I live in the Philippines, a tropical country and we only have two seasons: wet and dry. It’s currently the dry season, and next month summer official starts. But most of my readers live in other countries particularly in the western countries where it’s still winter. And in some countries I heard it’s much more colder than the past few years. So to be able to help my readers from those countries with cold season delima, and to kinda repent in advance all the summer blog posts I’ll be doing in the next few weeks here are tips on maximizing the efficiency of your heating system from someone I know.
Ahh, Summer. Glorious warm days, beach visits, barbecues on long sultry nights, and the feeling that the hot days are never going to end. But sadly, we all know all too well that they will. I live in Melbourne and sometimes in the middle of summer, you’ll get a day where it seems like all your winters have come at once, and our winters really can be bitter. As such, you need to have a heating system ready to go at the drop of a hat, and it needs to be a good heater too – otherwise you’ll be cursing it instead of staying nice and cozy because of it. I have internal heating which is ducted in my home, as well as a space heater which I use in my study when I don’t want to have the whole house on. I also have a patio heater for those brisk autumn evenings when we’re all sitting out on the deck and enjoying a sundowner – and I have found that Heatstrip’s patio heaters are among the best I have ever used. They work wonders for keeping everyone cozy and warm (but not sweltering). I am a bit of an energy nut and have spent a little portion of my time this last year working out what the most energy efficient heaters are, and how to get the most out of your heater – and I figured I couldn’t let all this good information go to waste, so I’ve decided to share it with you here.
Tip One – Sort out your thermostat
If you have ducted heating in your home, you’re going to have a thermostat. You need to work out how to use it, and how to set timers and options so that you’re not just running it on full blast when you don’t need to. The right controls for your thermostat will depend on what times you get up in the morning and what times you come home in the evening – so be sure to work it out. I have found that the best thing to do is pop the heater on half an hour before you get up in the morning so that the house is nice and toasty when your feet hit the floor, and then have it run for the 45 minutes while you get ready and have breakfast. Then have it off all day and then have it come on again half an hour before you’re due home. Some thermostats have links with smartphones now which is just brilliant for families or for people with varying schedules. I have also found that if you keep the temperature around 23 degrees that this is plenty for most people.
Tip Two – Keep your windows and insulation on form
A great way to maximise the efficiency of your heater is to make sure that you don’t allow heat to escape from your home through windows or walls (or your roof). If you don’t have insulation, you might find that heat is seeping out and forcing you to run the heater higher or for longer than you should. Consider getting someone out to come and assess the state of your home and recommend energy-efficient home improvements that will ultimately save you money.
Tip Three – Consider the kind of heaters you have
If you’re running some old heaters from years ago, chances are that they might not be as energy efficient as the models on the market today. As such, you might need to consider upgrading your heaters to a newer and more energy efficient model that will be beneficial for the environment as well as your bank account.
Good luck finding the right heater for your needs, and stay warm this winter with great heating.