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Home Heating Myths: De-Bunked

Even as we excitedly begin to see the days warming up, unsurprisingly, the weather is still as unpredictable as ever. At Campus, we are committed to enabling our customers to get the most out of their home heating, so your money goes the distance.

We are also constantly working towards a sustainable future, and so aim to help you use our fuels in the most efficient manner, so you can save money whilst protecting the environment.

In light of this, we thought it best to demystify some of the more commonly heard rumours surrounding home heating tips and tricks, separating fact from fiction.

 

“If I crank up the thermostat, my house will heat-up quicker” – Fiction

It can be very tempting after a miserable, chilly day to crank your heating up a couple of notches. The idea behind this one is that setting a higher temperature should speed up the process of getting to your ideal level of heat.

The problem is that the thermostat controls the final temperature, not the speed.

For example, if it takes 10 minutes to heat the house to 20°, and you set the thermostat to 30°, it will still take 10 minutes to reach 20°.

Then it will keep running for another 20 minutes to reach 30°.

Meaning you will end up with an uncomfortable space and a waste of your money and energy.

 

Fact – Setting the temperature for your desired heat is always the best choice

 

“It’s better to leave my heating on all day, instead of turning it on and off” – Fiction

It’s quite common to hear people talk about how leaving a heating system on all-day should work out cheaper in the long-run, as it saves the system from working hard when turned on or prevents condensation. This however is undeniably more word-of-mouth than set-in-stone.

Firstly, heat naturally flows from warm areas into colder ones, also the difference in temperature speeds this process up. In other words, the warmer your house is kept, the quicker it will lose heat.

As well as this, its unavoidable that a certain amount of energy will leak or escape from your home. You can improve this with insulation, but your system will still always be battling the cold from outside.

If left on, this means that even when you’re not home, your Thermostat will have to work constantly to keep your house at the set temperature.

All of this results in you wasting a lot of money and energy unnecessarily should you choose to leave your heating on. Its always going to work out cheaper overall if you only use it when you need it.

 

Fact – Turn your heating on only as you need it or make use of your thermostat’s timer to make sure you arrive home to a cosy comfortable house.

 

“If it’s colder outside I should turn up the heating” – Fiction

On particularly chilly nights, it might feel right to blast the heating up to make up for outdoor temperature drops.

As mentioned previously, your thermostat is always trying to maintain your desired temperature. Also remember that hotter homes lose heat faster!

This means that if you increase your temperature settings, it will only lead to an over-heated house and most likely will run up your bills unnecessarily.

So, for maximum comfort, we recommend leaving the dial as it is, and trusting your thermostat to maintain your desired level of warmth.

 

Fact – Changing the temperature of your thermostat is unnecessary if the weather is worse

 

“Closing my vents or shutting doors to unused rooms will save money” – Fiction

It makes sense to think that there’s not much point in heating rooms which aren’t being used. However, closing doors or vents will not help focus the heating to the more popular parts of the house.

As we’ve established, home heating systems are built to maintain a desired heat across each and every room in the house. So, closing certain doors or vents will only cause hot or cold spots in certain areas.

The warm area will still move to mix with the cold – through the inner walls – but in this case it will travel unevenly. So, your thermostat may have to work harder and for longer to establish the correct temperature.

You might end up using more energy, saving less money and may even cause damage to your system over time.

 

Fact – Keeping airflow throughout your house is the best way to help your heating system work to its full potential

 

“Insulating a house is expensive and complicated.” – Fiction

If you find yourself living in an older house, or somewhere you suspect might have missed out on being fully insulated – it can be frustrating to pay for heating knowing a sizeable amount may be escaping or leaking out.

However, you’ll be relieved to learn that there are a number of cheap and easy ways to improve your houses insulation without making any intimidating investments.

Even small changes like using heavier curtains and allowing the sun in to heat rooms through windows can make a difference.

Weather-proofing strips can be found for relatively cheap these days and can go a long way to sealing any pesky leaks and draughts in your doors and windows.

 

Fact – The cost and effort of DIY insulations is inconvenient but will most definitely pay off when lowering your bills in the long run.

 

Sources:

BankRate.com 

Seai.ie

Energysavingtrust.org

MoneySavingexpert.com