October traditionally sees the annual heating switch-on as temperatures tumble and the dark nights set in.
Research* from AA Home Membership shows that almost four out of ten households (39%) turn their heating on in October, while more than a quarter (27%) usually puts theirs on in September.
A hardy 2% tend to hold out until December.
The AA's research also shows that 81% of households turn their heating on to make sure it's working in the run-up to autumn and 77% get their boiler and gas appliances serviced.**
If you spot any problems now you should be able to fix them before it gets really cold
Helen Brooker, head of AA Home Membership
Helen Brooker, head of AA Home Membership, says: "This year's unusually warm September means that many people won’t have thought about their heating. A sudden cold October snap may be a bit of a shock to the system so now would be a good time to check everything's working as it should.
"It may seem counter-intuitive, but it's always a good idea to put the heating on for a few minutes in the summer from time to time. That can help make sure it's working properly and keeps the system ticking over. If you haven't turned your heating on yet, it might be a good idea to do so just to check everything works properly.
"If you spot any problems now you should be able to fix them before it gets really cold."
The AA's research shows that 81% of households turn their heating on to make sure it’s working in the run-up to autumn and 77% get their boiler and gas appliances serviced.**
There are some tasks which householders can carry out themselves in preparation for the colder weather. For example, a radiator may need to be bled if it feels cool at the top and warm at the bottom. Previous research by AA Home Membership*** revealed that one in seven don’t know how to do this.
The AA has created a series of how-to videos showing how to bleed a radiator and perform other basic household tasks. They can be found on our home emergency video guides page.
AA boiler and central heating cover
* Research carried out by Populus amongst 1631 adults on 22 August to 4 September 2013.
** Research carried out by Populus amongst 1258 adults aged 18+ on 14 – 25 August 2014.
*** Research carried out by Populus amongst 1849 adults on 24-31 October 2-13.
30 September 2014