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Using your heating controls

There are different types of heating controls. Controls can be on your boiler or separate thermostat, usually on a wall. You can control some smart thermostats from your phone or tablet.

If you change the way you control your heating, you may be able to reduce your energy costs.

Digital heating controls

A digital room thermostat can heat your home to different temperatures for different parts of the day. If your thermostat connects to the internet, you may be able to control it from your phone or tablet.

How to set a programmable room thermostat (YouTube, with British Sign Language)

How to use a Danfoss digital central heating programmer (YouTube, with British Sign Language)

Digital thermostat for heating controls: Time adjust buttons, temperature adjust buttons and programme selector slider switch with 'date, prog, auto, man, and off' options. Display has the time, date and current temperature.

Mechanical heating controls

Your boiler may have:

  • a simple on off switch

  • a dial of buttons for each hour in the day which can be set to on or off

Mechanical central heating programmer (YouTube)

Mechanical heating controls. There's a dial which can be turned with on, off and 1 hour markings. There are switches around the dial arranged in a circle, one for each our of the day which can be set to on or off.

Last reviewed by Scope on: 16/08/2021

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