We moved into our 1930’s house nearly 4 and a half years ago and like most people when our central heating was on we were heating the whole house at the same time and at the same temperature, but we don’t use all of the rooms at the same time each day and we don’t always want them to be as the same temperature. With this in mind we set out to see if we could automate our heating system without having to go to the extreme of buying a new fancy gadget that would cost the same amount of money, or more, than that we may potentially save in energy bills.
We wanted to find thermostats for our radiators that we could set to come on and off at different times of the day and a different temperatures independently from each other. We came across these thermostats from Box Limited which seemed to do the trick. We decided to purchase 6 of them and hoped for the best. When we bought them they were £15 each but since then they’ve increased in price to £20 each.
The key features of the thermostats are –
- Ready to use due to pre-set programming
- Self-programmable to meet personal routine – up to 3 heating phases (7 change settings) can be set separately for day, weekday, weekend, or whole week
- Temperature can be set to nearest 0.5° or changed intuitively via control wheel
- Boost function to increase radiator heat for up to 5 minutes
- Rapid temperature fall / room ventilation detection
- Holiday Function
- Automatic frost protection
- Temperature offset function to adapt for room / radiator variance
- Operational “lock” for tamper / child resistant controls
- Valve protection function: Weekly automatic de-calcification
- Timeless, plain housing and compact design
We spent quite a bit of time trying to work out what schedule would work for us heat-wise and in what rooms, but we think we’ve got it sussed. The heating’s on in the whole house from 5.30am until 8.30am, all set at 20 degrees, but when we’re at work and school during the day the heating’s off. From about 2pm onwards the heating’s on downstairs and in our son’s bedroom upstairs, 20 degrees. Around 8pm, when our son goes to bed, the heating goes off in our front living room but comes on in our bedroom, again at 20 degrees. We tend to spend most of our time in the back of the house so we didn’t see the point in heating the front living room when it’s not being used in the evening, and we didn’t see the point in heating our bedroom when we’re not using it during the day and early evening.
We’ve had the thermostats for about 9 months now and our monthly energy bill has been reduced from £103 per month to £92 per month, which equates to a yearly saving of £132! In even the 9 months that we’ve had them the thermostats have paid for themselves! I’d definitely recommend them!