Heating Controls

Most of us have heard that just by turning your central heating down by one degree, you can cut your heating bills by up to 10%. Most of us also know that you can avoid heating an empty property by using the timer controls so that your central heating system is not running when the house is empty.

However, in order to waste as little fuel and heat as possible, a full set of heating controls is just as important as it is to have an efficient boiler installed.

Having the correct controls can save you approx 17% of your heating bill and savings of up to 40% could be made if you installed a condensing boiler as well.

A full set of heating controls comprises of:

  • a time programmer
  • a room thermostat

these are also available as a combined control

together with:

  • a cylinder thermostat - if you have a regular condensing boiler with a hot water cylinder
  • Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)

Of course, to really benefit your pocket and the environment, you need to ensure that you are using your heating controls correctly. With all installations carried out by M&S Electrical (UK) Ltd you can rely on our knowledgeable electricians to explain how to get the best out of your controls, suited to your individual requirements. Our quick guide below explains a little more about each control.

Allow you to set your heating and hot water to come ON and go OFF – heating your home and hot water ONLY when necessary thereby saving energy and saving you money.

Room thermostats:
These constantly measure the air temperature of a space and can be set to whatever temperature suits you best. When the temperature falls below the setting, the thermostat switches on the central heating; once the room reaches the set temperature, the thermostat switches the heating off. Your timer/programmer must be switched on in order for your thermostat to work.

Programmable room thermostat:
A programmable room thermostat lets you choose the times you want your home to be heated and the temperature you want it to be heated to. It allows you to heat rooms or the whole house to different temperatures at appropriate times of the day and week.

Cylinder thermostat:
This keeps a constant check on the temperature of the water in a hot water cylinder, switching the heat supply from the boiler on and off as necessary to keep the water at a set temperature. Installing a cylinder thermostat could save you up to £20 and 110kg of CO2 per year.

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs):
By sensing the air temperature around them, TRVs regulate the flow of hot water entering your radiators to keep a set temperature in a room. They allow temperatures in some rooms to be different to that in others and enable you to turn off completely the heating in rooms that are not used.

In the majority of cases TRVs cannot turn off the boiler when the whole house has reached the right temperature. To do that, you need a room thermostat as well. Radiators in the space containing the room thermostat should not normally have TRVs – if they do keep the TRVs on their highest setting and set the room thermostat to the temperature you require. By installing TRVs, you could save approximately £10 per year and around 45kg of CO2.

For more information on heating controls you can click on the links below:

. Energy Saving Light Bulbs
. Heat Pumps
. Heating Controls
How you can make a difference
. Energy Saving Tips

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