The benefits of Heating Controls
There are many benefits but the main one is that it is possible to control and save your energy usage and therefore money by fitting modern heating controls.
Some of the other benefits are:
- You can ensure that your home stays at the temperature you want it to be – not too hot or not too cold.
- You can control the heating so that it is not on when you’re out, but it comes on and warms the house in time for when you return
- It is possible to heat only the parts of the home that you are using to the temperature that you would like.
Can you improve the heating control in your home?
In a typical 3 bed semi-detached home, heated by gas you can save the following (Energy Saving Trust):
- Install a room thermostat if one wasn’t present before: £55 and 280kg CO2 per year
- Fit a hot water tank thermostat: £20 and 110kgCO2 a year
- Fit a hot water tank insulation jacket: £35 and 170kgCO2 a year
Savings will vary depending on how much you pay for heating fuel.
Simply by using your existing controls more effectively savings can be made:
- Turn your Room Thermostat down by 1 degree can save 10% on heating bills over a year which equates to £50 a year for the typical heating bill or 260kg CO2 a year. A temperature between 18 and 21 degrees centigrade is usually sufficient.
- Setting your hot water tank thermostat to 60oC will ensure water is not being overheated – but this is hot enough to kill Legionella and also scald.
What to do next?
- 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.
- 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.
- Why is a programmable thermostat useful?
- A programmable thermostat is useful to have because it gives you the ability to pre-program in the different temperatures you want your house to be heated to at different times of the day. The thermostat then adjusts your system to meet the desired temperature at different points in the day. This allows you to do away with the old heating timer and thermostat combination.
- 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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