Controlling your central heating system.
When it comes to heating your home efficiently, wasting as little fuel as possible then a full set of heating controls is just as essential as the right kind of boiler.
Using heating controls correctly is the easiest way to keep your rooms at a comfortable temperature. And in doing so, they'll help to reduce your household's fuel bills and CO² emissions. Fitting the correct heating controls could save you up to 17 per cent of your annual heating bill. Fitting a condensing boiler with a full set of heating controls could save you up to 40 per cent of your fuel bill. Heating controls allow you to choose when the heating is on, how warm it is, and where you want the warmth. They will also make sure the boiler is only turned on when it needs to be.
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Programmers/Thermostats that have inbuilt sensors for such things as movement, outside temperature forecast and the ability to learn your heating requirements all of which can be controlled remotely via a smartphone, tablet or computer
Central heating /hot water programmer
Programmers allow you to set when the heating and hot water come on and go off again. By installing a programmer, and heating your home and hot water only as and when necessary, you will save energy and money.
A room thermostat constantly measures the air temperature of a space and can be set to whatever temperature suits you best. They are usually installed in hall, stairs or landing areas to sense the average temperature of a home's main living spaces. 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.
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 reach. It allows you to heat rooms or the whole house to different temperatures at various times of the day and week. It can save energy and money too.
A cylinder thermostat keeps a constant check on the temperature of the water in a hot water cylinder. It switches 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 up to £15 per year.
Thermostatic radiator valves (TRV's)
TRV's sense the air temperature around them and regulate the flow of hot water entering the radiators to keep a set temperature in a room. They can help you save energy and money-by allowing you to set lower temperatures in some rooms than in others, and to turn off the heating in rooms not being used.
TRV's can not turn the boiler off when the whole house has reached the right temperature(s). Radiators in the space containing the room thermostat should not have a TRV.
- Close your curtains at dusk to reduce the amount of heat escaping through your windows.
- Fit draught proofing to your external doors.
- Set your thermostat at the lowest comfortable temperature-typically between 18C and 21C. Lowering your thermostat by just 1'C will save energy.
- Your hot water cylinder thermostat should be set at 60C or 140F. Any higher is a waste of energy and any lower and there may be a risk of legionella
- If your hot water tank is not insulated, fit a BS kitemarked insulating jacket, 175mm or 3" thick, around your hot water tank.
- Insulate your central heating and hot water pipes, especially those between your boiler and hot water cylinder to save an extra energy.