Should you leave the heating on low all day, or only when it’s needed?

As a plumber in Chiswick, I know that heating your house can be pretty expensive. People are always on the look out for ways to keep the costs down, however opinion on how to do so is divided. Some people believe that a good way to cut costs is by only turning your heating on when you are in the house and need it most, while others believe that leaving the heating on low all day is the most efficient approach.

Some people argue that turning the heating off entirely means that your home is likely to cool down a lot during that time. This means that heating it back to a comfortable temperature when you get home may waste more energy than letting it run low all day. 

However, as this plumber from Chiswick understands, leading energy experts at the Energy Saving Trust, as well as British Gas have concluded that the idea that it’s cheaper to leave the heating on low all day is a myth. They believe that since you’ll save energy by only having the heating on when it’s required you’ll naturally save money too. Any plumber in West London will tell you – at the end of the day, it’s about the total amount of energy used. Some amount of energy will constantly leak out of your home no matter what. Therefore, says the Energy Saving Trust, if you’re keeping the heating on all day you’re losing more energy all day – and therefore it’s better to heat your home only when you need it.

Being a plumber in Chiswick, I know that some specialists do still encourage people to keep their heating on constantly, but this is for a different reason. The problem with turning the heating on and off is that every time it’s turned off, condensation collects within the walls. This condensation can help conduct heat outside the home, meaning you may leak heat more quickly and use more energy as a result. What’s really important, therefore, is ensuring your home is well insulated and draught proofed to minimise heat loss.

If you’re in need of any more advice concerning your heating, don’t hesitate to call one of our trusted plumbers in West London today!