Once you have purchased and installed your central heating system you need to look after it.
There are many products that are available to add to your system to keep it running on a regular basis, and there are others that you can install and let them do the work for you. Either way, a well looked after system will run more efficiently for you.
We have all heard the advice from the Government and environmental agents telling us to turn off lights, turn off TVs and not leaving them on standby, and turning down our washing machine temperature and room thermostats. All of these are very effective ways of saving energy which will not only help environmentally but also reduce many household bills. But what about getting your central heating system to work more efficiently?
The build up of sludge and limescale deposits in your central heating system will cause it to run less efficiently.
To stop the build up of limescale and sludge in your system - particularly in hard water areas, then you need to take a look at water treatment. Water treatment is a term used to cover many different ways of looking after your system. A wide range of water treatment products including scale reducers and inhibitors, magnetic and electronic lime fighters, sludge removers, noise reducers and anti-freeze are available. Living in the UK means that depending on whereabouts you are in the country, your water can range from hard to soft. Living in a hard water area means that you are prone to limescale - your kettle probably being the first place that you will notice limescale deposits as well as on your showerhead and taps. Limescale reduces efficiency and adds to heating bills. Just a small, thin layer of scale in your hot water cylinder can increase your fuel bills by as much as 40%. Limescale is simply calcium deposits in your system. Those who live in soft water areas need not take quite so many precautions - but it is always wise to seek advice if you are unsure.
Most water treatments act by altering the molecular structure of the water and the particles therein and changing the way it behaves. Some will change one structure for another, others remove the offending structure and another will stop them from being able to make a solid - leaving them in suspension.
There are chemical test kits which will measure the ph and chloride levels and also the iron and copper levels so that you can measure the probable corrosion potential and rate.
First, you must ensure that your system has been installed by a competent person - just knowing that you must never directly connect aluminium to copper or brass because simply by connecting different metals can start a reaction which causes corrosion. All gas connections must be made by a CORGI registered tradesperson.
It is a good idea to plan ahead, if you are having a new system installed, think which water treatment you will require as some can be fitted to your system. If you are updating your existing system you would be looking at flushing the whole system before adding any water treatment solutions.
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