Mistakes people make with heating during winter27th January 2016
The winter months bring with them cold and wet weather that makes staying at home a more preferable option than trying to brave the outdoors. While this is likely to keep you warm and cosy, it also means a spike in your heating bills.
You’re probably already expecting your energy costs to increase over the next few months, with earlier evenings meaning you’ll have more lights on as well as your heating. However, you still shouldn’t have to pay out more than is absolutely necessary.
This means working out where you’re going wrong with your heating. Here are some of the most typical mistakes people make when heating their homes during the winter months and how to avoid them:
Keeping your house at a constant temperature
Many people think that maintaining the same temperature in your home throughout the day and night will keep energy costs down. It seems that the reason behind this is that people believe maintaining a temperature uses less power than having to reach that temperature in the first place.
However, maintaining a constant temperature actually wastes energy, as there you shouldn’t keep your heating on if you are not in the house. You also use a lot of energy if the temperature you set your heating at is too high or if the weather is mild and you don’t actually need it to be very high.
It is a good idea to automate your heating so that it comes on at certain times and only at certain temperatures. This means you can plan your heating around your routine, ensuring the house is warm when you are at home but that you aren’t using unneeded energy when you’re out of the house.
Our Mi|Home System can help you do this by allowing you to control your heating when you’re away from home. This means you aren’t heating your home when you’re out, as well as allowing you to control each individual radiator when you are at home. This means you’re only heating the rooms you are actually using.
For instance, if you’re relaxing in your living room watching a film in the evening, you won’t have to heat the rest of your house as well as your lounge, as you would have to with traditional thermostats. Instead, you can just turn on the radiators in the living room and then start heating your bedroom when you’re ready to call it a night.
Turning up the heating to quickly warm your house
There’s nothing worse than getting home to a cold house, which is why many people will turn their heating up to a high setting in an attempt to get rooms to a more comfortable temperature at a quicker rate.
Unfortunately, this doesn’t work as well as you might think, as your heating system can only put out so much heat. Turning the temperature up puts added pressure on your boiler and is likely to mean that it has to work harder for longer in an attempt to get your radiators to the heat you want.
You are much better off leaving the heating at the usual setting and just switching it on when you get in. It may feel colder for longer but it is better for your system and your bills. Of course, if you are using the MI|Home range, you’ll be able to turn your heating on when you’re heading home, so you’ll never walk into a cold house.
Turning radiators off in rooms you aren’t using
It’s understandable why many people choose to turn off radiators in rooms they aren’t using. After all, why would you want to pay to heat a room when no one is in there?
However, turning off certain radiators can affect how your system runs as it alters its pressure. This can mean that it takes longer for other radiators to warm up or to reach the temperature you have set them at.
You may also find that it is harder to heat your home, as cold air from these empty rooms can cause draughts and lower the temperature of hallways and other rooms. This means it takes longer for your home to reach a comfortable temperature, which costs you more money.
It is therefore a good idea to turn all your radiators - or at least most of them – on at a lower temperature to heat your entire house. This will stop cold air travelling around the property, which can stop it reaching the right temperature.
Our Smart Radiator Valves allow you to control the temperature in each room, which means you can maintain a comfortable heat throughout your house but help you avoid having to set a higher temperature for rooms that you aren’t using.