UK Homeowners Worried About Turning On The Heating

New research commissioned by ADEY Professional Heating Solutions has revealed that more than a half of UK homeowners are worried about turning on the heating this winter. However, only a few have taken steps to ensure their system is healthy enough to safely and cost-effectively keep the home fires burning when temperatures start to fall.

According to ADEY’s survey of 2,000 UK homeowners, the onset of winter is causing 55% of households to worry about turning up the thermostat and 41% are fearful of how much keeping warm is going to cost.

With energy costs having risen by 37% in just three years, nearly two-thirds (64%) of homeowners are concerned that they will rise again this year.

The research also predicted a later start to the traditional heating season with four out of five homeowners expecting to turn their heating on for winter between October and November. Yet, only 15% will be switching it on with confidence after having their system checked by a professional installer.

However, 38% admit they haven’t had their boiler serviced in preparation for the season’s ‘big heating switch on’, and nearly half (42%) don’t know whether their boiler’s warranty becomes invalid without an annual service.

Kelvin Stevens, Managing Director of ADEY, said, “Without regular maintenance, householders are not only leaving themselves at risk of having an unsafe, poor performing and inefficient heating system, they could be left with an invalid warranty that won’t cover costly repairs if something goes wrong.”

“Installers play an important part in helping their customers ensure they have a healthy heating system and although there’s a cost involved, preventative maintenance is in most cases far less expensive than repair and will help them save money year on year.”

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This article has been adapted from an article published in Installer Online.