Save on heating
How to save on heating. With the arrival of cold you turn on the heating and returns to make its weight felt on the portfolio the gas bill. While the price of energy increases, driven by the rising price of crude oil, on the other hand you can reduce your consumption (and the bill) by adopting more rational behavior. The heating is a major cost of running a home. It is estimated that each household spends annually about EUR 1,300-1,500 on your gas bill for heating. To this is added the cost of the boiler and maintenance. E 'should therefore be used sparingly heating in the house. Here is a list of practical tips to reduce the expense of heating:
Advice at no cost
Heating temperature to 19 °. By adjusting the temperature of heating to 19 ° instead of 20-22 ° C dramatically reduces the work of the boiler saving on gas consumption. A degree of difference does not reduce the comfort of living in the house but, of course, reduces spending in the bill. In the winter months it is advisable to wear a sweater even less at home to feel the need to raise the temperature. On the other hand, stay in t-shirt at home in the cold months and winter is not free, it's a luxury that you pay your bill.
Do not cover radiators with curtains, furniture or walls. The heat does not propagate in the room leaving it cold. In the case of boilers with autonomous thermostat this factor greatly increases the consumption of gas to heat the house.
Lower the blinds of the windows as soon as it gets dark to prevent the heat radiation through the windows.
Do not open windows when the heating system is in operation. E 'a useless waste, the hot air of the radiator tends to exit to the outside leaving place to the cold. Are consuming gas unnecessarily.
Did not ventilate the premises too long. In the winter, open the windows during the hottest hours and in the summer in the cooler hours
Bleed the radiators at the beginning of the cold season. The air lodged in the radiator allow users to hot water circulation, keeping the radiators partially cold even with the heater on. It 'a very simple operation. Bleed the air from the radiator until water comes out. A glass and a cloth on the floor to avoid soiling the house. Repeat two or three times the operation on all the radiators during the first week of starting the heater. The advice applies to both heating systems for both centralized ones.
The maintenance and regular cleaning of the boiler, carried out by specialized technicians, allows you to have the heating on full efficiency and reduce waste in the consumption of gas during the cold season. And 'advisable to perform it during the month of September, when the specialized companies are not in the prime of their working season and can devote more time to plant maintenance and possibly provide on time and without disruption for users to repair and tuning of the boiler.
At night turn off the boiler. Set the timer on again to make it 1-2 hours prior to when you will have to raise. Do the same at night before going to sleep.
In case of prolonged absence switch off the boiler and set the timer to make it on again just before your return. Are commercially available timer daily, weekly and even monthly schedule power even after many days.
Close the radiators in empty rooms. In unoccupied rooms or uncrowded it is advisable to shut off the flow of the radiators in order to concentrate it into the room most part of the home, greatly reducing the work of the boiler and gas consumption. E 'should, however, check that the rooms except not affect the measurement of the temperature in the house by the temperature control units.
Tips to moderate cost
Place insulating panels and Thermoreflective behind the radiators placed on the walls for conveying the heat produced by the radiator towards the central part of the room and reduce the loss of heat with the wall. This intervention is especially useful if the radiators are installed on a wall that gives the outside.
Insulate the walls facing outwards with insulating panels (eg cork or other materials). Pay particular attention to north-facing walls, are the coldest. Having to choose better protect these before the other.
Double glazing on the windows. The windows are single glazed easily disperse the internal heat with the cold outside. For this reason, many years are available on the market double or triple glazing, double glazing etc.. These products interpose more layers of glass to separate the external environment from the internal one.
Apply a transparent insulating film. It 'a cheaper option than double frame, can reduce heat loss through the windows by applying an adhesive coating on the transparent glass. However, this is a temporary solution, less effective than twice driven into the retaining heat.
Isolate the dumpster of the blinds. Sometimes install doors and windows with double glazing forgetting of the box of the blinds. During the winter, the warm air escapes from the room by this pathway also forcing the boiler to work more than necessary to maintain the temperature. With minimal expense, you can insulate the casing of the blinds thus reducing both the drafts and both the wasted energy.
Insulate doors and windows. Each spiffero equates to a loss of heat and therefore to a higher consumption of gas to heat the house. Garnish the doors and windows with insulating material.
Thermostatic radiator valves. Thermostatic valves are installed on the radiators of the heating system. Allow you to adjust the temperature in each room excluding the radiator from as soon as it reaches the desired temperature. Thermostatic valves allow for savings of up to 10% on gas consumption. They can be installed both on central heating systems and both of those self-employed.
Efficient boiler. And 'advisable to maintain the boiler efficiency through periodic monitoring. At the time of purchase it is advisable to spend a little more and buy a condensing boiler that, compared to traditional boilers, reduces waste and gas consumption.
Temperature control unit. Avoid manual ignition of the boiler for heating and install a temperature control unit of the internal temperature, in order to automate the steps of the boiler is switched off and only at certain times and within a maximum ambient temperature.
Chimney draft. Close the damper in the chimney when not in operation.
Tips to medium-high cost
Solar panels and solar collectors. To reduce spending in the heating you can install a solar panel system (thermal collectors) to produce hot water and / or heat the interior of the houses. The yields are very good and also the cost is greatly reduced compared to the past. However, it is advisable not to completely replace the gas boiler. The solar panels are useful to compensate for and reduce the consumption of gas. Since this is a source of energy intermittent and seasonal, it is preferable to opt for a mixed system.
Choose a more efficient boiler. In this case the rule is confirmed, the high efficiency boilers definitely cost more but also consume less. If you use a lot of heating is advisable to spend a little 'more in the beginning to lighten the gas bill.
Condensing boiler. The condensing boiler also exploits the heat of the exhaust fumes, obtaining a yield of 30% higher than a normal boiler. Condensing boilers cost more ... but the savings in the bill is assured.
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