High Voltage owner JON MILNE
explains how new boiler regulations
have changed the thermostat
requirements for commercial and
residential customers

IN APRIL THIS YEAR, the government introduced new energy efficiency regulations, called Boiler Plus.

The new rules mean all new gas and oil boiler installations must include a digital timer and thermostat, to help with energy efficiency.

Digital thermostats are not all the same; some work differently to others. Here’s a quick guide to thermostats, to help you find the right one for your home or office.

to the outside temperature, rather than gauging how hot or cold your house is. They cost around the same as LCTs and are also ideal for people who have high heating bills.

They’re particularly suited to condensing boilers.

Smart thermostat
Using these, you can control your heating through a tablet or smartphone, from anywhere. They’re the same as any programmable thermostat, only far more flexible, allowing you to tweak heat settings from anywhere.

Load compensating thermostat (LCT)
This makes your radiators hotter when your home is cold, and cooler when your home nears the desired temperature.

Typically, LCTs cost around £100 more than a standard model, which isn’t much, in the context of the cost of a new boiler.

If you’re prone to leaving your heating on for long spells, and have high bills, an LCT is your best option

Weather compensating thermostat (WCT)
Does a very similar job to LCTs, only it adjusts radiator temperature according to the outside temperature, rather than gauging how hot or cold your house is. They cost around the same as LCTs and are also ideal for people who have high heating bills.

Check out the High Voltage catalogue for all your thermostat needs.

A digital thermostat can help you save money on heating bills.