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The winter has arrive and everyone is using the heating so we don’t get cold and to be as comfy as posible in our apartment… but when we get to see the bill, we use to stop using it and just get warm with every blanket we have.
Since we know you want to save, but you don’t want to be cold either, we have prepared these tips depending on your type of heating so you can enjoy it without your bill rising like foam.
This type of heating is common to the entire building, you have an period of time in wich is on (normally from October to May) and the hours it works is from 6 or 7 a.m. to 10 or 11 p.m.
If you have this type of heating and still don’t have a meter, try to have the heating on for as long as possible, especially in the afternoon, with windows, blinds and doors closed so that the heat stays inside.
If you already have a meter, you have to be very careful, you can close all the radiators in the house, except the one in the room when you leave.
The ideal temperature of radiators for a city like Madrid should be between 2 and 3, setting up more than that is wasting in vain, neither your pocket nor the environment deserve that.
Individual gas heating
Unlike central heating, you have a system installed in your apartment that you can turn on at any time of the day without season or schedule restrictions. This could be wonderful, but on the other hand, don’t forget that we have a gas meter that record the consumption and that can surprise you with a very high bill.
For this you need to write down your heater brand and look for a tutorial on Youtube (if you stay with us we have the tutorial for your heater) and see how the mode is changed, generally you have three options: only hot water, heating and hot water, only heating (and in some cases, there is the “travel” mode, which is very useful if you are going to be out for long time)
We recommend you to turn on the heating for a couple of hoursduring the day and two or three hours at night, then close the windows, shutters and doors tightly and when you already feel that the room is warm, or you are going to sleep, switch to the “just hot water” mode. Every time you leave home, set it up on “hot water only” mode.
Regarding the ideal heating temperature, it should be 55º and the water temperature 45º.
Either you have the radiators installed on the wall, or the ones that you can move around the house, when winter comes, the electricity bills tend to increase.
There are modern electric radiators that allow you to program what time and hours you want them to be on, but if your radiator is more “classic”, you can buy a digital timer that will make your radiator have this function. I bought one from Amazon for € 10 and have programmed it to turn on twice for two hours at night.