7 tips for optimal heating

With these 7 tips you are easily saving emissions and money - without freezing!

The cold months are here - time to turn up the heaters and really snuggle in. But energy prices are rising and climate-friendly heating options are unfortunately few and far between. So when you look at your energy bill or the CO2 emissions of your gas heating system, it's quickly over.

To help you get through the winter with a clear conscience and keep your energy costs down despite high prices, we have 10 simple tips for you to keep your home warm and still save on heating costs. Let's go!

Adjust thermostat and lower the room temperature

The first thing you can do to heat effectively: take a look at your thermostat. Make sure that it is not blocked and that it reflects the actual room temperature. Because the heating is based on the temperature measured on the thermostat. Then check to see if the thermostat is set to match your daily routine. For example, do you go to bed fairly regularly around 11 p.m. and get up around 7 a.m.? Then adjust the rhythm so that the heating does not heat your entire apartment during this time. And finally, check what temperature is set. Can you lower the room temperature by 1-2 degrees? Per degree you can reduce your energy consumption by 6% and save about 260 kg CO2! Maybe that is an argument. As a guideline: The perfect temperature in the living room is 20 degrees, 18 degrees is a good temperature to sleep in, and 16 degrees is often enough for rooms that are not used very often, such as the kitchen. If you don't have a thermostat, you can use the heating controls as a guide. 20 degrees corresponds to level 3, 18 degrees level 2 and 16 degrees level 1. Are you also one of those people who think that the heating gets warm particularly quickly on level 5? Then I'm sorry to disappoint you, because this is an absolute misconception. Because the hot water in the radiator always has the same temperature, no matter at which level the heating is set. At a higher setting, the radiator simply heats longer to reach the desired temperature. With this tip, you can save around 35 euros a year.

Close the doors

Sounds obvious, but I'm sure we all forget more often than we think: an open door quickly leads to you heating the hallway or your bedroom as well, instead of just the living room. This cools down the living room faster and increases the risk of mold growth. Because where warm air meets cold walls, it likes to spread.

Use good curtains well

Curtains or blinds that insulate can make a big difference. If the sun is shining during the day, it makes perfect sense to open curtains and blinds and use the solar energy. At night, it is advisable to close blinds and curtains to provide additional insulation to the windows and keep the heat in the room longer. In summer, insulating curtains, in turn, keep the heat out. So brings benefits all year round and you can save up to 15 euros a year in heating costs!

Proper ventilation

The Germans' favorite word: "shock ventilation"! We're experts at that, and it brings us a few advantages - even if it's stuffy. Because with effective ventilation you can save up to 150 euros on heating costs! How does it work? The window should not be permanently on tilt when airing, but the windows and doors should best be opened several times a day at the same time, so the air exchange is fast and it saves some energy, because the air in the rooms is exchanged quickly without the walls cool down. Additional tip: Make sure that all thermostats are turned all the way back during ventilation, otherwise the temperature sensor will react to the cold air and your heating will go up.

Do not cover the heater

Be honest, are all your heaters free or are you also one of the people who have the sofa in front of the heater? Depending on how big your apartment or your shared room is, sometimes you can't help it, that's understandable, but it's still worth trying. Because a blocked heater can not properly transfer heat to the room. Often 20-30 centimeters from the heater is enough. A radiator cover and a thick layer of dust can make heating even more difficult.

Seal windows and doors

For example, if you live in an old apartment and your windows and doors do not seal completely, the heated air will continuously escape. This is not only cold, but also expensive in the long run. But what can you do about it? A quick solution: put towels in front of the doors and between the double windows. A more professional solution, but one that costs a few euros, is to replace the seal. There are different sealing tapes made of rubber or foam in the hardware store. Simply measure beforehand and if you have double windows, seal only the inner pane, otherwise condensation will collect.

Let the air out

So, you've optimized your apartment for heating, the thermostat is set, all the furniture is out of place and you're a pro at airing it out, then the heating season can come! And then: it gurgles in the heating and it does not get warm properly. This is a sign of air in the heating system, which leads to more energy being consumed. But don't panic, you don't have to call a heating contractor right away. If you have a vent wrench, you can easily fix the problem yourself. Here's how: Place a bowl under the bleeder valve and have a rag or towel handy, just to be on the safe side. Then turn your heater on full and wait until the radiators get warm. Then open the vent valve briefly and let the air escape. When only hot water comes out, you can close the valve tightly and turn the heating down again: done! With this trick you can save up to 30 euros a year!

Here come all 7 tips summarized again for a good overview:

  1. Adjust thermostat and lower the room temperature

  2. Close the doors

  3. Use good curtains well

  4. Ventilate properly

  5. Do not cover the heater

  6. Seal windows and doors

  7. Let the air out

That way, you'll be well prepared for the heating season and armed against rising energy prices. Can you think of any other tips? Then feel free to write to us on Instagram. And of course, the general rule is: dress warmly in winter, drink tea and cuddle up with your loved ones always helps, and not just when you're cold!

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