Central heating controls
Making the most of your heating system
Decent central heating controls will help you heat your home more efficiently and lead to lower energy bills.
Timer or programmer
A timer or programmer allows you to control when your heating and hot water comes on and when it goes off. This is handy because it means you can programme your central heating to fit around the way your home is used. If you’re not at home or are in bed asleep, then the heating doesn’t need to be on.
The trick is to set your heating to come on half an hour before you get home or get up, and set it to switch off half an hour before you no longer need it. This is because an average home takes around 30 mins to heat up when the heating comes on and 30 mins to cool down when it goes off.
A room thermostat is usually found in a hallway or sitting room. Its job is to monitor the temperature in the house and send a signal to the boiler telling it to switch off when the house is warm enough.
Thermostats are normally set between 18 and 21ºC. This is a comfortable temperature for most people. Some people need to keep their home warmer than 21ºC due to their age or health problems. Some modern heating controls now combine the timer and the thermostat, allowing you to set different temperatures for different times of the day
Thermostatic radiator valves
Thermostatic Radiator Valves allow you to control the temperature of a room by regulating the flow of water through the radiator. If, for example, during the day you spend most of the time downstairs, you could set the TRVs on the downstairs radiators to medium or high, and leave the upstairs radiators on low.
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