There's been a lot in the news lately about reducing the flow temperature of your boiler to save you money on your gas bills. But what do they mean by 'flow temperature'? Do you have the right sort of boiler and heating system to do it? And, if so, how do you reduce it? We answer these questions and guide you through the process.
Simply put, the flow temperature is the temperature of the water that comes out from your boiler to your central heating pipes and radiators. Changing the flow temperature will not affect the temperature of the water that goes to your hot taps.
If you have a condensing combination (combi) boiler you can adjust the flow temperature. If your combi boiler is an old standard efficiency (non-condensing) boiler or you have a hot water cylinder in your heating system (with a system boiler or heat only boiler) then you should not reduce the flow temperature. If you turn down the temperature with a hot water cylinder, there is a risk of harmful legionella bacteria growing.
It is the heating knob on the front of your boiler that you need to adjust. If you are unsure which that is, please refer to your user instructions.
Importantly, if you lower your temperature, you still need to keep your home warm in cold weather, so by turning the temperature up a few degrees at a time, you will find the right flow temperature to suit your needs.
During very cold weather, you may need to turn the flow temperature back up a few degrees to ensure your home is warm enough. Turn it up a few degrees at a time, until you are comfortable. Then, when the cold weather has passed, you can turn the flow temperature back down to 55 degrees.
Watch our video to see how to turn down your flow temperature.