Get the most out of central heating

For many domestic customers in the UK, gas-fired central heating is still the norm. Use these tips from Worcester Bosch to help your customers maximise the efficiency of their central heating systems.

  1. Advise them to get to know their controls – read the manual or watch the manufacturer’s ‘how to’ videos online (if available). This will help them quickly learn just what the controls can do.
  2. Encourage them to vary the on and off periods of the system based on their lifestyle. It may be that the house is empty for different times each day, so they should programme the heating to be off during those periods.
  3. Explain the value of using a smart controller if they have one. This allows customers to control their heating system wherever they are. They can delay their heating switching on if they are delayed coming home or switch it on sooner if coming home earlier.
  4. Turn the thermostatic radiator valves down or off in rooms that are not in use.
  5. Try turning down the boiler thermostat so it operates at a lower temperature and runs more efficiently.
  6. Suggest turning room thermostats down by 1°C. If they are still comfortable, this small, simple change can help save energy.


Advice for customers on installing smart controls

Due to a recent report on Boiler Plus published by BEIS, installers are permitted to undertake an additional measure when replacing a combi-boiler to help improve efficiency and reduce energy usage.

Options for this measure include either a flue gas heat recovery system, a load gas compensating room temperature controller, smart controls, or a weather-compensating controller.

“The majority are now installing smart controls or load compensating controllers to meet these new requirements and smart controls are very effective in helping homeowners reduce energy usage and cost,” says Martyn Bridges, director of technical communication and product management at Worcester Bosch.

For example, the Bosch EasyControl offers a 4% efficiency gain which increases when coupled with smart thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs). Such changes to an uncontrolled system could save up to 40% of energy costs.

It is expected that the forthcoming Building Regulations for 2022 will require all radiators to be fitted with TRVs when replacing a boiler, if the home does not already have them.

“Many installers will likely select smart controls to comply with Boiler Plus and advise their customers that the additional smart TRVs will allow them to operate every room to a different temperature,” adds Bridges. “With energy prices set to rise further, now is a great time to introduce smart controls to your customers.”

Find out more on the Worcester Bosch website

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