Reducing costs when heating is feasible but avoiding costs completely is hopeless. If you don’t have a tiled or wood-burning stove in your home, you don’t have any sensible alternatives for heating. On the other hand, if your heating system has some issues, furnace replacement can help you save money on heating.
Do not block radiators with furniture
If there is a sofa or chest of drawers in front of the radiator, the heat accumulates behind the piece of furniture and is not properly released into the air in the room. Therefore, you should leave at least 30 centimeters between the radiator and furniture. Curtains should also not be hanging in front of the radiator to avoid heat build-up. Curtains should be short enough to end above the heater or tie to the side.
Close shutters, blinds, shutters and draw curtains
As soon as it’s dark outside, it’s worth lowering the shutters. Roller shutters, blinds, window shutters and curtains help to ensure that the heat does not disappear through the windows so quickly. They serve as a kind of additional thermal insulation for the windows.
Airing: short, but right
You actually know better, but you still do it again and again in everyday life. Instead of ventilating briefly, you tilt the window after showering or when cooking. You save energy if you ventilate the room several times a day for a few minutes instead of keeping the windows open all the time. With tilted windows, the walls cool down more and it takes a lot of energy to heat them up again. Incidentally, the quickest way to exchange air is to open opposite windows at the same time so that the air can flow through.
Compared to tilted windows, targeted ventilation can save up to 12.5 percent. With the current electricity, oil and gas prices, it’s well worth it.
Adjust the temperature according to the room
Because you usually spend most of your time under the covers in the bedroom, it is sufficient if the temperature there is no more than 18 °C. In rooms where you spend the day, for example in the living room, in home office studies and in children’s rooms, the temperature can be 21 to 22 °C. Just one degree less room temperature reduces heating costs by six percent. Thus, you can save money if you reduce the temperature.