Heating Controls

Heating controls control your heating distribution with the ability to programme both time and temperature. These controls are essential to ensure you only heat areas as and when you need to.

Are you in control of your heating?

  • Do you heat rooms not in use?
  • Do you heat your house when you're not at home?

Yes? Read on! The benefits of installing a full range of heating controls to your heating system can quickly be seen.

You can control your heating with:

Heating system programmer

Heating timers and programmers are available in various formats and range in complexity and programmability. They range from a basic timer which switches the total system on and off at specific times, to a multi-channel full programmer which allows greater control of operation times, zone temperatures and whether the heating is to be used for heating or hot water.

Room thermostat

The technology has advanced with heating thermostats and many systems can be fitted with wireless thermostats. However, most room thermostats are wired into the heating system. Thermostats sense and control the air temperature within a room by switching the heating on and off at the set temperature. Remember the room thermostat is needed as well as the thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), to enable the boiler to switch off when no heat is required.

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs)

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), which are sometimes known as radiator thermostats, offer individual control of each room's radiator. This allows you to turn radiators off in rooms that are not being used and control the individual temperatures of the others. For example, they can be set to be warmer in the living room and bathroom than in the bedrooms. Radiator valves should be fitted to every radiator except the one in the same room as the room thermostat.

Cylinder thermostat

Cylinder thermostats are attached or integrated into a hot water cylinder and work similarly to the room thermostat. Cylinder thermostats measure the temperature of the water and will refrain from heating the water further when it reaches the set temperature. Ensure your hot water is not too hot; a cylinder thermostat need not normally be higher than 60°C.
Be sure to contact a suitably competent and qualified heating engineer to confirm the heating controls are suitable for your heating system.