Using the correct boiler controls can make your life easier, and your boiler more efficient.
Worcester Bosch offers different types of controls for its combi and system boilers. They range from simple-to-operate mechanical timers to more practical digital programmers, room thermostats, and intelligent controls. A combination of modern boiler controls and a magnetic central heating filter can extend your boiler guarantee by 10 years+.
When it comes to Worcester Bosch, options are plenty. Unfortunately, this can be confusing, more so if you don’t know exactly what you need.
Timers and Programmers
A boiler timer is a device that allows you to set times for your central heating.
A programmer allows you to set different times, and temperature for heating and hot water. Note that old or defective boiler controls are a waste of energy and finances.
A room thermostat allows you to set the ideal temperature for a room. They are best positioned in the hallway or landing, and fitted away from direct sunlight, clear of curtains or furniture.
Programmable Room Thermostats
Worcester Bosch programmable room stats allow you to set different room temperatures for different times of the day or night. If you set it up correctly, a programmable room thermostat stops the system from heating your home from a ‘cold start’. The control maintains a certain temperature within your home ensuring the boiler only ‘tops up’ the temperature in the home.
This feature regulates the temperature of the heat reaching the radiators. In case your home is cold, the temperature going to your radiators will be high. But as room temperature increases and less heat is required, this feature will reduce the heat supplied to your radiators. This way, comfort will be maintained and energy use will reduce.
This device works by monitoring the weather outside using an outdoor sensor. The control adjusts the temperature of the hot water going to the radiators.
A drop in temperature outside will make the radiators heat up. But if the temperature outside is warmer, the device will instruct the boiler to supply less heat.
This will ensure your home doesn’t use more energy than necessary boosting your domestic energy efficiency and lower your energy bills.
Greenstar Sense II – Weather Compensation Controller
The Greenstar Sense II is a practical controller for individuals who demand more from their heating systems. The controller is equipped with a back-lit and touch-sensitive display. It takes advantage of state-of-the-art technology for maximum comfort and savings.
When installed as a room thermostat, this controller provides households with a 4% uplift in energy efficiency. Twin-channel time control gives homeowners command of heating and hot water with six possible settings.
You can access important information about the boiler and heating system from the display. This allows installers and users to review living patterns and tailor the heating system appropriately.
MT10 Mechanical Plug-in Timer
Mechanical timers activate boiler controls at the end of a specified time. They can also function without electric power for longer periods. The Worcester Bosch timer is a user-friendly analogue timer for setting heating time periods.
With the ‘teeth’ on the dial pressed down the heat comes on and when left up the heat remains off. This allows you to set your central heating on and off if your room reaches the ideal temperature.
This device does not only lower your energy costs but also improves the efficiency of your central heating.
The combined use of the MT10 with the FR10 Intelligent room thermostat can improve your boiler’s fuel efficiency. Some of its benefits include:
- Simple and easy to use
- Plugs into the boiler fascia by way of a pre-prepared plug and socket
- Compatible with Greenstar I, Si, CDi and Highflow CDi boilers
Worcester MT10RF Mechanical RF Thermostat
The Worcester MT10RF is a mechanical room thermostat that allows you to regulate both day and night temperatures, and time settings of your central heating. This gives you full control day and night, with your heating coming on and off as per your time settings.
Compatible with all Worcester Greenstar Combi, the MT10RF has a transmitter and receiver that uses wireless radio frequency to communicate. The receiver plugs into the boiler where it’s activated by a wall mounted thermostat. Changing your settings at any point is quick and easy.
