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Can thermostatic radiator valves reduce my heating bills?

Can you reduce heating bills with TRVs?

In heating our homes, we subscribe to an unwritten rule of always trying to keep the cost as low as possible. Heating controls are key in the way we conduct our scientifically sound heating economics studies – essentially saving enough dough for a few pints at the local.

Choosing the right controls will allow you to keep your home at a comfortable temperature without wasting any energy or heat.

And thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) should be an essential part of your dossier as you plan to bulge your budget with lower heating bills, if you have an active central heating system.

No matter if your central heating system is gas-powered, oil-fired or liquified petroleum gas (LPG), thermostatic radiator valves rank alongside a room thermostat, boiler thermostat and timer as vital components.

Ultimately, TRVs provide an easy means to gain more control over your home’s temperature, whilst helping you to save money on energy costs.

So, just how can a thermostatic radiator valve help cut energy costs?

Milano Black Thermostatic Straight Radiator Valve and Lockshield

How does a thermostatic radiator valve work?

A thermostatic radiator valve works by regulating the flow of hot water through the radiator. They incorporate a sensor made out of liquid or wax – and this expands or contracts in line with the surrounding temperature.

When the temperature reaches the desired, pre-set level you specify on the TRV dial, it closes to prevent more hot water entering the rad.

As liquid is more receptive, liquid-based thermostatic radiator valves tend to be a touch more expensive than their wax counterparts. Learn more about how TRVs work in our Guide to Thermostatic Radiator Valves.

Energy efficient heating with TRVs

There’s a perfect heating system setup that will help TRVs work to their best effect. Namely, one consisting of a single centralised boiler and one room thermostat.

This will enable the valves to heat your home in an energy efficient manner, and not waste heat on empty rooms. In fact, the use of TRVs has been linked to energy savings as significant as 40%.

It might be best keeping that under your hat though, unless you want to shell out for the full round.

In truth, it is tough to calculate just how much energy and money you save with TRVs, considering the multiple variables at play. Insulation, the performance of your radiators and the number of rooms they feature in are all factors that can muddy the waters to some extent.

But there’s absolutely no doubting that they are beneficial in preserving energy and stemming heating costs from spiraling.

You can also create a more comfortable home environment tailored to your exact preferences with thermostatic radiator valves. For example, if you want to stay toasty warm whilst kicking back in the living room with your latest Netflix binge, but want your kitchen to remain at a cooler temperature for when you’re cooking, you can adjust the temperature, and alter your TRVs accordingly to set a lower temperature of the room.

Don’t forget that kitchen tip – I’m forever getting hot and bothered with the pots and pans a-blazing before I remember I can just alter the valves!

Milano Windsor Brass Traditional Thermostatic Corner Radiator Valves

Get in the zone for extra energy savings

Create separate zones in your home to maximize the impact of your TRVs and enjoy extra energy savings. Although it would mean a bigger outlay initially, it is worth investing in thermostatic radiator valves to accompany each radiator you have installed throughout the home.

Then, set the TRV in each individual room to control the air temperature for that space only, closing doors so that valves are responsible for just achieving the desired temperature in their own zone.

You can set them to your own preferred temperatures, and won’t expend unnecessary energy heating the likes of hallways and other unoccupied spaces.

The bathroom is the only area that it might not be advantageous to fit a TRV in. Temporary heat emitted from the bath or shower could cause it to switch off before you’d like it to.

Also, unwanted draughts can trick thermostatic valves to misjudge room temperature on occasion, so it is best to try and avoid installing them nearby doors and windows, where possible.

Ultimately then, can TRVs decrease your energy costs?

Milano Black Corner Thermostatic Radiator Valve

Frequently Asked Questions

Thermostatic radiator valves, or TRVs, are designed to automatically shut down and prevent the flow of water through the heating system in warmer weather, so they need to be carefully maintained in the hot summer months.

If TRVs are turned down low when the weather is warmer, a few months of inactivity could lead them to become stuck in the ‘off’ position.

As a result, when the weather cools down again, you might find that radiators accompanied by a stuck TRV will struggle to heat up and might not be able to – a plumber might even be required to fix the issue at an excess cost.

To avoid such a situation, open all your TRVs to full capacity by turning them in a clockwise direction during the warmer summer months.

For further information, take a look at our dedicated blog – Summer Heating & Radiator Tips.

You should replace your thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs), or at least upgrade the TRV heads, if they are 10 or more years old.

TRVs can decline in terms of performance and accuracy over time.

To learn more about what TRVs are and why they may be beneficial, check out our guide to Thermostatic Radiator Valves.

And, if you’re considering changing yours, take a look at our comprehensive Radiator Valve Guide.

Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) offer several benefits, assisting your radiators to operate in an energy efficient manner for long-term savings on your heating bills.

Find out more in our Advice Centre blog, What are Thermostatic Radiator Valves (TRVs)? or consult our Radiator Valve Guide.

Yes. A thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) can be attached to a heated towel rail, and will offer the same functionality as it would when teamed with a home radiator.

However, we wouldn’t recommend using a TRV on a towel rail in a bathroom or shower space, as the damp and humid conditions of such rooms can have an impact on the effectiveness and efficiency of a TRV.

If you would like any further information, take a look at our dedicated blog, How To Choose The Correct Heated Towel Rail Valves. Or, to draw inspiration on the best heated towel rails to add to your home, explore our blog – The Ultimate Heated Towel Rail Buying Guide.

So can TRVs reduce my energy bills?

Yes they can! We’d recommend adding TRVs to all radiators throughout the home if possible, barring the bathroom, to notice the biggest positive effect on your energy bills.

A renewed emphasis on rising energy costs played a part in prompting this @djmatrix101 TikTok video to go viral meanwhile, offering a simple explanation as to how and why thermostatic radiator valves can prove a sound little investment in that format.

If you’d like any further information about radiator valves, or improving the efficiency of your home heating by any means, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. You can leave a comment in the comments section below, or contact us via FacebookTwitter or Instagram.

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