The electric underfloor heating kits supplied by BeWarmer are very efficient and do a great job of converting electrical energy into radiant heat. But we all have a duty to reduce our energy consumption as much as possible and so you may find these home heating economy tips useful.
If you’re used to conventional central heating system with radiators you’re in for some pleasant surprises! It’s important to learn how to use your electric underfloor heating system to full advantage.
For a start, you will set your thermostat lower. Most people find 20ºC a comfortable room temperature. But because radiant floor heating is much more comfortable than draughty old convector radiators, around 18ºC is often found to be warm enough. Of course, this all depends on how you use the room but you should experiment to find the most comfortable setting.
Taking this a stage further we recommend that when you’re not in the room, you leave the thermostat on a setting of between 12-15ºC. This is better than switching it off as that the floor and the room will never become too cold. Accordingly the heater element does not have to stay on very long to maintain this background temperature and is cost effective. If there’s a set pattern to your room usage you can easily achieve this with your programmable thermostat.
It’s also worth noting that when you switch the system on from cold, it will not heat up any faster by setting the thermostat to it’s maximum position. Simply set the thermostat to the setting you find comfortable and the heater will draw full power until the temperature is reached.
How long your system will draw full power depends on how much heat needs to be put into the room. This is governed by the amount of heating that needs to be done and the rate of heat loss. If there is a high rate of heat loss because the difference between inside and outside temperatures is high, or the insulation values of your room are poor, (or a combination of the two), then the floor will have to run hotter to maintain a comfort level.
So paying attention to the age and condition of your windows, doors, ceiling and walls, and making sure doors and windows are not kept unnecessarily open, will have a major impact on how much energy is used. Of all the home heating economy tips, reducing heat losses will make your heating system run more efficiently and economically.
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Common sources of heat loss are:
- No insulation in the ceiling.
- Open curtains or no curtains.
- Open doors / windows (some advisable for ventilation).
- Open chimneys of fireplaces.
- Open stairwells.
Since most electricity is still generated using non-renewable fossil fuels, releasing a lot of CO2 into our atmosphere, it is important that we run our heating systems as economically as possible. Hope you’ve found these home heating economy tips useful.