A 40-year-experienced HEATING engineer reveals a common problem with heating and one you’re doing wrong.
The engineer explained that many people mistakenly turn off their radiators to save money, but that it is “a serious mistake”.
Electricity prices rose nearly 5% in December this year, up nearly 21% from last year, according to recent figures.
Posting on Facebook, the expert said: “It doesn’t matter whether solar, heat pump, gas, petroleum, solid fuel (coal) this problem is widespread.
“Fuel/energy prices are at a premium and there’s not much we can do about it.
“The problem that I’ve had is the following, people are trying to save what they can.
“What I’ve found is that people are turning off radiators, underfloor heating areas to save money, which is a fatal flaw.”
Many people turn off radiators in rooms they may not be using, but this can cool the rest of the house.
The engineer continued: “Turn off the heat in the room won’t save you in fact it will cost you more and let me explain.
WHY IS YOUR HOUSE COLD?
“The cold turns to the heat, the heat doesn’t turn to the cold, so turning off saying a room is unused means that room cools the rest of the house.
“In a word, If you make a cup of tea, you add cold milk to it to cool it down. The milk won’t be hot, the tea will cool, and the same goes for a house.
“Yes, the heat does rise to the upper floor, but it still cools.
Energy prices in Ireland are 23% higher than the EU average of 21.34 per kWh, according to Bonkers.ie
The engineer continued: “So what is the answer on all radiators or heating zones, set your temperatures for different areas of your home and lower your system one can be two degrees, or check your insulation.
“Insulation is the most important part of your home in terms of keeping warm what you will save by reducing heating source in a very short time will pay for insulation. “
https://www.thesun.ie/money/8121079/im-heating-expert-keep-your-house-warmer-cut-bills/ I’m a heating expert… and this tip will keep your home warmer while also cutting your bills