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Why should I get heating controls?

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Improving your heating controls can help you to match your heating and hot water needs to your working and living patterns. Without adequate heating controls you could be using as much as 20%** too much energy.

At a minimum, your heating systems should be split into two independently controlled “zones”.

  • Your "Space Heating Zones" (i.e. your radiators for heating your rooms) and
  • Your "Hot Water Zone" (your taps and your hot water).

This allows you to heat your hot water without the need to turn on your home heating system. Additional zones can also be installed in larger homes to split upstairs from downstairs or living areas from bedrooms.

What are the typical heating controls that can save energy?

Room thermostat

Room thermostats control the temperature of individual rooms. Wireless and programmable units are now available that provide increased flexibility in the control of room heating. Wireless systems also eliminate visible wiring and are easier to install.

Cylinder thermostat

This provides simple control of the hot water temperature in your cylinder. It is commonly used with a motorised valve to provide close control of water temperature.

Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)

A TRV is attached to your radiator and is a thermostat that regulates the amount of heat going into the radiator, helping you control the temperature of the room.

7-Day Programmable Timer

A 7-day programmable timer will allow you to set your heating system to match your living patterns on a daily and weekly basis. The separation of heating and hot water controls into different “zones” will also allow you to set each zone to heat for only the times that you need it.

Boiler Interlock

Boiler interlocking is a method of connecting your heating system controls with your boiler to ensure that the boiler only operates when you need it.

Typically, homeowners can reduce their energy usage by up to 20%** by installing easy to use heating controls in their homes and using them correctly.

*Terms and conditions apply. Prices quoted are correct as of 1st of July 2012.

Source SEAI. Savings and losses are calculated by SEAI Grants are subject to BER. For full details on SEAI grants visit www.seai.ie .

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