Win a family ticket to Marwell Zoo with Roost Heating!

 

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With the summer holidays looming we would like to give one lucky family* the chance to have a day at Marwell Zoological Park.

All you have to do is 'like' our Roost Heating Facebook page (if you don't already), share this post and tag a friend in the comments to let them know that they can enter too. We'll then enter your name into our draw and pick a winner out at random.

The competition will end at 10pm on Sunday 29th July and we will announce the winner (and contact you if it's you!) the following day.

The prize consists of one family ticket to Marwell Zoo in Winchester. It will admit up to 2 adults and 2 children. No additional costs will be covered. Entry is as per Marwell general opening times and in accordance with their T&Cs.

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Recommend Roost Heating to a Friend - and get great rewards!

 
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At Roost Heating we love it when our customers are so happy with the service they receive from us, that they tell all their friends.

In fact, we appreciate it so much that we'd like to make sure that whenever we do work for a new customer who heard about us from a friend, we reward the person who kindly recommended us.

So:

- If you recommend Roost Heating to somebody and they use us for some general heating and plumbing work, we'll reward you with 25% OFF your next boiler service.

- If you recommend Roost Heating to somebody and they use us to supply and install a new boiler, we'll reward you with a £25 'Love to Shop' voucher (which you can spend at lots of shops and restaurants).

 

All you need to do is either ask your friend to mention the recommendation when they make a booking with us, or drop us a line yourself to tell us that you recommended them.

We'll then either make a note that you're due a 25% discount on your next service (please mention this when you book) or send you your voucher, with our hearty thanks and a big thumbs up.

 

T and Cs apply: This offer applies to recommendations to new customers only (and only one recommendation reward will be given per customer). Recommendation must result in Roost Heating carrying out work, and reward will only be given once the work is completed and paid for. Please mention that you're due a 'Recommend a Friend' discount when you book your boiler service. Offer is subject to availability and at the discretion of Roost Heating.

Tareq’s Tips #6 Saving water in the Summertime…

 
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This beautiful weather is perfect for BBQ’s, beach trips and a general feeling of holiday-inspired happiness.

The down side is that there’s been so little rain of late that there are already the rumblings of a possible impending hosepipe ban. We each use, on average, a whopping 150 litres of water EVERY DAY to wash, cook and clean.

 
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Being a little more economical about our water usage is important because, although we’re not likely to run out entirely any time soon because of our temperate climate, generating clean water is a costly business. Maintaining the water levels in our reservoirs throughout the year is important for us, because we’re used to the convenience of a constant supply of water and effective plumbing, and it’s important to the wild inhabitants of the country because they need these habitats to survive. 

With the introduction of more and more water meters as standard, most people can benefit by using some simple water saving tips.

These may not all be relevant or practical for everyone but just picking a few to implement into your home could make all the difference to your conscience - and your household bills.

In reality, we’re all guilty of being a little ‘laid back’ about our water usage so now’s as good a time as any for some ‘Tareq’s Tips’ on saving water in your home, day to day.

For starters - top tips for saving water in your bathroom:

Installing a water saving shower head and ultra-low-flush-toilet means you’re instantly using significantly less water. Every minute spent in a power shower uses up to 17 litres of water and the average household flushes the loo 5000 times a year. A low-flush toilet uses only 4-6 litres of water each flush compared to 13 litres in an old style loo and if you can’t stretch to a new toilet, you could opt for a cheap and effective cistern bag.

Taking slightly shorter showers makes a huge difference too. 1 minute less can save up to 7 litres of water (and that saves the energy used to heat it too).

It sounds simple but switching the shower off whilst you’re lathering up or shaving your legs can make a difference, and not leaving the water running for ages before you get into the shower helps too. If your bathroom is freezing cold, or your hot water is unreliable and requires boosting then get in touch with us. You may benefit from a new bathroom radiator or an improved central heating system so you can save energy and reduce water waste.

Lots of people are still guilty of leaving the taps running whilst brushing teeth (this can waste 6 litres of water a minute), or using the toilet as a waste paper basket. It only takes 7 days to break a habit (apparently!) so just sticking up a temporary post-it in the bathroom to remind the family could quickly make the step-change.

When it comes to plumbing, leaky taps, pipes and toilets can be easily resolved and will mean you avoid damage and water wastage, so have a quick check around - or give the Roost Heating team a call if you have concerns.

In the kitchen - here are some simple things you could consider to save water:

Keeping a jug of cold water in the fridge means an end to running the tap to get the water nice and cold for a drink.

Using a washing up bowl rather than just the sink to wash veg, salad or dishes means you can put the left-over water on your plants rather than down the drain.

If you fill the dishwasher up efficiently every time, you use less water than you would washing up. A good excuse not to wash up - but make sure everyone in the family knows how to stack it full!

You don’t need to rinse dirty dishes before they go into the dishwasher  - just scrape off the debris before loading and make sure you clear the dishwasher filter regularly.

Maintaining the garden in the hot weather uses loads of water, but this can be minimised if you follow these water saving tips:

Water outdoor plants in the early morning or at the end of the day to stop water immediately evaporating in sunlight and heat. Water the soil so that the liquid goes straight to the roots, where it’s needed.

