This is the recommended time for switching on your heating
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Heating experts give their view on when the best time is for turning the central heating on with some money saving hacks;
Tips to save money on your heating
1 Upgrade your thermostat
Your thermostat controls your home’s temperature by communicating with your boiler. Thermostats, particularly in older homes with older heating systems, can degrade over time. Such degradation can lead to delays in your boiler switching on, or your home being heated at much higher temperatures than required.
Smart thermostats can be controlled from your mobile.
2 Stop draughts!
Stopping heat from escaping through unwanted gaps is one of the cheapest and most effective ways to save energy and money.
To draught-proof your home, you need to primarily identify the ‘problem areas’ where draughts are causing issues, from doors and windows, to chimneys and floorboards.
Block unwanted gaps by using draught-proofing strips around your windows and doors, or flexible silicone-based filler to fill the gaps in your floorboards.
3 Introduce soft furnishings
Soft furnishings, such as curtains and rugs, can make all the difference in saving money on your heating. If you have a carpeted home then it will naturally help to boost insulation.
If you have hard flooring, invest in some good quality materials, such as a heavy rug, to help to prevent heat from being lost.
4 Turn your thermostat down by 1°C
An excessive heating bill can be easily rectified with the ‘step-down’ challenge. By turning your heating down by just 1°C, you can save up to 10 per cent on your heating bill.
The typical heating range is between 18- 21°C… so why don’t you see how low you can go? It is also important to avoid classic thermostat ‘faux pas’.
Contrary to popular belief, turning up your thermostat does NOT heat up your room quicker. This method will only send your energy bills skyrocketing.
5 Clean radiators
If your radiators aren’t in your weekly cleaning routine, then it’s time to add them. A build-up of dust can affect your health, allergies and your heating bill. Layers of dust in your radiator can prevent heat from escaping effectively, meaning your radiators will have to work harder to warm your room.
6 Don’t dry your clothes on your radiator
Experts recommend that you stop using radiators to dry clothes. The clothes that you place over the top of your radiators prevent the heat from escaping and heating your room, meaning that your boiler has to pick up the slack and work at a greater rate - increasing costs.
Similarly, the increase in the air’s moisture can create condensation, leading to potential issues with mould and dampness.
7 Check your radiator cover
If you have a radiator cover make sure to check that it is a good conductor of heat. Radiator covers made from materials such as wood are poor conductors and can prevent heat from being dispersed effectively - wasting energy and money. Also, if your radiator cover has a solid top then you may be losing even more heat, as it will be absorbed by the top of the cover.
8 Bleed your radiators
Bleeding your radiator is essential in preventing the efficiency of your radiator from decreasing, as a result of air entering your heating system.
The quickest way to check if air has entered your heating system is to turn your central heating on and feel your radiator. If the radiator is warm at the bottom but cold at the top this is generally a sign that air is present.
For a step-by-step guide on how to bleed your radiators, follow the link at: www.plumbnation.co.uk/blog/how-to-bleed-a-radiator/
9 Get your boiler serviced
If your boiler is aging there’s a strong chance it won’t be working as efficiently as it once was. Defective boilers can increase your heating bill massively as they will need to work significantly harder to bring your home up to the desired temperature.
It is recommended that you get your boiler serviced every 12 months (preferably before the winter season), to ensure that it is running efficiently and safely.
Jordan Chance of PlumbNation said: “Turning on your central heating is one of the sure signs that winter has arrived. Although there is no single temperature at which you should turn your heating on, many aim for the time when clocks go back, falling this year on October 30.
“There are, however, ways to delay putting your heating on, keeping you warmer for longer and saving you those extra pennies. Using a draught excluder is one of the quickest and cheapest ways to keep your home warm, preventing cold air from entering and warm air from leaving under your doors.
“Keeping your curtains closed, or investing in a thermal curtain lining can likewise help to prevent warm air from escaping - this trick alone can reduce heat loss by up to 25 per cent.
“It is also important to note that leaving your heating on low all day does not reduce your heating bills!
"Having the heating on only as and when you need it, is the best way to save energy. Using a thermostat with a timer offers a simple and speedy solution to controlling your heating effectively.”
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