Proper heating in the winter, this is how it works

Who does not know that, you come home and the apartment is cold. Here, the colder the room, the smaller our patience. Simply turning up the heat full blast now is tempting, but would be fundamentally wrong.

Clever heating saves real money

The rule says: for every degree you heat less, you save about 6 percent energy! It’s really worth it. The living room may be cozy and warm, but in the kitchen 19 degrees may be enough, because the stove, oven and refrigerator also heat. In the bedroom, you can manage well even with only 17 degrees at night. When the air becomes too warm, we sleep worse. The savings of a targeted temperature reduction when heating are noticeable: Who lowers the temperature in a 100 square meter apartment by one degree, saves up to 100 euros oil or gas costs.

Never turn the heating all the way down to zero

Saving is good, but turning down the heat completely is not. If you turn off the heat on cold days, water pipes and heating pipes may freeze and burst. In addition, the risk of mold increases during prolonged periods of non-heating in winter. The room temperature should not drop below 15 degrees.

Slowly turn up the thermostat

Why? Because it won’t go any faster if you turn it to the maximum. Because with the thermostat you control the desired final temperature of the room, not the speed of heating. Assuming the thermostat is on level four, it will take the same amount of time to warm the room as it would on level three. It may even heat longer if you turn it back too late. Then the heating costs increase unnecessarily.

Do not divert heat to cold adjoining rooms

Convenience often wins out: when a room has become too warm, we tend to open the door to the cooler adjoining room to let out the warm air. But this has undesirable consequences: the warm air contains more moisture than cool air. If this warm, moist air now meets a cold wall in the next room, it condenses on it. The wallpaper may become damp and, in the worst case, cause mold growth. So better to keep the doors closed, so that the moisture does not migrate to other rooms.

Ventilate every day, even in freezing temperatures

On warmer winter days, people like to ventilate because there is not so much cold coming in from outside and disturbing our comfort. But even if it is bitterly cold, it is necessary to ventilate every day, so that the moisture can escape. If you do not ventilate enough, you risk mold growth. A relative humidity of maximum 65 percent at room temperatures of 20 to 22 degrees is ideal. In sub-zero outdoor temperatures, the ventilation time should be five minutes per day. Ten minutes of ventilation is recommended for zero to ten degrees, and 15 minutes for above ten degrees.

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