Mulching your plants with bark chippings or straw can help reduce evaporation and cut down on watering requirements.

Installing a water butt can save up to 5000 litres of water a year (and rainwater is better for your plants than tap water). Using a watering can rather than a hose may be more intensive but it cuts water use by at least 33% (and does wonders for your arm muscles).

At Roost Heating, we aim to work as sustainably as possible and provide the most efficient and environment-attuned heating systems that we possibly can.

We’re always full of bright ideas about how you can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of your home heating and plumbing systems and if you’re interested in alternative energy solutions like solar panels, ground source heating or air source heating, we can design, install and maintain them for you.

As well as implementing water saving techniques into your every day life, using smart systems like the Nest Thermostat or Worcester Wave can significantly improve your sustainability credentials. These nifty devices can learn about your energy usage and heating requirements and optimise the running of your home systems so that you use less energy overall but can always come home to a cosy home and a hot shower. 

If you’d like to find out about more about improving the efficiency or sustainability of your home heating or plumbing, why not get in touch?

 

A little bit of boiler chat - and some tips on gas safety.

 
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Boilers are often unappreciated, but in reality they’re heating heroes…

Your boiler may just look like a box, hanging around on your wall or lurking, hidden away in a cupboard, but have you ever taken a moment to appreciate what that box does?... 

It works hard every day to bring together gas, electricity and water, heating up the water for your taps and your central heating system. It heats up, cools down, pumps and makes sure your home is warm and comfortable. And that level of dedication is not to be sniffed at.

Knowing how hard your boiler works, you really need to make sure you are looking after it. It’s really important to make sure you have an annual Boiler Service carried out. 

Not only is an annual service important from a safety perspective, it can also make all the difference in terms of reliability, efficiency and the size of your household bills. Getting your boiler serviced could also prevent unnecessary boiler repairs or replacement further down the line too.  It’s important to note that if your boiler is still under warranty or guarantee, having an annual service is actually one of the conditions you have to comply with for the guarantee to stand.

If you are a Landlord, an annual service/gas safety check is a legal requirement for all of your properties. The law also requires that all servicing and gas safety checks are made by a Gas Safe registered Engineer.

 
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A Boiler Service isn’t just a quick check under the cover…

During your boiler service,  you can expect the Engineer to do the following: 

  • Remove the boiler casing and examine the components
  • Check the gas pressure and flow is correct
  • Use a flue gas analyser to make sure the boiler is burning the right mixture
  • of gas and air, and that the exhaust gases are correct and safe
  • Check that all the electrical connections are clean and in good condition
  • Check the fans and other key components are working efficiently
  • Check that seals are intact
  • See that the electrodes are in a good condition
  • Check the safety devices 
  • Check the condensate trap and pipe is not blocked
  • Check over all the water and gas pipework
  • Check that your Boiler is working safely and efficiently overall.

Phew.

 
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There are some basic rules about boiler positioning that should be followed too…

If your boiler has been installed in a cupboard, you'll need to adhere to the manufacturer's recommended clearances so it can work safely and be accessed easily for a Boiler Service. Air vents, grilles and flues must be kept free from blockages. If you have a very old boiler and are concerned about its positioning, we can advise.

If you have concerns about your boiler performance or gas safety, it’s best to act swiftly…

If you feel your Boiler is not running correctly do not be tempted to remove the case. Only a Gas Safe registered engineer is legally qualified to remove a Boiler casing. If you think there might be a problem with your boiler, you’ll need to call a Gas Safe registered Engineer. It’s easy to forget that gas can be extremely dangerous and leaks can lead to fires, explosions and Carbon Monoxide poisoning. 

Roost Heating engineers are all Gas Safe Registered and we cover the Hampshire area, centralised around Winchester, Eastleigh, Romsey, Southampton, Bishops Waltham, Hedge End and Locks Heath. 

 
 

Summer is the perfect time to get your boiler serviced (whether it’s a regular, combi or system boiler) and Roost Heating is currently offering a whopping 30% discount on Boiler Services, which brings the price down to just £49. (Offer valid until 31st August 2018). 

£49 for an annual service is not only a great deal but it helps keep your family safe, and could prevent you having to pay out for a costly boiler repairs or replacement. Book yours now by dropping us a line, or giving us a call.

Oh - one more thing - maybe give your boiler a quick pat next time you're passing. Just so it knows you appreciate it.

A note about tent safety and carbon monoxide...

 
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With the camping and festival season in full swing, this seems a good moment to mention tent safety. Carbon monoxide doesn’t just leak from boilers and gas appliances - it's also produced by gas and charcoal barbecues which means tents and BBQs just don't mix.

It sounds obvious, but the key thing is just never to be tempted to put a BBQ in your tent. Even if it's pouring down with rain, freezing cold or your tent is as big as a house, bringing your BBQ in, even for just a short while, is not safe.

It's not only the fact that it's a potential fire hazard,  the danger arises as barbecues have no way of venting the fumes and smoke, so the carbon monoxide collects inside the tent.

Alarmingly, research shows that 1 in 5 people are unaware that putting a BBQ in your tent is dangerous, and that's why we thought it was worth mentioning.

