Game of Thrones says either winter is coming or winter is here; we’re not sure, but either way, there’s definitely a coldness to the breeze wafting around us these days.
And when the season for sweaters and scarves and hot chocolate come in, there’s nothing more you could ask for than a warm, cozy home to come home to at the end of a weary day.
Want to learn how you can heat your home effectively and efficiently in a few simple steps? Read on to find out!
The magic number is at 18 degrees
Have you always wondered what the ideal temperature setting for your heating system is? You’ve come to the right place, and we’re here to tell you it’s at 18 degrees.
At 18 degrees, your home will feel comfortable while you’re in pants and a sweater. If it’s too cold for you in the beginning, it’s okay, it takes a bit of getting used to. Bring down the temperature little by little, one degree a day, until you have fully adjusted. Remember: turning down your thermostat by even just one degree can already provide you with energy savings.
Use the 20-20 timer rule
No, this doesn’t have anything to do with vision. But to be energy-efficient with your heater service, you can use the 20-20 rule. That is, turn on your heater 20 minutes before you arrive home from work, and turn off your heater 20 minutes after you go to sleep. This is because it will take approximately 20 minutes before a space warms up using a heater, so this will give your house enough time to warm up.
To turn your central heating system on and off at the right time, invest in a smart thermostat that lets you adjust the temperature settings of your heater wherever you are at any time, or do it old school and use a timer.
Only warm up the spaces in your home that you use
If you have many rooms and different divided spaces in your home, be selective when it comes to which areas you heat during the winter. We’re sure you don’t use all the rooms in your home equally – we all have that favorite spot in our home where we stay most often. Warm up your favorite and most used spaces and leave the other areas of your home unheated, turning on the heater in these areas only when absolutely needed. You’ll be amazed at how much energy you’ll be saving.
Perform a few simple maintenance checks on your heating system
Bleeding your radiators – that is, letting out trapped air from inside it – will vastly improve their efficiency. Similarly, inspecting your boiler and making sure everything is working smoothly can save you a lot of time, money, and headaches from a busted up heating system in the future.
You can also insulate your water tank in the same way that you insulate other parts of your home, like your wall or your roof. This way, you’re able to make your system work more efficiently without heating repair.