The Four Components to a Heating Control Upgrade
- Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
- Room Thermostat
- Time Clock
- Zonal Heating
There are currently three grants available for this Upgrade; SEAI Better Energy Homes Grant (€600), The Home Renovation Incentive (VAT Refund) and exclusively with Natural Green Energy, you can also get a grant from Electric Ireland (€296).
Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
TRVs sense the air temperature around them and regulate the flow of water through the radiator to which they are fitted. They do not control the boiler. They are set at a level that gives the room temperature desired. These settings may have to be different in each room, and the TRVs are set to suit each room and then left to do their job. By providing this level of control energy is not being wasted, the user reduces heating costs and carbon emissions are also reduced as a result. In order for the TRVs to function correctly they need a free flow of air to sense the temperature, so they must not be covered by curtains or blocked by furniture. Where the airflow is restricted an alternative is to fit Myson remote sensing thermostatic heads to maintain the best possible efficiency. TRVs do not turn the boiler off when the whole house is warm. To do that a room thermostat is required
Room thermostats provide temperature control, by sensing the air temperature and switching the heating when the air temperature falls below the thermostat setting. From simple dial operated controls to touch screen controllers in wired and wireless formats to suit application, there are a host of models available.
By installing a 7 day 2/3 zone time clock allows you to take control over preset heating. With different settings for weekends or holidays, time-locks ensure that the heating is always running efficiently.
Splitting your hot water heating and your room heating allows you to heat your hot water through your boiler. This allows you to have hot water without heating your radiators. Splitting your system again into different elements; upstairs and downstairs for instance, allows you to heat different areas of the house individually. By breaking your system into different elements you only use your system where and when it is needed. This is a very cost effective way to heat your home and water.