What is a thermostatic radiator valve and what is it used for in the home?
You might have heard of thermostatic radiator valves before, but do you know how these devices actually work to help you control the heating in your home?
If you want to save money on your home heating bills, reducing your energy consumption and your impact on the environment in the process, then thermostatic radiator valves are a must-have addition for your home heating setup.
Thermostatic radiator valves are small, subtle little devices that are attached onto the radiators throughout your home. Usually in white, chrome or nickel designs, thermostatic radiator valves allow you to spend less time adjusting the radiators in your home while optimising their heating output.
So, thermostatic radiator valves help you to keep your home at the right temperature for you, while helping you to waste less heating energy in the process. Nifty, right?
But how do thermostatic radiator valves actually work to help you to control your home heating? Well, this actually depends on the type of thermostatic radiator valves that you choose to install in your home.
Some of the most innovative thermostatic radiator valves work by connecting various elements across your home heating system. So if, for example, the ambient temperature in your home increases due to the effects of strong natural sunlight, your thermostatic radiator valves will automatically decrease the amount of hot water that is flowing into your radiators via your home central heating system.
That way, your radiators will emit less heat, all thanks to the action of the thermostatic radiator valves you’ve installed.
There are multiple home heating advantages brought by thermostatic radiator valves, which is especially impressive given these devices are low in price. Once you’ve installed your thermostatic radiator valves on each radiator in your home, they’ll help you to avoid heating your home unnecessarily.
This helps you to reduce your energy consumption and your heating billings all in one. That’ll bring down both the cost of keeping your home at the pleasant temperature you’re accustomed to and the detrimental effect on the environment caused by heating your home. Better for your bank account and better for the planet - it’s a win win with thermostatic radiator valves!
Essentially, thermostatic radiator valves are the ideal low cost addition to your home heating system to help you heat your home more efficiently and cost-effectively. As such, thermostatic radiator valves are increasingly common in homes all over the place.
But the question remains: which type of thermostatic radiator valves should you choose to install in your home?
Which thermostatic radiator valves should you choose for your home radiators?
In order to best regulate and control your home heating, there are several thermostatic radiator valve solutions that you can choose from. The decision will largely depend on the types of radiators that you have installed - or that you’re planning to install - in your home.
- Thermostatic radiator valves with incorporated probes are the simplest and most common types of thermostatic radiator valves. These can be installed on all types of radiators in the home.
- Thermostatic radiator valves with remote temperature sensors and remote valve control options are ideal for regulating inaccessible radiators, such as radiators that are situated behind cabinets or other heavy furniture items in the home, or radiators that are placed high up.
Among the various types of thermostatic radiator valves, several models stand out for significant advanced features and, therefore, significant advantages for home heating control:
Manual thermostatic radiator valves
These are the oldest and cheapest thermostatic radiator valves that rely on your manual action to regulate your home heating.
While their control functionality is limited, these thermostatic radiator valves are still effective within smaller rooms.
Electric thermostatic radiator valves
Electric or programmable thermostatic radiator valves offer greater control, with precise temperature adjustment options.
These thermostatic radiator valves regulate hot water flow in the radiators more precisely, allowing better heating control.
Smart thermostatic radiator valves
These are the most advanced thermostatic radiator valves - a real home automation innovation!
Acting independently, they compute your heating preferences, geolocation and meteorological data to optimally adjust your home heating.
How should you choose your thermostatic radiator valves?
Your choice of thermostatic radiator valves should depend on your budget, your home heating preferences and the surface area of your home’s rooms.
Whatever type of thermostatic radiator valves you install, you’ll be making a smart choice for your home heating, protecting the environment while reducing your heating costs.
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What sort of savings on heating bills do thermostatic radiator valves allow for?
Thermostatic radiator valves are fairly cheap to purchase, but you’ll need them installed correctly on your radiators for ultimate energy efficiency. Why not get a handyman to install them at home?
Your thermostatic radiator valves are an investment that will soon pay for themselves in the savings you’ll make on your energy bills.
As soon as they’re installed, you’ll see your thermostatic radiator valves starting to work via improved control over your home heating.
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