Winter tips to keep a cosy home


As a child, winter is a wonderful time of the year, filled with snow days, presents and cosy blankets.

For adults, however, winter can be a little trickier with heating bills hiking up, the boiler packing in and forking out to buy all the presents for your family and friends. It’s an expensive time of the year which typically results in a lot of stress.

So, gear up, get prepared and tackle winter head-on.

One of the biggest costs around this time is heating – as your gas bill could double or even triple! But what if we said it doesn’t have to? To help you combat the winter blues we’ve put together some top tips to prepare your central heating system and help you save every penny possible.



One of the most common complaints from homeowners – when it comes to them switching their central heating back on for winter – is that their radiators aren’t heating up as well as they should be. Often, if a radiator has cold patches, it just needs bleeding/Venting which is a simple task and usually, there’s no need to call out an engineer.


1. If you don’t already have one, get yourself a bleeding key. They’re available at most hardware stores and cost very little.

2. Have a cloth or small tub to hand.

3. Make sure your boiler is turned off, Its best to bleed the radiators when they are cold and the air has settle to the top

3. At the end of your radiator, there will be a slot that you can fit your key into. On newer radiators there is a slot where you can use a small flat screw driver.

4. As you turn the key you will hear a hissing noise which is just the built-up air in the radiator releasing. This will be followed by water, so ensure that you have your tub or cloth up to the end.

5. Close the radiator and repeat across all the radiators in your home.

Ensure that you check your boiler after bleeding all the radiators as your pressure could drop and may need topping up.



Most of us have our boiler switched off throughout the whole summer period, dependant on the lovely British weather of course, but even if you’re tempted, it’s probably not the best idea to turn it back on to full power when it gets a bit colder.

Your boiler builds up a lot of dust and grit as it sits unused throughout the summer and shocking the system by putting it on full blast, after months of inactivity, is a sure-fire way to result in heartache and unneeded stress.

Turning your boiler on even once or twice a month – in the months leading up to the cold snap – can help you avoid having issues when you’ll rely on it most. Another benefit of doing this is that it will highlight any issues with the boiler before you need it the most (in winter), giving you a chance to save or get any necessary repairs or replacements sorted in good time.



Is your boiler pressurised correctly? To ensure that your central heating system is working correctly, the boiler needs to maintain pressure. Quite often if you are having issues with your boiler pressure this is an indication that something is wrong with your boiler system such as a water leak , an issue with an expansion vessel or problems with valves.

Check you boilers pressure gauge, ideally when boiler is cold. its should read around 1 bar on the gauge. if its below and you know how to re fill the boiler. top the pressure back up to 1 bar


Our previous tip of turning on your boiler prior to the winter months will help you diagnose this issue before your boiler is a necessity. Issues with your water pressure can usually be fixed by repairing any of the problems mentioned above, but in severe cases, you may need to purchase a new boiler.




Just like a car, your boiler also requires a bit of TLC to keep them ticking over nicely and functioning as well as they should. It’s something people tend to overlook or feel that they will be fine without doing, but that’s often not the case.


Boiler Services prolong the life of your boiler and central heating system and often it doesn’t cost as much as you would think. Having an annual service is often required to keep your manufacturer warranty valid, but that’s not the only reason you should ensure you do it.

A service will ensure that your boiler is tested for efficiency, checked for leaks, the clocks are adjusted and your water and gas pressure is as it needs to be. It’s recommended that you should have your boiler serviced in summer, so when it comes to winter everything is ready and in tip-top shape, avoiding any unnecessary expense.

When having your boiler serviced, always use a Gas Safe Registered engineer.



It seems like a no-brainer. You’re paying for your home to be heated, your boiler to be serviced and you’ve taken the time to bleed your radiators in preparation for the winter period, but have you made sure that you’re keeping that heat in?

There are several inexpensive things you can do around your home to keep the house warm, this ranges from advice like turning down your heat by one degree to covering your radiators in foil.

Ideal logic + 24kw

Today we had a leaflet through the post, The leaftet was from Homeserve South Yorkshire and they are offering a Ideal logic + 24kw with just a 5 year warranty for £1600 fitted, no filter or clock, These are extra!

Some of you may have had same leaflet and think this offer sounds good!

