Cost approach. Elimination of problem areas.
A thermal imager will help you identify problem areas that are releasing heat from your job. It can be purchased or ordered from experts. This device measures the temperature and displays an image with a marker of warmer and colder zones.
During the survey, photographs of your home will be prepared. On them you will see which parts of the building are causing heat leakage. These can be poorly installed windows, doors, cracks in the walls, poorly installed pipes, a wall facing the landing, a floor on the first floor and a ceiling on the last.
Did you find out the cause of the heat leak? Now eliminate it. Insulate walls, replace windows or eliminate gaps, add thermal insulation to the floor and/or ceiling. This will significantly reduce gas (heat) consumption.
Less costly approach. Gas overrun analysis
The boiler stops working when the water temperature of the heating system reaches the set value on the boiler. The boiler by default does not take into account the temperature in the room, which will depend on weather conditions. Although the temperature in the room is already high, the boiler can continue to burn gas.
To stop the boiler when you reach the desired temperature in the room, a thermostat is used. Set yourself a thermostat, set the temperature that is comfortable for you. The thermostat will automatically turn off the boiler when the set temperature is reached and excess gas will not burn.
A programmable thermostat will help save even more. With it, you can set different temperatures for different hours of the day and night, as well as days of the week. If you work outside the home all day, lower the room temperature and program the thermostat to warm up the rooms half an hour before you arrive. Lower the temperature at night to make it more comfortable to sleep. Such actions will make your life more comfortable and help you pay less for gas.
The next step is to adjust the boiler – lower the temperature of the water in the heating system to the minimum level that is enough to heat the room. This allows you to reduce gas consumption up to one and a half – two times. Otherwise, due to the inertia of the heating system, “overheating” occurs: the thermostat will turn off the boiler, but the radiators heated to a very high temperature will overheat the room for a long time
The BALANCE metering system will help to optimize your consumption and and identify losses. BALANCE is the control of the consumption of energy carriers of electricity, gas, water, heat, to optimize your costs.
You will be able to track hourly gas flow profiles and see if your boiler is set up correctly (approximately constant hourly flow rates, while the boiler turns on / off quite often – the upper hourly profile). Or your boiler is not set up correctly (in the hourly consumption there are emissions and dips in consumption, while the boiler turns on / off rarely – some hours do not turn on at all – lower hourly profile).
You can track your consumption with new settings, window replacements, and compare your progress with last year’s consumption.
If we consider a multi-storey building, then heat losses can be through unclosed entrances, unclosed attics or technical rooms on the top floor, open basements or entrances to garages on the bottom floor, as well as non-residential apartments with open windows and balconies – a bad gift for those who have such neighbors.
All this can be tracked by the chairman of the association or the management company. Each radio module is equipped with a built-in temperature sensor, and can also be equipped with an external temperature sensor, which allows you to control the temperature in both residential and technological premises and significantly reduce heat loss around the house.