How can I make my heating controls more accessible?

A number of heating control manufacturers provide tactile or braille add-ons to their products, so you can feel where the controls are and how far the dial is turned. You should contact the manufacturer directly to see if they can provide this.

If you have some useful vision, you might find a control which displays the temperature on a large LCD screen easier to use.

The Thomas Pocklington Trust and RICA have published a useful guide to choosing central heating controls and saving energy (PDF 732KB) which reviews the accessibility of some of the most commonly installed heating controls.

If you use a smartphone, you could also consider installing a smart thermostat and heating controls, for example Nest or Hive. These products allow you to avoid using manual controls, and instead you control your heating through an app on your smartphone.

Inaccessible smart meters

Smart meters can send your meter readings straight to your energy supplier, meaning that no one will need to come and read your meter in future. At the present time there are no accessible in home displays available for people with sight loss.


For more advice and information and adapting your home and other topics please contact our Helpline:



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