OFTEC, said: “During the unusually cold weather many households will have ramped up the use of their heating systems and made significant adjustments to the controls to keep warm, especially if they spent more time at home due to the snow.
“It’s easy to forget about these changes and you might not even notice issues such as your heating coming on whilst you are asleep or out of the house. However, this oversight could be costing you quite a bit of money which is why we are reminding households of the benefits of making a few quick checks as part of a usual spring clean.
“Boilers should also be serviced annually by a registered GasSafe or OFTEC technician to ensure maximum efficiency and realise cost savings. This is more important than ever following the extreme cold spell we have recently seen, where many of our registered technicians were called out to fix broken down boilers that hadn’t received a recent service. Having your boiler checked by a professional can identify potential issues before they happen and help avoid facing the same difficulties next winter.”
For more information and advice, visit www.oilsave.org.uk.
Is there any point? Is it necessary? Is it worth the money? These are all common questions people ask themselves when considering getting a boiler service. Getting your boiler serviced is just one of those chores that people often put off or neglect and as a result, your boiler doesn’t get the attention it needs. But your boiler shouldn’t get overlooked and here are 7 reasons why.
1. Save money on your energy bills.
Part of a boiler service will include checking the boiler is running efficiently, which, in turn, can save you money over time.
Naturally, the model and age of a boiler are factors in its energy efficiency. However, maintaining a healthy boiler system, you are putting your boiler under less stress and so are using less energy to run, which reduces fuel costs.
2. You can catch your boiler problems early.
The adage, prevention is better, and cheaper, than cure can be applied to your boiler. Your boiler is in constant use all year round, not just in the winter. It is your boiler that allows you to have those nice warm showers. However, most people only notice a problem with their boiler in the winter when they are using it more frequently. By this time, the problem has often escalated to a more severe, and thus, more expensive problem.
3. A service is cheaper than replacing a boiler.
A service probably costs less than you think. At Abbey Boilers a service costs as little as £65.45, whereas a new boiler can run into the thousands. A boiler service is intended to keep your boiler running properly and to pick up on any minor issues. They ensure these small problems are picked up quickly before they grow into problems big enough to require a new boiler.
A well-maintained boiler should last longer than one that is not regularly services, so you are limiting the risk of prematurely needing a new boiler.
4. You can rest easy knowing your boiler is safe.
Getting a boiler service means checking your boiler is running safely. Around 4,000 people go to A&E for Carbon Monoxide poisoning every year because of leaking boilers. Carbon Monoxide poisoning is so dangerous because the symptoms are like those of common illness, including dizziness, headaches, and fatigue, so It can be hard to distinguish between the two.
Having your boiler serviced means you can relax knowing you and your family are safe from harmful fumes.
5. Keeping your warranty valid.
Most boilers only remain under their warranty if they are serviced annually. Most warranties and maintenance agreements require your boiler to be serviced every year for the above reasons. Failure to do so can result in your warranty being negated. This means that if your boiler does break down you won’t be covered, costing you a lot more money.
6. It can cut your carbon footprint.
Just like getting your boiler serviced can save you money, it can also help reduce your carbon footprint. Depending on its age, a serviced boiler will run at its optimum energy efficiency because it isn’t overcompensating for any problems the boiler may have. When a boiler is running at its peak efficiency it means it requires less energy, thus less fuel, saving both the planet and your bank balance.
7. For landlords and businesses, it is compulsory.
Every tenanted property and business must receive a gas safety certificate that needs to be renewed every year. The only way to receive the certificate is to have all the gas appliances on the property serviced properly by a gas safe engineer. This includes boilers but also other gas appliances such as gas stoves and fires. Abbey boilers offer Gas safety checks from just £65.45.
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