7 February 2024 Cariad Marketing
An effective heating schedule is your secret weapon in the cold winter months. It not only boosts your comfort level but also slashes heating bills and shrinks your carbon footprint. Imagine – a warm haven without breaking the bank or harming the planet!
But how many hours a day should your heating actually be on and when is the best time to turn it on?
Choosing the right heating system and using it efficiently can significantly impact your comfort, energy bills, and environmental footprint.
The ideal temperature usually depends on personal preference, activity level, and occupants’ age. Over the winter months, adjusting your heating to a comfortable temperature between 18 and 20°C should help to keep you warm.
The World Health Organisation recommends 18-21°C for living areas and 16-18°C for bedrooms. And 18°C is the minimum temperature any room should be to ensure good health (based on a healthy adult wearing warm clothing). Temperatures should always be adjusted to accommodate an individual’s health conditions.
Unfortunately, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to how many hours a day you should use your heating. Most people keep their heating on for a little over five hours on a winter day with an average temperature of 19°C. But it really depends on various factors such as weather conditions, insulation and personal preference.
Well-insulated homes may only need heating for 6-8 hours even in winter, as they retain heat better. Poorly insulated homes might require 10-12 hours or more of heating to maintain comfortable temperatures.
Some people prefer warmer temperatures (19-21°C), requiring longer heating periods, while others are comfortable with cooler settings (16-18°C), reducing heating needs. If you stay at home or work from home, you will likely need the heating to be on and therefore use more energy than someone who goes out to work every day.
It’s okay to adjust your heating based on your daily needs and comfort level. The key is to be mindful of the factors mentioned above and avoid unnecessary heating to save energy and costs.
There’s no single “best” time to turn on your heating in the UK, as it depends on several factors influencing comfort and energy efficiency. However, many recommend the heating should be switched on when outdoor temperatures reach 15°C or lower.
You should set the central heating programme to come on around half an hour before you get up, and go off around half an hour before you go to bed. And if the house is empty during the day, or you can manage without heating during the day, make sure you’ve set the programmer to go off for this period too.
If you have Economy 7, the cheapest time of day to use electrical devices is during off-peak hours when your local energy rates are lower, overnight and during the early hours of the morning. This is where electric storage heaters can save you money. They are designed to store heat during the night, and slowly release it into the room during the day. However, even off-peak electricity is more expensive than gas, and even the most efficient storage heaters produce less heat in the evening when you need it most.
It’s essential to create a heating schedule that keeps you warm and comfortable while keeping heating costs low and being mindful of the environment. And that starts by choosing the right heating system for your space.
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