Is the boiler OK? Have air bubbles been eliminated from the radiators and pipes? Does the automatic adjustment work? It is time to think about winter and when the temperature will drop, making it necessary warm house.
In addition to comfort, the thought goes to the energy bill because we all know that the expense for warm house it is the one that most of all affects the family budget. And then it is good that everything is in order because the good efficiency of theheating system allows you not to waste energy by saving several 'euros'.
ENEA, who knows this issue, has drawn up a series of rules of good Home heating that can help you spend less and stay safe. The safety ofheating system (evacuation of exhaust fumes, gas leaks, dangerous contacts…) is another aspect to be taken into consideration.
Here are the 10 rules for warm house safely without waste.
- Take care that the annual check of the boiler (the so-called stamp) does not consist only in putting a stamp but in a check of good functioning, including the fumes. Since this is a mandatory requirement by law and since it costs a hundred euros (not a little!), It is good to take advantage of the technician for an inspection as accurate as possible. The latter must be competent and operate on behalf of a certified company.
- Check the operation of the chronothermostat and if missing, install one. The chronothermostat, for example weekly, is used to adjust the boiler on and off times (day by day and hour by hour) and to adjust the temperature. For example, we can run the system at minimum when the house is empty, let us find 20 ° C in the evening when we return and go down to 17-18 ° C at night. A device of this type (any installation is not too expensive) combines comfort and savings.
- Avoid closing the radiators in cabinets and never use radiator covers. In the sixties and seventies it was fashionable to hide radiators inside the furniture, a disastrous practice from the point of view of efficiency. Today nobody does it anymore, but there are still those who use fabric radiator covers. It is wrong: the air must be able to circulate freely around the radiators. A very useful thing are the reflective panels placed behind the heating body.
- If possible, use room-by-room heating by installing an electrostatic or electrothermal valve in each heated room. Not all rooms in the house need to be heated in the same way and at the same time. However, the boiler must support this type of regulation because it can happen that you give up heat in a room without taking advantage of it if the burner works the same.
- Adopt systems that do not allow limescale to form in the pipes and in the boiler. It is especially important in areas where the water is very hard and rich in limestone. Solutions of this type can extend the life of the plant by a few years.
- Make sure that the pipes in which the hot water flows are well insulated to prevent heat loss.
- If you need to change the boiler or install a new independent heating system, remember that 'small is beautiful'. A large and powerful boiler, if not needed, only wastes fuel. For this reason, have an overall project made by a good technician-designer taking into account all the components and all the equipment: boiler, heating elements, pipe insulation, regulation and control systems, circulation pumps and the possibility of independent programming.
- Check that there are no air bubbles in the pipes and in the heating bodies. There are automatic devices to eliminate this type of inconvenience.
- Program the system to distribute the domestic hot water at a temperature not exceeding about 45 ° C. Beyond is not needed.
- Get used to measuring and monitoring the energy you consume. In order to 'rationalize' you need to know consumption. How much gas do you consume in winter? How much in summer? What is the variation if you program the chronothermostat differently?
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