Having a boiler at home is essential to avoid the cold when using sanitary water. It also allows you to warm the interior of your home by removing heat. To ensure that its use does not increase your energy bill while optimizing its performance, you must know how to use it correctly.
Adjust the water temperature of your boiler
It is essential to adjust the water temperature to save fuel. In addition, your energy bill increases the more you add one degree with a high initial temperature. To adjust this temperature, two devices are needed.
Use a thermostat
On the one hand, you can use a room thermostat to regulate the boiler’s heat output according to your home’s temperature. This allows it to switch on when the temperature drops below the set temperature and switch off when it reaches it. On the other hand, a programmable thermostat allows you to enjoy a temperature on demand. In fact, you can vary the temperature according to the day, the time, and the room.
Equip your boiler with an outdoor sensor
This device allows variations in outdoor temperature to adapt to the boiler water temperature well before the room thermostat detects it. The combination of the two helps you control and stabilize the temperature in each room. If you plan to install an outdoor sensor, the intervention of a heating engineer is mandatory.
In addition to using the above devices, the following energy-saving measures can be taken when using a boiler:
adjust the water temperature to around 50° C ;
Avoid raising the temperature if you can achieve a comfortable temperature in the rooms;
Adjust the boiler thermostat step by step. For example, if you want to increase the temperature to 60°C, go from 50°C to 55°C and then from 55°C to 60°C;
leave the radiators in the frost-free position to avoid damaging them.
Among other things, you can opt for installing a solar tile to contribute to this energy saving.
Perform regular maintenance
It is important to note that you are required by law to perform annual maintenance on boilers between 4 and 400 kW. If your budget allows, have your boiler swept before and after the warm season to extend its life. The maintenance you need to perform depends on your type of boiler.
Maintenance of a gas boiler requires :
Cleaning the interior of the boiler;
Checking safety devices, regulators, gaskets and metal fittings;
cleaning, adjusting, and dismantling the burner;
checking the carbon oxide content and the temperature of the flue gas.
The oil-fired boiler
To maintain an oil-fired boiler, the following work must be done
cleaning the oil filter and the heating body, especially the furnace, by sucking out soot and residues;
adjusting and cleaning the burner
Checking the metal fittings, seals, and carbon oxide content;
Checking or changing the oil nozzle, depending on its condition;
adjusting the flame-holder.
The wood boiler
During the maintenance of a wood boiler, it is necessary to carry out :
cleaning of the firebox and flue tubes with ash removal ;
Checking the seals and the operation of the automatic loading system;
cleaning and checking the draught regulator and the extraction fan;
a combustion adjustment.
For optimal results, call on professionals in boiler maintenance.