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Is it better to keep the heating on all the time or turn it on and off?

Aisling Moloney

Is it better to keep the heating on all the time?
A woman adjusting the heating thermostat at home (Picture: RTimages/Getty)

One of the most pressing questions on people’s lips is not how much money we are giving to the EU on the Brexit divorce bill but whether or not you should keep your heating on all the time.

The inevitable answer to both questions is bound to cause upset, one having more of a fall out than the other.

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I know laying out the facts of this issue will be hard to swallow for some of you, but hear me out because we are working towards a better future for everyone.

One where your toes are suitably cosy no matter what circulation problems you have, a future where you will never have to actually feel the radiator to know if the heating is on.

Here’s an incendiary fact of life: No you should not keep your heating on all the time.

Now stop screaming at the screen and let me explain why.

Is it better to keep the heating on all the time?
Control panel of the gas boiler for hot water and heating (Picture: AlexRaths/AlexRaths)

Although it is a logical assumption that keeping your heating on all the time is a better way to save energy than only having the heating come on at certain times, as it needs all that energy to heat up after cooling down.

Leaving your heating on 24/7 will actually see you using more fuel, as there will always be some loss of heat due to the fact that outside temperatures are different than the temperature you are trying to maintain in your home.

Having the heating on all the time will mean it is continually using energy to maintain that sweet spot inside your house.

The more heat loss your house suffers due to a draught, and poor insulation, the more energy you will need to maintain your specified temperature.

If you have an inefficient home in terms of insulation and retaining heat, then leaving on the heating all the time is a way to really clock up the energy usage.

In order to minimise heating loss, you need to make sure your home is well insulated.

Make sure to set your thermostat to the time when you need the heating most, and try to set to a different program for weekends.

Nest thermostat controls heating (Picture: supplied)
Nest thermostat controls heating (Picture: supplied)

In the case of a well insulated home…

If you are confident that your home is as cosy and as insulated as can be then you could give the constant heating trial a go to see what works best.

In order to properly test you need to leave your heating on constantly for a week, and then the next week only program the heating to come on twice a day.

Take a meter reading at the beginning and end of each test week.

Then the results should be evident from your meter reading.

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