Updated on 24th October, 2022 by Martin Astley
If you have a radiator in your home that is not working as efficiently as it could be, then it may be the right time to install a thermostatic radiator valve head. This will help regulate the temperature of the radiator and could save you money on your energy bills. For that to happen you need to understand what a thermostatic radiator valve head is, how it works, why it is important, and how to fit it properly. In this article, we will cover all these aspects.
What Is a Thermostatic Radiator Valve Head?
A thermostatic radiator valve head is a self-regulating valve used to control the temperature of a room by regulating the flow of hot water or steam. TRV’s heads are fitted to the radiators in your home and work by sensing the air temperature around the radiator and opening or closing the valve to maintain a consistent temperature.
A thermostatic valve head only can be used to control the temperature of a room individually, or you can link multiple TRVs together and have them work in unison to heat your entire home evenly. By fitting the TRV head to your radiators, you can enjoy increased comfort levels and energy savings as you will no longer need to keep your boiler on constantly, to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home.
How Does The Radiator Thermostat Valve Head Work?
TRVs are fitted to the radiators in your home and work by sensing the air temperature around them and regulating the flow of water or steam accordingly. This ensures that each room in your home is heated to the temperature you desire while saving money and limiting energy wastage.
Why Use a Thermostatic Radiator Valve Head Only?
If you’re looking to improve the efficiency of your home’s heating system, a great place to start is with your radiators. Radiators are one of the most used sources of heat in homes, but they can also be one of the biggest sources of energy wastage. One way to improve the efficiency of your radiators is to install thermostatic radiator valves (TRV’s).
TRVs are valves that regulate the flow of hot water to your radiators, based on the temperature in the room. This means that you can set your TRV to maintain a comfortable temperature in the room without wasting energy caused by overheating. TRVs can be used in both central heating systems and individual radiators.
There are a few things to consider when choosing a TRV for your home. First, you’ll need to decide what type of valve you want. There are two main types of TRV: manual and automatic. Manual TRVs require you to adjust the valve yourself whenever you want to change the temperature, while automatic TRVs will adjust automatically based on the temperature in the room.
Second, you’ll need to choose the right size valve for your radiator. If you buy the valve head of the wrong size, then it won’t provide the impact and efficiency that you need no matter how hard you try.
How to Fit a Thermostatic Radiator Valve Head
If you need to replace or fit a new thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) head, follow these simple steps. You should only need a few tools to do this job.
First, turn off the heating of the boiler and let the radiator cool down. Once it’s cooled, unscrew the old TRV head by hand (if it’s not already loose) and pull it off the stem.
Now take your new TRV head and screw it onto the stem, hand-tightening it as much as you can. Finally, use an adjustable wrench to tighten it a little more, taking care not to over-tighten and damage the valve.
Turn the heating back on at the boiler and check that the new TRV head is working properly. If it is, then the job is done!
Benefits and Drawbacks of TRV:
With TRV, you can keep your home at a comfortable temperature without overspending on energy bills. Plus, TRV reduces your carbon footprint! You can also control the temperature in different rooms, so you can always find the perfect temperature for your needs. If you want to save electricity, you can set the temperature of a room that isn’t used very often to a lower setting. They are easy to change and only take a few seconds.
TRVs have some disadvantages, like being less accurate than other types of thermostats. They can also be sensitive to drafts or changes in ventilation, which might make them think the room is too cold or too warm. Although they are relatively simple devices, the radiator valve can break down and fail. If they are off when they break, the radiator will fail to come on when required and could lead to condensation and other problems. If they break when on, they will lead to overheating. This situation calls up for a Thermostatic valve head replacement which might increase your expense.
It is important to make sure that your thermostatic radiator valve head is properly fitted to the radiator to ensure optimal heating in your home. If you are not confident in fitting the valve head yourself, we recommend calling a professional to do it for you. We hope that our guide has helped you with this process and that you now feel confident in fitting your own TRV head. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to call us and we will be happy to help.
How to remove a thermostatic radiator valve head?
If you’re looking to upgrade your old radiator valves or install new ones, thermostatic radiator valve heads are a great option. They help regulate the temperature in your home more effectively and can save you money on your energy bills. Here are some tips for fitting a thermostatic radiator valve head:
- Make sure you have the right tools. You’ll need a drill, screwdriver, and adjustable wrench.
- Turn off the power to your heating system before starting.
- Remove the old valve head by unscrewing it from the radiator.
- Clean the surface of the radiator where the new valve will be fitted.
- Fit the new valve head and tighten it securely with the screws provided.
- Turn on the power to your heating system and check that the new valve is working correctly.
Are thermostatic radiator valve heads interchangeable?
Highly depending on the size and measurements, yes thermostatic valve heads are interchangeable If you replace them with one of the same models then it will be ok. Otherwise, it may not even fit – let alone provide the right calibration and will cause overheating or improper heating, leaving you with high energy bills and energy wastage.