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Heating your home

Thermostats and heating controls

Benefits

  • take control of your heating
  • keep your home warm
  • save money on your energy bills

The right heating controls will let you keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting fuel or heat.

If you have a gas, oil or LPG central heating system, your full set of controls should ideally include a boiler thermostat, a timer or programmer, a room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs).

If you have an electric storage heating and hot water system, read our guide on electric heating systems for information about suitable controls.

You can upgrade or install heating controls without replacing your boiler, and it’s a particularly good idea to think about this if your controls are more than 14 years old. Room thermostats, for example, are much more accurate now than they used to be.

Benefits of heating controls

reduce your carbon dioxide emissions

save money on your heating bills by installing and using your controls efficiently

schedule your heating and hot water to go on and off when needed

select areas of your home to heat and the required temperature for each room, rather than heating the whole house at the same temperature

Potential savings

  • save £60 and 310kg of carbon dioxide a year by turning the room thermostat down by one degree
  • save £75 and 320kg of carbon dioxide a year by installing and correctly using a programmer, room thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves

Typical savings for a typical three-bedroom semi-detached home, heated by gas. Figures are based on fuel prices as of May 2020.

Types of temperature controls

Find out more about the different types of temperature controls available.

Types of timing controls

Find out more about the different types of timing controls available:

How to use your thermostat efficiently

Make sure you’re using your room and radiator thermostats in the most energy efficient way to reduce your carbon footprint and save money on your energy bills. Watch this video to find out how:

How to use your boiler heating system efficiently

Make sure you’re using your boiler heater system correctly to get the most out of it. This video shows you how: