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With the government committed to achieving Net Zero by 2050, the industry faces a big challenge in finding more sustainable heating solutions. Whilst policymakers consider the best possible alternatives, Natalie Wathan from Drayton discusses how heating controls can contribute to better efficiencies in the meantime.
As we move towards a new age of heating our homes, it is important to look at what can be done right now to help reduce carbon emissions. With boilers now more efficient than ever, heating engineers must look for other ways to make improvements. One solution is by opting for a heating control with additional benefits that can improve the performance of the heating system.
Whilst some systems, like our Wiser products, provide users with the ability to create a schedule via the app, most smart controls also offer the flexibility to adjust these settings remotely. This feature is ideal for customers with unpredictable lifestyles and can help reduce energy usage. Wiser users can activate the ‘away mode’ in the app, or by using IFTTT to automatically activate it when the house is empty – for example, ‘When the last person leaves the house, turn on away mode’.
Functions such as optimum stop, as well as load and weather compensation, can contribute to energy reductions whilst keeping homeowners comfortable.
Optimum stop monitors environmental conditions in order to adjust heating schedules whilst maintaining desired temperatures. For example, Wiser’s eco mode combines optimum stop and weather compensation to ensure the heating system is delivering both comfort and efficiency by turning off earlier where possible.
OpenTherm is a piece of technology that communicates information between heating controls and the boiler in order to better regulate the temperature flow through the heating system.
OpenTherm boilers ensure that the heating system will reach and stay at the desired set-point room temperature in a more energy efficient way by controlling the temperature of water leaving the boiler. Once the heating control detects the home or individual room is reaching the desired set point room temperature, it will tell the OpenTherm boiler to lower the system temperature to ensure maximum efficiency.
Found in many heating controls available on the market, including Wiser, OpenTherm helps deliver maximum energy efficiency whilst maintaining the desired set-point temperature.
Multi-zone heating controls allow users to set time and temperature schedules in individual rooms, rather than heating the whole property to the same temperature, therefore using less energy. For example, a multi-zoned smart heating system in a 3-bedroom semi-detached house could save up to 20% more energy over a smart thermostat system alone.
Systems like Wiser utilise smart radiator thermostats to control the temperature on a room-by-room basis, allowing for up to 32 devices to be paired, creating up to 16 individual zones. The Wiser radiator thermostats can be quickly retrofitted onto most existing radiator valves using the handy adapters supplied, and more Wiser radiator thermostats can be added later down the line if needed.
Some heating controls available on the market have been designed to give users access to detailed energy saving information, helping homeowners understand how their heating system is performing and how they can make small changes to improve its efficiency.
For example, Wiser’s Insights feature allows users to see how much energy they have saved by using Wiser’s smart eco and away modes. The percentage of energy saved is a calculation based on the overall heating hours saved due to the activation of the eco mode and the away mode.
By combining the use of these innovative smart heating control features, homeowners can reap the benefits of an efficient heating system that not only helps reduce their carbon emissions, but also their monthly energy bills.