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Should I use Manual or Thermostatic Radiator Valves?

9 October 2018

Non-thermostatic radiator valvesValves are an essential part of your radiator, controlling what goes in and comes out of your radiator. They tend to come in two types: manual radiator valves and thermostatic radiator valves. What is the difference between the two and which is the best choice for your heating system? The following information should help to decide which you need.

Manual Radiator Valves

These are angled taps attached to your radiator and used to turn it on or off. In effect, the temperature of the system as a whole is controlled by your hot water boiler and thermostat, while individual manual radiator valves allow you to isolate radiator panels and control the inflow of hot water to each.

Benefits of Manual Radiator Valves

They are easy to locate on the radiators themselves and much cheaper to install. They also allow you to control the heating around your property at a room level by switching radiators on and off as required.

Thermostatic radiator valvesThermostatic Radiator Valves

Thermostatic radiator valves can be set to the temperature you want and can then be left to their own devices. They work by expanding to shut off the intake of hot water once the desired temperature has been met in the radiator.

Benefits of Thermostatic Radiator Valves

The chief benefit of a thermostatic radiator valve is its impact on the environment. Their maximum heating capacity is designed to be in line with carbon footprint reduction guidelines for energy efficiency. This means that while they may be more expensive to install, they will help to save you money on a long-term basis.

At The Heating Boutique, we stock an extensive range of both thermostatic and manual radiator valves, all of which are available to order from our online store. Orders come with fast UK delivery times, with most orders placed prior to 1 pm being eligible for next day delivery, completely free of charge.

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