Winter is coming – Heating

How prepared are you?

2 October 2019

At Yarlington, your safety is our highest priority and we want to ensure that this winter you stay warm, safe and reduce the chance of any breakdowns, leaks or other issues.

We think it’s important to be prepared before it gets cold so over the next three weeks we will share top tips and advice on:

  • Heating

  • Maintaining the outside of your home

  • Condensation, damp and mould

This week, we're looking at top tips about heating.



If you are on meters for your energy supply, make sure you keep your balance topped up and check comparison sites to ensure you’re on the best tariff.

Test your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms regularly by pressing the test button.

Test and prepare your heating. How do you do that?

If you have gas central heating

  • Turn your thermostat up to max for a couple of minutes and ensure your heating kicks in

    • Check your boiler pressure – it should be between 1 and 2

    • Bleed your radiators

    • Consider putting your heating on a timer so your heating kicks in when you’re at home and if it falls below a certain temperature – the recommended setting during winter is 21 degrees

  • If you have electric heating (night storage or quantum)

    • Ensure heaters are turned on at the wall

    • Check that the settings are correct

    • Check with your energy supplier that you are on the most efficient tariff to reduce the cost

  • If you use solid fuel

    • Get your chimney swept before you start using your appliance.

If you are concerned about affording your heating bills this winter, you may be eligible for a grant to help with the costs. To find out more contact Citizens Advice or visit Gov.UK.

Over the winter months, where it is deemed an emergency for total loss of heating and hot water for vulnerable customers, we will aim to attend within 24 hours. If we are unable to fix the fault on the first visit we will supply temporary heating. Sometimes we cannot fix the fault on the first visit of specialist parts have to be ordered.