The three gestures you must perform on your radiators to save on heating
the cold arrives and we all begin to think about which systems are the most economical to heat the house. First we put a blanket on top, then we connect the small heaters and air conditioners. But finally there is no choice but to turn on the radiators and see how the electricity or gas bill. So that the ‘scare`’ is not greater than expected, a little maintenance must be carried out, which we can carry out ourselves, and in this way avoid consuming more than necessary.
With this simple maintenance we guarantee a better boiler performance and reduced energy consumption. The appliances will heat more and reach the desired temperature in less time. These are the three gestures that we must undertake before starting the radiators.
Tricks to save on heating this winter
The first thing is bleed the radiators, that is, expel the air pockets that are created inside during the summer months. There are some models that have automatic drains and others that are manual. If you notice that a part of the radiator does not heat up, it is because it still has air. In this way, consumption will increase, but it will not emit the expected heat. To bleed the radiators, follow these steps:
- We need to make sure the heating is off.
- Close the water tap to the radiator to be purged. It is advisable to start with the one closest to the boiler to respect the direction of water flow
- Turn the bleeder valve located at the top of the radiator. We keep it open while it expels air and until water comes out steadily. This action must be carried out on all radiators so that there is no air left in the heating system.
- Finally, it is necessary to approach the boiler and check water pressure, which should generally be between 1 – 1.5 bars. If it has dropped below that level when bleeding the radiators, it must be raised again by opening the pressure gauge located under the boiler.
The second gesture that will help us save a few euros on bills is close those radiators that are in the rooms or rooms that are not used, the pantry or some small store. The heat output that was used in those rooms will pass to the rest of the house, which will heat up faster. Of course, it is important to maintain those closed doors so that the cold does not come out or the heat generated by the other radiators does not enter. It is also key to keep well insulated windows.
This can also be achieved through smart thermostats that are installed in each radiator and that allow regulate the temperature From the phone. Thus, we can indicate that the rooms that are not used or that are going to be empty for a large part of the day, keep their radiators off or with a lower temperature than the rest of the house.
And finally, something very important but that is often not fulfilled, is keep radiators clear of obstructions so that the heat circulates and goes upwards. It is very common to see radiators with several wet clothes on top, which means that the heat does not pass through and the room is not hot. Also, the radiator has to run longer to reach the desired temperature. In addition, it does not facilitate the circulation of heat that the radiator is located behind a table, several chairs, an armchair or similar. The idea is that it is in a free area to prevent the boiler from being forced to burn more gas to reach the same temperature.
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