Timer or Thermostat?
Updated: Oct 3, 2018
So what's the best way to heat your house in the winter?
Should you keep your heating on all the time on low, or do you put it on higher on a timer?
We all want to heat our homes as efficiently as we can, but what's the best way to do that? Well, it depends on how much time you're at home, and how well insulated your house is.
A well insulated house will maintain the heat, so if you're home all day, and the heat isn't escaping, keeping your thermostat on constant at a medium temperature will be an efficient way of heating your home.
A house that's empty most of the day and isn't very well insulated is better to be on a timer, so you're only using the heating as and when you need it.
Timers are so much more sophisticated now than they used to be, so that you can do just about anything, either from home or remotely.
Energy bills are going up all the time, insulating your home and having efficient heating have never been so important.
Double glazing, loft insulation, wall insulation and good draught proofed doors can all help keep your house warmer, but always make sure you still have ventilation.
Fitting thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) throughout your house means you can control the heat from room to room, so you only heat the rooms you are using. This can reduce your bills a lot if you're not always using every room in your house.
If you have an open fire, a chimney balloon can eradicate cold draughts in the winter when not in use. They can be bought for around £15 and yet can save lots of heat from escaping.
Stay warm this winter, but don't let it break the bank!
For further information on energy saving see the Energy Saving Trust website.