Changing the windows, investing in the state-of-the-art heating system or taking care of the house insulation. These are the ways to reduce heating costs. However, they require a lot of investment, time and sometimes even a great amount of patience. But this time, we focused on simpler tips, some of which can be applied practically immediately. Observing them strictly will definitely lower your heating costs.
Many homeowners are thinking about how to save on heating while maintaining thermal comfort during the heating season. In order to avoid unexpected unpaid balance in your annual energy bill, it is advisable to think about whether your valuable household heat does not escape. Modern technologies, as well as the observance of several simple principles will help you in this matter.
1. Do not place obstacles in the warm air path
If you already set the radiators to the maximum and the room still does not seem heated enough, it is possible that something is preventing the spreading of warm air. Do not cover the radiators, do not place curtains over them and leave as much free space around the radiators as possible. If it is not necessary, do not use the radiators to dry your clothes. In the case of old, non-insulated buildings, a reflective layer applied to the wall behind the radiator will help you with the heating.
2. Take care of sealing the doors and windows
Does it seem that there is a draught at the windows and do you feel cold on the floor at the front door? The problem will probably be their sealing. The precious heat escapes through these places and you have to heat more to reach the desired room temperature. Pay attention to the sealing of the doors, windows, shaft openings or access into your attic, ideally before the heating season.
3. Proper airing will also help you
One way to lower heating costs is proper airing. Do not avoid it even if the outside temperature is below zero. The key to success in this case is short and intense airing which will refresh the air in the room, but will not unnecessarily cool the walls. Do not open the windows for ventilation, use this way in warmer seasons. If you open the window wide for a while, the walls will not cool too much and the room will be pleasantly ventilated without unnecessary heat loss.
4. Adjust the temperature reasonably
Do not overheat the rooms. Turn off the radiators in rooms where you do not normally stay. The ideal temperature in a bedroom is 18 to 20 °C, and it is 21 to 22 °C in a living room or a children’s room. In general, lowering the temperature by 1 °C reduces heat consumption for heating by about 6 %. A modern heating system with a thermostat can help you save even more.
5. Leave it to smart home technology
The last tip is a specialty for you. The Domotron home automation system will help you with taking care of the above-mentioned activities. It also understands heating and cooling to create the desired temperature conditions at your home. In addition, it will achieve this without your regular interference and much more efficiently.
Whether you have a gas boiler, a heat pump or underfloor heating, it is possible to integrate virtually any heating system into the Domotron system. Thanks to Domotron, you can divide the household into zones to set the ideal temperature in each room. The bedroom will be less heated so you can sleep better, the bathroom will be warmer to ensure maximum comfort.
You can also fully automate the heating system by modes. Just set up 4 day modes – morning, work, home and night. Before you get up in the morning, the system will start heating to keep you warm while getting ready for work. Heating will be reduced when you are at work, and your home will be pleasantly warmed according to your expectations when you get back from work.
You can also set the Holiday mode when you choose to relax outside your home. A temperature of 15-20 °C is maintained in your home in this case. Before your arrival which is set using an application, the heating will be switched on again and you will return to a place with the ideal temperature.
Why is this smart home solution so effective? In order to set the desired temperature in specific rooms, it does not use only heating or cooling. Light sensors and blinds are integrated into the system as well. How does it look like in practice? For example, if the system detects that sunlight can heat the room sufficiently, it will turn off the heating, pull the blinds up, and use the sunlight for heating. This is a modern way to get the most comfortable and energy-saving living.