Over a third of Brits aren’t aware of how significantly a winter boiler breakdown would affect their daily lives, new research suggests.
While 92% of people are aware that their boiler breaking down during the winter months would be an inconvenience, 35% believe this wouldn’t have a major impact.
The Worcester Bosch survey of 2,025 Brits suggests that many downplay the importance of having heating and hot water, unaware of the problems a boiler breakdown can cause.
The survey also revealed that 75% typically have a warm shower or bath at least once per day, and 67% rely on hot water to wash their dirty dishes each day.
Moreover, 85% of British households plan to keep their homes heated above 18°c this winter which, without proper boiler maintenance, could be challenging to maintain.
Martyn Bridges, director of technical communication and product management at Worcester Bosch, warned: “Every year, we see more boiler breakdowns in the latter half of the year, causing a significantly longer waiting list to fix a boiler in the winter months.”
Choosing and Maintaining Your Boiler
The findings from Worcester Bosch’s recent ‘boiler in a day’ research demonstrates the huge role our boilers play in our daily lives. And with winter nearing, making sure your boiler is working and ensuring its running smoothly following an annual services will provide you with peace of mind.
Earlier this year Worcester Bosch reported that nearly half of boiler owners in the UK have never asked for the service history of a boiler upon moving into a new home.
For self builders and renovators, the size of your property and your household requirements for heating and water will determine the best type of boiler for you. And investing sufficient time and effort into choosing your boiler can pay off enormously.
If you are unfortunate enough to experience your boiler breaking during the winter months, there are several things you can do to help you to stay warm, including utilising your kettle and buying draught excluders.