What is a thermostatic radiator valve?
Thermostatic radiator valves are useful modern gadgets that can be installed directly onto all the radiators you use as part of your home heating system. You can fix thermostatic radiator valves onto all types of hot water radiators, no matter what type of central heating system you use at home: solar powered, oil, wood, gas or heat pump central heating.
In practice, thermostatic radiator valves control the flow of hot water that moves into the radiator. These valves, therefore, allow you to easily and efficiently regulate the level of temperature in each room in the home.
Thermostatic valves allow you to optimise this temperature control further than you would be able to with a simple thermostat adjustment. In fact, thermostatic valves allow you to regulate the temperature of each radiator in each room independently.
There are various types of thermostatic radiator valves available, so let’s take a look at the details. There are thermostatic radiator valves with a manual handle that’s used to adjust temperature levels, electronic thermostatic valves with digital control screens and thermostatic valves that you can control remotely for even greater energy efficiency.
More sophisticated thermostatic radiator valves (that are electronic rather than manual, for example) allow you to save more energy and money by controlling your heating. However, they also carry a higher price tag.
What are the plus points of thermostatic radiator valves?
Thermostatic valves are installed in place of regular manual valves that you’ll usually find on hot water radiators. They allow you to adjust the temperature levels in the room, taking into account who’s using the room and how cold it is outside.
There are three major reasons to install thermostatic radiator valves in your home: thermal comfort, energy savings and savings on the price of your home heating bill.
Pleasant, gentle and regulated heating
Installing thermostatic radiator valves lets you fine-tune the heating in your home. So, you can better control the temperature levels that your radiators emit to maximise thermal comfort in your home.
These thermostatic radiator valves allow you to specifically adjust the heating levels for each radiator in each room of the home so that they perfectly suit your heating needs.
Precise heating control allows you to save energy in your radiator usage. Reducing our energy consumption is key for protecting the environment, as well as for bringing the price of our energy bills down at home.
Thermostatic radiator valves allow you to avoid overheating certain rooms and to maintain pleasant levels of heating in rooms exactly how and when you need them. Heating with your home radiators only when you really need to is, therefore, beneficial for many reasons.
Savings on the price of your energy bill
Saving on the energy you use for radiator heating naturally means you can bring the price of your home heating bills down. Installing thermostatic radiator valves really supports you to save energy on your radiator usage, regardless of the energy efficiency levels of your home central heating system.
Optimising your energy consumption thanks to thermostatic radiator valves is a great way to optimise the price of your energy bill, too.
Netatmo Smart Radiator Thermostats let you change the heating levels of all the radiators in your home, room by room! Remote control allows you to optimise your heating wherever you are. You can even turn on your radiators as needed so your heating is all set up for when you get home from work, or from a trip away!
How do you install thermostatic radiator valves?
To install your thermostatic radiator valves yourself, rather than getting a handyman to come in to install the valves on your radiators for you, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Drain the radiators and central heating circuit as needed
- Disassemble the current faucet, making sure to collect any water that might run out
- Unscrew the nut connecting the old valve to the radiator
- Secure the new valve in place of the old valve
- Seal in the new valve
- Tighten the plastic ring on new valve to affix it onto the radiator
With Netatmo Smart Thermostatic Heads, you can control your home heating with super levels of precision. Smart programming lets you go above and beyond in your home heating regulation.
How much do thermostatic radiator valves cost?
The most basic types of thermostatic radiator valves carry the lowest price tag, but do offer lower levels of potential heating regulation. Plus, they’re much less precise than more modern thermostatic radiator valves.
Thermostatic radiator valves that carry a higher price will offer more modern designs (possibly digital rather than manual), wider programming ranges and improved heating regulation. These more modern thermostatic radiator valves will often offer remote programming options, too.
If you’re looking to have your thermostatic radiator valves installed by a handyman, you’ll need to factor in the cost of installation as well. Check out the steps above if you’d like to take care of installing your thermostatic radiator valves yourself.
Installing thermostatic radiator valves is a smart, modern option for controlling and optimising your home heating. With manual and digital options to choose from, there are thermostatic radiator valves to suit every price range. A sleek, modern look in white or nickel makes thermostatic radiator valves a subtle addition to your home heating, letting you control exactly how and when your radiators emit heating into your home. Save energy and save on your bills!