In this article you can find practical ways and tips for reducing the heat loss of your home heating system, while limiting oil, gas and power costs.
Prudent use combined with the implementation of some "smart" practices, most of which do not require any extra substantial output, can significantly reduce your system's operating costs without having to make radical changes and investments.
15 low cost low cost interventions:
1. The first and most important move should be the proper maintenance and adjustment of the burner-boiler assembly. This must be done by a qualified and certified technician, at least once every 2 years at the beginning or end of the winter season and always according to the manufacturer's instructions. It is estimated that from the regular maintenance of the boiler - burner it is possible to obtain an energy saving of the order of 10%, resulting in the reduction of the fuel consumption.
2. Installing insulation in the bare parts of the piping network and restoring it to worn parts. The work can be done even by the owner himself. Estimated savings 3-5%.
3. Set the temperature of your home thermostat near 20οC in the winter. Practice that can bring significant savings of 10-15% of your energy costs for heating. It is indicative that for each 1oC lower thermostat setting temperature, you save about 5% of the energy consumption for heating.
4. Reduce heating hours by gaining a few minutes at the time you start and shutting down the heating system daily. It is preferable to operate the heating system continuously at lower temperatures rather than trying to open it at regular intervals.
5. Turn off radiators in places that are not often used as empty rooms and warehouses.
6. Take advantage of solar energy to heat your building. On sunny winter days, open the curtains and shutters on the south windows to allow the sun to enter the space.
7. Evaporate the radiators periodically to improve their efficiency. Air inside the heaters is trapped and prevents hot water from circulating freely. This can be easily understood since part of the surface of the radiator (usually the top) is cold in contrast to the rest of the surface that is warm.
8. Be sure to periodically clean the radiator surface and flaps of the dust.
9. Do not cover the radiators with curtains, furniture or other objects, as this will reduce their performance. A prerequisite for the proper operation of the radiators is the free circulation of air around their surfaces.
10. Detect and correct any water leaks directly from the system (you may need help from a technician).
11. If autonomous air conditioners are used for heating, their regular maintenance (filter cleaning and gas filling) must be ensured. The air direction must be downward to avoid stratification of the hot air on the ceiling.
12. If you have a fireplace, you close the chimney flap when you are not using it. When the chimney is open large amounts of heat from the interior space escape to the environment resulting in considerable waste of energy.
13. Check for holes and holes, especially on doors and windows and insulate with insulating material or silicone
14. Adjust your clothing according to weather, even when you are inside the building. Wear warm clothes to reduce heat loss from the body, thereby minimizing the heating system's operating hours.
15. Finally, make sure that those around you do not waste energy. Keep them up to date and give a good example.