The key to having a comfortably heated home is making sure that you have the right systems and controls installed and are using them effectively. Homes that use a central heating system should make use of their heating programmer and boiler thermostat and if they don’t already have them installed, have thermostatic radiator valves added to most of the radiators in their home.
What is a thermostatic radiator valve?
A thermostatic radiator valve, or TRV, is a control that helps you regulate the rooms in your home. They do this by sensing the temperature of the air surrounding them and controlling the flow of water through the radiator, reducing it when the temperature rises above a certain point.
What radiator should have TRVs?
TVRs can be installed on most radiators in your home, but it is advisable that at least one radiator is left without one. This radiator is best left on permanently, unless your boiler has a flow meter, and is best placed somewhere where is it always likely to be used, such as your bathroom’s heated towel rail.
Radiators in the same room as the main thermostat shouldn’t have a TRV either, as this could affect the heating of the rest of the house.
TRVs can be installed on almost any existing radiator within a home, so those looking to improve their existing central heating system won’t usually need to have new radiators fitted.
What are the benefits?
TRVs not only help make your home more comfortable by helping to manage the way heat is dispersed, they can also help your home become more eco-friendly and reduce your energy bills. By being able to control the temperature of each individual room, you can choose which rooms to heat most, rather than heating the whole house.
Turning down TRVs in bedrooms and other rooms that aren’t in use will conserve energy, with the Energy Saving Trust saying that using a thermostatic radiator valve and a room thermostat could ‘save £80-£165 a year.’
To find out more information about TRVs and how they can benefit your home, or to enquire about how DHS can help improve the central heating system in your Bristol home, get in touch today.