Digital, Wireless Programmers, and Room Thermostat
Greenstar Comfort Plug-in Programmer
The Worcester Greenstar Comfort control is a twin channel programmer plugin. This control device can program both the heating and hot water to come on and off up to three times daily. You can set it differently each day to fit your routine. Some of its benefits include:
- Adjusts automatically to British summer/winter time
- Triple adjustable heating and hot water time schedules
- Easy menu navigation
- Holiday mode
- Load compensation which increases heat efficiency
Greenstar Comfort I Wireless Plugin Programmer
This Worcester digital timer is an upgrade over the manual Worcester MT10. It allows for fast control of your heating and hot water. The optional 5-year warranty is an added benefit. Some of its features include:
- Increased efficiency from smart conversations between boiler and control
- Wiring is not necessary as the wireless signal is reliable
- Pre-set heating and hot water program
- Easy menu navigation
- Holiday mode with frost protection
Greenstar Comfort II RF Wireless Programmer
The Greenstar Comfort II combines a programmer plugged into the boiler, and room thermostat to allow access to all control functions at a single location. This digital timer is an upgrade over the now obsolete Comfort DT10RF with the added benefit of the optional 5-year warranty. Benefits include:
- Program and control heating and hot water at room temperature
- Six Heating Control Timings and three Hot Water Timings per day
- Increased efficiency from intelligent interaction between control and boiler
- No wiring required and extremely reliable RF signal
- Pre-set heating and hot water programming
- Easy menu navigation
- You can set heating from a room thermostat
The overall verdict proves that Worcester Bosch has taken the feedback from both installers and customers seriously. The new range of Comfort controls are easier to install, easy to use, and have more control and energy efficiency.
Intelligent Wired Controls
Intelligent controls are designed to help attain higher efficiency from your boiler. They contain features such as weather and load compensation. The three main Worcester Bosch options include:
Greenstar Sense I Intelligent room thermostat
This resourceful easy to use control offers the option of a single set point room thermostat. The control uses load compensation and responsiveness to improve energy efficiency by 3%. It features a large, bright display with adjustable dials to increase boiler performance.
Greenstar Sense II Weather Compensation Controller
This sophisticated controller is designed to interact intelligently with your boiler for energy efficiency. It allows for weather compensation by way of a wired outdoor sensors and offers a 4% uplift in energy efficiency. It’s compatible with solar thermal systems and reminds you when it’s due for service.
MS 100 Intelligent Solar Module
The MS100 Intelligent Solar Module enables the heating system to get heat from renewable sources of energy such as solar panels. This switches the boiler on when there’s not enough light and heat available. Only one controller is required to control the entire heating system, as the device displays the performance of the solar heating system in one place.
Your central heating and hot water consume roughly 80% of your home’s energy. As a result, savvy homeowners are now investing in smart controls and thermostats.
Smart thermostats enable you to have complete control over your heating. It allows you to adjust the temperature in your home based on its energy profile, and your own heating schedule.
A smart thermostat allows you to manage your home’s heating schedule from a smartphone, tablet or computer. Smart thermostats adjust the temperature based on the current weather and humidity. They can also detect when you’re not indoors and switch to ‘away’ mode to save energy. Geofencing and GPS detect when you’re back home and fires up the boiler automatically.
Worcester Bosch Wave System
This programmable device allows you to interact with your home’s heating and hot water controls from anywhere in the world, via an internet-connected smartphone or tablet. The device is engineered to take advantage of advanced control features such as weather and load compensation.
Worcester Wave control benefits include:
- Ability to recognize potential savings. The device uses heating and hot water charts
- It has a symbol to signal when additional savings are being made
- Can achieve an A+ FrP efficiency rating when used in conjunction with a Greenstar combi boiler
- Holiday mode
- Data privacy
- Simple to fit as it uses online data which reduce installation time and cost
- Each Wave control has a pre-set program that can be modified to suit your needs
Worcester Wave control works best with a compatible Worcester boiler, Wi-Fi enabled broadband router and the Wave app on a compatible Apple or Android device.
Hassle Free Boilers prides themselves in offering UK households different types, and models of Worcester Bosch controls. Note that the overall cost will depend on the installer and boiler model you choose to buy. Worcester Bosch come highly recommended due to their extended warranties.