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Ask Kirk: How to bleed a radiator

With cold weather sweeping the nation, it’s vital that your central heating is working as efficiently as it can be.

how to bleed a radiator


Ensuring that your radiators are functioning properly by ‘bleeding’ them i.e. releasing air that is trapped inside, is the first step to improving the overall efficiency of your central heating system. This is a straightforward task for most people and should not require a plumber! Check out our handy article below for a step-by-step method.


how to bleed a radiator


Step one

To see which radiators require bleeding, turn your central heating on and give them enough time to fully heat up. It’s important to allow the pressure to build within each radiator, so that excess air is evacuated.

Step two

A simple method for seeing which radiators require bleeding is by gently touching each radiator with your hand. Be careful during this stage, as your radiators may be very hot. However, in some spots, they may feel lukewarm or even completely cold; this is a sign that there is air trapped inside and bleeding is required.

Step three

Once you have identified which radiators need bleeding, turn your central heating off. This decreases the risk of leaks, making the job a whole lot easier.

Focus on the valve on the top of the radiator and you should see a square section within this, which is what you need to turn using a radiator key, or an appropriate screw driver, you should use a towel to grip the radiator and to protect your hands. If you do not have a radiator key, you can find one in most DIY stores.


how to bleed a radiator


Step four

Turn the key or screw driver anti-clockwise and listen for the air/ gas escaping from the radiator. Once the air has stopped being released, water should leak out and this indicates that the air has been fully dispersed.

Step five

When the water starts to leak out, get ready to quickly tighten the valve back on. At this stage there may be some excess water that needs to be cleaned up.

Wait a couple of hours before turning your radiators back on and you will then be able to test the radiators to see if they have been successfully bled.

Step six

To test that the process has worked correctly, go back and follow steps one and two. If cooler patches still exist, it may be that there is air still trapped inside the radiator and you need to start again.

If your radiators feel the same temperature across the whole surface, congratulations you have successfully bled your radiator!

Having fully working radiators is essential for ensuring that your home is warm and dry, to lessen the risk of condensation. Discover our other articles on how to prevent condensation here:

Why does condensation occur in the winter?

How to deal with condensation, damp, and mould as a landlord

How to prevent condensation

How to use less energy in your home

turn appliances off standby to save energy


Use less energy with your devices

Whether this is leaving them on standby or charging them throughout the night, you can save a lot of energy by ensuring you unplug your devices once fully charged and turning appliances completely off.

Also, try to adjust the brightness of your screens too and switch to ‘battery saving mode’, if your device has this function. This will mean you can use your gadgets for longer, without having to charge as often.


Use less energy in the kitchen

Take advantage of utilising your microwave, rather than your oven. Food can be cooked in minutes, shaving a huge amount of time off and helping you to save energy. A slow cooker can also be an energy saving prop, as you can create delicious home-cooked meals by simply popping the ingredients in and leaving to cook. Most slow cookers only use slightly more energy than a regular lightbulb. If possible, always try and make toast in a separate toaster, rather than under the grill.

Defrosting your fridge and freezer on a regular basis also aids in using less energy in the kitchen. Excess ice within your appliances means that they may not work as efficiently, meaning they have to work harder by using more energy.

Another top tip is to make sure you don’t fill the kettle excessively, especially if you’re only making a single cup of tea. It’s a huge waste of energy to boil water you don’t need.


Use less energy whilst showering

Washing your hair fewer times per week is a great way to cut back on energy costs and timing yourself in the shower can be an effective way of managing your water usage.

You could also invest in a high efficiency shower head and a dual flush toilet. Both of these options allow you to use less water, saving on energy costs.


Use less energy to heat your home

Make a conscious decision to turn your heating down to lower than you would normally have it. Even a couple of degrees cooler will help you save on costs, but won’t leave you in the cold.

We don’t want to sound boring, but wrapping up warmer and wearing slippers and an extra layer around the house can also make a real difference to the amount of energy you need to utilise.


Use less energy by installing more insulation

Draught proofing your home and adding better insulation is a great way to save on energy costs. Whether you take small measures, such as buying draught excluders, or choose to invest in attic / loft insulation, these smart choices can make a lot of difference to your energy bills.

Repairing any failed double glazing is also a great way to keep insulation costs down and energy bills at bay. Whether you’ve noticed excess condensation, misted up panes, or broken hinges and locks, all of these can contribute or be a sign of energy loss in the home. Contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for more information.

See more of our top tips here for saving energy in your home.

National Home Security Month with Cloudy2Clear

Although October is usually associated with pumpkins, autumn, and things that go bump in the night, for everyone at Cloudy2Clear, it’s all about National Home Security Month.

With our homes becoming fuller by the day with technological assets, furniture, and our growing families, it’s vital that security is at the forefront of our minds.

Cloudy2Clear is now an official supporter of National Home Security Month, which means we’re putting our name on something we believe in; ensuring that your home is as safe and sound as it can be.

With our range of services, we can ensure that your locks, hinges, and handles are repaired or replaced in time for Christmas, giving you peace of mind that you’ve made a conscious effort to increase and improve your security, so those precious presents are protected.

Below, we’ve outlined some hints and tips on how to keep your home secure.


Repair any faulty window or door locks

A broken or faulty lock is the easiest way for thieves to access your home. By making it easy for criminals to break in, there’s no deterrent. If they try to access your windows and doors and find that they’re all locked, it’s possible that they’ll be discouraged from attempting to break-in further, as this would mean causing a commotion by having to force entry.

