Thermostats & Heating Controls
By being able to control your heating and hot water so that it is only on when it is needed and only heats to the required temperature and no more can have a significant impact on your bills.
How much you can save will depend on the heating controls that you have, but if you are able to reduce the temperature in your home by 1 degree Celcius then you should save 10% of your heating bill a year or £50 per year.
By being able to control your heating and hot water systems you can ensure that your home and water is hot when you need it and you are not paying to heat them unnecessarily. Regardless of how old your boiler is it is possible to fit modern and highly flexible controls that can allow you to start saving immediately.
Depending on your circumstances there are grants available to assist with fitting your heating controls. The BEAMA suggest that “improvements to controls can reduce the carbon emissions from heating and hot water by up to 20%.”
Some of the more sophisticated systems will allow you to create heating zones in your home which can be heated to different temperatures and at different times depending on when the room or zone will be used!
They’ll help you to waste less fuel and heat too – keeping your heating bills and CO2 emissions down. The energy and cost benefits from improved controls can be achieved straight away with any boiler.
- Can I use a wall mount thermostat to control my heater if it has an in-built thermostat?
- Yes, to override the in-built thermostat, turn the thermostat on the heater to the highest setting, then use the wall thermostat to regulate the room temperature and control the heater.
- Where should I install my wall mounted thermostat?
- Thermostats should always be mounted on an inside wall and away from drafts, direct sunlight, or any appliances that could affect the performance (temperature reading) of the thermostat. Be sure the area around the thermostat is clear of shelves, pictures or other wall decor that may impede the airflow around the thermostat.
- What should I do if my wall thermostat feels hot to the touch?
- You should replace the thermostat. A 'hot' thermostat may indicate that it is not working efficiently; decreasing its accuracy. It may also indicate an overloaded capacity. NOTE: A normal operating thermostat will be slightly warmer than the room temperature by about 3 to 5 degrees.
- How can I use my thermostat best to save energy?
- If energy efficiency is important, keep in mind that wide temperature fluctuations in thermostats can waste energy, increasing the cost of running your heaters and decreasing your comfort level.
- What other features do programmable thermostats have?
- Another function available in some programmable thermostats is optimum start, a function designed to adjust the start up time automatically depending on the ambient temperature in the building. As a example, the heating can be turned on later in mild weather, which saves energy.
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