Tips and tricks to guarantee yourself a good onesavings on heatingin the winter months. Here's how to heat your home while saving money.
Everyone aspires tosavings on heatingdomestic, yet few people are interested in issues such as energy efficiency, building insulation and responsible use of resources ... very badly, because thesavings on heatingis the synthesis of these three factors. In a house rich in heat loss, the search for savings on heating it will be really difficult.
Forsave on heatingnothing should be left to chance. In this article we will see tips on how to save on heating, both if you have a natural gas system, and if you use the old (and expensive!) Electric heaters.
Make the drapery count
If you have south-facing windows, open the shutters during sunny hours and sport a couple of dark curtains. Maximize the sun exposure of the house, this could also mean cutting an evergreen tree that creates shade for the house. The ideal, to make the most of the vegetation, would be to plant a deciduous tree that loses its vegetation in winter, allows the sun's rays to penetrate, and regains its leaves in summer, providing precious shade to the house.
Use a double pair of curtains, in the true sense of the word: buy two dark curtains. By doubling the curtains you will increase the insulation of the frame and by choosing dark shades you will be able to absorb more heat. If you want to avoid setting up two tents, you can choose thermal tents specially designed for absorb heat from the sun and release it into the room. They are not very expensive, for example, an insulating and blackout thermal curtain is offered at a price of € 26.99 on Amazon. These curtains can also be installed for windows facing north, to be kept closed day and night (since the sun never shines on these windows).
If the previous advice is universally valid, both for those who have a centralized heating system and for those who aim to save on electric stoves, the use of thermostat and chronothermostat is dedicated only to those with radiators or centralized heating systems.
If you leave the house, don't leave the radiators on! Rather, activate them remotely, just before your return with the Nest thermostat or program the return (and switch-on) time with a chronothermostat.
Convectors - electric stoves
If you use old electric stoves or have rooms without radiators, consider installing a convector by searching the web, indeed, you can start from here: convectors: advantages and disadvantages.
There are those who associate electric stoves with the good old days of the university house and there are those who still have to deal with them, from winter to winter. If you have outdated electric stoves, retire them. The advances in recent years, in the field of energy efficiency, are remarkable and an electric stove, today, allows you a good onesavings on your bill.
If you have mold problems in your home, don't! In fact, you will need a dehumidifier. Conversely, if you tend to have chapped lips often and get up with a dry throat in the morning, you might want to use a humidifier. By raising the humidity levels, the temperature perceived by the body will be higher so you can lower the intensity of the heating.
The weak link in domestic insulation are doors and windows, but drafts can also hide in unexpected areas: check the electrical sockets, plumbing pipes and the chimney of the hood and chimney! If there are drafts, eliminate them by following the tips you will find in my guide:how to eliminate drafts from doors and windows.
Don't forget to take care of your heating system. In particular, you can find specific suggestions in my guides:
- Maintenance of radiators
- Air conditioner maintenance
- Do-it-yourself boiler maintenance
In order not to be a victim of the cold, nutrition also plays its part. Macrobiotic cuisine can be an excellent ally: you prefer stews, herbal teas and hot meals. Avoid ingesting cold drinks and foods. This will also help you to withstand the winter cold without increasing the intensity of the heating.
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