Gas central heating can be one of the most cost effective and energy efficient forms of heating in the home. It provides great ambient heat when using radiators or can be directed by the use of gas fires or heaters. It is even possible to have underfloor central heating which provide warmth for the whole room.
But even with all these benefits, it is possible to lose money by using the controls inefficiently.
Simply turning on your heating at the wrong time or having it turned up too high can make all the difference to your heating bills at the end of the winter.
- Set your thermostat at a reasonable temperature. Between 19 and 23 degrees is usually enough. If you find this is too cold, then check for sources of draughts. Once set it is not necessary to change the setting as doing so will not make the room heat any quicker.
- Use the adjustment valves on your radiators to adjust the settings in each room. This will allow you to have the radiator on only in the rooms you are using or at different temperatures for each member of the house.
- Use you timer switch effectively. Take the time to set up at least two periods of inactivity during the day. This might be overnight when you are kept warm in bed, or during the day when no one is in the house. Ensuring that the heating is not on all day will reduce bills significantly. It shouldn't be necessary to have the heating on for more than 30 minutes before the room will need to be used. This should be enough time for it to heat up.
- Take note of where your thermostat is placed. If it is in a draughty room near a door, then it is likely to register the temperature as being cooler than it is in the rest of the house. In this case, keep it turned down slightly or move it into the central part of the house.
- Turn down your hot water cylinder to 60 degrees Celsius. This is plenty for baths and showers and will prevent scalding if there are children in the house. It is not necessary to heat water until just before you need it, so once again use those timer controls.
All it takes is little common sense to avoid huge winter bills, but to still enjoy a warm and comfortable home. It is also nice to know that taking these simple steps will help you to do your bit for the environment.