As we say goodbye to summer, families across the UK are starting to think about how to save energy – and the associated price tag.
A recent report found that plumbers play a vital role in advising consumers on which products to buy, with 74% of householders asking for advice when choosing a product. As the nights get colder, it’s more important than ever that installers are armed with the information they need to help advise their customers – not only on what to buy – but also on how to use heating and plumbing products correctly.
According to the Energy Saving Trust, in addition to insulation, heating systems should be the priority for anyone looking to make cost and carbon cuts.
Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)
With turning the thermostat down by at least 1ºC likely to reduce annual bills by up to 10%, thermostatic controls can keep homeowners both warm and energy efficient this winter.
Fitting TRVs to a home central heating system can improve both comfort and energy efficiency. Monitoring the air temperature around them, TRVs reduce the flow of water through a radiator when the temperature reaches a certain setting.
Unfortunately, however, while many homes are fitted with TRVs, not everyone knows how to use one. Too many families turn the TRV up as high as it will go to heat a room up, without realising that in doing so they will end up with a room that’s too hot and a bill that’s too large! Instead, TRVs should always be set at the required temperature.
To help save on costs, TRVs should also be used to introduce zone control measures, with rooms that are used often set to a higher temperature to beat the chill, and rooms that are unused kept to a minimum heat (or even switched off).
Radiator covers should also be avoided as this will trap heat between the radiator and the cover and fool the TRV into thinking the room is warmer than it is.
There is no point having the correct parts in place if they are not used correctly, so the advice of installers is crucial when it comes to helping to reduce energy costs.
Back by popular demand
Over the last 12 months, we’ve been inundated with requests from installers and merchants to reintroduce the Westherm 5 TRV.
Designed to European Standard EN215, the Westherm 5 TRV boasts an ergonomic, hand-friendly shaped head, neat vents, and easy-read controls; so it’s no wonder that it is one of our most popular and bestselling valves ever. And we are delighted to announce that it is now back in stock!
For more information on the Westherm 5 TRV, speak to your local area sales manager today.