Installing a high-efficiency boiler is an important first step in reducing your customer's heating bills.
But to make a property even more energy efficient, Part L of the Building Regulations requires that you also install temperature controls, room thermostats and TRVs (thermostatic radiator valves) where possible.
Installing these heating controls provides greater comfort and bigger savings for your customers, with even the most basic controls able to reduce energy use for heating and hot water by around 30%*.
Below are some of the other heating control technologies you may want to consider, to give your customers the best possible service.
Weather compensation controls work by fitting a small sensor outside the home. The sensor monitors the temperature outdoors, and automatically adjusts the output of the home's heating system accordingly.
When outdoor temperatures rise, the demand on the boiler is reduced - using less energy and lowering the homeowner's fuel bills.
When outdoor temperatures fall, the system has to work harder - but because the energy feeds into the building gradually, the extra heat is delivered extremely efficiently.
As well as calling for the installation of temperature controls, Part L of the Building Regulations also stipulates that homes over 150m2 must feature two or more heating zones.
But even if your customer has a smaller home, it's important to remember that they too may benefit from multiple heating zones.
Whatever the size of the property, take the time to understand which rooms are used most frequently. You may be able to specify a solution that considerably cuts your customer's energy use.
Learning the controls
Whether it's heating zones, weather compensation or simpler heating controls, recommending the right technology is an important part of your role as an installer. And it is equally important to show your customer exactly how their controls work.
After installing any new technology, give a clear demonstration of the controls to the customer - enabling them to keep their home at a comfortable temperature and make the best possible savings on their heating bills.
If you'd like to learn more about the heating controls available to you, book onto one of our installer training courses. We also offer training on the Nest Learning Thermostat with all of our free product training courses
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*Source: Energy Saving Trust