We have had this boiler on our site for some time now, same boiler but with 7 year warranty! and only £1500 fitted!, not only are we offering boiler plus fitting for that price, you also get a 7 day programmable room stat and a magnetic filter system, these 2 items alone are  £210 and its all included in the £1500!!


So if your wanting a bargain, look no further! Contact us more more info

Ideal Vogue Gen2

Every model in the Vogue GEN2 range comes complete with an 8 year warranty as standard, which can be increased to 10 years parts and labour warranty when installed with an Ideal System filter.* When choosing Vogue GEN2, installers and homeowners can rest assured that they will be receiving ultimate peace of mind. Unrivalled levels of reliability are achieved through integrated product design – only high specification components and interface are used, and all our suppliers have market leading technical competence and quality assured processes.


The Vogue GEN2 Combi boiler is available in the following outputs: 26kW, 32kW & 40kW. With the latest cool burner door technology, you can service the boiler whilst still hot and the ultra-advanced boiler diagnostics mean you can easily access the system preferences for service, set up and installation.

*10 year warranty available until 30.03.2017. From 01.04.2017 8 year warranty as standard, 10 year warranty when installed with an Ideal System Filter. Subject to terms and conditions. Parts and labour warranty available when registered within 30 days of installation.


  • 10 year warranty when installed with an Ideal System filter*
  • Backlit 3.5” LCD full colour display
  • Built using premium components
  • Low lift weight from 30.7kg (up to 2.6kg lighter than previous models)
  • Multi-function buttons for simplified end user operation
  • Easy to read pressure gauge
  • Uniform control opening across all Ideal products
  • Quick installation – single piece unit
  • Cool door technology
  • Stylish aesthetics with full size door complete with damped opening
  • Up to 7:1 modulation
  • Stainless steel heat exchanger

Boiler Installation Locations

We seem to be getting a lot of interest from customer who live beyond were we currently install.

Eg Scotland, Wales, London and Southern England.

We are looking into getting installers in these areas that are approved by and are happy to supply and install the boilers at the prices on our site.

So everyone in UK can have a new boiler supplied and fitted at a reasonable price were ever you live.


Win win 😀

Online-BoilerShop team


Boiler Replacement options to think about

Heating accounts for about 60 per cent of what you spend in a year on energy bills, so an efficient boiler makes a big difference.

Modern boilers are more efficient for several reasons, but their main advantage is that they are all condensing boilers. All well-maintained boilers burn their fuel very efficiently, but they inevitably lose some heat in the hot gases that escape up the flue. A condensing boiler has a larger heat exchanger, so it recovers more heat, sends cooler gases up the flue and is more efficient.

Sometimes the flue gases get so cool that the water vapour in the gas condenses out (hence the name), and even more energy is recovered from the condensing vapour.

What should I consider when replacing my boiler?

If it is time to change your boiler, you need to decide what type of boiler is right for you. Here are some things to consider:

Boiler type

Most old gas and oil boilers are regular boilers that have a separate hot water cylinder to store hot water, rather than providing it directly from the boiler. When you replace your boiler you can buy a new regular boiler, and keep your hot water cylinder, or buy a combi boiler that doesn’t need a cylinder.

A regular boiler is more efficient than a combi at producing hot water in the first place, but then some heat is lost from the hot water cylinder, so a combi may be more efficient overall.

Your hot water usage

Large families using lots of hot water are likely to be better off with a regular boiler, whereas smaller households using less may be better off with a combi boiler.

Space in your home

Combi boilers don’t need hot water cylinders, and so require less space in your home.

Compatibility with solar water heating

If you’re thinking of installing solar water heating, it’s worth noting that many combi boilers are not compatible with this heating system or cannot use it so effectively.

What else can I do to improve my central heating system?

Heat recovery devices and systems

Some of the heat generated by your boiler escapes through the flue. Passive flue gas heat recovery systems capture some of this lost energy and use it to heat your water, making your heating system more efficient and saving you money.

Hot water cylinders

New hot water cylinders are factory insulated to help keep your hot water at the right temperature for longer. They play an important role in supplying you with readily available hot water, so it’s important that they are fully insulated to prevent heat escaping.

