Central heating skills

October 10th 2016
By: Melanie Hollidge
Central heating skills

It’s that time of year when the thermostat seems to have a mind of its own and the heating comes on when you least expect it.  If you want your St Albans or Harpenden home to be snug this winter without breaking the bank it might be worth taking stock of the dos and don’ts of central heating.
It might seem obvious making sure that our home heating controls are correctly set but according to research by the Energy Saving Trust, 60% of us make basic errors when it comes to setting the thermostat and it costs us money.
The most common thermostat myths are: Turning the thermostat up when it’s cold outside 52% of people do this but if you do turn up the thermostat when it’s cold outside, you’ll probably end up too hot. Turning up the thermostat to heat the room more quickly, 35% of us routinely do this but your thermostat isn’t a throttle it has no control over the speed at which your house heats up, it simply sets the final temperature. Believing that leaving the thermostat set low and keeping the heating on constantly is more efficient than turning it on and off, 38% of us believe this but all it actually does is heat an empty home.  
To work out how to set your thermostat you need to choose a cold evening and time how long it takes for your house to reach a comfortable temperature - the warm-up time. Then turn the heating off and time how long it takes before you get uncomfortably cold -the cool-down time. Then set your timers to allow for both the warm up and cool down times and you’ll be in better control of the temperature of your home.