Last Updated on March 2, 2024 by Saira Farman
Thermostatic Radiator Valves, or TRVs, are devices that regulate the temperature of a room by regulating the flow of hot water into the radiator to which they are connected.
You may save money and time by installing a TRV, which gives you more control over the temperature in each area of your house.
In spite of the fact that your primary heat source is a centralized boiler system, you may set up a thermostatic radiator valve to allow you to establish multiple heating zones throughout your house provided you do it correctly.
Temperature-controlled radiator valves (TRVs) can be used to manage both the temperature of a space and the heat output of a radiator.
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How does a TRV function?
There is no need to manually adjust the flow of hot water into your radiator when you have a radiator thermostat Valve installed.
It’s an easy mechanism to grasp because it just has two major components: the valve head and the valve body, with the head resting on top of the body as you might anticipate.
It is possible to open or shut the TRV by adjusting a pin in the body of the valve, which is done by expanding or contracting a capsule located in its head based on changes in ambient temperature.
You may boost the temperature of your radiator by removing the pin from the capsule if the temperature in your room lowers a bit too much.
Alternatively, if the room becomes too heated, the pin will seal the valve, reducing the volume of hot water. This will be caused by the expansion of the same capsule.
Metal springs loaded with wax or liquid are used in radiator thermostat valves to control the temperature. The liquid kind is regarded to be the best and most constant at regulating the temperature.
As a result, liquid TRVs are significantly more sensitive to temperature changes than their wax counterparts.
When it comes to expanding and contracting, wax TRVs can take a long time to expand and contract, but liquid TRVs can modify the flow of water much more quickly.
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In what range does the price of a thermodynamic radiator valve fall?
The average price of a pair of TRVs is around £20, whether you buy them from us or someplace else.
With thermostatic valves, the price depends on whether they are filled with liquid or wax, and the kind of valve you choose.
To put it another way, a simple comparison of the TRVs’ prices alone isn’t a fair reflection of how much these radiator valves will cost you – especially when you include in installation expenses.
You should definitely install TRVs on all your radiators if you need to empty your heating system in any way, shape, or form, so that you can install the new radiator valves.
When it comes to draining the system down and installing TRVs to each of the approximately 10 radiators in the system, the total cost should be around £350.
For a single pair of valves, an expert is likely to simply freeze the piping and install the thermostatic radiator valves on the radiator. This should cost you around £120 (including the TRV charge), or whatever your local market rate is for half a day’s labor.
WHAT ABOUT THERMOSTATIC RADIATOR CONTROLS?
Many people are wondering, “Why would I bother purchasing a pair of thermostatic radiator valves when I already have a thermostat controlling my heating? “.
In contrast, a TRV allows you to set a different temperature in each area of your home, so you don’t have to deal with the time-consuming job of adjusting the thermostat in each room when it becomes too hot or too cold.
If you have a single wall radiator thermostat and a central boiler that produces both heat and hot water, you may be heating areas that aren’t even occupied.
The majority of your home’s energy is spent on heating and hot water, so installing a TRV together with other heating controls like timers and room thermostats can result in significant savings.
Thermostatic radiator valves (TRVs) have been shown to reduce energy use by up to 40%, however, these reductions are highly dependent on a variety of factors, including radiator performance, insulation, and the location of the TRVs.
It’s all about how you ‘zone’ your heating system in your house.
Temperatures in each room of a house as a whole are shown.
Most people’s living rooms are set to a cozy 21-22°C, which is perfect for curling up in front of the gogglebox after a long day.
The TRV comes in handy from Tado when a room’s heating is set to more than 20 degrees since even the coldest person will find it unbearably uncomfortable otherwise.
Controlling these separate heating zones in your house will help you save money. Setting distinct temperatures for each area can save you money and ensure that you never waste energy heating a location that is not in use.