Make the Most of what you’ve got
It’s no good paying money to keep your home warm if most of the heated air then leaks out through gaps. Losing warm air through cracks in window frames and doors and allowing cold air in is a waste of money so make sure you check them and fill in any gaps.
Double-glazed windows and adequate insulation will also help to keep you cosy at least cost in energy bills. You can also use the natural features of the house to do this. A large window that faces the sun can help to warm up a room during the day and, as evening approaches and the sun disappears, close the curtains to retain heat.
Use the System Sensibly
When you come into a cold house, there’s a great temptation to put the thermostat up to the maximum setting so you get a quick blast of heat. That, however, is the most likely way to push up your energy costs and should be resisted. It’s usually much better to plan ahead and set your heating to come on at a reasonable temperature before you arrive home so the house will be nice and warm. It can even be more efficient to have the heating on constantly at a reasonable temperature, so the house never goes cold.
Separating your home into zones and then setting a different temperature for each one means you have optimum comfort at the least cost. You’ll normally want your bedroom to be slightly cooler than your living areas so you can sleep comfortably. Similarly, you may turn off the heating entirely in a guest bedroom when it’s not in use, only turning it on again when guests are expected. Everywhere will be as warm as you want it to be, and you’ll save money by avoiding unnecessary heating.
Make the Most of Your Thermostat
A programmable thermostat will enable you to get the most from your heating so, if you don’t have one, it’s a great investment. You can set the heating to come on and go off when you need to and can often vary the timings for different days of the week. A one-degree drop in temperature on the thermostat won’t be noticed in terms of comfort but can make a significant saving on your heating bills.
Regular Servicing is Essential
Heating systems can suffer from a build-up of dirt and components will wear with use. As a result, the system will become less efficient, temperatures drop, and energy bills will increase. Eventually, the system will break down and you will be without heating altogether until it’s fixed, which may be costly depending on the problem. There’s also the danger of carbon monoxide leaks, which can be extremely dangerous.
You can avoid all these difficulties with regular servicing, which will identify problems before they occur and prevent failures. We can provide full maintenance for your ducted heating, repair it if broken down and provide a high-quality replacement at the end of its life.