Gas boilers are a must to maintain comfortable temperatures within our home, but then again, they can prove fatal when not maintained properly. In fact, about 50 people annually are reported to die due to carbon monoxide poisoning from faulty heating devices.
To avoid fatalities, it is essential that you learn preventive measures and maintenance tips for your gas boiler. This is also to ensure that your boiler heating device is running at maximum efficiency. Here are some tips that would help you out:
- Make sure that you have your boilers regularly checked once a year by a certified professional. By making sure that your boiler gets checked regularly for maintenance purposes, you would be preventing the development of any major boiler problems. In the long run, this would help you save up on tremendous repair costs and prices and help you avoid serious inconveniences. If you rent an apartment, your landlord is responsible for having the gas boilers checked.
- Run heating at least once a month. Yes, this should happen even during the summer months. This would ensure that your gas boiler keeps on running smoothly, and also to clear out the dirt and grit that might collect on the boiler parts due to disuse.
- Install a carbon monoxide detector. As a precaution, make sure that you have a carbon monoxide detector installed near your gas boiler.
- Check on the air vents and outside flues. One thing you can always check up on is that the air vents and the outside flues of your gas boiler system are never blocked and have no signs of leaks. Also, make sure that the room where your gas boiler is in is well-ventilated.
- Apply for gas heating insurance. Make sure that you do this while your gas boiler is still in good working condition. A gas heating cover will help you whenever you need to have it repaired or replaced.
- Check out your options. There are many kinds of gas heating devices out there that could best suit your needs and preferences. For example, you could opt to have condensing boilers which are more environment-friendly than traditional gas boilers, since they have been found to be more energy-efficient and that they emit less harmful carbon dioxide. If you have little space left to spare for a gas heating device, you could choose combi boilers which take up less space (this is because they don’t need the water tank or hot water cylinder that accompanies other types of gas boilers). To help you choose, you could hire a certified installer. There are also oil boilers, with some varieties working with biodiesel to ensure less carbon dioxide emissions; electric boilers, which can be run with electricity; and even a biomass boiler, which works with wood and logs. Research online about the different reviews about the efficiency and prices of these alternatives. Also, check with your installer as to how best to maintain these types of gas heating devices.
There you have it! These are some of the ways you can maintain your gas boiler at home. Just practice these safety and maintenance tips and you will save yourself a lot of time and trouble.