Although a radiator valve may feel like an insignificant feature, they are an essential part of your home heating process! There are two main types of valves – the manual valves and TRV (thermostatic radiator valve). Which one is the best? This is completely dependent on the qualities that you value, and what you feel is necessary when it comes to the manual valves and TRV in your home.

Manual Valves

Manual Valves

The manual valve is the most common radiator valve in the UK. It is extremely straightforward to use, and on top of this, is cheap to purchase and install. You can find them in all specialist stores like Trade Radiators.

The key feature of a manual valve is that it is controlled by you! It is linked to the thermostat of your home and you can adjust the water flow by simply turning it. 

By decreasing water flow you can lower the temperature in the living room and increase the flow and temperature in the kitchen! It’s all up to you when you have a manual radiator valve.

Using a manual valve is uncomplicated. You can turn your radiators on and off individually by turning them to open or close them.

Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV)

Thermostatic Radiator Valve (TRV)

The second of the two popular choices, and also widely available at specialist stores, is the thermostatic radiator valve. 

This works with a built-in temperature sensor, which determines the level of water flow entering your radiator. This works alongside the recommended water output to reduce carbon footprints

You also do not have to remember to turn your radiators on and off – this valve will do all of the work for you!

Benefits of a Manual Valve

The most convincing selling point of a manual radiator valve is its cheap price tag and inexpensive installation. It also has a more comprehensive range of choices when it comes to style and shape.

You can be in total control of your heating system with a manual valve and they can be paired up with a smart thermostat to enable you to reduce energy waste and save money. You can adjust the temperature of each room by simply turning the valve, tailoring it specifically to your needs. You can also turn one radiator off completely, while others remain switched on.

However, if you are likely to forget to turn your radiators down, a manual valve could be an easy way of losing money on a hefty heating bill. Be careful to monitor your usage if you opt for a manual radiator valve.

Benefits of a TRV

Due to the sensor of the TRV and its ability to control water output, you are helping the environment by keeping your carbon emissions low. If this is important to you, then the TRV may be the best option for you.

These valves are more expensive to purchase and install, but you can save money in the long term. Unlike the manual valve, you do not have to remember to turn each of your radiators on and off, this valve will do it for you!

Despite a TRV making for an easy experience, you are unable to tailor the temperature of each room in your home. If you choose this valve, each room in your home must be the same temperature and this may not be to everyone’s liking.

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