CONTRIBUTED BY SARAH FORTE
Aha moment – it’s that little flash of understanding. It is simple, but maybe habit changing. It makes you feel a little smarter for knowing it, but you wonder why it took you so long to figure it out.
There are two extra symbols on most indoor heating radiators.
The first symbol looks like a snowflake. This mark shows where to set your radiator so it won’t freeze and break. This is a good setting if you are out of town or closing off a room that you don’t want to pay to heat. It is about 41°F or 5°C.
Between the snowflake and the next symbol are the numbers 1 and 2. Setting 1 is 54°F or 12°C. This is the suggested setting when you leave the house for the day. Setting 2 is 61°F or 16°F and is recommended for sleeping.
The second mark varies depending radiator and brand. It shows the economical winter setting and should be around, or in place of, the number 3. It is the setting where the radiator won’t have to work too hard to heat or reheat the room while occupied. At 68°F or 20°C, it might be a bit chillier than you are used to, but good for cost savings!
Above that, the number 4 (75 F or 24 C) and 5 (82 F or 28 C) are really not efficient at all. Remember that radiators don’t give instant heat to a whole room, so give them time to get going.
The radiators in bathrooms, although tempting to any toddler as a ladder, is actually made to be a heated towel rack! Other than this kind, it is best to keep furniture and drapes away from your radiators for fire safety.
If you live on base, your house will be hooked to the base heating system, which is turned off in the summer. In the fall, they wait for the temps to drop to 55°F for five days and for a predicted five more days before they turn the system on.
For those of you who have in-floor, radiant heating, be careful of the rugs you place on the heated floors. One friend shared a horror story of moving out and trying to remove the rubber backed mat in the kitchen. The rubber had melted and was now more firmly attached to the floor than the mat. It came off, but with a lot of scraping!