This might sound like a parent talking, but here are some handy heating tips from us at YGP to help keep the warmth in your homes.
Something vital during the current climate – don’t you agree?
While ventilation is important to improve air quality, it’s also the first step in preventing heat escapes.
It might sound obvious, but a draught can dramatically increase your heating bills.
To prevent this, close all your windows before the sun goes down. You can also use a draught excluder to stop the flow of air.
Your boiler’s flow temperature should be set to 55 to 60 degrees Celsius. This will allow you to maintain a warm and comfortable home, but you’ll save money on your gas bill too!
The flow temperature is the temperature of the water that your boiler uses to heat and provide hot water. High flow temperatures can cause your home to be too warm, which can add to your emissions and bills.
Have you a combination boiler, such as a gas or electric boiler? If so, then set the flow temperature to 50 degrees Celsius for hot water and 55 degrees Celsius for heating. This will also allow you to cut down on your gas bill.
Scheduling can be the key
One of the easiest tips is to make sure that your boiler doesn’t run 24 hours a day. Most gas appliances allow you to set a schedule. This can adjust the heating and cooling levels. This will allow you to keep the room warm and maximize the residual heat.
If you’re heading to work or expect to be home after dark, pulling your curtains before the sun goes down can help keep your home warm. Doing so will allow you to keep more heat in and reduce your heat loss. You can also make sure they don’t cover your radiator, which will allow the heat to escape through the window.
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Tweaking your thermostat – using it as an on/off switch or boost for example – can mean more gas is wasted. Most people like to set their home’s temperature to a certain point. If you have a smart thermometer or thermostat, this setting will be the most important one when you’re trying to adjust your home’s heating.
What is the correct temperature?
Lower temperatures are ideal, as they can help you save gas. Setting your temperature at 18 to 21 degrees Celsius will allow you to keep your home warm even when it’s cold. It’s also important to note that higher temperatures can make your house more prone to heating up. One of the most important factors to remember when it comes to setting your home’s temperature is to leave it on.
If you’re not moving and are currently sitting in front of a movie, or you’re going to be in one place for a long time, you don’t want to have other rooms heated to 21 degrees. Doing so can help you cut down on your energy consumption. Some people also try to set their home’s temperature to a couple degrees lower. It’s not for everyone, but it could help you save money on your energy bill.
If there are rooms in your home that aren’t used much, you might want to turn off all of your gas heating in them to make sure that you don’t waste gas. If you find that your home cools down quickly after the heating has stopped, then you might need to add more insulation. One of the most common places where heat loss can occur is in the loft hatch and the hot water pipes.
These are just a handful of handy heating tips.
Why not try them and also send us your own handy hints to pass onto our customers!
And Yorkshire Gas and Power are with you every step of the way.
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