Happy camping, from the Roost Heating Team.

Get up to speed with Gas Safety...

 
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Gas Safety can be easily overlooked and Carbon Monoxide can be dangerous. 

It's important to take responsibility for your Gas Safety so you can rest assured that you're not at risk of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Whether you're a homeowner, landlord or tenant, making sure you have an ongoing plan in place to check your boiler is working safely is well worth the effort.

Landlords

New regulations were introduced in April 2018 and it's important to know your gas safety obligations so you can protect your tenants. Landlords can now arrange for Gas Safety checks to be carried out any time from 10-12 calendar months after a previous check, whilst still preserving the original check expiry date. This means that whether a check is carried out less than 10 months or more than 12 months later, it will essentially 'reset the clock' and the new deadline will still be 12 months on - which increases flexibility for Landlords.

Tenants

It is your Landlord's responsibility to provide you with an annual Gas Safety Certificate so if you haven't seen one, best to ask them about it so you can check you're safe from Carbon Monoxide leaks.

Homeowners

Having your boiler serviced means that it will be checked for gas safety. Regular boiler services mean that you can ensure your boiler is running safely, efficiently and effectively. It's a great time to book a Roost Heating Boiler Service because we're currently offering 30% OFF! Find out more here.

Book a Gas Safety check or Boiler Service with Roost Heating...

Just get in touch with Roost Heating if you're a Landlord needing Gas Safety checks or a Homeowner wanting a Boiler Service. Our expert team of Gas Safe Heating Engineers will work swiftly and tidily and leave you feeling confident that your heating system won't be causing you any headaches for another year.

 

Save 30% on Boiler Servicing with Roost Heating *NOW*

 
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We'll service your boiler for just £49 (inc vat) if you book a service before 30.08.18!

 

NOW is the perfect time to book a Boiler Service!

Roost Heating is offering a mighty 30% OFF Boiler Servicing - until August 31st.

With summer beckoning, temperatures soaring and these lovely, light evenings - heating is not the first thing on our minds. In fact - let's face it, it's a bit of a relief to be free from worrying about boilers and heating bills for a little while.

...But at Roost Heating, we say that now is a good time to think about heating!

Just for a few moments, we'd like you to think about your boiler (and then you can go back to day dreaming about your holidays).

We think that now is the perfect time to get your boiler checked and serviced so it'll be running smoothly and safely once the Summer is over. It's also the perfect time because being ahead of the game means you can save money!

 
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Get in touch via our online form by clicking the button (or give us a call on 01962 217917) and we'll service your boiler at a time to suit. A boiler service record certificate will be emailed to you on completion too.

We're usually very competitively priced but this Boiler Service offer makes us better value than ever - just £49 for a full Boiler Service! (Usual price £70).

When you choose Roost Heating, you can rest assured that all of our engineers are:

  • Qualified and certified Gas Safe
  • DRB checked and carrying Gas Safe ID cards
  • Trained with Worcester Bosch, Vaillant, Viessmann, Ideal, Baxi Potterton and experienced with all other brands
  • Equipped with tablets and the latest gas engineer software.

So go on, drop us a line now and make the most of this excellent offer. Then you can stop thinking about boilers - and get back to thinking about beaches and BBQs.

T&Cs apply. Offer applies to all boilers excluding 'back boilers'. Subject to availability. Offer ends 31st August 2018. Repairs & parts will be charged in addition.

Roost Heating's 'Ride for Mind' was a resounding success!

 
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Our 50 mile bike ride around the Roost Heating region all went according to plan - and we smashed our fundraising target - thanks to all the support from our brilliant customers!

The sun shone for us and we toured Eastleigh, Colden Common, Winchester, Twyford, Hedge End and Southampton on our epic ride, all togged up in our Roost Heating t.shirts. With plenty of boiler services on the way to add an extra challenge, we completed the challenge in 4 and a half hours with an average speed of 11.1mph. 

Total raised so far is nearly £1500 and that's going to be a super-useful chunk of cash for our friends at Mind Solent.

Find out more from our Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roostcycle4mind

Here's a little video to show some of the highlights from the ride:

 
 

Roost Heating is raising money for Mind Solent...

 
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On Saturday the 19th May, the Roost Heating Team will be manically cycling 50 miles around the Roost region, servicing some boilers along the way, and raising much needed funds and awareness for Solent Mind

Find out more:
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None of us will be mistaken for Bradley Wiggins as we cycle through the Roost Heating Region but we will be pedalling hard and servicing some boilers along the way. As well as raising money through sponsorship, we'll be donating the money from the boiler services we carry out en-route to Solent Mind, so hopefully we'll end up with a tidy sum that will make a real difference.

We'd love it if you could spare a few quid to sponsor us. The work Solent Mind does is fantastic and you really don't know when you or someone in your family or friendship group might need their help.

 

Please head to our Just Giving Page to sponsor us...  https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/roostcycle4mind

or text ROOS75 and the amount you'd like to donate to 70070

Thanks a million, The Roost Team.

Wondering about Underfloor Heating? Read our guide...

