Hazel Baillard, sanitary fitter
The 30-year-old told us about her job with great enthusiasm, and encouraged others who might be interested to follow in her footsteps.
Discover how to remove the air in just a few steps and thus reduce your energy usage from heating by up to 15% per cent in our step-by-step instruction.
Your radiators are linked to the boiler via a system of pipes. This system of pipes transports the heat from your boiler to the radiators and from there to the rooms. Alongside water, air can also enter the heating system. The problem is that, unlike water, air is not good at transporting heat. This results in not all radiators being evenly warm, leading to lower room temperatures. Air also causes annoying noises such as gurgling and bubbling in the radiators. If you hear these kinds of noises, or notice that only parts of your radiator become warm, it's best to vent your heating. But, regardless, you should vent your heating every three years, ideally in the autumn before switching your heating on.
If you live in a rented apartment, it's possible that you won't be able to carry out steps 2 and 4. But you can still vent your system. Choose a time to vent when the heating has been switched off for a long period of time. Then go directly from step 1 to step 3. If your heating is not working properly after venting, contact your landlord so that they can carry out the fourth step of checking the water pressure.