It seems like a simple enough task to make sure that the house heating controls are set correctly. However, per research by the Energy Saving Trust, 60% of homeowners are making at least one basic mistake when it comes to setting the thermostat. Worse, it’s costing you money.

Below are some of the most common thermostat mistakes you can make and how to avoid these issues in the future.

Turning the Thermostat Up When It Gets Cold

52% are guilty of this one. The point of a thermostat is to maintain a desired temperature in the house, no matter the weather outside. Frequently, when you do turn the heat up when it’s cold, you end up overly hot. This means that you’re wasting energy. Think of it this way: turning your thermostat up from 21C to 22C can cost you up to £90 annually.

If you find yourself turning up the heat because it just doesn’t feel like the house is heating up, that could be a sign of a problem. Thomson Local central heating services listing can provide you with a good technician if you need your central heating fixed.

Turning up the Thermostat to Heat a Room Quickly

35% of people do this one. When coming home to a cold house, it can seem more than reasonable to crank up the heat. However, you won’t actually feel warmer any quicker. The thermostat isn’t a car accelerator and pushing the button now doesn’t have any control over the speed at which your house gets warm. All it does is set the temperature. By cranking the heat, all you’ve done is make it too warm later and cost yourself a lot of money.

Setting the Thermostat Low Instead of Turning it Off and On

38% of us believe this to be true but all it achieves is an empty home being heated when there is no one around to feel the benefit, and when you are inside it’s always going to be too cold. It’s far better to use a thermostat programmer to control the timing of your heating by keeping you cosy when you are at home and saving you money when you’re not.

Remember, it does take longer for a house to heat up on colder days so set the controls accordingly.

To do this, choose a cold evening and set a timer for how long it takes the house to get to a good temperature. This is the warm-up time. Then, turn the heat off and set the timer again. This time, look at how long it takes to get too cold. This is the cool-down time. Set your timers for both these times and you’ll be in better control of the temperature.

Being in Control Saves Money

  • Installing a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves can save around £80 and £165 a year.
  • Getting a water tank insulation jacket will generally reduce your hot water costs by £35 annually.
  • Going from 22C to 21C could save up to £90 annually and lessen carbon emissions by up to 360kg.