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Hide your valuables

If possible, think about installing a safe in your home for your more expensive or irreplaceable assets.

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Get to know your neighbours

Having a good relationship with those around you on your street or in your building can give you peace of mind when you go on holiday and need someone to keep an eye on your home. Trust needs to be built over time, but if you return the favour, it’s great to know you have someone to rely on.


Leave a light on at night

This can be a massive deterrent to would-be burglars, as they may be more likely to avoid homes which look like they are occupied. Invest in a timer, so you save energy by only having lights come on when you’re not in your home.


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For more advice on how to make your home more secure, visit:

Home Security Month


Energy saving benefits of double glazing

With energy prices continuously increasing, UK homeowners, more than ever, are looking for cost-effective ways to improve energy bills. Winter is just around the corner and with that in mind, it’s important to ensure that homeowners address one of the biggest causes of heat loss in the home; windows.


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According to the Domestic Energy Fact File, around 83% of homes in England have some level of double glazing, with only 43% being fully double glazed. With over 20% of all heat loss escaping via windows, installing effective, high quality double glazing will aid energy usage in the long-run, as well as adding security and improving the appearance of your property. Take a look at more benefits of double glazing here.

One of the main aims of double glazing is to improve insulation throughout your home. Even if you have taken other energy improvement measures, such as updating your boiler, installing loft insulation or cavity wall insulation, ignoring a direct cause of heat loss i.e. your windows, can dramatically increase your energy bills. Quality double glazing improves insulation by trapping warm air in, reducing the risk of draughts, compare to that of single glazed windows.


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Double glazing is such a good insulator, as well as being more energy efficient that single glazed windows, you can upgrade to Argon gas in between the double panes. This creates a hermetically sealed atmosphere, which means nothing should be able to escape or enter the seal. Air and Argon gas are also very poor conductors of heat, as they have slow-moving molecules, which decrease the chance of convection.

However, if you do have double glazed windows, but are noticing an increase in draughts or are having to nudge the dial on your thermostat already this month, then you may need to replace certain window units in your home. It’s a simple and cost-effective way of ensuring all your windows are ready for the winter.

Double glazed windows, after installation, can potentially lose, on average, around 1% of the internal air or gas per year, but dependant on the quality of the products and installation, this can be a lot more. If you notice the appearance of water droplets or condensation in between the panes of your double glazed windows, this is a highly likely sign that your units have failed. Although there’s no cause for immediate alarm, replacing these failed units should be a necessity before the colder weather arrives, so that you can effectively save energy.


repair failed double glazing


If you’re concerned you may be losing energy because of failed double glazing, contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear today for a free, no obligation quotation. We can advise of the best route for you to take, whether that’s replacing any broken locks, handles or seals too. We only replace the glass pane in your double glazed unit, rather than the entire frame, which saves you time and money. See how much you could potentially save with our infographic.

Easy ways to update your home

We all enjoy improving and updating our homes, but no one likes breaking the bank to do it. Whether you’re looking to upgrade certain rooms to make it more appealing to buyers, or simply improve the look and feel of your house to make you feel more at home, these inexpensive and easy DIY methods will help you succeed.


Wall decoration

There’s no need to fork out for an expensive decorator or brand new wallpaper, when you can easily update the walls in your home with simple peel and stick wall panels and paper. These can add texture and subtle designs to your walls and give the appearance of a interior face lift, with a wide range of colours and designs to suit everyone.


easy ways to update your home


Wall decals are another great way off adding something a little extra to your walls, especially if you’re not looking to completely redecorate. Add inspirational quotes or small designs, then remove it and replace with something new when you get bored. Perfect for those who like to keep up with new styles and tastes.



Kitchen appliances, especially white goods, can sometimes be a bit bland. With metallic and stainless-steel paints now available to buy, it’s easy to upgrade your kitchen without the effort and the cost of replacing. Simply paint your appliances, leave them to dry, and enjoy your handy work.



Lighting can add some serious character to any room and if standard light bulbs aren’t cutting it for you, there are plenty of quirky and unique bulbs on the market.


easy ways to update your home


You could also experiment with different lampshades, which can completely change how your room is lit, setting the mood in your home. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, consider upgrading your regular light fittings to chandelier style models instead.



Buying and installing new taps on your sinks and bathtubs can completely change their appearance, and fitting a new head and pipe on your shower will make it look brand new. Modern fixtures can make your bathroom look attractive, without the cost of installing a new one.


easy ways to update your home



When it comes to home improvement, it’s the little things that matter. These additional details can add some serious character, set the tone of the room, and provide colour to your everyday life. Use throws and cushions to brighten up your living room and area rugs to liven up faded carpet or floorboards.


easy ways to update your home


Plants add life and decoration to any room, as do table and floor lamps. Installing shelves and hooks add storage space and can make rooms look less empty, whilst mirrors can give a room the appearance of being larger than it is.



Your windows are the eyes to your home, so it’s important to look after them. Use bright curtains and hanging crystals to frame them and check for any signs of failed double glazing.


repair failed double glazing


If you have a build-up of condensation within your double glazing, or if they are visibly cloudy or misted over, these are all signs of failed double glazing. This can have a negative impact on the aesthetic of your home, as well as reducing its appeal to potential buyers.

Cloudy2Clear replaces the glass within your double-glazed unit, instead of the entire frame, saving you both time and money. For more information, contact your local branch today.

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