It’s very tempting to turn the dial to 27°C and hope for the best at this time of year, but this will also trigger a massive energy bill. In a home without any controls, installing and correctly using a programmer room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves could save you £75 a year*.

Here are a few tips on how to use heating controls effectively:

1. Room thermostat

This type of thermostat prevents your heating system from using more fuel than it needs to. It will turn the heating on until the room reaches the temperature you have set and then off until the temperature drops below your programmed temperature.

The thermostat should be set to the lowest comfortable temperature, typically between 18°C and 21°C. You don’t need to turn your room thermostat up when it is colder outside; the house will heat up to the set temperature whatever the weather, however, it may take a little longer on colder days. Turning up your room thermostat won’t make your home heat any faster. Also, bear in mind that room thermostats need a free flow of air to sense the temperature so they should not be blocked by curtains or furniture or put near to a heat source.

2. Thermostatic radiator valves

These allow you to control the temperature of your individual radiators, allowing you to turn down the heat in rooms you are not using.

3. Boiler thermostat

Your boiler should have a dial or a digital temperature setting. This sets the temperature of the water that is pumped from the boiler through the radiators to heat your home. Turn it up during cold winter spells to make sure you don’t get cold. However, if you have any young children or elderly people in your home, don’t turn the boiler thermostat too high, as it can make radiators very hot to the touch, which could cause injuries.

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