People performing an energy comparison may find heat cover is a good investment for the winter months, as new research has found up to 11 million households may experience problems with their boilers.
This is according to research from E.ON, which found 42 per cent of individuals have seen issues with their central heating, which could leave them without warmth or hot water during a cold snap.
Head of home energy services at the firm Chris McLain said this may be potentially life-threatening for vulnerable customers, which is why the company has equipped all its technicians with four-wheel drive vehicles to ensure they can reach customers in harsh conditions.
He added: "It's worrying that almost half of us don't know what to do if our heating fails, so I'd encourage people to be prepared."
The expert suggested people should search online for tips on how to solve some of the simpler faults that may develop.
A boiler breakdown could be especially problematic at the current time, as the Met Office has issued a level 3 cold weather alert for England, warning of severe conditions until Sunday (February 5th).
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