When it comes to your energy consumption, your heating behaviour offers significant potential for adjustments. A good place to start is to take a look at your radiators. Bleed your radiators regularly. The more air there is in the heating circuit, the more energy is needed to reach the set temperature. Clear the radiators of furniture or curtains, which prevent them from giving off the heat to the room in the most efficient way.
Try to lower the temperature at home if possible. For orientation: The Federal Environment Agency recommends a room temperature in living areas of no more than 20 degrees during the day. At night, the value is 18 degrees Celsius. Check whether the heating can be switched off completely at night and in unused rooms. This is often the case in well-insulated buildings. If you have shutters, close them overnight. Closed curtains also help keep the heat inside your home.
Programmable thermostats also help to save gas and heating costs. Intelligent control ensures that rooms are only heated when desired and only as much as necessary. If you have the option, you can replace the thermostats yourself. Programmable thermostats are installed in the same way as conventional, manual thermostats. The gas boiler itself also offers potential for optimisation. It should be cleaned and adjusted regularly by a specialist.
Economical heating also includes proper ventilation. Instead of leaving the window tilted open all day, it is better toair out a room several times a day – two to three times a day and for no more than five minutes in winter. If you are at home during the day, ventilate three to five times a day. Cross-ventilation is particularly effective. Turn down the heating before ventilating and open the windows as wide as possible.
Those who rely on fan heaters and infrared heaters to heat their home with electricity instead of gas should consider a few things. Heating with electricity is currently much more expensive than heating with gas. Electricity in itself is expensive. Furthermore, fan heaters are inefficient and only suitable for small areas. Infrared heaters are considered efficient, but they cost a lot of money. Even with them, you can’t heat the whole apartment.