It is now November and there are only two months left in this year.
It is getting colder and colder, and you are probably turning on the heater more often.
Many households in Hokkaido use central heating for heating.
Basically, central heating is said to be “left on 24 hours a day,” but many people feel that utility costs are high due to the recent situation of rising energy prices.
The mechanism of central heating is generally to use a boiler to produce hot water, which is circulated through circulation pipes to panel heaters and other equipment installed in each room to warm the room gradually by radiant heat and natural convection.
We feel that it is a waste to leave the heating on in rooms that are not in use by any means or when you can leave the house for a short time. In such cases, it is not uncommon for people to turn off the heating in unused spaces or at times when it is not in use.
However, the largest energy consumption is when heating water once it has cooled. Turning the water on and off frequently will instead result in higher utility costs.
Therefore, it is better to leave it on 24 hours a day to save on utility costs.
It is recommended that the central heating be left on even if you will be out of the house for long periods of time or will be away from home for several days.
We hope you will find this information useful and will be able to survive this winter.