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Less than half of Irish households get their home heating serviced every year.

Oil is the most prominent home heating fuel in Ireland, particularly in rural areas, with over 700,000 homes using it as their main heating source.

Research from the Oil Firing Technical Association (OFTEC) Ireland has revealed that less than half of Irish households get their home heating serviced every year.

And around 1 in 10 claim to only get their heating checked when there’s an issue.

The survey, conducted by Empathy Research on behalf of OFTEC Ireland from 1,014 Irish respondents in December 2017, found that only 9% prioritise heating in the home, with other tasks like banking options and insurance policies taking the lead.

Oil is the most prominent home heating fuel in Ireland, particularly in rural areas, with over 700,000 homes using it as their main heating source.

  1. Turn the dial – Lowering your thermostat by just 1ºC will knock 10% off your heating bill.
  2. Switch to energy saving light bulbs – Consider switching to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) as they use a fraction of the electricity an ordinary light bulb would use and last up to 10 times longer.
  3. Be water efficient – be careful with your cuppas, only fill the kettle as much as you need.
  4. Switching to a condensing boiler – Typically operating at around 18% more efficiency, homeowners could potentially save hundreds of euros a year.
  5. Switch to energy saving light bulbs – Consider switching to compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) as they use a fraction of the electricity an ordinary light bulb would use and last up to 10 times longer.

Commenting on the recent findings, Consumer Expert Sinead Ryan emphasised how many households are unaware of the increased efficiency of a properly serviced boiler, as well as the decrease in annual fuel bills that come with it.

She said: “It’s not just the increased efficiency associated with regular boiler servicing; it’s also a safety issue.

“Taking the simple and inexpensive precaution of getting an annual service should be part of every household’s admin list.”

Although a ‘membership of a professional registration scheme’ was deemed the most important for Irish households when choosing to service their heating equipment, just under half didn’t previously recall receiving a report of the work done.

Sinead Ryan added: “Before you invite a technician to start work on your home, it is so important to check they are certified, qualified and can undertake the job safely – you need to know your home is in good hands.

“Less than half of those surveyed who had recently had their appliances serviced couldn’t recall receiving a report for the work done; this should not be the case.

“Households need to be careful, I would encourage people to really commit to a certified annual service and don’t let it fall off the ‘life admin’ to do list.

“Regularly servicing your boiler is just as important as regularly servicing your car.”

The findings also highlighted that the 55 to 64-year-old generation are more likely to spend money on home improvements, rather than expensive holidays or a new car.It is expected that many of this group will use grants to upgrade their oil-based heating system to ensure it runs effectively and at a reduced rate.

David Blevings, OFTEC Ireland Manager, said: “We have experienced a very cold winter this year, with low temperatures set to continue, and therefore boilers have been put under a lot of pressure over the last few months.

“Our technicians across every county of Ireland have often come across botched repair jobs and inefficient boilers which are subsequently adding to the homes running costs.

“Unfortunately, many households only get their boiler cleaned, rather than serviced. A certified service reduces fuel bills and saves money on costly call-out fees for unexpected breakdowns.

Organisations such as OFTEC exist to ensure consumers are safe, with OFTEC technicians recommended by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).

“They will issue you a CD11 report and tell you the efficiency of your boiler, and giving you peace of mind that your boiler is safe.”

To find your nearest OFTEC Registered Technician in Ireland, visit http://www.oftec.org.

Article courtesy of Irish Mirror

Verde Remediation Services is an OFTEC Registered Business and directly employs qualified OFTEC Registered Technicians. OFTEC is the is the technical body for the oil firing industry in the UK and the Republic of Ireland and its training and registration programme promotes government-recognised professional status and competency in oil fired appliance servicing and installation.

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