Thermostatic Radiator Valves or TRV’s as they are commonly known are a simply way of controlling the temperature of your room via the flow of hot water to your radiators. Most people will have a thermostat that controls the temperature of your home, but a TRV allows you to do this on a room by room basis. For example it may be that a certain member of your family can’t sleep whilst the heating is on at night, or you may have a particular room that requires more heat.
The thermostatic radiator valve will limit the flow of water to a radiator to keep it cooler or increase it to increase the heat output. The valves monitor the temperature of the room and when it falls lower than that required the valve inside is triggered and warm water enters the radiator. As the required temperature is met the valve will close and inhibit the flow of water. It’s an incredibly simple but effective concept.
Not only do thermostatic radiator valves have a practical benefit, there is also an environmental one. If you are controlling the temperature properly you can run a much more efficient system and only have the heat output as you need which means that you can save money on your heating and help reduce your carbon emissions too, both of which are incredibly important to people.
There are different types of valve and it can be difficult to decide which ones to go for, the price range is enormous and quality and style tends to increase with price. Having said that we would never recommend cheap products that are unlikely to work as well and therefore become a bad investment. We only advocate high quality products that balance design and function alongside price.