Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Of the two main types of radiator valves, manual and thermostatic, many people prefer the latter simply because they are hassle free. You simply adjust the setting and literally forget about them. Although this really is preferable in most cases, there also may be times when a thermostatic radiator valve may not be the most suitable choice. However, there are only a few occasions in which you may want to opt for a manual valve. In any case, thermostatic valves can be used with literally any type of radiator or towel rack and they can actually be used with either steam or hot water systems.
Design and Function of Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Without getting overly technical, a thermostatic radiator valve (TRV) is actually a valve that is controlled by an actuator. The entire assembly is housed in plastic. Although there are a few different materials from which the actuator is made, to simplify the explanation we’ll use wax. The wax actuator expands as the temperature in the room grows warmer. As the wax expands it will push against a pin in the TRV assembly that will then close the valve preventing steam or hot water from flowing into the radiator.
This also works in reverse. As the room cools, the wax plug contracts which releases the pin and the valve opens up again allowing hot water or steam to flow into the radiator. Most TRVs have up to six settings which can be adjusted based on how warm or cool you would like the room to be. Although this usually allows for enough variance in temperature, some people would rather use a manual radiator valve because they allow for more control. Others find that six settings are quite enough to allow for comfortable temperatures.
Pros and Cons of Thermostatic Radiator Valves
Of course the first advantage of a TRV is the fact that they are convenient. You can simply set them to the desired heating level and walk away about your business. Also, they are known to be extremely energy efficient and it is possible to save as much as 36% of your heating bill and some people feel they save even a bit more than that. This also makes them cost effective because that savings alone can pay for the valve within just the first two years of use and as they have a 15 to 20 year life expectancy they continue to save you money along the way.
One of the disadvantages of thermostatic radiator valves is the fact that they do make a bit of hissing and gurgling when they shut on and off more frequently than a manual valve. After all, you don’t keep a constant eye on the thermostat to monitor the temperature in the room in order to walk over and turn off a manual valve every few minutes or so. All radiator valves, especially on steam radiators, make a bit of hissing as they release pressure when turned off but with a manual you control that annoying noise. Nonetheless, saving money on your heating bill far outweighs a bit of annoyance.
An Amazing Assortment of TVRs at the Radiator Gallery
Although there are more conventionally styled thermostatic radiator valves like the Black & Brass TRV at the Radiator Gallery, most of our TRVs are much more contemporary in design. One of our personal favourites is the Deluxe TRV Radiator Valve that comes in black, white or chrome and it can be ordered either in the straight or angled type. For homes done in a modern décor, the Rocket TRV is ideally suited as it is shaped like a rocket and is available in either chrome or satin nickel.
Another favourite both in our London showroom as well as online is the Contemporary TRV that is available in white, nickel or antique copper. And here again, this radiator valve is available in either the straight or the angled version. Both the Danfoss TRV and the Profile TRV are also quite popular with customers as well as they are unobtrusive and don’t detract from the overall design of literally any radiator. If there is a thermostatic radiator valve which you have seen but is not listed amongst our stock, we would be happy to check into the availability for special order. Keep in mind that we also have a Price Match Promise that we can match any price if you can find the same radiator or thermostatic radiator valve at a better price that we offer!
Installing a Thermostatic Radiator Valve
About the only thing we can’t do for you here at the Radiator Gallery is install your new thermostatic radiator valve or radiator as we are simply one of the UK’s leading radiator and radiator valve supply companies. As a result, we do recommend that you speak with a qualified plumber or heating specialist before ordering your new radiator or valve to make sure you are purchasing a product which can be effectively installed with your heating system.
As well, it is important to keep in mind that changing a valve or installing a new radiator needs to be done carefully so as not to damage the radiator. Certain procedures need to be followed to make sure that water is drained correctly and that there is not too much air left in the radiator after installation. Installing a new thermostatic radiator valve is a bit more complicated at times than installing a manual valve so it does pay to have a qualified plumber on the job.
Most items are kept in stock so you should expect delivery within 3 to 5 days in most of England, Wales and Scotland. However, special orders can take up to three or four weeks on some items. If you have any questions whatsoever, take a few moments to call our knowledgeable representatives on 0800 055 6450. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have in regards to our products or those you are looking for which you may not have found on our site. If it’s out there, chances are we can get it for you so don’t despair. Simply give us a call, tell us what you are looking for and together we’ll see what we can do.