December 15, 2018
With the heating season upon us, a few tips to help stay warm:
*If your radiators have thermostatic valves (TRVs), make best use of them. Don’t just have them ALL fully open!
*If some rooms are not warming up, turn down the radiators in the warmest rooms. This helps balance and distribute the available heat.
*Most boilers have flow temperature control and this directly affects the radiator temperature. A lower temperature enables the boiler to operate more efficiently, and is usually more comfortable for the occupants.
*Sometimes it’s more comfortable to leave your heating on (maybe with the thermostat a degree or two lower) instead of switching it on and off. A smart room stat enables different temperatures for different times of the day/night. If you have it, use it.
*Ideally, a boiler should fire up and stay on, rather than cycling. Cycling is when the boiler fires up, gets too hot, then shuts down…and repeats this sequence. This is inefficient for both the boiler and heat distribution.
*If you have weather compensation controls, remember the heating curve can be adjusted to suit your preferences.