 
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Underfloor heating is well worth considering if you’re planning a new kitchen or bathroom, you’ve just moved into a new house, your current heating system is below par or you’re feeling thoroughly fed up of cold toes in the morning. 

As a home heating solution, Underfloor Heating is becoming increasingly popular and as such, more and more cost effective. At Roost Heating, we’re fully qualified installers of Underfloor Heating and can advise and design the best underfloor heating system for your home.

At Roost Heating, we recommend the 'wet' system of Underfloor Heating (Hydronic Underfloor Heating) which pumps warm water through a system of pipes under your floor. Heat rises up evenly and constantly from the underfloor heating system and then heats the room.

If you’re wondering about the benefits of opting for Underfloor Heating, we’ve come up with a handy summary list. If you read these and are interested in finding out more, or you’d like a quote, just get in touch with the Roost Heating team.

Underfloor Heating is efficient and effective

When radiators heat up, they heat just the air around them initially and it can take a while for the heat to spread. Underfloor heating heats the whole floor evenly and the heat radiates steadily throughout the room which means the optimum room temperature is reached much more quickly.

Underfloor Heating can save on heating costs

Underfloor Heating does not have to heat up to very high temperatures to keep you warm, which means that it doesn’t use as much energy as you might think.  Because your house will be heated more effectively than conventional heating, there is potential to save up to 15% on your heating bills ongoing. 

Underfloor Heating is  seriously low maintenance

Once laid correctly• by a qualified Underfloor Heating installer like Roost Heating, your underfloor heating can last a lifetime. It doesn’t need regular maintenance or ongoing checks either.

Underfloor Heating doesn’t make your rooms stuffy

Evenly heating the air (as Underfloor Heating does) means that you don’t get patches of overheated air which result in a stuffy feeling space. Radiators can sometimes gather and circulate dust (not great for allergy sufferers in particular) but this is not a problem if you choose Underfloor Heating. Whilst on the subject of allergens, dust mites hate the warm, dry conditions delivered with Underfloor Heating so that’s another common problem avoided.

Radiators can get in the way

If you’re aiming for a clutter free, minimalist home style then sometimes even the slimmest, most fashion forward radiators can get in the way. Getting a compromise between the best position for radiators and a great looking room layout can be tricky and the physical space radiators take up can reduce the overall usable space in your room too. Not a problem with Underfloor Heating - because it’s all under the floor.

Your flooring choice is still flexible

Underfloor Heating is compatible with all kinds of flooring so you don’t have to compromise on style. Wood, laminate, tiles or carpeting can be incorporated into your plan, ensuring your room is not only toasty warm- it also has a fabulous looking floor.

Underfloor Heating is great for the little ones

As well as providing a cosy play space, Underfloor Heating means you don’t have hot radiator panels, sharp metal edges or enticing buttons for the kids to fiddle with or hurt themselves on.

Underfloor Heating can save heating costs

Underfloor Heating does not have to heat up to very high temperatures to keep you warm, which means that it doesn’t use as much energy as you might think.  Because your house will be heated more effectively than conventional heating, there is potential to save up to 15% on your heating bills ongoing. 

Underfloor Heating is  seriously low maintenance

Once laid correctly by a qualified Underfloor Heating installer like Roost Heating, your underfloor heating can last a lifetime. It doesn’t need regular maintenance or ongoing checks either.

Whether your home is open plan or you have an array of different rooms with different heating requirements, Underfloor Heating can be a simple and effective route to a warm, cosy and heat efficient home.

If you’d like to arrange a time for one of the Roost Heating Team to call in and discuss your heating requirements, you’d like to ask questions about Underfloor Heating or you’d like a no-obligation quote, just get in touch.

*If you can't believe it could possibly be that simple, watch our video here.

Tareq's Tips #5 - If you'd like to reduce your heating costs - we've got some ideas...

 
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It’s fair to say that this time of the year can be a financial minefield...

With bills from Christmas still lurking, more problems than usual with the car, the kids activities starting up again and the start of the new tax year looming, it’s all money, money money. Add to that the cost of heating your home and hot water during this chilly part of the year and it’s no wonder we can tend to feel a bit glum.

At Roost Heating, our aim is always to help customers out with cutting ongoing heating costs as much as we can. Our fully qualified, gas safe heating engineers are full of bright ideas about how you can improve your heating efficiency and save energy. Some heating system improvements like switching to solar heating or completely upgrading your heating system may be a longer term investment for you, with an initial outlay followed by longer term efficiencies, but other changes can be implemented quickly and at a very low cost, so you can start saving straight away.

Here are some plumbing and heating ideas that you can easily put into action to shave off a little bit from your household heating bills (and some  are ideas which we can help you out with too). Easily actionable, they’ll improve heating efficiency and reduce energy usage because as we all know, every little bit helps. If you’re already a moneysaving expert when it comes to your heating and hot water and these simple tips are old news, why not give us a call and we can make some suggestions for tailored energy saving next steps for your household heating system, which you can consider for the longer term? Alternatively a boiler upgrade could help make your home heating more energy efficient.

