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Control devices keep running costs to a minimum and help reduce energy wastage. There are three main types of control - thermostats, programmers and timers, and zone valves.

Thermostats: A component of a boiler is a thermostat that stops it from overheating.

Room thermostats will switch the boiler off once the space has reached a required temperature set by the householder

Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs) monitor the air temperature around them and control the flow of water going through the radiator to regulate the radiator’s temperature.  They can be set at a different level in different rooms to suit the needs of each location. A free flow of air is needed for the TRV to accurately sense the surrounding temperature so they should not be covered by curtains or have furniture situated too close.

ProgrammersA central heating programmer/timer allows householders to control when the heating and hot water is switched on and off.  This means that a home and its hot water are only heated when needed, which helps save energy and lower fuel costs.

Combined programmer and room thermostat unit are available that control both the room temperature and the times a boiler goes on and off.

Zone valves: In most houses there are rooms, such as bedrooms, which are not used for much of the day and it would be a waste of energy and money to heat them during those times although other rooms that are occupied during this time do need heating.

To overcome this you can divide your central heating system into zones which are regulated by a valve

So for example, these can be set so only the ground floor is heated during the day and the bedrooms on the second floor at night.  The heating of certain areas is regulated by a motorised valve connected to a timer.

Tips & advice about heating controls

There are many ways to control the heating in the home. Pre-planning in the winter months can save you money, avoids waste and is better for the environment. 

For those with radiators heating the home, timers should be set 15-30 minutes before you need to warm the room. So if you want to wake to a cosy bedroom, set your timer at least fifteen minutes ahead of your alarm. Likewise, when you leave the house or go to bed, turn the heating off 30 minutes earlier and the house will cool down naturally. Underfloor heating takes more time to heat up and less time to cool down. 

Smart thermostats

Smart thermostats can now detect or predict when a room is likely to be occupied and then heat the space up based on the optimum temperature. Zonal heating will say you money as it only heats the rooms that are being occupied  Manufacturers include

Heat Genius and Nest.

Controlling the heating has never been easier thanks to advancements in technology. SMART controls mean the homeowner adjusts the setting from their SMART phones, and some are even voice activated. It is only a matter of time before they invent a SMART activated ironing system, surely!

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