Boiler Controls explained

Boiler Controls explained


Heating and hot water controls make a big
difference to your comfort and energy use and are required for Building
Regulations approval. So it pays to know a bit about them.
There are two popular ways of controlling the heating in your home.
The first way and the one that most people think of is the room thermostat. The
thermostat’s job is to monitor the temperature inside your home. You can set
your thermostat to the temperature you would like your home to be. If the
thermostat notices that the temperature in your home drops below this, it will
switch on your boiler and central heating system to warm you up.
For example, if it’s cold outside and the temperature inside your home starts to
drop below the level you selected, the thermostat can tell it’s too cold for
you and switch your boiler on. Once the temperature is back to how you like it
and before your home gets too hot, the thermostats will switch your boiler off.
Thermostats can be wired, wireless or even connected to your smartphone.
You do need to think about where in your home you are going to put your thermostat
though. For instance, you need to make sure it won’t be somewhere drafty where
it’ll think your home is cold all the time, or put it above a radiator where
the thermostats will assume that because it’s warm where it is, the rest of your
home is also that warm. Most people install the thermostat in a hallway or
on a landing, as this gives a good indication of the temperature of your
whole home. The second way of controlling your home’s heating and hot water is
using a timer or programmer. A boiler timer enables you to set your central
heating system to switch on and turn off at certain times of day. These times are
usually repeated every day. A boiler programmer on the other hand lets you
set your heating and sometimes hot water to switch on and off at different times
on different days to better suit your lifestyle. Programmers are usually fixed
to the front of your boiler or fitted nearby. This isn’t always ideal if your
boiler is out of the way, for example in your garage or loft. To solve this
Worcester offers programmable room thermostats that combine a programmer
and a thermostat in one simple device that is easily
accessible on your wall. Programmable room thermostats enable you
to set your heating to come on at different times of the day and night and
set the temperature too. They’re perfect if you’d like the temperature to be lower
in the night while you’re sleeping and warmer in the morning when you wake up.
Set up correctly, a programmable thermostat means your central heating
and boiler don’t have to heat your home from a cold start. Instead,
it simply tops up the temperature, saving energy whilst improving your comfort. An
additional way of controlling the heating and hot water in your home, you
can set the temperature of the hot water going to your taps and radiators by
simply adjusting the controls on the front of your boiler. A combi boiler can
give you separate control over the water for your hot tap and the water for your
radiators. You can also adjust the temperature of individual radiators in
your home by turning the thermostatic radiator valves. These are the small
white units that are normally found at the bottom of your radiator. By doing
this you can set the temperature of each room in your home independently and with
a Bosch smart home solution you can even adjust these faults using your smart
phone. More advanced controls can also offer other intelligent features too – such
as weather compensation that adjusts the temperature of your home according to
how warm or how cold it is outside. Because heating and hot water controls
are complex and depend on a wide range of factors in your home and lifestyle, we
always recommend talking to your installer about them. You can find a
local Worcester accredited installer and for more information on our range of
boilers and controls on the Worcester Bosch website you

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