1. Pimp your radiators

If you have radiators which are fitted to outside walls, you can fix reflective tin foil onto the wall behind them to push more heat into the room. It’ll warm up more quickly and mean your radiator won’t need to work continuously , or as hard - and  that means less energy used. If you think your radiators are inefficient, consider a Roost Heating powerflush which can clear the sludge and get your radiators working more effectively. 

2. Stop the draughts

Badly fitted doors, sash windows, letterboxes and keyholes can allow gusts of wintry wind to bring the temperature down. Simple fixes like draught excluders, adhesive foam strips or fabric stuffing can make a surprising difference. Keeping internal doors closed can help too, particularly if some rooms are more draughty than others.

3. Check your insulation

Around 30% of heat loss from your home is through the roof. If you have no roof insulation, your insulation is very old or it’s not evenly distributed it could well be costing you money. Review your current insulation and add more/new insulation and it can make a significant difference to how warm your house feels and how hefty your heating bills are.

4. Consider your bath's insulation

If you’ve got a cast iron or pressed steel bath but you like a leisurely soak you might find yourself topping up with hot water rather a lot. Adding insulation underneath and around the bath will keep the water warm for longer and save energy.

5. Upgrade your thermostats to smart controls

Effective thermostats will mean your heating and hot water systems are working as efficiently as possible without you having to worry about them (or keep fiddling with them). Opt for controls with load and weather compensation features and consider smart, mobile phone linked systems like Nest or Worcester Wave which are surprisingly cost effective.

6. Switch to thermostatic taps and showers

For safety as well as hot water efficiency, it’s advisable to have thermostatic taps and showers.

7. Drop your home heating thermostat a degree or two

It sounds obvious, but lowering the setting of a room thermostat by just 1 degree Celsius can reduce fuel consumption by up to 10%. Put on an extra layer and think of the saving!

 

The above tips are easy to implement into the average home and can certainly help cut central heating and energy bills. If you do want to look at larger scale solutions to make your home heating and hot water production more efficient, more eco-friendly and more economical in the long term, get in touch with Roost Heating. Just as an example, according to recent figures from the Energy Saving Trust, adding solar water heating panels to your system will give you up to 60% of your hot water for free and our Roost Heating engineers can advise, design and install a state-of-the-art heating system to suit you - and your budget. Just get in touch to find out more.

Tareq's Tips #4. Six handy hints to help keep your house warm through a big chill…

 
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It’s looking like we’re due to see some big drops in temperature through December and there might even be a touch of the white stuff. If your house isn’t keeping you as snug as a bug in a rug, we’ve got a few ideas here for easy ways to stave off the shivers and optimise your home heating throughout the winter season.

1. Cut out drafts

There are plenty of places around the home which can really let a draft in. Adding an insulation strip around your front door for example can really cut out the cold air, as can fitting a letterbox cover and keyhole cover - all easily available from your local diy shop.

2. Get your radiators working harder

At Roost Heating, we always say that bleeding your radiators regularly is a no brainer because it will help to ensure they are working as efficiently as possible. If your radiators are old then a power flush to clear out sludge build up is also a good idea. A simple diy solution to get your radiators working even harder is to add shiny silver foil behind them so more heat is reflected out into the room. If nothing seems to kickstart them into action and they’re still failing to keep you cosy, just get in touch and we can come up with a solution.

3. Achieve the optimum home temperature 

When the temperature drops, it’s often an automatic reaction to turn up your heating thermostat. It’s the thermostat’s job to maintain a constant temperature whatever the weather so fiddling about with it won’t make you any warmer. Just set it to the desired temperature (20 degrees is the general preference) and then let it work its magic. If your thermostat’s not working properly then perhaps it’s time you opted for something a bit smarter - like a nest* thermostat? Find out more here.

4. Get your boiler checked

A cold house can often be due to a boiler that’s not behaving itself. Strange clunking noises, radiators that are gurgling and not getting hot or never enough hot water can all be signs that your heating system needs an overhaul. Best to book a boiler check which may result in a simple boiler fix - and will certainly mean you can rest assured that your boiler is safe. If you do need a brand new boiler, we can advise you on the best, most economical boiler for you and we can install it too so you’ll be toasty in no time.

5. Consider your soft furnishings

Adding blackout blinds behind your curtains, or incorporating thermal interliners within your curtains can keep drafts around windows at bay and help keep your house that bit warmer. Even with modern double glazing, windows can let heat out. Similarly wooden or tiled floors can be warmed up by adding a woolly rug - or you could consider incorporating an underfloor heating system to really heat things up.

 6. Check out your chimney

If you’ve got an open fireplace that’s purely decorative , or a chimney that you never use, it might be creating a draft or taking heat away from the room. You can buy ‘chimney balloons’ at most diy shops and quickly and easily fill the gap. Obviously not suitable if you’re planning on lighting a fire, but definitely worth investing in if you just rely on your central heating system.

When it comes to home heating, economical and efficient heating solutions and clever ways to save energy, at Roost Heating we’re full of bright ideas. For further information on new boilers, underfloor heating, smart thermostats and more - just get in touch.

*If you ‘Like’ our page on FB or ‘Follow us’ on Instagram you could be in with a chance of winning a nest thermostat plus installation! Find out more here.

Take control of your heating! WIN a Nest thermostat...

