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Heating Controls Guide

Heating Control Guide

Our heating control guide covers everything you need to know about heating controls for your home. We discuss the different types of heating controls available and run through some of the popular models available for different boilers. We also have an extensive range of new internet controlled room thermostats which allow you to control your heating on-the-go! Read on to see our comprehensive reviews and guides on the controls you need! 

What types are there?

Do you know what differentiates a timer from a thermostat? The market for heating controls is huge, and amongst the hundreds of controls available there are different types which offer variable levels of functionality. 




A timer is the most basic type of controller available. Timers allow you to determine a specific time in which you require your heating and hot water to switch on and off. Simple and basic yet very efficient and cost effective. Timers allow you to set your heating to fit around the specific needs of your household and lifestyle whilst maximising your comfort at home. Most timers generally offer on and off timing options over 24 hours only. For example, if you wanted the heating to come on at 9am and turn off at 8pm each day of the week, a basic timer would be most suitable. See our range of timers here at amazingly low prices.

See our popular brands of timers:

Vaillant timeSWITCH 160 Digital Timer - 20124498
 Drayton LP522 Programmer 25475 MK4  


Similar to a timer, a programmer also allows you to set a distinct time in which you require your heating and hot water to switch on. Although, the key difference that separates the two is that a programmer gives you a lot more options, an example of this is a timer operates your heating to the same time period each and every day whereas a programmer allows different heating times for certain days of the week. Common programmer options include 24 hour, 7 days or 5 days, this allows you to program 1 heating setting for the 5 weekdays and 1 heating setting for the weekend. Most programmers feature a digital interface with a simple-to-use LED backlit screen which allows for a greater level of control over your heating system.

Our Popular Programmers include:


Room Thermostats

Room thermostats are one of the simplest heating devices available, allowing you to control the temperature of your central heating system. They usually sit centrally in a hallway or somewhere easily accessible within the property. A room thermostat will not offer any options in terms of automated control but does allow you to control the current temperature - if the boiler is on it will look to operate at the temperature setting stipulated on the thermostat (so you need to turn the dial down to '0' if you want your heating to go off).

Popular Room Thermostats include:

 Honeywell Lyric T6 Wired Programmable Thermostat Y6H910WF1011•	Honeywell Lyric T6 Wired Programmable Thermostat Y6H910WF1011  

Programmable Thermostat

Programmable thermostats are the most popular type of heating control as they allow you to control both when your heating turns on and at what temperature it operates at. They offer maximum flexibility and are available with a variety of different standard timing periods including 24 hour and 7 day.

Our popular Programmable Thermostats are:


Internet Heating Controls

Internet enabled heating controls are the latest innovation in heating controls. Once installed, everything is controlled via an app using a device such as a smartphone or a tablet (or a laptop/PC in some cases). The heating temperature and schedule is then accessible from anywhere in the world providing you have some form of internet access.

Internet Heating Controls include:


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