|January 6, 2022||No Comments|
One of the simplest way to save energy at home is to only turn your heating on when you really need it. It not only saves energy, and therefore money for your household, but also helps in fighting climate change.
Nowadays most boilers come with a timer, that allows you to set a time for your heating to switch on or off automatically at specific times of the day. Boiler timers can be either mechanical or digital. Older system will have mechanical timers that look like a dial, whereas modern boilers are equipped with a small screen, that looks like a digital clock.
Boiler timers can come in many different shapes and sizes. This post will explain what the different settings and modes on your boiler time do. How to get to these settings, we recommend that you find your user manual, or if you don’t have it, find it online for your specific brand and model.
There are at least 3 settings on most boilers: On, Off and Auto/Timed. On and Off are pretty straightforward. The Auto/Timed settings allows you the give specific instructions for your timer.
Here are some common settings that you may find on a boiler timer:
On / 24 Hours: the heating will stay on until you manually turn it off
Off: the heating is off
Auto / Twice: the heating will turn on and off at the times of day you programmed it to do so
All day / Once: this means the heating will turn at a specified time and then will remain on until the end of the day
1 hour / Boost: gives you a one hour boost of heating
Advance: this setting moves the timer along to the next setting in its daily cycle
Setting a mechanical boiler timer
Also known as an analogue timer, it is usually a round dial with a 24-hour clock in the middle. There are pins around the outside of the dial, each representing 15 minutes of time.
Setting a digital boiler timer
Digital boiler timers are increasingly popular due to their user-friendly interface. Always refer to your user manual to ensure you set the timer up correctly.
Mechanical boiler timers usually feature a 24-hour round dial with pins around the outside marking 15 minute intervals. Setting a mechanical timer involves pressing these pins towards the centre of the dial at the time of the day you want the boiler to turn on.
Digital boiler timers are becoming increasingly popular because they’re easy to use. Setting a digital timer involves setting it to the correct time and date, activating the scheduling feature and selecting the day and time you want the boiler to turn on.