...including installation by our expert team if you live in the SO postal area - total value £279*!!

 
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The Nest thermostat is a state-of-the-art device, compatible with pretty much any standard boiler systems (apart from very old models with gravity hot water) which allows you to control your heating & hot water via your mobile - wherever you are. It also opens up a world of efficiency and cost saving. Find out more about it here then head over to our Facebook page or our Instagram page to enter our competition to win one! remember - all you need to do is ‘Like’ Roost Heating on Facebook or ‘Follow’ us on Instagram now to be in with a chance of winning this nifty device.

All you need to do is ‘Like’ us on Facebook or ‘Follow’ us on Instagram to enter - which is a win-win because it means we’ll keep you up to date with all of our offers, news and tips in return.

If you ‘Like’ us on Facebook or ‘Follow’ us on Instagram already (thanks very much!) you can just comment on one of our nest thermostat competition posts to be in with a chance of winning. If you have friends who you think might be interested in our competition - why not let them know about it too?

T&Cs apply. The winner will be selected at random from all entries received via ‘Likes’ on Facebook & ‘Follows’ on Instagram on Friday 15th Dec 2017. *Prize value is equivalent to nest thermostat plus installation by a qualified Roost Heating engineer. Free installation will only apply to residents of the SO postal area (but is available at cost for addresses further afield). Subject to availability. Offer ends 11pm on 14/12/17. 

Your Nest thermostat will be installed within 1 month of draw date (if you live in the SO postcode area) at a mutually convenient date and time (excluding 25/12/18 - 5/1/18). Winner must be willing to have their photo taken for promotion on social media.

If you’re not feeling lucky but would like us to install a nest thermostat in your home, just get in touch to book or find out more.

Tareq's Tips #3 - If your heating isn't working properly, try our troubleshooting ideas.

 
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At this time of year, when it comes to heating it’s off/on… on/off… up/down…

...and it quickly becomes apparent if your radiators aren’t getting up to temperature, if there is any air trapped in the system, if you’re not getting enough hot water or if there’s not enough pressure in your boiler. 

In order to ensure you’ll be kept cosy all winter long, you can book a boiler service from Roost Heating.

We can power flush your system to clear any sludge or you could splash out on a brand new heating system. Before that though, there are some things that you can do yourself to refresh and boost your system - and this in itself could be enough to optimise it for the winter period. Carrying out these simple tasks could kickstart your heating, save you money and even reduce your winter heating bills.

We've come up with our top troubleshooting tips for getting your winter heating up and running.

If carrying out the DIY boiler troubleshooting tips below doesn’t make any difference and your heating is still a little lacklustre, give us a call and we’ll arrange a service visit. You’ll be confident that whatever isn’t working is well worth professional investigation by our gas safe, certified team - and we’ll have your heating running effectively and efficiently in no time.

1. Re pressurise your boiler

If you have a combi or system boiler, which are both sealed systems, there is likely to be a water pressure gauge on the front. This should be at a setting of around 1 bar whilst the heating is off.

When the boiler is operating, the gauge will usually rise to 1.5 bar or more and when the system cools down again it should return to around 1 bar.

If the gauge has dropped below the 1 bar level, the water pressure will need to be topped up with mains cold water. You will only need to do this if you have a sealed system boiler. 

You’ll need to find the boiler’s filling loop, which is probably at the bottom of the unit (it’s basically a loop of pipe with a valve at each end - like a silver hosepipe, but sometimes it;'s integrated into the underneath of the boiler).

Make sure the boiler is turned OFF and the ends of the hose are attached to the valves.

Open the valves and you should be able to hear water filling up the system.

Watch the pressure indicator on the boiler until it reaches 1 bar, then close the valves and switch the boiler back on.

If your boiler pressure is too high, you can find more information here, or if your boiler pressure is still too low, you can find more information here

For filling Worcester Bosch boilers with an integrated filling loop see the following guide:

https://www.worcester-bosch.co.uk/files/news/System_filling_guide.pdf

2. Reset your boiler

Refer to the boiler’s manual to find the reset button and press and hold it for 10 seconds. After a few minutes, the boiler should start working again.

Attempt it a second time if the initial reset doesn’t work. If it's still not working give us a call.

3. Bleed your radiators

With the heating turned on, check the radiators to assess which ones aren’t warm.

Once you’ve identified the ones which need attention, turn off the central heating. Once cool, use a radiator key and attach it to the radiator’s valve.

With a cloth in your hand (to catch water once all of the air is out), slowly turn the key anti-clockwise. If you can hear a hissing sound it means that there is air escaping.

Once all of the air has escaped, the valve needs to be closed again. If you have a sealed system you may need to top up the pressure again. You can find more information about bleeding your radiators here

4. Change thermostat batteries

If you have a digital thermostat, flat batteries can cause heating to fail.

Remove the thermostat housing from the wall mount and turn it over to find the battery removal slots. Take out the old batteries and replace them with new ones.

Most thermostats will require 2 X AA or 2 X AAA batteries.

Fix the thermostat housing back onto the wall mount.

It may take a few days for low battery warning sign to disappear from the monitor. 

