Being energy efficient: how to optimize home heating

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By Manu

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In winter, heating your home is costly. It is estimated that, on average, 50% of annual energy consumption is the result of heat loss or misuse of heating. The causes are well known: this wastage is caused by buying inappropriate facilities. However, with a few precautions and the right choices to optimize home heating, you can halve the cost.

We will provide you with some tips  to save energy.

1) Strengthen the insulation in your home

The first smart decision you can take about your home heating is to improve insulation. It is important, for example, to lower the blinds or close the shutters after sunset.

If you have not already done so, replace windows and door frames with insulating elements and adopt systems to eliminate drafts and heat loss. You can also consider double glazing and the implanting of insulated doors to prevent heat loss and keep the warm inside.

For renovation, choose the installation of high efficiency boilers and use them at low temperatures. Avoid installing a heating system that is more powerful than actually required. It would be more useful to implant smart thermostats and thermostatic valves on the radiators.

In the case of centralized systems for a single ownership, adopt systems that account for heating for separate rooms. It may seem trivial, but it is important to keep the doors of unused rooms and premises closed – such as closets or guest rooms; that way you can avoid the circulation of hot and cold air in these rooms and  the boiler needs less work.

Finally, insulate the walls to avoid heat loss to the outside. Particularly in mountain resorts, you need complete insulation of walls:  it is an investment that could save you up to 70% of the annual cost of heating. For example, you can try using the technique of double walls with air chamber in between two walls.

2) Better use of facilities

First of all , avoid setting your air conditioning on two high or too low a temperature. We recommend a temperature of about 20° C. It is advisable to periodically check the boiler to improve its efficiency. Do not cover the boiler, just like any other heating element, with furniture and curtains. Clean the radiators to keep optimum efficiency. The air in the pipes of the system tends to build up in the radiators thus limiting the heating system. It is possible that the old radiators do not have an air vent: in this case, it’s not to expensive to install a new radiator.

To reduce the energy consumption of the boiler, make sure that the temperature inside the house is hovering around 19°. If you increase the heat by 1 degree, consumption increases by 8%. If  your room is too hot in the winter, do not open the windows, since this operation will make you spend more money on your boiler.

Lowering the temperature by 1 or 2 degrees and putting on a sweater is a smart choice. At night, turn off the boiler and set the timer to turn it on again just two hours before you wake up. In case of very cold areas, just set the temperature to 16 degrees at night. If you have a central heating system, ask your administrator for heat metering and billing. This system will distribute the cost on the basis of the actual use of heating. Use a system that measures and stores information on heating in sensitive equipment.

3) What facilities shall I buy?

Acquiring an automatic temperature control can avoid misusing the energy and save a lot of money. A control unit continuously measures the temperature outside the house and compares it with the temperature inside thus  keeping the highest of efficiency in energy consumption. These machines are also equipped with a weekly or daily timer that allows you to ascertain the periods of maximum use, avoiding leaving the boiler on when it is not needed.

For example, the automatic activation of the boiler one hour before your arrival, allows you to enjoy the warmth of the house without excessive loss of gas. The use of insulated floor panels allows you to spread the heat from the ground or walls, thus completely eliminating the traditional radiators. The radiation of heat from beneath the floor provides the same comfort and at the same time requires a lower heating temperature and, therefore, a very high energy efficiency.

According to the same principle, the heat radiation can reach the walls through insulated floor panels, thanks to their modularity in large interiors of offices. Always consider that electric heaters do waste electricity and if you use them a lot,  you need to improve the heating system or increase the number of radiators.

Finally, when purchasing a boiler, consider a condensing boiler which can save up to 20% of consumption of methane.

At the end of the day  it’s up to you to choose whether you want to save energy in your home. You can do this easily while ensuring that you still have a warm and cosy home.

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