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. These products allow you to avoid using manual controls, and instead you control your heating through an app on your smartphone.

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