First week of October is best time to switch on heating this winter

A heating expert has told Brits to be wary of putting their thermostats high straight away this winter.

Around 2.2million homes' energy bills will increase by a whopping 6.5% from October 2022 as a result of the price cap.

Since the prices will be high, many Brits might avoid switching their heating on until they absolutely need it.

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Now Winston Davies, a heating expert and the founder of Avenue Heating, warned of the dangers of waiting too long.

He also revealed the date Brits should consider turning the heating on.

Speaking to Express, Winston said: "While we're still in high double-digits, I don't think it's necessary to have your heating on yet.

"However, that said, you should be turning your heating on once a week for half an hour.

"This is to just to keep the moving parts from seizing up when you actually need them.

"The biggest downside is people don't turn their system on all summer and then try and use it when it's cold, to find it doesn't work!

"There are ball bearings in pumps and other hydraulic components that can seize up if not used regularly."

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To avoid unnecessary heating issues, Winston said October 1 is the best time to start warming up your radiators.

He added leaving it on a low temperature of around 16 degrees for one or two hours a day is enough to "warm up" the system.

Winston said: "If you have a digital thermostat, you can select a certain temperature and leave the heating on.

"But it will only come on if the temperature goes below what it has been set to.

"This is a great way of keeping an ambient temperature on a budget."

The alternative is to set the timer to come on and off at different times of the day throughout winter.

He added another issue can be finding a heating firm to fix any potential problems caused by the long months of not being used.

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