For the safety of you and your family, it is advisable to fit a carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home. Just like a smoke alarm which alerts you to the presence of smoke, a carbon monoxide detector will alert you to the presence of CO.
The difference with CO is that it is invisible and has no smell or taste, so you might not realise it is there.
Smoke alarms do not detect carbon monoxide.
Ask your Gas Safe registered engineer if you are not sure which alarm to buy or how to fit it – your engineer will be able to advise you.
A carbon monoxide alarm is no substitute for correct installation and servicing of your gas appliances. Make sure you get your gas appliances checked by a Gas Safe registered engineer every year.
This article first appeared on www.GasSafeRegister.co.uk and is reproduced here with permission.
Getting your boiler/appliances serviced regularly by an approved service engineer is an essential part of your home maintenance to ensure of its safe and continued operation when you really need it. Quite often home owners forget to have the boiler serviced because it doesn't give them any trouble throughout the year and we just take it for granted. Until that is, it breaks down, normally when the weather is at its coldest and you will wish you hadn't neglected its maintenance.
Like a car your boiler has many serviceable parts, which should all work together to provide you with efficient heat to your home. Although servicing can't guarantee a trouble free year of operation, it is the best way to ensure the reliability and long life of your appliance.
We often get called to attend to properties in the autumn where a single radiator or two are not working. Quite often this is due to sticking thermostatic radiator valves. A thermostatic radiator valve has a rubber seating on a spring which gets depressed by the valve head, if this seating is left in the depressed (off) position for a prolonged period it can often become stuck in the off position resulting in the radiator not getting hot.
To prevent this from happening you can ensure that all TRV valves are left in the fully open position for the summer months when the heating is normally switched off anyway.