There are, what seems to be, an endless list of parts, numbers, figures, and acronyms to learn when it comes to your radiator. It’s hard to keep up with it all, but we’re here today to offer you a helping hand.
Throughout this blog we have acted as your heating spirit guide, escorting you through the mysterious realms of furnace filters and valves… breaking down those otherworldly letters, numbers, facts and figures and making them understandable and useful to you.
Now… let us continue our discovery of the ways of ‘the radiator’…
Today, we break down what a TRV is and how it’s vital for a healthy and efficient radiator.
So, what is a TRV?
TRV stands for Thermostatic Radiator Valve. They look like normal valves you’d have on the corner of your radiator, but they are a little bit different…
They automatically control the amount of hot water that travels to your radiator from your boiler. This helps regulate the temperature that your radiator operates at.
They are known as ‘self-regulating devices’ and are incredibly useful.
How great does that sound? You can retain a specific temperature in a room without having to manually turn your radiator’s valve and play a guessing game of ‘…will this be enough? How about this?’ and returning to it 20 minutes later to play the same game as the room still isn’t warm enough…
This sounds like a perfect solution and are becoming more and more popular amongst buyers.
How do I make sure my TRV works efficiently?
Things that need considering to ensure you’re TRV’s potential is maximised: Make sure the actual mechanism is not obstructed by furniture or over-hanging curtains as this keeps the device from getting an accurate reading of your room’s temperature. If it gets an inaccurate reading, the heating output you want from your radiator will also be incorrect.
Make sure your TRV is corresponding with your wall-hung thermostat. If they aren’t in sync you will get issues. You’re wall-hung thermostat is the big man in charge and if the two systems are conflicted, your wall-hung thermostat will override your TRV.
What are the benefits of having a TRV?
The keyword here is efficiency. Sure, manual valves do the job but having a TRV will help your central heating system run smoother.
Having a TRV will lower your heating bills by making your radiator produce heat more efficiently. They will also lower the amount of CO2 your heating system produces which is an environmental benefit.
When can I get one?
Check out our catalogue of TRV models on the Designer Radiators Direct website and start researching into which TRV would suit your radiators at home.
And they look good too! So don’t worry about ruining the aesthetic of your radiator with an ugly metal bit plonked on the side.
You can get them in traditional baroque styles in metallic hues, to more slick modern incarnations. Have a look for yourself.
For more radiator advice, stick around and browse our blog for more tips.