4 winter heating myths busted

Posted in Combined Heat & Power | Plumbing
Published on November 21, 2019
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It’s that time of year when the clocks have gone back, the dark nights are drawing in and the temperature has dropped significantly. Before you reach for the thermostat and crank the heating up high, think about these common heating myths that could be costing you hundred’s a year.

Learn about these common heating myths and the truth behind them so you can avoid costly heating mistakes, reduce your energy consumption, and cut energy bills.

Myth 1: It’s cheaper to leave the heating on all the time rather than turning it on and off

A very common heating myth is that it takes more energy to turn the heating on and off, than it does to leave the heating turned on at a low temperature constantly. According to experts at the Energy Saving Trust, having the heating on only when you need it is the best way to save energy and money. 

One reason for this is that a small amount of energy constantly leaks out of your home, so if you keep the heating on, you’ll be continuously losing energy all day.

Why put your heating on when your not in the house to benefit from it? Make use of your timers so your heating only comes on at the times of day that it’s needed. Make sure the clock on your timer is right and remember to adjust it when the clocks change.

Myth 2: Turning the thermostat up higher will heat the house quicker

When the weather turns and it’s getting colder outside and inside, it can be tempting to turn the thermostat up to a really high temperature thinking that it will warm the house up quicker. 

However, this doesn’t help your space to get warmer any quicker. The house will warm up at the same speed, regardless of what temperature you set it to. Instead, set your thermostat to 18°C – 21°C as recommended and wait for the space to warm up. 

Myth 3: Paint radiators black to save energy

Some people think that painting radiators black instead of the standard white will make your heating more energy efficient. The thinking behind this is that black is a more efficient colour at absorbing and giving off heat.

However, this isn’t true. It’s more important to insulate your walls properly to prevent any heat from leaking out of your home altogether.

Myth 4: Only get a technician to look at your boiler if it’s not working

Unfortunately, many people only call out boiler engineers when they are already experiencing a problem with their heating system.

Instead, you should have your heating system serviced once a year to check it is working correctly and efficiently. Another benefit is that regular servicing can help you avoid a costly repair bill. Just make sure you use Gas Safe registered engineers so you can be confident that the work will be done correctly and will follow strict safety standards.

Cut energy consumption & cut costs

Take these common tricks into account the next time you turn your heating on. You could use less energy and save a fortune on your energy bills so it’s a win-win.

Kiasu Workforce uses only Gas Safe Registered engineers to carry out our boiler maintenance service and any heating and gas services. So get in touch with our team today to benefit from our central heating and boiler services.