How to Use Central Heating Thermostat
When you are not at home
Most people set the thermostat to 21 ° C when they are at home – this is the comfort temperature. Most houses are now very well insulated, and the temperature can be adjusted to 16 degrees. The temperature is low enough to consume little fuel but high enough to prevent condensation inside the house. Central air may condense on windows and cold walls if the ambient temperature becomes too severe. Also, it will take a while before reaching 16 °, especially in a well-insulated house.
The night temperature
There is no point in leaving the thermostat at 21 ° at night. Here again, 16 ° is a less energy-consuming choice. The risk is very slim that a new building will cool down overnight, so much so that the boiler must switch on. Also, 16 ° is an excellent minimum temperature to be able to heat the house early in the morning.
On the other hand, if the house is not very well insulated, and may, therefore, cool very quickly at night, it is better to set the thermostat to two degrees more. Thus, in the morning, the ambient temperature of comfort will be very quickly reached.
When you go on vacation
If you have to be away for a long time, you can lower the temperature below 16 °. But make sure that the temperature does not drop below 10 ° because there is a risk of condensation.
Set the thermostat
If your room thermostat has a night and day setting, you can program it to switch to another temperature regime automatically. By doing the following, you will always have a proper temperature at home:
- 30 minutes before sunrise: bring the heat of the house to that of comfort
- 15 minutes before leaving: set the heating to a lower temperature
- 30 minutes before arriving home: reinstate the comfort temperature
- Thirty minutes before going to sleep: put the heating on the night diet. The house will remain for a while on the comfort temperature without the help of heat.
You can also program the timer thermostats with a suitable diet for weekends or holidays.