Should You Turn The Heating Off During Spring?

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As the days get warmer and brighter, homeowners will be counting down till they can turn their central heating off and save some money on energy bills. 

However, some people swear by keeping their thermostat on a constant low temperature, particularly during spring when there are bound to still be some chilly days.

So, what is best for your home and your pocket?

Energy Saving Trust: Turn your heating off

According to the Energy Saving Trust, it is more economical to turn the central heating off completely when the weather warms up rather than keeping it at a low level. 

The website states: “Having the heating on only when you need it is, in the long run, the best way to save energy, and therefore, money.”

It adds: “It’s all about the total amount of energy required to heat your home.”

So by having the heating on all day, even at a low temperature, homeowners will be paying for this energy. However, by only turning it on when they need it, they are likely to use less energy and, therefore, their bills will be lower.

Use timers to manage heating

One way to save energy is to use timers, particularly during spring when the temperature outside can fall. 

Homeowners can then set a time for their heating to come on and turn off, so they are still warming up their house but they can cut down on the number of hours it is on. 

Modern programmers have multiple options, so the heating can be set to go on and off at various points in the day. 

It is also possible to use thermostats in different rooms, so certain areas of the house can be warm without having to heat up the entire property. 

When is the big ‘switch off’?

Lots of homes around the UK are set to turn off their central heating by the end of March, as the outside temperature is likely to regularly be around 15C by then. 

It is also usual to turn off heating before daylight savings changes, which will occur on March 31st this year. So Brits can expect to switch their thermostat off very shortly, particularly if weather conditions remain favourable. 

Although many might feel they are not ready to have no central heating on, they could make their house feel warmer without a hot radiator. For instance, they could use draught excluders, put on extra layers of clothes, add furnishings to the house, and draw the curtains. 

According to the Energy Saving Trust, fitting draught proofing strips alone can save up to £45 a year. 

When is it best to keep the heating on?

There are some reasons why homeowners might want to keep their heating on throughout the year. 

For instance, those who live in damp properties are at risk of exacerbating the problem if they turn their radiators off, as this can increase condensation within the walls. 

Making the house damper not only jeopardises the structure but can also increase heat loss as the condensation conducts heat outside the house, meaning it takes more energy to keep your house warm. 

Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis was quoted by the Reading Chronicle as saying having the radiators on low can reduce this condensation, thereby keeping the house at a comfortable temperature and not worsening the property’s damp problem. 

Keeping the heating on also helps to identify any problems with the system, so homeowners know whether they need their boiler repaired or replaced before the cold winter months. 

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