“How to pay less for heating?” This is the question that is on everyone’s lips right now. A legitimate concern, as the electricity bill keeps increasing in winter. And since every euro counts, it is time to better understand how the radiator thermostat works. Because it is he who regulates the temperature in your rooms.
To lower your energy bill, simply become more familiar with the hidden features of your radiator. Some lighting is needed.
What do the numbers on the heater knob mean?
Understanding how your thermostat works may seem like a challenge, but it’s actually a lot easier than it sounds. And it is precisely by using it correctly that you will establish the right temperature inside your home. Of course, this goes hand in hand, so you will save energy. Have you ever wondered what the exact meaning of the numbers (0 to 5) and the “snowflake” symbol on your radiator is? They have a very significant impact on the operation of the entire heating system.
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Here is the decryption:
- Digit 0 or snowflake symbol: this is the “frost protection” mode. This means that the thermostat maintains a minimum temperature of 7°C in the environment, thus avoiding the risk of frost inside the room, when it is very cold outside.
- Digit 1: the temperature is between 12-14°C degrees. It’s perfect for the garage, basement, stairwell, or anywhere you store clothes.
- Digit 2: the temperature is around 16-17°C. It is recommended mainly in bedrooms.
- Number 3: corresponds to a temperature between 18 and 20°C. This button fits perfectly in the living room, kitchen or other rooms that are not intended for sleeping.
- Number 4: the temperature fluctuates between 22 and 24°C. According to the recommendations of the manufacturers of thermostats, it is very suitable for the bathroom.
- Digit 5: this is the highest number on the thermostat that corresponds to a maximum temperature of 28°C. Without specific need, it is not recommended at all to use it at home.
NB: generally, there is a difference of 4°C between each level and between the numbers, you can see the presence of three lines indicating 1°C each.
Should the heating be left on at night?
This is a question that worries many people. Logically, in order not to have a bill that is too high at the end of the month, the most sensible thing to do is to turn off the heating at night. But, of course, it all depends on one’s ability to withstand the cold. When temperatures are very low, it is very difficult to do without it. For your own comfort, it would be more appropriate to set the thermostat to 16°C in the bedroom and run a stop and restart program every two hours.
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Of course, in order not to waste energy and reduce your bills, it is useless to turn on the heating in all the rooms if you are not there. Also remember to turn off the heating when you leave the house.
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