How to heat and save costs
A warm home is comfortable, but heating can be a considerable cost factor. If you follow some basic rules, you can easily cut your heating costs. The rule of thumb: Every degree that you lower the room temperature saves six percent of heating energy.
How do I know what the right temperature is?
- Depending on how and when you use a room, various temperatures are recommended: In the rooms where you spend most of your time you should aim for 20 degrees celsius; in your kitchen about 18 degrees is enough and in the bedroom 17 degrees should do the trick.
- It makes sense to lower the temperature in your living room and any other rooms not in use during the night. Turn the heating down a while before you go to bed – remember, it takes some time for the temperature to drop.
When should I heat?
- Most people need to heat their homes from the mid-September to mid-May. In these months you should concentrate on heating your apartment during daylight hours, i.e. between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. If the winter is extremely cold, you should have your heating on all the time.
- Even if you are not in your apartment for an extended period during the coldest months, you should still never turn your heating completely off – you should leave the heating on one of its lower settings, or at least at the frost protection setting, because frost seriously can damage the heating system. If the apartment cools down too much, there is a greater risk of mould.
- Turn the heating off when you open the window to air out your apartment. When you tilt the window you should also turn off the heating. As the radiator is usually found directly below the window, warmth is drawn outside and wasted.
- You should turn down your heating when direct sunlight is enough to heat the rooms.
Practical tip: You should always close room doors when you heat. Otherwise warm air goes into unheated rooms, condenses and raises air humidity. This can lead to mould developing on walls and furniture.