What difference do heating controls make? What are the best types?

Controls have come a long way in the past ten years and they afford an excellent way to improve comfort conditions and save energy.

Controls have two primary functions:

Deciding when the heating system comes on and goes off. It is a good idea (and a requirement for new installations) to divide the house into zones (eg living areas and bedrooms) and to have separate time clock control over each zone.

Maintaining a pleasant comfort level in the rooms. The most cost effective way of achieving this is by fitting room / cylinder thermostats in conjunction with thermostatic valves to the radiators. These thermostats automatically regulate the heat generated in the home and in the hot water cylinder –

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