If you need further advice about your boiler or heating system , or you want to book a boiler service, boiler replacement or emergency repair - just give us a call.

Tareq's Tips #2 - It’s best to get your heating sorted before the cold weather kicks in.

 
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As the summer transforms into September and the nights start drawing in, it’s a good moment to make sure your heating system is in tip-top working order - all ready for when you really need it. It’s not a problem during the sultry summer months if your hot water is a little tepid or your radiators never seem to heat up but once it gets a bit frosty you’ll be wanting a hot bath and a warm house.

Winter fuel bills can really rack up quickly so ensuring your heating system is running as efficiently as possible will mean that it’s also as economical as possible. If your boiler hasn’t had much attention lately, a service will ensure it’s safe too.

There are some particular things which can indicate that your boiler is on the blink:

- Your water is often not hot enough

- Your fuel bills are going up

- Your boiler is making strange noises

Sound familiar? Why not get in touch to discuss the best course of action or take a look at our current boiler recommendations and prices here.

If there are flow blockages in your heating system caused by scale or sludge then you may hear all sorts of strange clunks coming from your boiler. Whistling or gurgling can indicate trapped air or a blockage. There are some simple troubleshooting techniques to try, or it may be a case of booking a powerflush for your heating system which should get your radiators running more effectively too.

We can check your boiler to ensure it’s working efficiently, resolve boiler function problems or highlight potential issues. If your boiler has reached the end of its working life, we can recommend the best boiler for you and get it up and running in no time. 

At Roost Heating, we offer very competitive rates on boiler installation and are accredited Gas Safe, Worcester Bosch installers. Get in touch to find out about boiler servicing, buying a new boiler, power flushing your heating system or upgrading your radiators.

Once you’ve got your heating system checked, serviced, fixed or upgraded you can enjoy having cosy toes and nice hot showers all winter long. Fancy that? Get in touch with RoostHeating today.

(PS. Now is also a good time to check your Carbon Monoxide alarms. We’d recommend having one in any room with a gas, oil, wood or solid fuel burning appliance in it.)

Tareq's Tips #1 - Going on Holiday? Don't forget to switch off your water at the mains.

 
 

If you’re jetting off on holiday to somewhere sunny (or just popping to a campsite up the road) but you don’t want to come home to a nasty, soggy surprise - it’s advisable to turn your mains water off to the house before you head out of the door.

Burst pipes, slow leaks or flooding can be stressful and expensive, particularly if they’re left for any length of time so it makes sense to prevent them happening by switching off your mains water before you go away.

It may however be the case that for you, this is easier said than done.  Traditional brass stopcock water taps are often tucked away in the most inaccessible places. Difficult to locate and often hard to turn so sometimes it’s not possible to access them or adjust them, or it just seems to be an extra hassle that you don’t have time for as you dash out of the door. 

At Roost Heating, if your stopcock is stiff or inaccessible, we recommend fitting a modern and convenient new Stopcock which means it’ll be simple for you to switch your water on and off ongoing. Whether you’re going away but you still need the neighbours to do the watering or you suddenly have a leaky pipe or burst pipe and want to stop your water supply as quickly as possible, a Surestop Stopcock will enable you to switch off your water at the touch of a button. Find out more here: http://www.surestop.co.uk/owners/

We can install a brand new Stopcock for you and ensure you’re confident to use it too.

Just drop us a line to find out more or to book. Then you can head off on your holidays with one less thing to worry about.

Extended offer. Roost Heating Boiler Promotion - *20% OFF* now until the end of August.

Great news! We've just received our Worcester Bosch installer accreditation, so to celebrate we're extending our July 20% OFF Worcester Bosch Boilers offer until the end of August! 

August is the perfect time to consider whether your boiler needs replacing.  If it does, there's still time to get it installed and running before the Autumn chill kicks in and you really need your heating.

If you get your boiler sorted now, you can also save money.

We're currently offering new Worcester Combi boilers from £1500*, which gives you an excellent 20% discount.

Not only does this give you a brand new boiler, carefully and safely installed at a great price, it also includes a Worcester Wave Smart Thermostat so you can control your heating from your mobile and save money on your ongoing heating bills. We'll include a FREE powerflush too (normally £500) so your whole heating system is as clean and efficient as possible.

Whichever type of boiler you need (including system or regular boilers) you can still take advantage of our '20% OFF Worcester Bosch' boiler discount offer. Just take a look at the prices & models listed below for details.

This offer won't last forever (in fact, just until the end of August 2017).

Call us now on 01962 217 917 or email hello@RoostHeating.co.uk to find out more about the best new boiler for you, or to book an installation. 


