If, for any reason, you cannot change your heating system for the one that best suits your home and the way you use it, don't worry. There are a series of very easy tricks that will help you to save on heating bills without getting cold.
1. Bleed the radiators
Clean and remove the air from the radiators at least once a year, since radiators usually accumulate small air bubbles that impede the proper passage of heat. Before the cold of winter arrives is the best time to do this. That way, you will ensure they are in an optimum state for their use. If we don't bleed our heating system, we will spend more money for the same result.
2. Maintain a comfortable temperature
According to the Institute for Diversification and Energy Saving (IDAE), a temperature of 21ºC “is enough for the comfort of the home”. Be rational and don't fall into the trap that just because you have heating, it has to feel like August inside your living room. For every degree you increase the temperature, your spend around 7% more on heating.
3. Turn off the heating at night
It has been demonstrated that it is more efficient to keep the heating switched on for a couple of hours before going to sleep and to switch it on again when you wake up, rather than having it on all night. Leaving it on all night will only overheat the environment and result in you paying more.
4. Install programmable thermostats
With a thermostat or a programmable valve connected to your radiator, you can reduce consumption by between 8% and 13%.
5. Ventilate the rooms, but not too much
The IDAE points out that 10 minutes are needed to air the environment in our home without having it get cold. If we leave the windows open for longer, we will then have to use the heating more and, therefore, spend money unnecessarily.
6. Insulate your home well
Investing in good thermal insulation systems - in windows, doors, ceilings and floors - is, in the long run, a great way to save money on heating. Sometimes, major works are not necessary and it is sufficient to lay down rugs, use thicker curtains or to paint with colors that absorb the sunlight and, therefore, its heat.
7. Don't cover the radiators
No doubt you're familiar with the old trick of putting the damp laundry on top of the radiator so that it dries quicker. Despite being a widespread practice, this prevents the heat from spreading around the room, obliging us to keep the heating on for longer.
8. Carry out regular checks on your boiler
Just like when you bleed the radiators, dedicating some time and even a little money to inspect and keep the boiler in good condition can provide a major saving when we receive the bill. All devices in bad condition or that are old result in us wasting energy, thus making it hard to save money on heating.
9. Make the most of the sunlight
One way to save on heating bills, and to give our home a pleasant environment at the same time, is to make the most of the hours of sunlight. Draw back the curtains before going to work in the morning so that the sunlight can enter through the windows throughout the day and the house can heat up naturally.
10. Turn off the radiators of empty rooms
It may seem obvious, but it's always worth reminding ourselves of it. If in your home there is some room that you don't use frequently, turn off the radiator. Otherwise, when you switch on the heating, you will also be spending energy in those areas you don't use.