IF you go away on holiday in winter, keep your heating on – albeit turned down – while you’re away. This keeps the system running efficiently and helps to prevent pipes from freezing,” says Karl Tulloch from Rightio (www.rightio.co.uk), which provides home repairs and services throughout the UK. Some boiler controls have a holiday mode, which shuts some but not all of the central heating system off.
Alternatively, you may be able to programme the heating to come on briefly twice a day; keep your normal settings, but turn down the radiator valves; or turn the heating on and off remotely when you want with a smart controller, such as Worcester’s Wave. This is an internet-connected programmable controller for central heating and hot water that can be operated using a smart phone or tablet – see worcester-bosch.co.uk/ products/boiler-controls/wave