Three Tips for Getting Greater Control over Your Central Heating

So, winter is here again, and in typical 2016 fashion, it’s going to be a bad one. Meteorologists (at least according to the media) are predicting a Big Freeze. You know they do this every year, but one of these years, they might just be right, and if this year’s anything to go by, then it isn’t going to be a good winter, that’s for sure.

Freezing temperatures are a problem for homeowners looking to keep their homes warm. It’s expensive to do this nowadays, and especially with the falling value of the pound. However, we have three great tips to help you make the most of your energy and spend as little as you can to stay warm this winter.

Tip 1: Swap Energy Suppliers
If you’re still with one of the ‘Big 6’ (British Gas, EDF, SSE, etc.), then you really should look into switching your tariff to one of the more competitive, smaller energy suppliers. You can save a lot of money — more than £400 in many cases, simply by switching suppliers.

Do spend your time researching the various tariffs on offer. Be sure to do background checks into any potential new supplier — make sure that they are customer friendly.

Tip 2: Install Modern Heating Controls
There are so many different technologies that you can now install in your home to help you manage your heating better. Collectively, they can save you a lot of money, and they aren’t as expensive as you might imagine to fit them.

Here are two fittings that you should consider installing:

• Thermostatic radiator valves on all of your radiators: these are great because they prevent you from needlessly wasting heat in rooms that you don’t use very often.

You set the temperature setting (1 through to 6, with 1 being the least warm and 6 being the hottest) to suit the room, and then the valve opens and closes in response to the ambient temperature of the room.

They sound complex, but the technology is really simply. It’s just wax that melts and solidifies in response to the temperature of the air.

  • Modern thermostat: if you haven’t changed your thermostat in the past 10 years, then you are missing out on a lot of controls.

We can’t discuss everything they can do because that warrants a blog in its own right. For further information, contact your local radiator company and ask for advice. In the meantime, to give you an idea about the type of things they can do, here are two new functions:
1. Holiday mode: Here, you press the ‘Holiday’ button and the central heating system knows that you’re away. They keep the house to a temperature that ensures it’s safe and free from freezing or mould, but at the same time, doesn’t provide too much heat.

2. A choice of up to 6 temperature settings a day: At night, you might set it to 14 degrees, at 8am to 18 degrees, throughout the day when you’re not there 12 degrees, and in the evening, 19 degrees. They’re fantastic.

Tip 3: Two Things to Note
There are three things that people frequently do that make their energy bills more expensive:

1. They put the thermostat in the wrong place. It should be on an interior room, about 1.5m high, and in the middle of the house. 
2. They put things over the thermostat, such as curtains. The thermostat will be inaccurate if you do this. 
3. They leave the heating on when opening the windows. Turn off the central heating whenever you open the windows.

We hope that you have found this article useful. If you would like to buy new radiators or valves for your central heating system, then please visit