One of the great things about owning a Vaillant boiler is that you can choose from a fantastic range of optional boiler controls and accessories, all designed to operate your boiler and heat pump in the most efficient way possible so that you can save more money on your energy bills. Vaillant’s boiler controls also ensure your heating and hot water system works at peak performance and help you to create a more comfortable living environment. There are lots of different boiler controls available, including traditional timers, programmable room compensating controls and the Vaillant app-based smart thermostat.
In this guide, we’ve rounded up the best Vaillant boiler controls to help you decide on which controls might be best for you.
Vaillant timeSWITCH 150
If you like traditional controls, then the timeSWITCH 150 could be ideal. It’s a simple single-channel analogue heating control that is designed to work alongside Vaillant’s VRT 50 eBUS room thermostat to allow you to adjust the heating programme and choose when you want the heating to switch on and off over a 24-hour time period. As the control mounts directly into the boiler fascia, installation is easy and no unsightly wiring is required. The timeSWITCH 150 is compatible with all Vaillant combi boilers and helps to make your boiler more efficient to provide lower energy bills. It features up to 48 on and off times, and you simply set the heating start and stop times using the tappets on the control.
Vaillant VRT 50
The VRT 50 is an intelligent digital room thermostat that can be used with the timeSWITCH 150 timer and all Vaillant ecoTEC combi boilers. It uses eBUS technology to provide greater efficiency whilst ensuring a comfortable room temperature is always achieved. This optional control features a clear digital interface and lets you increase or decrease the heating temperature by simply turning the control knob. Vaillant’s VRT 50 thermostat also uses enhanced load compensation so that it can reduce the output of your boiler to ensure no energy is ever wasted.
Vaillant timeSWITCH 160
Compatible with all Vaillant ecoTEC system and heat only boilers, the timeSWITCH 160 is a 7-day, two-channel digital timer that gives you control over your heating times and temperatures. It plugs directly into the boiler fascia and comes with a blue LCD screen to make it easy for you to manage your central heating system. Not only is this control simple to install but it’s simple to use, allowing you to set up to three heating and hot water programme times per day, 7 days a week. The timeSWITCH 160 also features a holiday function and will inform you when your annual boiler service is due. What’s more, this control can be used with the Vaillant VRT 15 room thermostat to enable you heating control in another room of your home.
Vaillant VRT 15
When it comes to easy-to-use mechanical room thermostats, they don’t come must better than the Vaillant VRT 15 boiler control. It’s a small analogue room thermostat that is designed to make it super-easy for you to control the room temperature and ensure your living environment remains comfortable throughout the year. To set the temperature, you simply turn the dial on the front of the control and let the VRT 15 do the rest. The VRT 15 mechanical room thermostat works in conjunction with all Vaillant ecoTEC boilers and is also compatible with the timeSWITCH 160 digital plug-in timer.
Vaillant VRT 350 Wired Control and VRT 350f Wireless Control
Allowing you to control the timings and temperature of your heating, the Vaillant VRT 350 (wired version) and VRT 350f (wireless version) are intelligent room compensating controls that let you set your system on and off times at different times of the day. Both controls use the minimum energy required to achieve the desired temperature to make your boiler more energy efficient and to help you save more money on your utility bills. These controls do this by monitoring the room temperature and adjusting the boiler output accordingly. Featuring a blue backlit screen, plain text display, two push buttons and a rotary knob, the VRT 350 and the VRT 350f make it easy for you to select operation modes and select temperature setting levels. They come with a choice of programming options for 7 days, weekdays and weekends, and the five operation modes include automatic, comfort, summer, set-back and system off.
Vaillant VRC 700 Wired Control and VRC 700f Wireless Control
The VRC 700 (wired version) and VRC 700f (wireless version) are weather compensating room thermostats that can be used with all Vaillant boilers and heat pumps. Both controls can communicate with your Vaillant boiler using eBUS language to fully modulate and to ensure your boiler works to its peak performance. They come with a holiday function so that your heating and hot water don’t come on whilst you are away, and the time and temperature programmes will be stored in the memory permanently, even after a power cut. By being weather compensating, the VRC 700 and VRC 700f can monitor temperatures and use the minimum energy required to keep you feeling comfortable in your own home and to help cut the cost of your energy bills.
Vaillant vSMART Control
If you want heating and hot water control at your fingertips, then you will love the Vaillant vSMART intelligent room control. By being internet-connected, the vSMART allows you to control your heating and hot water from an easy-to-use app on your smartphone or tablet, giving you complete control no matter where in the world you happen to be. It’s a self-learning control that gets to know you and understands your heating and hot water needs, and this control has a smart weather compensation feature and uses weather data to tell your boiler how hard it needs to work to achieve your desired temperature. If you want a warm and cosy home in the morning or when you arrive home from work, just let this control know what time you wake up or get home and it will take care of everything. The main unit can be wall-mounted or you can use the stand that comes included if you’d rather use the vSMART freestanding. Furthermore, access can be shared on several devices, which means your entire family can control your heating and hot water system.