The time has come when energy bills will haunt you more than ever. It is getting difficult for households in the UK to afford energy bills due to high rates. But what if things can be controlled and managed without any extra effort?
You have heard that right, you can reduce your energy bills by replacing your old heating system with a new one. But you may have a question in mind how is it possible as you may not have enough funds? The answer lies in the first time central heating grant offered by the government of the UK for low-income households. Under the ECO4 scheme, residents of the UK who have their own homes can apply for this grant if they are receiving benefits from the government.
However, once you have a central heating system installed in your home, you still need to take care of many things to control energy bills. If you are using a central heating system for the first time, this post is going to help you out. In this post, we will discuss some of the ways to control central heating systems. Without further ado, let’s get started.
Set your room thermostat
One of the ways to conserve energy and control your energy bills is to set your room thermostat. By programming your thermostat to the desired temperature, the central heating will work until the room temperature reaches that point. Once reached, the central heating system will turn off. As the temperature of the room drops, the central heating system will turn on again.
Make sure to set the thermostat at the lowest temperature you want to achieve. Normally 18 to 21 degrees of temperature is ideal to stay warm and comfortable without feeling the cold. You should not adjust the temperature of the thermostat with the changing weather conditions. Especially if you are using a smart thermostat, it will be highly effective in controlling the temperature according to outside conditions and your preferences. Moreover, smart thermostats are easy to control remotely and do not require manual settings. Do not place your thermostat in an enclosed space, as it needs a free flow of air.
Use Programmer Sensibly
The timer on the central heating system needs to be adjusted wisely to control heating. The timer lets you set your central heating system to align with your home needs. If you do not require heating or are away from home, you can program the timer to switch off during these times. Make sure that the clock on the programmer is accurate before you set it. However, you may need to adjust it if the clock changes.
Control Temperature with Thermostatic Radiator Valves
To control the temperature of individual valves of the radiator, you need to adjust the Thermostatic Radiator Valves. Thermostatic Radiator Valves work by sensing the temperature around their surroundings.
If the room’s temperature is hotter than the setting on the Thermostatic Radiator Valves, the valve will close partially to reduce the inflow of hot water in the radiator. Similarly, if the temperature is lower, the valve will open and allow an increased flow of hot water into the radiator.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves are numbered from 0-6. The number zero represents that the valve is off and 6 means it is fully open. Make sure to adjust to the lowest setting to keep room temperature mild. This will help in reducing the flow of hot water, resulting in low consumption and lower energy bills.
Don’t Forget to Check Boiler’s Thermostat
The central heating system is backed by the boiler to pass on the hot water to the radiators. You will also see a digital dial on your boiler marked with numbers. This dial will help you set the temperature of the water that will be passed from the boiler to the radiator to heat your home. In extreme cold weather, if the dialer is not set high enough, it may not heat your home that is enough to keep you warm and comfortable.
Invest in Smart Controls
A large number of companies are now offering advanced features and smart controls on central heating systems. These controls allow you to connect to the internet and manage it remotely. At times when leaving your home, you may forget to turn off the heating system, which may consume energy without any reason resulting in hefty energy bills. However, with smart controls, you have the control in your hand through your smartphone. The modern smart controls can even adjust to your temperature preferences at different times of the day.
One of the benefits of having smart controls is that you can minimize your energy consumption and have to put little to no effort into controlling your central heating system.
Get Your Boiler Serviced Annually
One of the ways to increase the life of a boiler is to get it serviced after every year. It not only allows the boiler to function properly but also enhances its performance. If you are living in a rented house, you don’t have to invest a dime because all the charges have to be paid by the landlord. In case, you are a homeowner and tired of paying hefty energy bills, make sure to replace your old boiler with a new one for efficient heating and less energy bills.
When it comes to controlling your central heating system, the aforementioned tips will help you achieve the best performance. Make sure to follow the tips and get your bills controlled without putting in extra effort.