Heating Controls are used to regulate the temperature within your home, so that your heating system is more cost effective and is efficient in its use. They allow you to choose when your heating system switches on and off as well as allowing you to regulate the temperature. Here are some of the Heating controls or regulators commonly used in UK
Room Thermostats and Programmable Timer
Boiler thermostat allows you to control the temperature you require in your home. Room thermostats automatically switch on the heating system when the temperature drops below the level you have set and automatically turns off your heating when the temperature you require is achieved.
Enables accurate control over the time you require your heating and hot water system to switch on and turn off. Programmers also have a 7-day function which allows you to set your systems individually to your personal needs.
Latest programmers and thermostats have both functions (time and temperature control) and can either be hard wired or remote controlled.
Thermostat Radiator Valves (TRV’s)
Thermostatic Radiator Valves are used to control the temperature of a room, by switching off the radiator when necessary. So if the radiator temperature rises above the set temperature, the TRV automatically shuts off the radiators and if the radiator temperature falls below the set value then the radiators switches on. This helps make your heating system more efficient.
Smart Heating Controls
Smart Heating Controls and smart Boiler Thermostat are devices that are used with home automation and are responsible for controlling a home’s heating and Hot water. Like a connected thermostat, they are connected to the Internet. They allow you to adjust the heating from other internet-connected devices, such as smartphones, Tablets and desktops. Honeywell, Nest and Hive are independent companies, however boiler manufactures do have their own brand of smart controls such as worcester boiler thermostats, Vaillant boiler thermostats.
This came into force on 6th April 2018 in England and is part of the government’s ‘Clean Growth Strategy’ to deliver high levels of efficiency and comfort, based on a resident’s property and lifestyle, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Boiler plus are compatible with gas combi boilers.
Boiler Plus control is an amendment to Part L of the Building Regulations and is solely concerned with heating and hot water, which means it directly affects you. You may already be compliant in your domestic installations – in fact you may be well ahead of these regulations – but here are the three specific minimum standards you are required to meet:
1. The efficiency of the new boiler must be at least 92% ErP
2. Time and temperature controls must be fitted for all gas and oil boiler installations
3. Combi boiler installations, new boiler replacement or central heating system replacement, must include at least one of the following technologies when fitted:
· weather compensation
· load compensation
· flue gas heat recovery
· smart control