There are several different heating controls available for your home, from traditional timers to smart thermostats giving you greater control over your heating – here is our handy guide:


Timer 

If you can only control your heating using a timer, we recommend you consider getting a smart thermostat. This will allow you to control your heating in the most efficient way, minimising waste and reducing energy costs. As an Igloo customer discover how much you could save here

Try to make sure that your heating only comes on when you are at home so you are not heating an empty home. Keeping comfortable is important, but if you find yourself opening a window to cool down whilst the heating is on consider reducing the amount of time your heating is on. 

When you are away from your home it’s recommended to create a schedule on your timer to turn your heating on for a short time to avoid your pipes from freezing during cold weather. Upgrading to a tado° smart thermostat to manage your heating allows you to benefit from this being done automatically.  

Example boiler timer

Picture: in this example of a simple timer, the heating is set to come on once in the morning for 1hr 15mins (each pin is 15 minutes), and twice in the evening for 1hr 15mins and 1hr.  


Thermostat

If you can only control your heating using a simple thermostat (i.e. temperature control only), we recommend you consider getting a smart thermostat. This will allow you to control your heating in the most efficient way, minimising waste and reducing energy costs. As an Igloo customer discover how much you could save here

It is estimated that a typical home could save £60 and 310kg of carbon a year by turning down the thermostat by 1 degree and ensure to turn it down to avoid heating an empty home when you are out.  

TIP: Check your boiler’s control panel. You may be able to set a simple schedule for when your heating can come on and off. In combination with your thermostat this can help you take more control and save energy. 

Manual Thermostat

Did you know? Research conducted by the UK Government suggests that turning down the thermostat by 1°C could save a typical home over 10% on their annual heating bill. Obviously each home is different, but worth considering if you find your home getting too warm.


Smart thermostats, the most effective way to control your heating  

Smart thermostats have some great features. here are some things to look out for to make sure you are getting the most benefit: 

  • Schedules: create a heating schedule perfect for you. If your smart thermostat automatically sets a schedule you should be able to override any assumptions that have been made to personalise to your needs and keep you comfortable. 

  • Set points: similar to above, some smart thermostats learn what temperature you like, and in some cases can set this too high. Review you set points and if possible, drop the temperature by 0.5°C or 1°C as every little helps. 

  • Zones: most smart thermostats will be able to support multiple heating zones. If you have underfloor heating, or multiple heating zones, consider getting a smart thermostat for each one, then you can control each of them in the most efficient way. You should be able to control all of them from one application on your smartphone. 

  • Smart radiator valves: some smart thermostats, like tado°, allow you to control your thermostats and smart radiator valves. These are fitted to your radiators and allow you to control specific rooms all from your smart phone.

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