Space Heating

Boiler:

You should have your boiler professionally serviced at least once per year. A clean and serviced appliance will operate more economically and will have a longer service life.

Electric Storage Heating:

Electric storage heaters are more cost effective if you are using electricity supplied at a cheaper night-time rate. Checking your tariff with your electricity supplier could save you money.

Room Thermostats:

Room thermostats normally turn the boiler and heating circulation pump off when the room temperature has reached the desired level. A room thermostat is normally located in a living area or circulation area (hall or landing). Guide temperature settings are 20°C for a living room and 16 - 18°C for circulation areas. However, the most appropriate setting depends on location of the thermostat and the heating system design. Choose the lowest setting that gives acceptable comfort conditions. Finding the setting to suit you may take some experimentation. A reduction of 1°C on your thermostat can reduce annual space heating costs by 10% or more.

 

Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs):

TRVs are fitted to individual radiators to allow you to keep different rooms at suitable temperatures. They have a range of temperature settings and will reduce the flow of hot water through the radiator as the room reaches the set temperature. Finding the setting to suit you may take some experimentation. Choose the lowest setting that gives acceptable comfort conditions. If a TRV is fitted to a radiator in a room where there is a room thermostat, the room thermostat should be at a lower setting than the TRV, otherwise the room thermostat will not operate properly.

Automatic Timer Switch or Programmer (Heating):

Your automatic timer switch or programmer allows you to schedule the heating duty on your heating system and to turn the system on and off as required. Use this facility to limit the running time for the heating system to fit your specific needs and you will save money.

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