Let’s think for a moment how it would be to have a single light switch for the entire house – it really doesn’t make sense does it? However, until recently, a single heating control would have been accepted. Adequate heating controls can help a homeowner to accurately match your space heating and hot water schedules to the working and living patterns at the house i.e. when heat and hot water are required, it is there; when it is not, it is turned off.
Heating is usually divided into areas (zones), such as the kitchen, living room, office and bedrooms etc. This means that you can control the temperatures in each room, so you can set the system to suit your daily needs. Therefore, you only heat the rooms you need, when you need them to be heated.
The more zones you have, the more important heating control is to control all these zone’s properly and keep the temperature at the desired level in each zone. These zones can be controlled centrally in an easy and convenient way. A heating control in each zone may sound ideal, after all it’s giving you the flexibility to control the heating and will reduce your energy consumption – right? Well yes, and no. It’s only going to reduce your energy consumption if you adjust the settings within the heating control regularly, to match how you are using your home. Walking around your home to turn down each thermostat on your way out really isn’t going to happen is it? A central control, such as the Heatmiser Touchpad offers central control of up to 32 zones. It allows you to place the whole system in to Away mode, placing all the zones into Setback mode. It lets you copy temperature levels from one zone to another and it reduces the set temperature when you are on holiday. It lets you hold a temperature in certain zones for a number of hours, ideal for when you have guests. All of these features are available on our free SmartPhone & Tablet Apps – available for iPhone/iPad and Android.
Do you work away or have irregular work hours? No longer do you need to arrive home to a cold house. Imagine being able to log on to your underfloor heating system from anywhere over the internet or from your SmartPhone. Not near the internet? Well, how about sending a text message to turn the heating and hot water on ready for you arriving home! Heatmiser Underfloor Heating Controls have been designed to give you total control of your heating system. It lets you control your heating system the way you want – central control within your home and remote control from anywhere in the world.
In a case study undertaken by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), they have highlighted the benefits of zoning your heating control system to homeowners with regards to saving on fuel consumption. SEAI stated that typically homeowners can reduce their energy usage by up to 20% by installing heating controls in their home and using these controls in an efficient manner. They have highlighted the opportunity for the customer to save money on their heating bills by using a heating control system. This SEAI case study brought forward the point that every new home in Ireland is required to have a minimum of two heating zones. They are your ‘Space Heating Zone’ and your ‘Domestic Hot Water Zone’. This allows you to heat your domestic hot water without being forced to turn on your space heating. Additional zones can also be put in place in large homes to split upstairs and downstairs or living areas and bedrooms.