Research reveals heating controls can reduce consumption by up to 40%

Published:  25 July, 2013

New research carried out for the BEAMA controls group, TACMA, shows that the installation of effective temperature controls on home heating systems has a far more significant effect on minimising energy use than previously predicted.

New research carried out for the BEAMA controls group, TACMA, shows that the installation of effective temperature controls on home heating systems has a far more significant effect on minimising energy use than previously predicted.

Tests in a ‘typical' UK house, built within an environmental chamber, show that energy consumption by the heating systems can be reduced by up to 40% through the installation of a room thermostat and TRVs, with installation costs recovered in around a year.

Carried out by the University of Salford at its Energy House facility, the tests also showed how the application of Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs), providing independent temperature control in every room, can significantly improve comfort for householders by providing satisfactory heat distribution around a dwelling.

TACMA director Colin Timmins commented: “It’s clear from this latest evidence that all homes with a conventional hydronic heating system should have a room thermostat and a full set of TRVs. Benefits for householders will be systems that work as intended, delivering both comfort and efficiency.

“Installers will benefit too by making sure that both room thermostats and TRVs are brought up to standard when a boiler is replaced, and also by promoting heating controls as a valuable home improvement when, for example, servicing an existing boiler.”

TACMA represents UK manufacturers and suppliers of electrical and electronic controls and switches used in appliances, heating systems and general purpose applications. The heating controls group works to advance heating controls for domestic installations to ensure a comfortable environment at the least cost.

Pictured:  The Energy House, University of Salford, is designed to assess the effectiveness of new and existing technologies in reducing energy use and waste.