Dispelling Heating Myths

Posted: Monday, January 10, 2022

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Energy bills have been in the news a lot recently, with the BBC stating that the industry has warned that prices may soar by a huge 50% without government intervention. Unfortunately, times of worry and uncertainty often lead to the spread of misinformation. 

It is for this reason that we have decided to dispel five of the most common myths about heating your home.

In Cold Weather You Should Turn The Heating Up

A recent poll has found that 42% of those surveyed turned up their thermostat when it was cold outside. This is entirely unnecessary.

Once a thermostat has been set at a specific temperature, your radiators will heat up an appropriate amount to reach this threshold. The World Health Organisation (WHO) suggests that the ideal indoor temperature is between 18°C and 21°C. Over the winter, you simply need to turn the thermostat to these temperatures and leave the dial there!

There is a mistaken belief that if you set the temperature on your thermostat higher it will result in the room warming faster. This is incorrect. The space will warm at the same rate, but you may waste energy.

Here at Trads, we supply both thermostatic and manual valves. If you choose the manual option, you remain in charge of when they are turned off and on.

Pets Prefer A Warmer Home

60% of Brits believe that when they are out of the house, or away for an evening, they should turn the heating up to ensure that their pets are comfortable. Whilst pets should not be left in a cold environment, they do not need the temperature to be increased.

If you have a small, hairless cat or dog they may prefer slightly warmer temperatures, but otherwise your pet will be perfectly happy.

Providing an animal with a soft, dry bed is enough. Ideally, you should also leave the curtains open, allowing your pets to sunbathe if they wish.

Black Radiators Can Reduce Energy Bills

This myth is based on the idea that black absorbs heats more efficiently. Unfortunately, this does not mean that painting your radiators black will make them in any way more efficient.

The colour that you choose for your radiator should be based on your individual style and interior design vision, and here at Trads we offer 10,000 colour and finish options

Using An Electric Heater Instead Of A Radiator Saves Money

Central heating is a far more cost-effective way to heat your house than using an electric heater. In fact, every unit of heat expelled by an electric heater will be three times more expensive than it would be from a radiator.

This method of heating would only be efficient if you confined yourself to a single room, and did not heat the rest of your home. However, for the vast majority of us, this is an unrealistic expectation. 

A Big Boiler Is Better Than A Small One

Heat output is controlled by the size and quality of your radiators, therefore, having the largest boiler available will make no difference to the temperature of your home if you have small radiators. 

The size of your boiler should be based on the size of your home. If it is unnecessarily large, you may just be wasting energy.

A Trads radiator is created using the highest quality of cast iron available, ensuring the highest heat retention. This is a factor that you can control and one that will actually minimise the amount of energy needed to heat your home.

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Should you have any questions about the above information, or any general queries, do not hesitate to contact us on 01400 263320.

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