Exact date when you should turn on your heating this year – and it’s still a long way off
As the temperatures start to drop and the days get shorter, you might think it’s almost time for you to turn on the heat.
But experts have revealed that you should actually wait another month, when the clocks roll back and the winter season really starts to kick in.
Since turning on your heating is a “sure sign that winter has arrived,” central heating experts at PlumbNation have said you shouldn’t turn it on until October 31st.
Expert Jordan Chance said, “Turning on your central heating is one of the sure signs that winter is here.
“While there is no single temperature at which you should turn your heating on, many are targeting when the clocks are rolling back, this year falling on October 31,” he told the Daily Echo.
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“There are, however, a number of ways you can delay turning on your heating, keep you warmer longer, and save you those extra pennies.
“Using a windbreaker is one of the fastest and cheapest ways to keep your home warm, by preventing cold air from entering and warm air from coming out under your doors.
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“Keeping your curtains closed or investing in a thermal curtain liner can also help prevent hot air from escaping – this tip alone can reduce heat loss by up to 25%.
While a favorite parenting saying is ‘put on a sweater,’ this old age argument can certainly keep you warmer longer and save the big switch for a later date.
“It is also important to note that leaving your heating to a minimum all day does not reduce your heating bills.
“Only heating when you need it is the best way to save energy. Using a thermostat with a timer offers a quick and easy solution to effectively controlling your heating. “
Top 10 Tips to Help You Save Money on Heating
1. Upgrade your thermostat
Your thermostat controls the temperature in your home by communicating with your boiler. Thermostats, especially in older homes with older heating systems, can degrade over time.
Such degradation can cause delays in firing your boiler or heating your home to temperatures much higher than necessary.
Upgrading your thermostat could improve the accuracy of communication between the thermostat and the boiler, prevent wasted energy, and save you money.
2. Stop drafts!
Preventing heat from escaping through unwanted spaces is one of the cheapest and most efficient ways to save energy and money.
To protect your home from drafts, you should primarily identify “problem areas” where drafts cause problems, such as doors, windows, fireplaces and floors.
You can block out unwanted spaces by using draft-proofing strips around your windows and doors, or a flexible silicone-based sealant to fill in the gaps in your floorboards.
3. Add an extra layer (or two!)
Instead of heating your house so it’s warm enough for you to walk around in shorts and a t-shirt, why not turn down your thermostat and put on a sweater?
Adding layers of clothing will insulate your body and make it easier to regulate your body temperature. The more layers you wear, the less heating will need to be turned on, which will lower your heating bills.
4. Introduce soft furniture
Upholstery fabrics, such as curtains and rugs, can make all the difference in saving money on your heating.
If you have a carpeted house, this will naturally help strengthen the insulation; However, if you have a hard floor covering, investing in good quality materials, like a soft carpet, will help prevent heat loss.
5. Lower your thermostat by 1 ° C
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An excessive heating bill can be easily rectified with the “lower” challenge.
By lowering your heating by just 1 ° C, you can save up to 10% on your heating bill.
The typical heating range is between 18 and 21 ° C – so why can’t you see how far you can go? It is also important to avoid the “missteps” of conventional thermostats.
Contrary to popular belief, raising your thermostat does not heat up your room any faster. This method will only skyrocket your energy bills.
6. Clean your radiators
If your radiators aren’t part of your weekly cleaning routine, it’s time to add them. A buildup of dust can affect your health, allergies and your heating bill.
Layers of dust in your radiator can prevent heat from escaping effectively, which means your radiators will have to work harder to warm your room.
7. Do not dry your clothes on your radiator.
We recommend that you stop using your heaters to dry your clothes.
The clothes you place on top of your radiators keep heat from escaping and heating your room, which means your boiler has to take over and run at a higher rate – which increases costs.
Likewise, increased humidity in the air can create condensation, leading to potential mold and moisture problems.
8. Check your radiator cover
If you have a radiator cover, make sure it is a good conductor of heat.
Radiator covers made from materials such as wood are poor conductors and can prevent heat from dispersing effectively, wasting energy and money.
If your radiator cover has a solid top, you may lose even more heat, as it will be absorbed by the top of the cover.
9. Bleed your radiators
Bleeding your radiator is essential to prevent the efficiency of your radiator from decreasing as a result of air entering your heating system.
The quickest way to check if air has entered your heating system is to turn on your central heating and smell your radiator.
If the radiator is hot at the bottom but cold at the top, this is usually a sign of air.
10. Have your boiler serviced
If your boiler is aging and seen better days, chances are it is not working as efficiently as it used to be.
Faulty boilers can dramatically increase your heating bill as they will have to work much harder to bring your home to the temperature you want.
We recommend that you have your boiler serviced every 12 months (preferably before the winter season), to ensure that your boiler is operating efficiently and safely.