A wide range of heating controls are now available to help you to control the temperature inside your home and to heat it as efficiently as possible. Examples include everything from the latest Smart Thermostats to more traditional Programmers, Room Thermostats and Thermostatic Radiator Valves.
However with so many options available it can be confusing and difficult to make the right choice. This is where we can come in. As well as being able to install the latest heating controls, our knowledge and experience makes us a great choice for advice when deciding on the right controls for your home.
Having installed a set of heating controls, we always take the time before we leave to ensure that they are properly set-up and working normally and, just as importantly, that you understand and are comfortable operating them going forward. We’re not happy until you’re happy.
You’ll find a brief overview of the heating controls traditionally used in the UK below. Our Smart Heating Controls page provides info on the latest internet enable controls. You can also see this fun presentation by Honeywell or why not give us a call on 0117 935 2400 for a free chat.
Your boiler thermostat allows you to control the temperature of the water leaving your boiler. It’s usually a dial on your boiler and should be set in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
Timers and Programmers
Timers and programmers allow you to set when your heating and hot water comes on and goes off and one or the other normally forms part of your boiler. A programmer is simply a more complex timer that gives you greater scope to set exactly when you want your heating and hot water to come on and go off.
Room Thermostats help you to control the temperature inside your home by sensing the temperature of the air of the room in which they are located and, when it goes above a set level, telling your boiler to stop pumping water around your central heating system.
A common situation is for a single Room Thermostat to be used in conjunction with a Programmer. The Programmer controls when the heating is on and the Room Thermostat ‘sits on top’ providing an extra level of control by shutting the heating off during these times whenever the temperature exceeds a set level. Such an arrangement is often further strengthened by the use of Thermostatic Radiator Valves.
Basic and more complex Programmable Room Thermostats are available. The most basic allow you to set a single temperature. Programmable Room Thermostats give you greater control and allow you to set different temperatures for different times on different days of the week. Turn down your room thermostat by just 1°C, it’s unlikely you’ll notice the difference but it could save you up to £75 year.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Thermostatic Radiator Valves help you to control the temperature in a room. They do not control your boiler but rather work by increasing or decreasing the flow of hot water to the radiator to which they are attached when the surrounding air temperature rises above or falls below a chosen level.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves let you maintain different temperatures in different rooms. They can be retrofitted to existing radiators and are affordable technology. They are often used in conjunction with a Room Thermostat to provide more efficient and effective control of your home’s temperature.
Thermostatic Radiator Valve ideally should not be located in the same room as your Room Thermostat.