Combi
25i £2,017.00
30i £2,109.40
25Si £2,122.60
30Si £2,254.60
28 CDi Compact £2,175.40
32 CDi Compact £2,307.40
36 CDi Compact £2,439.40
29 CDi £2,175.40
34 CDi £2,307.40
38 CDi £2,439.40
42 CDi £2,703.40

Worcester Greenstar Combi boiler offer includes:
7 year guarantee
Boiler
Flue
Worcester Filter 22mm to protect central heating heat exchanger
Worcester Wave smart internet connected controller
Scale conditioner to protect hot water heat exchanger
All pipe and fittings
Powerflush inc cleaning chemicals
Heating system corrosion inhibitor
Registration of guarantee with Worcester Bosch
Registration with building control via Gas Safe

Regular
12ri £1,500.00
15ri £1,539.60
18ri £1,592.40
24ri £1,671.60
27ri Compact £1,777.20
30ri Compact £1,830.00
30 CDi £1,909.20
40 CDi £2,358.00

Worcester Greenstar regular (heat only) boiler offer includes:
6 year guarantee
Boiler
Flue
Worcester Filter 22mm to protect central heating heat exchanger
All pipe and fittings required
Hot flush inc cleaning chemicals
Inhibitor
Registration of guarantee with Worcester Bosch
Registration with building control via Gas Safe

System
9i £1,650.00
12i £1,676.40
15i £1,729.20
18i £1,782.00
21i £1,821.60
24i £1,848.00
27i Compact £1,861.20
30i Compact £1,914.00
30 CDi Classic £1,953.60
35 CDi Classic £2,098.80

Worcester Greenstar System boiler offer includes:
6 year guarantee
Boiler
Flue
Worcester Filter 22mm to protect central heating heat exchanger
All pipe and fittings
Hot flush inc cleaning chemicals
Inhibitor
Registration of guarantee with Worcester Bosch
Registration with building control via Gas Safe

*Terms:
Straight swap boiler offer, existing condensing boiler exchanged for new condensing boiler using the same flue hole.
Boiler located on external wall with standard horizontal flue.
Location to be within 15 miles of SO53.

Extras:
Filling loop if required £10.99
Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV) cost per radiator £24.95
TRV and lockshield cost per radiator £34.95

 

Roost Heating Boiler Promotion - *20% OFF* until the end of July.

 
 

20% OFF Worcester Bosch Boilers, installation and Worcester Wave smart controllers. Plus FREE powerflush.

At Roost Heating, we like an excuse to offer a even-better deal than usual so we’re embracing the fact it’s now the Chinese year of our namesake (the Rooster) and offering new Worcester Combi boilers from £1500 - that's a hefty 20% discount - because that’s the kind of nice guys we are.

This excellent deal not only gives you a brand new boiler at a great price, it also includes a Worcester Wave Smart Thermostat so you'll have complete control over your heating.

If you take up our 'Year of the Rooster' offer - we'll even include a FREE powerflush (normally £500) for your heating system so it's as squeaky clean as possible.

Our 20% discount offer isn't just applicable to the Worcester 12 Ri Combi boiler - we can supply other boiler models too (including system and regular boilers) with an equivalent saving. Take a look at the prices below:

Combi
25i £2,017.00
30i £2,109.40
25Si £2,122.60
30Si £2,254.60
28 CDi Compact £2,175.40
32 CDi Compact £2,307.40
36 CDi Compact £2,439.40
29 CDi £2,175.40
34 CDi £2,307.40
38 CDi £2,439.40
42 CDi £2,703.40
Regular
12ri £1,500.00
15ri £1,539.60
18ri £1,592.40
24ri £1,671.60
27ri Compact £1,777.20
30ri Compact £1,830.00
30 CDi £1,909.20
40 CDi £2,358.00
System
9i £1,650.00
12i £1,676.40
15i £1,729.20
18i £1,782.00
21i £1,821.60
24i £1,848.00
27i Compact £1,861.20
30i Compact £1,914.00
30 CDi Classic £1,953.60
35 CDi Classic £2,098.80

Sounds good huh?

Our 'Year of the Rooster' offer only lasts until the 31st of July 2017, so don't leave it too long. Give us a call on 01962 217 917 or email hello@RoostHeating.co.uk to book your new boiler installation or find out more.

Worcester Greenstar Combi boiler offer
Includes:
7 year guarantee
Boiler
Flue
Worcester Filter 22mm to protect central heating heat exchanger
Worcester Wave smart internet connected controller
Scale conditioner to protect hot water heat exchanger
All pipe and fittings
Powerflush inc cleaning chemicals
Heating system corrosion inhibitor
Registration of guarantee with Worcester Bosch
Registration with building control via Gas Safe

Worcester Greenstar System boiler offer
Includes:
6 year guarantee
Boiler
Flue
Worcester Filter 22mm to protect central heating heat exchanger
All pipe and fittings
Hot flush inc cleaning chemicals
Inhibitor
Registration of guarantee with Worcester Bosch
Registration with building control via Gas Safe

Worcester Greenstar regular (heat only) boiler offer
Includes:
6 year guarantee
Boiler
Flue
Worcester Filter 22mm to protect central heating heat exchanger
All pipe and fittings required
Hot flush inc cleaning chemicals
Inhibitor
Registration of guarantee with Worcester Bosch
Registration with building control via Gas Safe

Terms:
Straight swap boiler offer, existing condensing boiler exchanged for new condensing boiler using the same flue hole.
Boiler located on external wall with standard horizontal flue.
Location to be within 15 miles of SO53.

Extras:
Filling loop if required £10.99
Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV) cost per radiator £24.95
TRV and lockshield cost per radiator £34.95