Correct heating and ventilation
10 tips from the heating professional
Correct heating and ventilation is not rocket science. Because we are repeatedly asked how to properly heat your home, we have put together the most important rules for you.
1. Annual heating maintenance
Correct operation of your heating system is essential in order to be able to heat the house properly. A heating failure can only be avoided if it works properly. The annual maintenance ensures that you do not waste any energy and thus unnecessarily money.
2. At what level do you heat?
Instead of temperature information, you will find numbers between 1 and 5 on your heating thermostats. Find the number that ensures your comfortable temperature in the corresponding room. Avoid turning the heating all the way up to heat up the room faster. Otherwise, you will use a lot of energy in a very short time. The comfort value is usually at level 3.
3. Insulation of the heating pipes
As a homeowner, you should take care to insulate heating pipes professionally. This is not only cheap and simple but also effectively counteracts heat loss. You can get the appropriate insulation made of plastic, rubber, mineral, or rock wool at the hardware store.
4. Correct ventilation
With all that heating, you shouldn’t forget to bring some fresh air. This not only provides you with the oxygen you need but also reduces the risk of mold in your home.
Correct ventilation and heating in winter? It is very easy with intermittent ventilation: It is best to open the windows completely for 10 minutes at least twice a day. Under no circumstances should you leave a window permanently “tilted”. Otherwise, the room cools down too much and then has to heat up completely again.
For so-called cross ventilation, which ensures draft in the whole apartment, simply open the windows and doors on the opposite side.
5. Hydraulic balancing
To ensure that all of your radiators are supplied with the optimal amount of heating water at all times, you should optimize your heating system with the help of hydronic balancing. Only in this way can the heat be evenly distributed throughout the house. Hydraulic balancing is worthwhile: the potential savings are 3–5 percent.
6. Correct room temperature
Make sure that you do not keep a room unnecessarily warm in which you hardly ever stay. You shouldn’t be too warm when sleeping either. The optimal room temperatures are:
- approx. 20 degrees in the living room and kitchen
- about 24 degrees in the bathroom
- about 16 degrees in the bedroom
It’s hard to believe, but with each grade, you save about 6 percent of energy.
7. Programmable thermostats
While you have to operate conventional heating thermostats manually, programmable thermostats can be used to regulate the temperature for each room to the minute. Simply plan your desired temperature at a specific time and benefit from lower heating costs.
There are also thermostats that you can control with your smartphone while on the move. This function enables very efficient heating nowadays.
8. If necessary: replace the heating pump
Does your radiator stay cold even though your boiler is running? Then you may be dealing with a defective heating pump. This is the heart of your boiler and ensures an intact heating circuit. To ensure that the heating water arrives where it is supposed to, a defective heating pump must be replaced with a functioning one.
9. Leave the radiator free
This is the only way to heat properly: Make absolutely sure that your radiators are not covered with furniture. Otherwise, the heat will accumulate behind the piece of furniture instead of warming up the room.
10. Vent the radiator
Is your radiator not getting warm or making strange noises? Then it is probably time to deflate it. To do this, you need a ventilation key, which you can use to loosen the ventilation valve on your heating system. You can find the valve on the opposite side of the thermostat. After you turn it on, the excess air can escape.
Since water also escapes here, you should definitely have a bowl and clothes ready. If only water comes out of the valve, you have successfully vented your heating and you can close the valve again.
Further information can also be found on our Useful information about a heating page. Of course, we are at your side with help and advice if you have any questions. Our existing customers benefit from an automatic reminder for the annual maintenance, during which we check whether your boiler is still completely intact.