If you have an old cylinder you could save £25-£35 a year by topping up the insulation. Alternatively if you are replacing your cylinder, you can save energy by making sure that the cylinder is no bigger than you need it.

Chemical inhibitors

Corrosion deposits in an older central heating system can cause a substantial reduction in the effectiveness of the radiators, and the system as a whole. The build-up of scale in heating circuits and on boiler components can cause a reduction in efficiency too.

Using an effective chemical inhibitor can decrease the corrosion rate and prevent the build-up of sludge and scale, thus preventing deterioration and helping to maintain efficiency.


Magnetic Filters

A magnetic filter is device that collects the sludge circulating in a central heating system before it can damage your boiler.

January Sales here at Online-BoilerShop!!

We thought we’d join in with the high street shops and offer sales on 95% of our boiler packages!.

The cold weather is still here and some of us still have old inefficient boilers or broken boilers,

Have a browse through our range of boilers and compare quotes against ours! We will always beat any British Gas quote as you can see for yourselves the prices we charge upfront.


If you want to purchase a boiler now paying just £10 deposit to secure your boiler, but don’t want it installed until summer, we are offering that option too. But only till 31st of January 2017 with the discounts applied.




Considering a new Viessmann boiler? 

​Viessmann are doing a breakfast morning at City Plumbing Rotherham on Friday 25th of November. 

Check out their latest boilers and see the quality of there build. 

City Plumbing also have a massive bathroom range with state of the art bathroom showroom at their premises. If you are considering a new bathroom in  the near future.

There address is 

8, Central Business Park, Masbrough St, Rotherham S60 1EW

Read boiler reviews from trusted review sites when choosing a new boiler!!

When choosing a new boiler, Don’t just reply on what your next door neighbour recommends or Jim from down the pub has recommended, Read online reviews from sites such as Trustpilot, get to know what genuine customer who have bought and used the appliance think.


Which also do reviews but their is a £1 free trial period.


Here are some links to a couple of boiler fond on Trustpilot and free to view


ATAG –  Click here

Worcester Bosch – Click here


We have recently signed up to Checkatrade so all our reviews from customer can be seen online.



Why Choose ATAG?

Europe’s most efficient domestic boiler range is now available to UK homeowners.

ATAG Heating Technology, the award winning boiler manufacturer from the Netherlands, has launched an outstanding range of high performance domestic compact boilers, including Europe’s most powerful combination boiler.

Already a global leader in commercial boilers, ATAG is renowned for its engineering expertise and award winning products, built to the highest technical specifications.

Voted ‘Best boilers’ by consumers in the Netherlands for the past 6 years, ATAG’s  super-efficient domestic  boilers are built to last, using only A grade metal and brass components and also feature  ATAG’s own patented iCon stainless steel heat exchanger, with its unique lifetime replacement guarantee.

Households throughout the UK are now upgrading to ATAG boilers for exceptional performance, reliability and fuel efficiency; cutting their carbon footprint along with annual fuel bills.

ATAG’s  groundbreaking boilers come with energy saving, intelligent control options that are compatible with smartphones and tablets, so homeowners can control their heating systems wherever they are and whenever they want.

The new domestic boiler range offers a selection of flexible, extendable warranties enabling homeowners to choose the option best suited to their lifestyles. ATAG warranties range from 5 years cover as standard on ATAG iC, iS and iR boilers and 7 years on the iC Economiser range. Warranties on all models can be extended up to 10 years. In the interests of quality and safety standards, ATAG has become the first boiler manufacturer to supply its products exclusively to legally qualified installers.

Not just a online boiler shop!

We don’t just sell fixed priced boiler installations. We also cover Plumbing and Gas jobs on both domestic and commercial properties.

Online boiler shop is run by AJ CLIFF Plumbing & Heating Services Ltd

You can follow us on Facebook @ajcliffplumbers and same for Twitter

We specialise in

  • Replacement boilers
  • Full central heating systems
  • Powerflushing
  • Boiler repairs and servicing
  • Landlord safety certificates (CP12)
  • General Plumbing repairs and maintenance
  • Business property maintenance for Plumbing and Gas systems

If water or gas runs through it we do it!!

So if your not looking for a new boiler but require just a Plumber, Give us a call or send a message and we will get back to you.