The exceptional energy crisis that we are experiencing, together with sky-high prices, is putting us in the position of having to find a balance between energy savings and economic savings on the heating bill.
Achieving this balance is not particularly complicated, especially if a series of specific guidelines are followed to adjust the heating temperature to its ideal values to save on both concepts.
The ideal heating temperature
Of course, in terms of feeling comfortable with a temperature, the figure is going to be totally subjective. There are people who are colder than others and we are not going to get into that. However, regarding the ideal heating temperature to save on the bill, there is a consensus, since it is provided by the specialized organization for it.
The Council of Ministers approved on August 1 a Royal Decree in which the limitations of heating and cooling temperatures are modified to 19ºC and 27ºC, respectively, but only in administrative, commercial and public buildings.
At the domestic level, there is still no legislation that limits or establishes limits regarding the maximum temperature at which you have to have the heating. However, there are recommendations on how to find the balance between temperature comfort and savings on the bill.
The Institute for Energy Diversification and Saving (IDAE) recommends setting the thermostat at 20-21ºC and “wearing warm clothes to be at home, lowering the blinds at night so that heat does not escape and draw the curtains to avoid the cold from the windows, is what is technically called a cold wall» .
In case there are babies at home, the Spanish Association of Pediatrics establishes that the recommended temperatures in a baby’s room are around 22ºC during the day and around 18ºC at night.
Other tips to save on the bill
Setting the thermostat to a specific number is not everything to save on the bill. Bleed radiators at least once a year and keep a good cleaning. Dirt and dust can create a barrier that increases the time and energy needed to heat your home.
Are you one of those who puts clothes on top of the radiator before getting dressed? You should know that by covering your radiators you increase energy consumption , so think twice before placing wet clothes or decorations on the radiators.
You can also place reflective panels behind the radiators . We know that it is not the most aesthetic option, but it certainly is a trick to save energy with heating. Reflective panels are placed behind radiators to disperse heat around the room so it warms up sooner.