Manually bleeding radiators is a messy and time consuming chore that the majority of people would prefer to avoid, but it isn’t advisable to allow the air to collect in your central heating as it will make the system much less efficient. This means that you will use more energy to heat your home than you need to, and this will also increase your heating bills.
Some of the reasons your radiators collect air:
- tap water contains about seventeen percent air by volume
- corrosion has caused gases to form inside the system
- the system may not be very well designed in the first place
- air can enter the system through tiny gaps
- air can enter the system when radiators are replaced
This means that even a good quality central heating system can allow air to collect in the radiators and bleeding is still required. You will know that your radiators need bleeding if they are becoming noisy every time the heating comes on or if they are colder at the top than at the bottom.
However, you don’t need to resign yourself to bleeding your radiators every so often for the rest of your life. Self bleeding radiator valves automatically vent the air from your radiators on an ongoing basis, helping your system to run much more efficiently without any hard work on your part. Your radiators will remain hot to top and continue to run well, as the air is dealt with as soon as it enters the system instead of building up over time.
As well as increasing the overall efficiency of your central heating system, fitting self bleeding radiator valves can also help to reduce the amount of corrosion that takes place, thereby extending the life of the parts that make up your system too.
Fitting self bleeding valves takes just a few minutes and they don’t require you to drain the water out of your system to install them. A two storey house will probably only need one valve on each floor, unless it is particularly large or you have problem radiators, so it won’t cost you a fortune either.
If you’d like to find out more about how self bleeding radiator valves can save you time and money and stop your central heating system from wasting more energy than it should, please visit Radiator Valves Online.
By: Louise Longworth