Getting the heating right can save you a lot of money.
Even before the switch to daylight saving time, consumers should take a look now.
Munich – During the Ukraine war, heaters became real money guzzlers.
The energy source is almost irrelevant.
Whether pellets, electricity, gas or heating oil: everything has risen sharply in price.
If you don't avoid five common mistakes, it can get really expensive.
It is all the more important to regulate the heating in such a way that on the one hand no energy is wasted and on the other hand it is not too cold in the apartment.
Many consumers tend to adjust the heating only when spring is approaching and the temperatures are rising.
Check heating: Not all systems automatically switch to daylight saving time
The right time for the heating is before the changeover from winter to summer time in the night of March 25th to 26th - regardless of whether it is colder or warmer outside.
“Time switches in heating systems often do not make the changeover automatically.
As a result, the heating output would no longer be based on demand in the subsequent period," says Markus Lau, technical expert at the German Liquid Gas Association.
Heaters should be checked with the time change.
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Daylight Saving Time: That's what a heating check before the time change brings
Lau advises checking as early as March 26 whether the heating is running on daylight saving time.
If the system does not change over automatically, the heating should be adjusted manually so that it continues to work as required.
If you don't do that, the rooms will still be cold when you get up in the morning, because the heating doesn't start until later.
If you don't set the heating correctly for the time change, you risk unnecessary costs
"In the evening, it would switch to night mode too late and heat the rooms longer than necessary," explains Lau.
The result would be unnecessary costs.
Tenants who do not have access to the heating system can regulate the heat directly on the radiators using digital, programmable thermostats.
portal also recommends using the time change for maintenance.
Excess air in the system can result in unnecessarily high energy costs and at the same time low room temperatures.
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