5 tips for using district heat

As the autumn sets in, it is worth checking the heating controls of a house connected to district heating. The saving potential of a property’s heating energy can be up to 5–15%. Correct controls will ensure living comfort and energy efficiency in the building.

It is worth taking care of the following issues in a house heated with district heat:

1) The temperature difference tells about the correct functioning of appliances
It is worth keeping an eye on the temperature difference between the flow and return water in district heating. This will indicate how efficiently the building is utilising district heat energy.

2) Pleasant living conditions
The recommended indoor temperature in homes is 20–23 degrees Celsius, and there should be no great differences from one home to another. The indoor air must also be fresh with no draughts. There should always be enough hot tap water, and it must not be too hot or cold in relation to the default settings.

3) Put Sävel Plus to efficient use
Continuous monitoring of energy efficiency is particularly important. In the heating season, it is a good idea to record the outdoor temperatures and the flow and return temperatures of the radiator network in the notes section of the reporting service.

4) Look after the utility room
Keep an eye on any water leaking from the heating safety valves, and note if there are any changes in the operating noises from pumps. Keep the utility room uncluttered and well lit for increased safety.


5) Appropriate pressure level in the radiator network
It is worth checking from time to time that the radiator network has pressure – if there is none, all is not as it should be. To do this, you will need a meter with low and high pressure indicators. It is also advisable to install a water quantity indicator in the radiator network. For example, if you constantly need to top up water in the radiators, there may be a leak that must be repaired.

Published: 15.11.2013 08:46

Seija Uusitalo
Team manager, communications
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