When choosing a control, ask yourself the following questions to help work out whether it will be easy for you to use.
- Small, faint labelling on dials and buttons is common.
- Are all features labelled clearly?
- Is written information large, bold and high-contrast enough for you to see?
- Are tactile labels easy to understand? They aren’t always self-explanatory.
Buttons and switches
- Are buttons and switches easy to see or find by touch?
- Do they give positive sound or tactile feedback when used?
Digital displays can give more information and control, but only if you can read them.
- Can you read all of the information on the screen? Sometimes temperature is large, but other information is small and faint.
- Is there a backlight to help visibility, and does it stay on for long enough?
- Is all the information easy to find and understand?
- Are dials easy to grip and turn?
- Are buttons, switches and tappets easy to move?
- Position your control somewhere that’s easy to get to. Some wireless controls can be detached and carried round the house.
- Can you position the control so that it’s easy to see and reach? Go for well-lit areas.
- Will you be able to set up and adjust the control by yourself, or will you need help?
- Are instructions available in an accessible format and easy to understand?
Last updated: February 2014