Home Advice

In this section you'll find some helpful hints on how to keep your home in order all year round, what to do if you think your home may have asbestos as well as a link to some practical videos. We also have a rolling schedule of planned maintenance.  For more information please click here https://www.housingsolutions.co.uk/rent-and-repairs/home-advice/planned-maintenance/


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How do I get the best out of my storage heaters?

Storage heaters are designed to heat up at night when electricity is cheaper and then release the heat gradually during the day. Here are a few helpful tips to help you get the best out of your storage heaters:

  • Keep the grills on your storage heaters closed at night to save as much heat as possible. 
  • When you want to release more heat, open the grills and adjust them to suit your needs. 
  • Avoid using your immersion switch (for extra hot water) as this uses more electricity so it will increase your electricity bills.

What temperature should I set my thermostat?

We recommend 20*c. Even turning thermostat down 1*c from normal will save money over a year.

What temperature should the boiler flow temperature be?

You can reduce it to 60-65*c to save money over the year.

Should I bleed my radiators?

Yes, this will help your heating system to work more efficiently.

Should I set my programmer?

Yes, setting a timer for heating and hot water will save money.

Should I leave radiators on in unused rooms?

It's a good idea to keep the radiator valve on low to help prevent condensation and damp.

Does furniture in front of a radiator affect heating?

Yes! Leave space around radiators and tuck curtains behind them to allow heat to circulate.

How can I reduce the use of hot water?

Showering is more cost effective than having baths.