Ways to save gas and energy with your heating system

Programmable room thermostats

The programmer part allows you to not only set a time for the heating to come on, but also what temperature to heat up to.

For example, you might set it for 6am so that when you get out of bed in the morning, the house is already warming up! Not only will the heating automatically come on at 6am, it will also heat up to the programmed temperature of your choice.

You can set a different temperature for different times of day. So you might want it to heat up to a maximum temperature first thing in the morning, then to a slightly lower temperature around lunchtime to keep things it from dropping too low, and then a little higher again in the evening as the temperature drops outside.

If you have a programmable thermostat, only use this to control the heating in your home. Do not adjust the boiler itself, and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. When you have a boiler and programmable thermostat installed, Colne Heating will show you how everything works so you are confident with the controls.

How Can I use a programmable room thermostat to save energy?

Programmable thermostats can save you energy and money on your bills if used in a certain way.

The lower the temperature your rooms are being controlled at, the more energy you will save. As a general rule of thumb, for every 1 degree you turn down your thermostat, you’ll be using 1% less energy.

One way to reduce energy and save money on your heating bills is to turn your heating down by 8 degrees for 8 hours, which works well overnight while you are asleep.

Likewise, if you know that you will be out all day at work, then there’s no need to heat your home higher than the minimum temperature to keep it ticking over.

Maintaining the heat of your home at a certain temperature and not letting it drop below actually helps to save energy, as it uses less energy for your boiler to heat your home a little bit, than heating it up from stone cold.

A Programmable room thermostat can be wired in place of your existing room thermostat or a wireless version can be wired so the thermostat can be positioned anywhere in your property.

Thermostatic radiator valves

Thermostatic Radiator Valves are more commonly known as TRV’s and their main function is to control the air temperature of a space by automatically adjusting the amount of hot water that enters the radiator they are attached to.

A TRV will allow you to have a little more control over the temperature in each room of your home, making creating a warm and inviting space more efficient and cost-effective.

If you set up a thermostatic radiator valve in the correct way, it will allow you to create different heating zones throughout your home, despite only having one centralised boiler system providing your main source of heat.

In short, TRVs are a simple and affordable way of controlling the heat output of a radiator and the temperature of a room.

Turn down thermostats.....But not all of them

To be continued.........

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