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Types Of Heating Controls

Updated: Apr 16, 2023

The type of central heating controls you need depends on the type of heating system you have. But these are the general types available:

Timer – turns your boiler on or off at set times

Programmer – lets you set different times and temperatures for different days of the week

Weather compensating thermostat – adjusts the boiler operation based on the outside temperature

Load compensating thermostat – adjusts the boiler operation based on the inside temperature

Room thermostat – measures how warm your room is and adjusts the boiler operation accordingly (room thermostats are load compensating thermostats)

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) – allow you to adjust the temperature of individual radiators and turn them off completely

Smart thermostat heating system – allows you to control your heating remotely via an app. Some are even 'weather responsive' like the Google Nest learning and the Worcester Bosch EasyControl. This allows them to act as a weather compensating thermostat.

Central Heating Controls

Smart heating systems, such as Nest, are the latest innovation in central heating controls. British Gas, which manufactures Hive, claims it could save you up to £110 a year, but this is only if you have a higher than average energy use.

Central Heating Controls
Central Heating Controls

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