Grab the blanket and get comfortable on your sofa because we are going to tell you the most common truths and lies about saving on heating! If you are putting some false advice into practice, do not worry, it will be between us. Likewise, we will tell you what beliefs do work so that ending the cold does not rid of your economy.
Put it a little all day long: False
Heating “nothingness” for hours and hours is the whole outstanding figure: you’re leaving the heating turned on in its minimum power and in theory, the accumulation of temperature all day will turn your cold floor into a warm home for a small price because, Of course: little heat = little money. Well, no. Having working electrical equipment is equivalent to consumption, the power button does not know of few and many. It is best to turn on the heater only when you need it and, better yet, have your climate control mechanism include a timer, in case you forget to turn it off before leaving.
Put plastic wrap in the window frame: True
Think of a sandwich that you wrap when it’s still hot… To what does the heat maintain more that if you were wrapping it in a napkin? The plastic wrap attaches to almost any surface and helps prevent heat from escaping. What we have to say in favor of this trick is that everything seems to indicate that it really works. In against? That is not the most aesthetic and, if you put yourself to account, may not represent a real benefit if, for example, what you save in heating you spend it in plastic to wrap.
Paint with black radiators to concentrate heat: False
Radiators project heat better if they are white, while blacks concentrate it in their own space. Even so, color does not make a significant difference in energy savings. It is more important that the walls are properly waterproofed and insulated so that the heat does not escape. On the other hand, putting reflective panels behind the radiators themselves could contribute to spreading the temperature.
Heating helps to dry clothes inside the house: True, but not recommended
You can use an indoor clothesline so that the heating helps to dry the clothes inside the house, yes. However, it is not recommended, because the flow of moisture and temperature in a closed environment, without ventilation, can generate other problems such as condensation of the water that comes out of your clothes and depositing in the environment affecting the walls and furniture.
A small stove is better than heating the entire house: False
False in economic terms, of course. Many people prefer to have localized heat sources, but this does not mean that these are the cheapest option. Small stoves and portable electric fireplaces generate localized heat within a few minutes of operating, but that heat, as soon as it arrives, goes away once you turn off the appliance. Hence the general heating for the entire house can be more profitable to face the cold.
Whatever method you choose to heat your home, make sure it is appropriate for the power supply of your home.