The cold weather is on its way and people are going to be relying on their heating a lot over the next few months. Many people will have the heating running all day long. For some people, especially the elderly, this is necessary. It can be very expensive to have the heating running 24/7 but there are ways to keep that cost down and still heat up your home.
The best way to keep costs down is by taking care of your heating equipment. It is important that you get your boiler serviced regularly (at least once a year) and that your filters are replaced when appropriate. A dirty or blocked filter uses up more energy by making your heating system work harder. These small steps can see a drop of up to 30% on heating costs.
Another way of keeping your heating costs down is by making sure your home is not losing heat unnecessarily. It is advisable that you check all of the windows and doors in your home to ensure that there’s no draft coming in from outside. If you feel cold air entering the home from your windows or doors, you can use a good weather seal to keep the draft out.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves
If possible, regulating the room temperature of your house can be save you a lot money in therms of heating costs. This can be achieved by using a programmable thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves. It is recommended by The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland that you maintain a room temperature of 20°C. This is seen as a comfortable and ideal temperature for living spaces, while 16°C may be more appropriate for bedrooms.
If you feel comfortable enough, try lowering the temperature below 20°C. It is estimated that for every degree lower than 20°C, you save approximately 4% energy over a 24-hour period. This can have a very positive impact on your heating costs.
If you live in the Dublin area, and you do not currently have a programmable thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves installed in your home, contact us now and we’d be happy to advise you on the best heating solutions for your home.