OFTEC’s home heating tips for first time buyers

A body which represents the domestic oil heating and cooking industry, has issued some practical home heating advice on what to look for first time house buyers in Derry.

OFTEC (Oil Firing Technical Association) Ireland manager, David Blevings said: “Purchasing a first home is a memorable experience; however there are a number of things you may miss that could impact greatly upon your budget, ongoing household expenditure and running costs.

“With 68% of homes in Northern Ireland heated by oil it is prudent to ensure the heating system is running efficiently and safely for peace of mind”.

“Before you view a house try to do as much research as possible, so that you do not waste time with a property that does not meet your needs.

“On an initial inspection try to be practical and ask direct questions.

“Remember the seller doesn’t have to tell you about problems common cover-ups include painting over a leaking radiator or signs of damp.”

Oftec say when buying a house look at the following: check have there been any problems with the boiler: check the Energy Performance Certificate and the hot water system adequate.

They advise buyers to trust their insitncts and to look for warning signs like stained or smoke damaged areas around the boiler and flue -these can be sign of carbon monoxide leakage and must be treated as serious.

You can get more information online at www.oftec.org