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What is the most economical way to use central heating?

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Answered by Tom Sutton Heating

23rd July 2019

Tom Sutton Heating answered the question "What is the most economical way to use central heating?"

Generally speaking it is best to keep your home reasonably warm all the time. Heating your home from cold will cause the your boiler to run for longer therefore reducing efficiency. Modern controls can be used to set specific temperatures at specific times. For example you can set the temperature for 20C whilst you are at home and then set the temperature for 16C whilst you are out. This will stop the house temperature falling whilst you are out. To manage this even better you can use a control with open therm and geolocation. Geolocation will automatically switch your heating off when you out (to your lower set point) and bring your heating on when you are on your way back! This will keep your home at the optimum temperature all the time.

Answered by Nick Keeble and Son

4th June 2019

Nick Keeble and Son answered the question "What is the most economical way to use central heating?"

This all depends on the insulation properties of your home. The hardest (most expensive) part of heating a house is heating it from cold, therefore if you home is well insulated then you can have the heating on a couple of times a day and the house won't lose much heat in between. If your home is less well insulated then you are better off getting it warm, and then keeping the heat on low constantly, maybe increasing the heat when you want it. Think about riding a bike- it takes lots of effort to get it going, but once it is going it is fairly easy to speed up. If you let the bike stop, you have to use lots of energy to start again- it's more energy efficient to keep the wheels turning slowly. This is where programmable room thermostats can save you lots of money. You can have them set between 19-21 when you want the heating on, then set back to 16-17 when you don't necessarily want the heating on, but the house won't get too cold, then back to 19-21 in the evening.

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