When the temperature drops, it is tempting to just crank up the thermostat; however this is not always the answer. Mastering the management of your heating system, however, is invaluable as it can be beneficial to saving you in heating bills over the colder winter months. Getting rid of draughts where you can and ensuring that heat isn’t escaping, is essential in saving you in heating costs.
Controlling room temperature
Room thermostats and radiator valves give you control over the temperature of each room. This means that rooms you use less will be cooler than others. It is a recommendation to keep bedrooms cool, as you sleep better at lower temperatures. You can create a healthier room temperature by reducing a thermostat by as little as one degree, plus you will get an added benefit of saving yourself possible up to £60 a year.
Another way to keep better control of your room temperature is to keep the doors to cooler rooms closed. This prevents cold air from moving through the rest of the house, which ends up making your radiators work harder.
You should also consider replacing manual radiator valves with thermostatic ones that are self-regulating so then you have better control over each rooms temperature.
Bleed your radiators
Sometimes air gets trapped in your radiators and hot water cannot travel throughout. This can mean it takes longer to heat your home. Bleeding your radiators can be quite a straightforward process. Radiators should be off, to avoid burns and make handling easy. For bleeding, most radiators will need a radiator key.
Keep radiators clear to maximize heat
Making sure that each radiator is able to circulate heat can make a huge difference to the warmth of your home. Consider moving furniture away from radiators during the winter. Also remove radiator casings that suppress heat. Moving a sofa just a few inches away from your radiator can allow hot air to circulate more freely and ensure that your thick winter curtains aren’t covering your radiators.
Consider installing radiator panels
One side of a radiator heats up a room while the other only heats the wall. Radiator panels, help reflect warmth back into the room. You don’t need to dismount your radiators to install them. Radiator panels, slot behind the radiator and stick to the wall with double-sided tape. Doing this in every room can enhance the warmth of your home, and save on your energy bills.
Use your main thermostat and your radiators together
Some argue that the best way to keep a home warm is to keep the heating on, at around 18 degrees. Age UK says that setting timers on your heating is important. The timer can be set the switch the heating on earlier when it is cold. This saves the energy used when you hike up the thermostat to heat your home.