In the middle of winter there is nothing worse than being cold at home.  Everyone has a different inner thermostat with some of us preferring their living spaces to be warmer than others.  When living with others, the heating on or off debate can be a real bone of contention.

Recent research from Andrews Sykes reveals that the heating thermostat is one of the main things that couples argue about.  The research surveyed 2,000 cohabiting couples and half of the respondents stated that they argued with their partner over the temperature of their home.

One in seven couples said they delay putting the heating on when winter sets in because their other half wants to keep it off for as long as possible.  But the research also revealed that the most common source of the conflict was the cost of having the heating on too much.

56 per cent of respondents reported turning the heating on only to find their partner had then adjusted the temperature, resulting in a thermostat war.

A large proportion of those questioned stated they are concerned about the rising cost of energy bills (62%).  Yet it is actually these thermostat wars that can cost more.

Thermostat misuse is a key contributor to high energy bills.  According to research by the Energy Saving Trust (EST), people are wasting money on energy bills because they aren’t using their central heating properly.

There seems to be a lack of knowledge about how room stats and TRVs (thermostatic radiator valves) work which is leading to costly thermostat misuse.  Half of the people responding to the EST survey said they turned the thermostat up when it’s cold outside – this is not necessary!

A further 35 percent of the people in the EST survey admitted to turning up the thermostat to heat the room quicker – another sure-fire way to ramp up your heating bill!


Use the timer wisely and save money

Your thermostat is designed to turn your heating on and off to keep your home at the temperature you set it.  It sounds logical that if you turn the thermostat up, the heating will fire for longer as more heat will be required to reach that temperature but it won’t necessarily heat the room quicker.

It is best to use a timer to ensure that you are only heating your home when you need it.  This might mean using a timer to set the heating to come on half an hour before you come home.  Then there will be no need to heat the room quickly because your house will already be warm when you return home.


The thermostat lowdown

Room thermostats send a signal to the central heating pump and boiler to stop firing and circulating water around your pipes and radiators.  Once this happens, the radiators then cool down.

The room thermostat control should be used to manage the heat in your main living space and the TRVs on your radiators should be used to manage the temperature in the other rooms.  It is recommended that you lower the heating using the TRVs in the rooms you don’t use as often.

The thermostat controls the home’s temperature.  Once it hits the temperature set point, the boiler will go off until the room temperature drops again. TRVs act as an extra control which you can use to set the temperature of each room (other than where the room stat is).  When the temperature in that room rises above what it’s set at on the radiator valve it will stop water flowing through that radiator.  This uses less energy.


We offer a range of intelligent controls timers and clocks to maximise the efficiency of your boiler, make sure you ask your installer about the right solution for your needs.