Energy efficiency and savings in the home > Heating

Set your thermostat to a maximum of 20 ºC. For each additional degree at which you set it, 8% more energy will be consumed by the heating system. Adapt the hours you set on the thermostat to your working day: it is not necessary to keep the house at 20 ºC when you are not at home. Turn off the heating at night and during long periods away from home. Turn off the radiators in the rooms that are not used or that are used less frequently, or at least turn their temperature setting down to 17 ºC, if possible. It is healthy to ventilate all rooms. Ventilating for 10 minutes is enough. The right time for ventilating depends on the temperature outdoors: in the winter it is recommendable to ventilate at midday. In any case, it is best to turn off the heating when ventilating. Do not leave windows open or ajar, above all if the heating is on. During the day, leave window blinds up to take maximum advantage of the heat and light provided by the sun. At night, close window blinds and curtains. In the winter it is best to dress warm. It is not necessary or good for your health to go about in shirt-sleeves while at home. Gas-powered central heating systems are those that can be used most economically, with suitable maintenance of the boiler. Each radiator should have its own valve so that it can be adjusted separately. Heating can be adjusted by means of thermostatic valves on each radiator or a programmable regulator. These systems provide energy savings of between 8 and 13%. Don?t wait for heating systems to break down before carrying out their maintenance. The presence of air in radiators impedes heat transmission to the room where they are installed, so it should always be removed. It is recommendable to ?bleed? the radiators at least once a year, at the start of the heating season. You can stop bleeding the radiator as soon as only water and no air comes out. Radiators should not be covered and no objects should be placed in front of them or very close to them since the flow of warm air would be obstructed in this way.

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